Out of money, but looking for some free things to do in Groningen? Then read on for 5 great things you can see in Groningen without wasting a single euro. 

Free things to see and do in Groningen

If you live in Groningen, the youngest city in the Netherlands (over 17% of its population is 20-25 years old), chances are that you are a student. And with that comes the second big chance… of being broke, what with paying for insane things such as a roof over your head and food.

So what if you want to explore your (or, if you’re coming from the Fabolous West, a new) city without spending any money?

Here’s a list of 5 free things in Groningen!

#1 Free things to do in Groningen: University Museum

If you want to learn more about the one institution that molded this city in what it is today, you shouldn’t miss the University Museum! If you have a strong stomach, there is also an impressive Anatomy collection.

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#2 Free things to do in Groningen: Prinsentuin

An incredibly quiet spot smacked right in the city center, this Renaissance garden has wonderful flowers and beautiful landscaping all year round. Bring a book, come here and feel like you’re a prince(ss) and this is your own private garden.

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Source: wiki

#3 Free things to do in Groningen: City’s architecture


If it’s a nice sunny day, just wander around the city and admire the surprising mix of modern and gothic architecture. The are several POIs, such as the Martinitower and adjacent church, the Aa-kerk, the synagogue, the eclectic Groninger Museum.. even the station is a work of art.

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The inside of the “cathedral for wheels” that is Groningen Centraal Source: flickr/ CC Bert Kaufmann

Speaking of the station, in the square in front of it you can spot Groningen’s most famous statue: het Peerd van ome Loeks. The white statue, depicting a (quite fat) horse and its owner, was created in 1959 and refers to the popular Groningen folk song “Het peerd van ome Loeks is dood” (uncle Loeks’ horse died).

#4 Free things to do in Groningen: Colored houses (Reitdiephaven)

By far the most Instagrammable place in Groningen, this cute little harbor and the lined up colored houses are just at a 15 min bike ride from the city center. (However, apart from taking nice pictures there’s not much to do here)

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#5 Free things to do in Groningen: Cycling routes

If you dare going beyond the city, the province of Groningen offers some of the greenest and most varied scenery in the whole country, and is a joy to explore on two wheels.

Here are some cycling tours you can experience: the Hondsrug cycling route (44 km), the ‘Kiek over Diek’ cycling route (90 km) and the Lauwersmeer cycling route (43 km)

And if after seeing everything you get a little hungry, we have some suggestions for you!

Do you have any more suggestions? Write your favorite free things in Groningen in the comments!

Cover photo: Wiki-CC Bert Kaufmann


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