"Citizens of Groningen are more courteous" Top 5 Page for this destination Groningen by nighthawk

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than those from other cities .. weehaa! knew it ;)

After being chosen as the best city center of The Netherlands, Groningen now is considered to be the most courteous city of all ... people in a bus tend to stand up for crippled folks and eldery, they will help you when your oranges fall out of da bag and we seldom let folks wait long when standing at a pedistrian crossing.
A national newspaper had a survey in several Dutch cities and the conclusion was that Groningen was the most courteous. :-D

Making a long nose to the former holders of the world record pillow fight (Americans & Dutch) : the world record pillow fight is now in hands of Groningen!! 2997 pillows were used in a fantastic fight!! and we beat the old record hehe!

There s talk of renovations of city center and the building of a huge house of history at the north-east side of the Great Market (Grote Markt). The fun part is, that there will probably be a referendum and we get to vote like we did against the building of a huge parking lot underneath the Grote Markt, against which lots of folks voted ... sour moment for the politician that had big dreams ... he could have known lol.

Lately I strawl quite frequently through the city center and I notice the indreasing number of foreign spoken languages in the streets ... the city seems more and more a live and wake city .. I like it :-)!


As well the province as the city have a rich history and although people often think that we are stiff people who don't say much, once you learn to know us you'll see that we are rather normal ;-)

Groningen, a province with only one real city. Unlike the province of Friesland which has 11 cities, the capital Groningen sits in the middle of the province, guarding the grounds around it.
This situation was created in the late middle ages, when counts, dukes and other noble men fought for power. The church also had to do with it.
I will add more historical facts on the province and the city later on.

Groningen has a university and thus it is a lively city. Some distinguished former professors and students that attended this university are:

A.M. Donner, first president of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
Willem Duisenberg, president of the European Central Bank
Aletta Jacobs, first female graduate in the Netherlands
J.C. Kapteyn, famous for his use of photography in determining the motion and distribution of stars
Maurits and Bernard, Princes of Oranje-Nassau
Wubbo Ockels, astronaut
Bert V.A. R?ling, co-founder of the science of peace research and judge in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (Tokyo)
Frits Zernike, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics


This has grown into a rather big page, just browse through it, I have tried to add not too much text in the travelogues. If you might have any question(s), I ll always be happy to try and help you!

Historical film

I just found a fun movie of Groningen before the war! To watch it, u need QuickTime! Go to http://download.tripodnet.nl:81/gebouweningroningen/vooroorlog.mov" :Movie Groningen be4 war.<BR><BR><BR>And for a movie after the war go to "http://download.tripodnet.nl:81/gebouweningroningen/naoorlog.mov" Groningen/Fifties.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lively university city, lots to do all at walking range
  • Cons:Lots of folks wanting to visit! ;-)
  • In a nutshell:Come and see for yourself this is not the end of the world :)
  • Last visit to Groningen: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Nov 29, 2005
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  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Fun little page on Groningen, Roelien, however, I don't remember the cyclists being very courteous when I visited! :-D

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Nice page, Grongingen is 'n pragtige stad! Pierre

  • Feb 12, 2007 at 11:48 PM

    The Pakhuis is now closed permanently.

  • Nov 3, 2006 at 8:11 AM

    The Four Roses has good (Dutch style) Mexican-American good but service is slow. It is often busy.

  • La_Holandesa's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2005 at 3:30 PM

    Prettige Sinterklaasavond!!! en leuke surprises gehad? yessss we have to do the mazda-vt-meet girl!! Veeeeeeeeel groetjes xxxAnitaxxx

  • Redlats's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2005 at 1:06 AM

    mud-walking? I work for the electricity co. -- It is good to remove the 5 smokestacks ;o). Does Jacob know that Grolsch has to paid for? Does Iver know his rear is a tourist trap? Interesting info and great pics.

  • Ejee's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2005 at 11:37 AM

    Thanks for visiting my page. As a born "stadjer" I enjoyed your Groningen page a lot. Recognised a lot of things, but even I learned something as well. Will come back soon!!!

  • ZanieOR's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2005 at 12:25 AM

    Grpningen sounds (and looks) like a wonderful place to live and to visit. Places like the Folkingestreet and Maritime Museum are especially enticing to this virtual tourist. Nice tips and photos.

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 3:17 PM

    It looks like you have a great home town but where does that guy Lars hang out so I can avoid him, LOL :-)

  • abc_of_freedom's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 3:04 PM

    Very nice page. Greetings from turkey.

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