Bordering Drenthe (south), Friesland (west), Niedersachsen state, in Germany (east), and the Wadden Sea (north), Groningen is Netherlands’s northeasternmost province, being divided into 23 municipalities. The provincial capital is also called Groningen. With about 202,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands, often being called the ‘Metropolis of the North’.
Population: Over 580,000 inhabitants
Other major cities: Appingedam, Delfzijl, Hoogezand-Sappemeer, Veendam, Stadskanaal, Winschoten
Main attractions: Martinitoren, Groninger Museum, Prinsenhof Gardens, Vesting Bourtange, Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum, Veenkoloniaal Museum, Brouwerij Martinus, Universiteitsmuseum Groningen, Fraeylemaborg