The first written mention of Groningen dates back to 1040. With over 180,000 inhabitants, the capital city of the similarly named Province of Groningen, is among the ten largest cities of the Netherlands.
Despite that, the city has managed to keep its small-town atmosphere, with its medieval town center full of narrow, winding streets and large central market square that in summer fills with streetside terraces, and on market day, with stalls selling everything from antiques to clothes to knicknacks.
Take a stroll through the city center; visit the historic, renovated Central Railway station; have a cup of relaxing tea in the Prinsentuin garden (free access), or climb the Martinitower (for a small fee; tickets are available at the tourist office across the street) for a grand view across the city and its surroundings.
As the Groninger people say, There's no place that tops Groningen.