Highlights of Nijmegen

Highlights of Nijmegen

Bridge over the Waal river

Bridge over the Waal river

Nijmegen claims to be the oldest city in the Netherlands. It is not the only city with that claim, but with a history that goes back over 2000 years it is certainly old.

Nijmegen was home to emperors (Frederick I Barbarossa had a residence there, and Charlemagne probably lived there for a while) and dukes.

Right now Nijmegen is one of the largest cities of the country. If you plan to visit Nijmegen, then here is a list of five places that you must see while you are there. You can easily visit all five on a daytrip, for example during a two hour walking tour of the city. Or spread them out over several days, and visit the beautiful countryside around Nijmegen too!

Kronenburg Park

Kronenburg Park

Kronenburg Park (also known as Kronenburger Park) is a park near the station. Inside the park are remnants of the medieval city walls and the 15th century Kruittoren, a gun powder storage tower.

Waalkade quay

Floating pancake restaurant at the Waalkade quay

Floating pancake restaurant at the Waalkade quay

From the Waalkade (quay of the river Waal) you can have some nice views over the river. There are many restaurants, bars and cafes (even some floating restaurants), and in summer you can sit outside on the quay, enjoying your dinner or drink.

Valkhof Park

Ruins of a castle in the Valkhof park

Ruins of a castle in the Valkhof park

A beautiful park with some spectacular views of the river Waal. In the park you can find the ruins of two chapels that were once part of the residence of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. The emperor probably built his castle on the remnants of Charlemagne’s palace. The original Roman settlement was probably also here.

If you have time, visit the nearby Valkhof museum (website). Its archaeological section has a large collection of objects from prehistoric, roman and medieval times, many of which were found in or around the park.

Grote Markt square

Grote Markt

Grote Markt

The main square of Nijmegen. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants here where you can enjoy a drink or meal, inside or (when the weather allows it) outside. There are several historic buildings around the square. The largest one is the Waag (Weigh house), a public building where goods were weighed.

St Stephen’s Church

St Stephen's Church

St Stephen’s Church

The 13th century St Stephen’s Church was heavily damaged during the second world war, but restored to its former glory in the 1950s and 1960s. Inside the church is the tomb and burial monument of Catharine of Bourbon, duchess of Guelders.

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