The summer months of July, August and September during the school holiday, are the best time to book flights to Groningen as the city experiences warm and comfortable temperatures in the mid 20’s. As the Groningen rarely experiences unbearable heat, the conditions make it perfect for those wanting to explore and discover the rich history and culture the city has the offer by foot.
There are many open air outdoor festivals at this time of year such as art, comedy, dance and theatre. Bands from around the Netherlands and overseas also perform at the city's annual Noorderslag music event making it a great time to plan a holiday to the city and enjoy some live entertainment.
During the off-peak season from January to April there will be more availability of cheap flights to Groningen and the chance to benefit from discounted rates on accommodation as there are less holidaymakers around and the weather is colder.
The charming city of Groningen in the Netherlands is a place rich in history that's reflected by the many medieval buildings in and around the town centre. Groningen is a family orientated travel destination with plenty of things to see and do. Like most cities in the Netherlands, the centre is surrounded by a canal, making it the ideal place for a cruise. A canal cruise is a great way to explore the city's waterways and the perfect opportunity to see many of the exciting attractions such as the Martini Tower and the Aa-Kerk church. Just opposite the main train and bus station you can find the Groningen Museum which has a fantastic collection of modern and contemporary art, considered to be one of the best in the world.
If you decide to stay in self-catering accommodation during your visit, do what the friendly locals do and shop at the Grote and Vismarkt markets. These two fresh fruit, vegetables and fish markets are in the city centre square and are a great place to buy local produce. For something a little different why not hire a canoe? You can have a paddle around the canal waterways passing by the many delightful house boats which the locals and holidaymakers use for their accommodation. When it comes to boutique restaurants, relaxing cafes, bistros and pubs, you won't be disappointed with what's on offer in Groningen.
Getting around Netherlands
Once you have landed on your flight to Groningen you will be pleased to know that most of the city’s major attractions are within the city centre which can be seen on foot. Many people in the Netherlands get around towns and cities by bike. Bicycle hire is cheap and available for trip around town. To travel further afield to the nearby towns and villages of Bedum, Zuidhorn and Haren, use the local bus services.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Groningen Airport (GRQ) is approximately 5.5 miles south of the city in north eastern Netherlands. It caters for passengers arriving on domestic and international flights to Groningen. There are many rental car companies inside the airport terminal where you can arrange transportation or taxi hire just outside the main terminal building. Make sure you agree a price before setting off. Visitors also have the cheaper options of using regular bus or rail services to get to and from the airport.
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