Singers Ilse de Lange, Guus Meeuwis and the Swedish singer Maria Mena have all spent the night at City Groningen on occasion. The barman at Hampshire Hotel – City Groningen is the longest serving member of hotel staff, so he’s got all the stories about famous guests and enthusiastic tourists who’ve been to Groningen for a city break. The modern hotel in a quiet location in the centre of Groningen is a good starting point for business guests and those who’d like to eat well, do some shopping or view the sights. Rent a bicycle from the hotel and follow the marked cycle route along historical warehouses, the Groninger Museum, courtyards or through the surrounding countryside. Groningen is a lovely, multifaceted city to visit for a weekend break.
Check-in: From 15:00 hours
Check-out: Until 12:00 hours
The Groninger Museum is a must see, but the Museum Shop and the Mendini Restaurant are worth visiting in their own right. The Nederlands Stripmuseum (Dutch Comics Museum) is an entertaining, lively museum. See Dutch cartoon figures as well as internationally famous figures. Not only is the Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Northern Maritime Museum) an exquisite building, but it also has a very interesting collection of objects depicting Northern Dutch maritime history.
There is a lot of exceptional architecture in Groningen. The Central Station (also known as Hoofdstation, main station) was designed by Isaac Gosschalk in 1896. The ceiling is made of a very special kind of papier mâché. The Goudkantoor (Gold Office) in the city centre, a Renaissance building dating from 1635, and the many historical warehouses along the Noorderhaven are certainly worth seeing. As for modern architecture, you will find the well-known Gasunie building in the city and also the urinal designed by Rem Koolhaas.