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My Local Friend

Practice your newfound Dutch skills can be tough in the Netherlands: everyone just starts talking to you in English. City Central’s My Local Friend programme was dreamt up in 2017, and has matched hundreds of native Dutch speakers with foreign residents who want to improve their Dutch skills.

Fietsers fietsenstalling station

(Pretty much) all you need to know about biking in Groningen

Groningen is made for bikes – literally. The city is designed to make cycling the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to get from point A to point B. But for new residents in the city, figuring out the rules can be daunting. Here’s (pretty much) everything you need to know about buying a bicycle in Groningen, learning to bike safely, and how Groningen became the world’s premier cycling city.

Groninger Museum

Here & Now: the agenda for all your events

Here & Now is an agenda where you can find all cultural and social events in Groningen in English. They show all kinds of events, from music, movies, exhibitions and performances to cozy hobby meetups, vintage sales and informal gatherings. Connecting its locals, internationals and tourists to the diverse cultural life of Groningen!