In the fourteenth century, Groningen became a member of the Hanseatic League (1282-1669), a collaboration of merchants primarily from Germany, Scandinavia, England, Poland, the Baltic States, Russia and the Netherlands.
Representatives of the Hanse met during the Hansetage (Hanseatic Days) in order to take decisions. In 1463, a Hanseatic Day was held in Groningen.
The Hanseatic Days that are held today are focused on keeping the idea of the international Hanse alive, developing the self-awareness in European countries and promoting mutual collaboration.
The Hanseatic House in Groningen does business according to Hanseatic tradition. Products are imported from various Hanseatic Towns in Europe: marzipan from Lubeck and Rotspon, coffee and tea from the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Bang's Jam from Copenhagen, Mr. Stanley's Fudge from London and afternoon tea by Tiktak coffee and tea from Groningen.
Go back into time with this walk through the Hanseatic history of Groningen. The traces of this period may no longer be very distinct, but there is lots to explore for observant strollers. The walk is available at the Tourist Information Office at the Grote Markt.
This is the bustling cultural heart of the province with attention for art and architecture, design and the Hanseatic trade league. There are friendly cafes and restaurants, wonderful theatres and high-profile festivals.
The city centre has charming shopping streets and historical buildings tell their own particular story. For centuries Groningen has been popular with students, both prospective and ex-students. Groningen has approximately 50.000 students in higher education and university out of a total population of 186.000. With around half under the age of 35.
Since the Groningen World exhibition in 1903, Groningen has remained a festival city, whether sports, pop music, classical music, or theatre, the international Film Festival Rotterdam in Groningen or Noorderlicht is concerned.
The Grote Markt
The Grote Markt square has a daily market except for Sunday and Monday, and with a large general goods market on Tuesday and Saturday. The Grote Markt square is also the starting and finishing point to wander through various lovely streets.