Top reasons why

Easily accessible, safe, a great host and home to many international festivals and events. Discover the top reasons why you should choose Groningen as your next host city. 


Everything within walking distance

Once you enter the historic city center of Groningen, everything is just a stone’s throw away. The compact, car-free center is dominated by pedestrians and cyclists, without the droves of tourists you’ll find in Amsterdam.

Safe, inclusive & internationally oriented

Groningen was voted the safest city in the Netherlands in 2012 and 2015 and has some of the cleanest air in the country. Friendly, down to earth and progressive, and home to over 120 different nationalities. The University Medical Center is one of the biggest hospitals in the Netherlands, involved in cutting-edge scientific research and providing top notch healthcare. 

A great host

With more than 25 hotels, you won’t have trouble finding a place to spend the night. And there’s no shortage of inspiring conference locations either, all with top notch digital infrastructure. For all types of meetings, conferences, conventions and trade fairs, from large capacity venues to intimate gems.

Home to acclaimed international festivals and events

In 2017, Groningen hosted a total of 71 international conferences. The city also proudly hosts Eurosonic, the biggest European music showcase festival, and is the host city of Odyssey, the world’s largest Blockchain and A.I. hackathon. In 2020, Groningen will host the 19th AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) World Congress.

“The biggest city in the north of the Netherlands, it’s most famous for its cycling culture, but this little university city also has beautiful canals, historic buildings and the youngest average population in the country.”

The Independent

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