Groningen is a city with many faces. For the Dutch, Groningen is in the first place a student-city, but a rich history has also provided the city with historical buildings, courtyards and of course ‘Uncle Loek’s Horse’. Modern architecture can also be found, and Goningen’s sporty side reflects in the fact it has been chosen ‘world’s best bicycling city. Of all the old Dutch towns, Amsterdam, Leiden and Groningen possess the greatest number of almshouses. Due to these islands of tranquillity, the inner city of Groningen has remained a pleasant residential area. It is possible to make a walking tour past the Groningen Gasthuizen (Almshouses).