Grote Markt - Groningen in Holland
More info: The tall tower in the square is called the Martinitoren (Martini Tower) and at 100mts it is the tallest building in the city. The Tower was constructed 537 years ago to mark the territory of Groningen. The clock tower bell chimes every 15 minutes and climbing the 250 steps up to the top gives breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
The city of Groningen is well known as a student city, it has over 50,000 students and it is estimated that one out of every five people in Groningen is a student. The University of Groningen was founded in 1614 primarily for religious studies. The city remains a center for art and culture in the Netherlands and is a popular tourist attraction. It is often referred to as the Metropolis of the North and plays an important role in the fields of art, music, business and education. It is also a city full of museums having a comics museum, tobacco museum, science museum and the Groningen Museum which is known as one of the most beautiful museums in all of the Netherlands.
The potato is a Dutch staple that is taken very seriously by the people of Groningen and each year there is a Potato Harvest Festival. This celebration marks the largest horticultural product export from the province of Groningen. Most of the potato starch found in your sauces is more than likely made here. The fun-filled potato harvest festival is in the autumn and attracts a big number of visitors.