This is one of the Memorials in Groenewoud Park.
Favorite thing: Lt Col Frost was in command of 2 Battalion The Parachute Regiment which dropped 6 miles west of Arnhem on Sunday 17th September 1944. The task of this battalion was to seize the main bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem and to hold this bridge until the arrival of 30 Corps.
The ''John Frost Bridge ''over the Rhine in Arnhem
Favorite thing: The John Frost Bridge was build in the 1930's ,1932 untill 1935. This bridge was build to carry traffic from Nijmegen to Arnhem and back.
During WW2 this bridge endured major damage because of the battle of Arnhem which was fought mainly at this bridge.
A Bridge Too Far ,the name of the movie that was made to illustrate the battles fought here. More info at following tips.
The Parachute drop of '' Market Garden ''
Favorite thing: The Battle of Arnhem ,also code named.
Operation Market Garden .
In September 1944 ,British ,Polish and American airborne forces were dropped near the village '' Wolfheze ''a ways from Arnhem .
Several droppping zones were used .
The operation was designed to capture the bridges over the rivers from Arnhem to Belgium. It did not work out the way it was planned .As you will read in the following tips the operation went sour because of the strong resistance of the German troups that were around the area.The Bridge over the Rhine was '' One Bridge too Far ''.
The Post Office
Favorite thing: This is definitely one of the most attractive buildings of the Arnhem’s city center. I guess it is its special shape that draws so much attention. The beautiful ornaments are definitely worth a look. There are also a lot of terraces in the area, so you can find a nice spot where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and to have a great view on the building.
Favorite thing: If you arrived to Arnhem and not sure about where to go and what to do, you can always step by a "VVV" tourist information office, which is located right by the cntral train station.
I would not suggest you to by any brochures or poscards in their shops, because they are overpriced, in my opinion. But you can always talk to the office representative to get all the info needed.
Address: Willemsplein 8
Website: VVVPLUS Arnhem
Favorite thing: You may spot this house right by the entrance to the Sonsbeek Park. As I was told by Pavlik_NL soon it is going to be a Water Museum. How soon? Nobody knows, but it's a great idea of creating such a museum.
Unfortunately, Arnhem doesn't promote itself as a tourst destination on an international level, that is why there is almost no infromation in Eglish that can be found in Internet.
VT is lucky to have Paul as a member here, if you have any questions about this city just give him a shout. I'm sure he'll be glad to help.
- Museum Visits
Favorite thing: The city if Arnhem had four gates, three of them were destroyed and only one, the Sablespoort, has survived. This impressive piece of architecture once served as a family house, tax office, jail, and even mental institution. Take a walk through the gate to the Rhine river and enjoy a walk along the water.
Special Guests in Arnhem: Lori and Hans
Favorite thing: After my first VT-meeting in Breda, where I met Lori and Hans (Waalewiener) in person, I was just waiting impatiently until the would arrive on our appointment in Arnhem two days later. We made a "grand tour" through town and a scenic drive in the surroundings. The day after we went to Groesbeek and climbed the Eusebius-tower to ring the bell (I think I will make this a tradition on VT-meetings her. Lori and Hans ... hope to meet again and stay in touch!
Special Guests in Arnhem: Nathalie_B
Favorite thing: Around the same time as the visit of Lunatique in Arnhem I met Nathalie_B in Breda. It was such good fun and a few weeks later I got a call at work from Nathalie, in which she told me that she just got a study-project about Arnhem and asking if I could start doing her homework (-: Well, of course, I could! The weekend she visited together with her schoolmate Laura and we walked through town. Hopefully next time we can throw in a bit of night-life as well, Nathalie ...
Special Guests in Arnhem: Lunatique
Favorite thing: Inviting people over to show my hometown Arnhem is definately one of my favourite things. Since VT I have had the pleasure of guiding around some members as well as friends and here I want to present them to all other VT-ers. The premiere was there for "Lunatique", when she started to study in the Arnhem neighborhood, coming all the way from Jakarta - Indonesia.
Favorite thing: Duivelshuis (Devil House) is now a part of the City Hall. It was built in 1545 and got his name because of the satyrs that are shown by door sides. The statue on the top of the building belongs to Duke Karel van Gelre who built the Duivelshuis which is now attached to a new City Hall building.
Nature in the middle of Arnhem
Favorite thing: In Arnhem nature can be found almost on every corner, that what makes the city so special, I think. Right in the middle of Arnhem, just a short walk from the city center you'll find the Sonsbeek Park. We walked through the park on a hot sunny Saturday. People were enjoying their day off, kids were playing in the water, students brought their homework to the green grass. Everyone seemed to be soo relaxed. And the views are beautiful, don't forget your camera.
- Theme Park Trips
Arnhem's nickname: The Hague of the East
Favorite thing: Already for centuries the nickname of Arnhem is "Het Haagje van het Oosten", referring to the governemental town in the West The Hague". This came because of the many nobility that lived in and around Arnhem as well as the governemental role it always had in the Eastern parts of The Netherlands.
Strangely enough it is also determened in the similarities that both towns have in architecture. A large variation in styles, but jumping out the "herenhuizen" (gemtlemen's houses) and patrician buildings (rich traders). This - sometimes castleshaped domestic places are still there, though now-a-days so expensive to own, that most of them are belonging to businesses or are devided in small parts and rented out to ... students.
Fondest memory: A recent nice memory is the guiding around of VT-visitors that I met and became friends with.
Nathalie (_B), thanks for being there in this world and now even - relatively - close (Breda) so I can show you a little bit of my world.
Mimi (lunatique), so nice to meet you and for some time have you as my neighbor in Wageningen. Hope to make some bikingtours with you soon.
Bridges, connecting North and South
Favorite thing: Bridges are of ultimate importance to any town that has a river running in between it's neighborhoods. Already more then a century the steel bow bridge connects Arnhem with the roads to Nijmegen and further South, but with building whole townparts on the other side of the Rhine (after WW 2) Arnhem needed more bridges to keep the traffic going. Therefor a new bridge was build and later on also the ringroadbridge. Now Arnhem has (not naming the railwaybridge) three riverbank connections:
* the John Frost or "Old" bridge (the famous "bridge too far")
* the Nelson Mandela bridge or "Roermondsplein" or simple "New bridge
* the Andrei Sacharov or "Pley" bridge
On the picture it's the "new" bridge that - if you look correctly has enormous letters glued on it's concrete sides. The letters state words like "Blauwe Lucht" (=blue sky), "De Zee" (the sea), "Indonesië" (= Indonesia) and "De Utopie" (= the utopia). This is a left over from one of the Sonsbeek Art-festivals, that are held every 4 years in Arnhem.
Distributing electricity and it's invoices
Favorite thing: NUON is one of the leading Dutch NUTS-companies, that is a Dutch word for gas, water and electricity producing and distributing companies. They only thing that is realy NUTS with them is the higth of the invoices as The netherlands are definately not cheap in that. Where all this money goes to ... well take a look at the picture and judge yourself. It's the headquarters of NUON in Arnhem. Clearly visible with it's huge glass roof it is built on the Northern banks of the river Rhine immediately across the street from the (modern) art-museum.
Fondest memory: A nice thnig you can also see on this aireal picture are the houseboats on the river Rhine.
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