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    Groningen is the largest urban centre in the northern Netherlands. Though an ancient city, its sizable student population gives it a young heart, most recognisable in its vibrant art scene and lively nightlife.

    Old and new blend exceedingly well in this city, which can trace its history to the third century. Much of it needed restructuring after the bombing in World War II. Today, visitors will find a number of attractions within its limits. Fascinating museums cover comics, science, history and tobacco. Shoppers can purchase local crafts and culture lovers can take in the city's landmarks, such as its visually stunning theatre and Martini Tower. Tourists can also visit a number of medieval alms-houses.

    Art pervades the city, whether at the train station, with its magnificent stained-glass windows, or at the renowned Groningen Museum, which houses a permanent collection of 17th-century works (including Rubens' ), Hague School paintings, ceramics, and works by Groningen's expressionist De Ploeg group.

    Visitors can also relax in Groningen's beautiful parks and gardens. Some of their topiaries have been sculpted for over 250 years.

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    English Pronounciation
    Groningen Eelde Airport
    Location: The airport is situated nine miles (15km) from Groningen.
    Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
    Getting to the city: Shuttle bus service 100 operates between the airport and Groningen, and connects with flights arriving from, and departing to London and Copenhagen. Travellers can also take bus 9 (Groningen-Eelde). Passengers from Assen can use bus 50 (Assen-Groningen), changing onto bus 9 at De Punt.
    Car Rental: Avis, Hertz and Europcar are car rental companies represented at the airport.
    Fascilities: Groningen's airport is small and has no currency exchange facilities, but there is one ATM available in the terminal building. There is a shop offering duty-free items for those travelling outside the EU, and staples like magazines, newspapers and sweets. The airport restaurant (part of the airport hotel) has an outdoor terrace where patrons have a view of the runway. There is also a children's play area and a travel agency.
    Parking Long and short-term machine-ticketed parking is available within walking distance of the terminal.
    Website: www.gae.nl

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