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With its prosperous university and youthful population, Groningen is a city that pulsates with energy and effervescence. Modern innovation and dynamic designs are present within the architecture and art scene, while a rich historic heritage is echoed through ancient architecture and classic museum collections. The city bears the scars of a turbulent history, the trauma of which has encouraged these citizens the embrace the future with uncharacteristic vigour; warm locals welcome visitors with open arms, and chatting to Groningen’s colourful residents is always a rewarding experience.
Appreciate the Jewish influence of the city with a visit to the Synagogue; twin towers rise resplendently from the rich sandstone base, upon which a dizzying entrance portal welcomes worshippers. The synagogue proudly stands in what was the thriving Jewish Quarter until the Second World War, and symbolises a turbulent history that has been recovered from remarkably.
Groningen’s primary artistic expression is painting and sculpture and all of the city’s published pieces are daring and dynamic. Scattered across the city are over 400 public art pieces, many of which are sculptures. One of the most notable is the Rem Koolhaus Urinal, a glass receptacle upon which citizens are encouraged to urinate.
Undoubtedly Groningen’s most dynamically designed building, the Groninger Museum epitomises the daring dynamism of the city’s designers. With its curvaceous cacophony of colour, the water surrounded vessel house intriguing collections of both classic and contemporary art. If you can detach your eyes from the intriguing exterior, the interior provides an artistic banquet of prominent works and revolutionary modernism.
Located in the luscious and historic heart of the city centre, the refined ‘t Feithhuis is a social and sublime restaurant in which to enjoy an energetic atmosphere and delectable Dutch dishes. Like this unique city, the menu combines the classic with the futuristic and the regional with the global; freshly caught fish and tender roasted meat are guaranteed to delight even discerning palates. (Martinikerkhof 10, 9712 JG Groningen, the Netherlands)