The Martinitoren (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑrˈtinitoːrə(n)]; Martini or St. Martin's Tower) is the highest church steeple in the city of Groningen, Netherlands and the bell tower of the Martinikerk.Make Martinitoren a part of your Groningen vacation plans using our Groningen day trip planner.
The tower is located at the north-eastern corner of the Grote Markt (Main Market Square). It contains a brick spiral staircase consisting of 260 steps, and the carillon within the tower contains 62 bells. The tower is considered one of the main tourist attractions of Groningen and offers a view over the city and surrounding area. The front of the tower shows three pictures above the entrance: the blind poet Bernlef, Saint Martinus and Rudolf Agricola. All three are men are linked to the history of Groningen. The tower is tilting about 0.6 m, according to reports the tower has a foundation of only three metres deep. The citizens of Groningen call their tower d'Olle Grieze, meaning the old grey one in the local dialect.
Enjoyed our visit of the Martinitoren - seeing the tower bells and hearing the carillon play while being close to the tower clocks and enjoying a great view of the city was definitely worthwhile. 261.... more »
Groningen is certainly underrated... if you do get a chance to visit, don’t miss out on climbing the 260-stairs all the way to the top! There are some breaks along the way, fortunately! After the... more »
Really interesting tower. The view is so nice. The bells sounds really great !
Great place and history in Groningen. Tickets from tourist information kiosk across the road in the square (marked VVV). Very tight stairwells in parts, but well worth seeing this tower, which when built was the highest tower in Europe.
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