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Preparing your trip to Groningen: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Groningen 1. The most beneficial way to make calls to other cities and countries is to use special telephones that can be found on every street of the city. You will need to use special plastic cards to pay for your calls. As a rule, these cards can be conveniently purchased at any newsstand. Sometimes you can see machines that accept payments by coins.
2. The majority of shops and trading centers open at 9:00 and work until 18:00. Saturday is usually a short working day, so small shops can close at 16:00. As a rule, only large supermarkets and shopping malls work on Sunday.
3. Bicycle is the most common type of transportation in Groningen. Such a number of cyclists can hardly be seen in any other city of the country. Virtually the entire central part of the city is dedicated to bikes. There are also special bike lanes near all main transport routes.
4. Travelers, who expect to rent a car, will need a driving license of the international class, as well as a credit card for deposit purpose. Motorists should take into account that some streets in the center of the city may be closed for vehicles.
5. Banks and other governmental agencies work on week days from 9:00 to 16:00. Currency is better to be exchanged in special «GWK» offices, which can be found near the railway station. Exchange offices work seven days a week, Sunday is considered a short working day. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. Bus is known as the main form of public transport. You can use it to get not only to all parts of the city, but also to the city’s suburbs. Tourists who arrive in Groningen for the first time are recommended to buy a city map that depicts all main public transport routes.
7. Service charges are already included in the total bill in the majority of restaurants. As a rule, the amount of service charges is 10 - 15% of the total due sum. Taxi drivers should also be awarded with a small cash reward. 10% of the amount will be sufficient.
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8. The city is distinguished by extreme purity, so tourists should also obey the established order. Rubbish should be disposed to special boxes only, and in parks visitors can make picnics in specially designated areas only.
9. Fans of nightlife should go for a walk to the central area of the city, which is home to numerous entertainment venues, restaurants and bars.
10. In the evening you can walk safely in the city center only, because there are always many people despite the time of day. Exploring remote areas of Groningen is better to be done together with a guide.
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What to visit being in Groningen - unique sights

Slauerhoff

From the series “The most unusual and strange bridges on Earth”
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Travelling to Groningen - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Groningen. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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