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Groningen is the capital city of the province of the Netherlands. It has 190,000 residents as of 2013 and it is the largest city north of the country. It was the regional power in the area and is a semi-independent city-state and was a member of the German Hanseatic League. Walking along the city’s streets will take you back in time especially when you take a stroll along the Grote Markt Square. Immediately you will also notice that most of the buildings and structures here have been preserved and is recognized for their historical value, beauty and tradition.
Groningen has a rich history and it has been known that the oldest community that has settled in the area was way back in the 3rd century AD. It was during the 15th century when Friesland was administered from Groningen and the Martinitoren was built. At this time this was the highest building ever built in Europe and it has remained still even when Groningen was suffered from the devastation of World War II. The Martinitoren, the church, the city hall and the Goudkantoor were just some of the buildings that were not destroyed.
There are so many reasons why it is best to rent long term in an ancient city like Groningen. First is the University of Groningen; this educational institution dates back to 1614. There University of Groningen has also educated the first female student. It is also the alma mater of the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank graduated.
Another thing that you must know is the culture and the arts. The Groningen Museum and the Noorderlicht and other museums are located in Groningen. There is a museum about maritime history, a comics museum and a university museum. Anyone who loves music and the arts will surely love the Martini Plaza, the Trompsingel, the Grand Theater located at the Grote Markt and the Prins Claus Conservatorium.
Nightlife is the best in Groningen where it is mostly made of young population namely students from the University of Groningen. You will find bars, live music and cultural shows which are usually performed in the Grote Markt, the Vismakt and the Poelestraat. This is a paradise for people that would love to go bar hopping since most of the bars here close at around 7 in the morning. Adult residents will delight in the two red light districts near the city center.
If you are looking at expanding your career or to look for a stable job you can certainly find opportunities in Groningen especially for workers and professionals. You will find business areas, a sugar refinery and beer making companies and other alcoholic beverages plus a coffee, tea and tobacco company in the city center.
Transportation may be described as efficient, practical and green in Groningen; it has been dubbed as the “World Cycling City” since more than 50% of the journeys in the city are made using bicycles. The city has three rail stations and buses that have several city and urban routes and it also has its own airport the Groningen Airport Eelde.
Renting a room is the best way to stay long term in Groningen. You can find rooms in different sizes, styles and rates. Rooms for rent are also a practical choice for students, couples and families with a few children. Do your homework and search for the best property with the amenities you need and a price that you can afford.