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Groninger Museum, Martini Tower & Canal Rides in Groningen, Netherlands

Best things to do in Groningen Netherlands - Kayla Ihrig - Row houses along a canal filled with boats by Alexei Maridashvili on Unsplash

Row houses along a canal filled with boats. Photo by Alexei Maridashvili on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Kayla Ihrig of Writing from Nowhere about Groningen, Netherlands. Kayla’s tips for the best things to do in Groningen are awesome because she met her husband at Spanish School in Guatemala. Then, they moved to Groningen for five years to be with family. She loves how easy it is to live here and enjoy all the city has to offer.

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Bikes and row houses.

Groningen, Netherlands

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Groningen, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Groningen Netherlands - Kayla Ihrig - Martinitoren by Alexei Maridashvili on Unsplash

Martinitoren. Photo by Alexei Maridashvili on Unsplash.

Getting around Groningen

Kayla says to fly into either Eindhoven Airport (EIN) or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). You can then take a two-hour train ride to Groningen. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Kayla says that there’s no need to rent a car if you’re staying downtown. It’s best to take public transportation to get around the city. There are parts of the city where vehicles are not allowed. This is also why many locals and visitors walk or bike to get around. You can even rent public bikes at Central Station, Groningen North Station, Groningen Europapark Station or local businesses.

However, if you want to explore outside the city, consider renting a car. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Groningen Netherlands - Kayla Ihrig - Colorful houses of Reitdiephaven by Alvaro Sanchez on Unsplash

Colorful houses of Reitdiephaven. Photo by Alvaro Sanchez on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the Groningen, Netherlands podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Kayla Ihrig about Groningen, Netherlands. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Green dots = best things to do in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Groningen, Netherlands

Who is Kayla Ihrig?

Kayla Ihrig bought a one-way ticket out of the United States in 2017 and has spent most of her time abroad ever since. Pushed by the feeling that life was passing her by at her nine-to-five, she found work online and fumbled her way through an attempt at executing the exact lifestyle she wanted.

As a writer for publications like HubSpot and GoDaddy, she built an online business that now supports both her and her husband as they drift around the world. Her book ‘How To Be A Digital Nomad‘ is available worldwide on the 30th of January, 2024 (Amazon referal link).

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Here are a few articles that she’s written and the link to her new book releasing in January:

You can connect with Kayla on her website and social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Learn more about Kayla’s book. Support Kayla and this podcast by using our Amazon referral link.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Kayla’s tips for Groningen.

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Best things to do in Groningen Netherlands - Kayla Ihrig - The White Lamb windmill by Denise Jans on Unsplash

The White Lamb windmill. Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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