Standing outside the Groningen railway station - a marvelous piece of architecture
Some interesting facts about Groningen are as under:
- First major settlement in Groningen has been traced back to the third century AD
- Groningen is located very close to the German border. It's only two hours away from Bremen, and three hours from Hamburg - and four and a half hours from Kiel - from where we started off our journey. My younger son Wahaab is studying in the Kiel University of Applied Sciences.
- It has the largest natural gas-field in Western Europe
- Groningen has the world's largest sugar factory
- Every fifth person in Groningen is a student, which gives Groningen the highest student population density in the Netherlands
- Groningen is the youngest city of the Netherlands: most people are between 20-24 years old
- It has a vibrant and famous nightlife, dominated by students. Bars in the centre are allowed to stay open 24 hours a day
In fact the centre of Groningen is partly closed off for cars, so it is a very safe and comfortable environment for pedestrians and bikers
A monument outside the Groningen railway station
Groningen railway station (as seen from outside above) is a beautiful 19th century building of marvelous architectural design. The building both from outside and inside is awesome and amazing. See some of the photos of its interior in photos below:
train to Amsterdam, we went to the city centre which was close by. For people who love tourism and travelling, may I tell them one thing: The beauty of each European city is that the city centre is always close by the main railway station and one can easily move about and see the best of the city at one place.
My wife with the wife of my friend in the city centre
A Russian singer played guitar and drums for money, and had someone listening to him attentively (below)
Some more photos of the Groningen city:
The Martinitoren or Martini or St. Martin's Tower is the highest church steeple in the city
Lef to right: My youngest son Wahaab, Tariq Hashmi, myself, and Tariq's eldest son
My sons with Mayor's office building (built in 1810) in the background (above/below)
'Men' wait while ladies shop
All photos are mine and are accordingly copy righted.
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