Nijmegen Square

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Nijmegen is located close to the German border and considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands.  In 2005 the city celebrated 2000 years in existence and, according to history, this great city was once a Roman military camp in the first century BC.  The city grew and, among its many influential residents and natives, the name Van Halen should certainly stand out.  Nijmegen was the birthplace of Alex and Eddie Van Halen were two of the founding members of the famous rock band, Van Halen. 

Things to do in Nijmegen

A popular activity among the locals is to escape the city for a few hours and explore the nearby Valkhof Park. For those who wish to immerse themselves in true Dutch culture, simply make your way from the Waal quay to Grote Markt. The old buildings give the area an authentic appearance and the items on sale in this area are as traditional as they come.  If you are looking for a personal souvenir or gifts for loved ones back home, this is the perfect place to do your shopping.  There are also many cafés here so you can take a break from walking, enjoy a meal or something to drink and watch the people walk by.

As the guide takes you out exploring, you will pass structures like the Stadhuis and many interesting museums as well.  Their knowledge of the history of the city will make your tour both entertaining and educational.  Of course, if you prefer to guide yourself, all you need to do is make a list and plan your walks around the city.  Do some research on all the different buildings and look up reviews on the various restaurants and pubs so that you know the best places to grab a bite along the way.

A holiday in Nijmegen need not cost a fortune and saving money does not mean compromising on any fun.  The Dutch are famously friendly people so don’t be afraid to ask a local or two for their opinion.  If the weather is particularly lovely outside, many tourists enjoy taking their kids to the Kinderboerderij de Goffert for the day.  This animal farm is very well equipped with walking paths, train rides, a play area and more to keep everyone happy for hours.  By the time you return to your hotel accommodation in Nijmegen, your little ones are sure to be quite tired out!