Nijmegen (map) has many beautiful sights, showing you the story of the oldest city in the Netherlands. The town’s written history goes back to the first century BC, when a Roman military settlement was established at this place.
World-famous among hiking enthusiast, the city annually hosts the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen. It’s the largest multi-day walking event in the world and comes with a range of festivities.
Grote Markt (map). As a central point in the city the Grote Markt offers the perfect location to explore Nijmegen from and also enjoy the local atmosphere.
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Few Roman remains are visible today; a fragment of the old city wall can be seen near the casino and the foundations of the amphitheatre are traced in the paving of the present-day Rembrandtstraat (map). The Valkhof Museum (map), on the Valkhof, has a permanent display of the history of Nijmegen, including artifacts from the Roman era.
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Kronenburgerpark (map). The Kronenburgerpark is a wonderful public area to walk through and enjoy some beautiful scenery and old castle ruins. Located in-between the main railway station and the old town centre, the park is easy to get to on foot.
Lange Hezelstraat (map). Spanning from the northern edge of the Kronenburgerpark, to the small square at the intersection between Ganzenheuvel and Houtstraat, the street is lined with many different shops and restaurants.
You can find anything from vintage clothes stores, to record stores and liquor parlours, and the old architecture of the buildings also adds an extra depth to the character of the street.
Nijmegen has many hotels, although budget options are remarkably limited. The opposite is true for high-end lodging. Finding a place to sleep during the summer festival and the four day’s marches is absolutely impossible. Everything will be booked full months in advance. To give you an idea; during these days the population of Nijmegen swells from 160,000 to 1,800,000.
The surrounding area of Nijmegen is unique in that it has to offer almost every landscape type available in the Netherlands. Rent a bicycle and start exploring the river landscape of the Ooijpolder to the northeast, the forested hills around Groesbeek to the east, the drier heath landscape to the south or, if you insist, the typically Dutch flat lowlands to the west.
There are many ready-made cycle routes you can try > Nijmegen Cycle Route – Exploring the head of the Rhine Delta. Distance: 46 or 34 km.