Take a day trip to Groningen and climb Martini Tower for panoramic views.
Home of the Martini Tower, Groningen is a city that effortlessly blends big-city marvels with small-town charms. Take a day trip to the north and discover a city rich with sights, surroundings and cultural landmarks.
The most famous landmark in the city of Groningen is surely Martinitoren (Martini Tower). Located in the heart of Groningen’s old town, Martini Tower is actually the church steeple of Martinikerk (Martini Church). Built in the 15th century, at 96.8 metres tall, Martini Tower was Groningen’s highest building for nearly 400 years. A few fun facts: the current building is actually the third Martini Tower. The first, a 30-metre Romanesque tower built in the 13th century, was destroyed by lightning. In the early 1400s, the tower was rebuilt – this time with a height of 45 metres. It was soon struck by lightning again, causing a fire that partially destroyed it. In the latter part of the century, Martini Tower was restored to a height of 97 metres. It remains standing in Groningen today. Even though modern times have changed its position as Groningen’s tallest building, Martini Tower still provides the city’s best views. Situated on the northeastern corner of Groningen’s main market square, the Grote Markt (Big Marketplace), it’s the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the city and its surroundings. With 251 steps (of the typically narrow Dutch variety), it’s quite a climb, but the view is certainly worth the effort. See if you can spot the church tower of the nearby St. Joseph Cathedral.
As well as the towering steeple of Martini Church, Groningen is also home to the delightful City Walk. The city has retained much of its illustrious history, and what better way to see this up close than by foot? After you’ve climbed Martini Tower, swap your ticket at the Tourist Office (VVV) for a free City Map Walking Route. In little more than a one-kilometre radius, you’ll have the pleasure of witnessing some remarkable monuments. Stroll down the Big Marketplace to “de Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat”, one of the most picturesque streets in Groningen. Don’t miss University of Groningen’s Neo-Renaissance Academiegebouw (Academy building). This historic university building ranks among the top 100 in the world! Now that you’ve seen it from afar, the St. Joseph Cathedral is worth seeing up close; its neo-gothic design is truly exceptional.
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More information about Groningen and the Tourist office opening hours, take a look at our website: www.tourism.groningen.nl or contact us via email 'firstname.lastname@example.org' or call '+3150-3139741' Opening hours Martini tower: Monday: 12:00 - 17:00 Tuesday until Friday: 11:00 - 17:00 Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00 Ticket sales ends half an hour before closing time. The Martini tower is closed on holidays.Location: