Contact Info

Prof. dr. Floris van der Tak

vdtak AT

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

phone: +31 50 363 8753

Landleven 12

secr: +31 50 363 4019

9747 AD Groningen

fax: +31 50 363 4033

The Netherlands

office: Kapteynborg (5419), room 294

Travel to Groningen

The easiest is to take a flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). From the airport, direct trains go up to Groningen every hour; or every 30 minutes with a change of trains in Zwolle. The train ride takes about 2 hours; see here for the schedule.

Alternatively, you may take a flight to Bremen Airport (in Germany), which is served by several low-cost carriers. There is a direct bus service to Groningen every two hours: see here for the schedule. Taking the train or renting a car are other options.

People coming by car should be aware that parking on the university campus is only possible with a permit. Visitor permits (valid for one day) can be obtained from the SRON secretary upon arrival.

The institute is at the university campus North of town, whereas all hotels are located downtown. To get to campus from the city, take bus 11 from Grote Markt (=the main square) or bus 15 from A-Kerkhof, in direction Zernike. Get off at Nijenborgh, which is the second stop after passing under the highway. The astronomy department is in the low, brown building on the left (West) side of the street, opposite the blue building with the telescope on the roof.

Hotels in Groningen

Martini Hotel: business hotel downtown

Schimmelpenninck Huys: classic hotel downtown, with a good restaurant

Best Western City Hotel: business hotel downtown (opposite the casino!)

University guest house: affordable, close to many restaurants and bars

Hotel De Ville: the "luxury" choice

Mercure Hotel: away from downtown, but close to the highway: a good choice for those coming by car

Hotel de Doelen: on Main Square, in the heart of the night life

Restaurants in Groningen

Ni Hao (Chinese wok-it-yourself): Kattendiep

Humphreys (classical food): Vismarkt

Four Roses (Mexican): Oosterstraat

Cave Oporto (Portugese): Brugstraat

Satéhuis (Indonesian): Herestraat

Feithhuis (classical): Martinikerkhof