Arnhem has a long history of association with the textile industry and it's reckoned that the city had hundreds of clothes shops around the turn of the 18th into the 19th centuries. Although the shops no longer number in the hundreds the city is still regarded as the fashion capital of The Netherlands and there are dozens of high-end boutiques, particularly in the aptly-named Modekwartier.
In 1953 a local fashion designer, Elly Lamaker, started running courses at the Arnhem Academy of the Arts and over the years the fashion department has become one of the school's best known, both within The Netherlands and internationally.
A relatively recent initiative from the Academy has been the introduction of a two-yearly fashion festival in the city. The first event took place in 2005 and was known as the Arnhem Fashion Biennale. This was designed (so-to-speak) to put the city on the international fashion map.
The event, which was rebranded "MoBA" (Mode Biennale Arnhem) in 2013, is a mix of formal exhibitions, catwalk shows, talks and lectures and pretty much takes over the city for about six weeks. Visitors come from all over the world and within the fashion trade MoBA is ranked in the same league as such illustrious events as those of London, Paris and Milan. As well as being a trade show the events are popular with the public and the exhibitions themselves overflow into the city's parks and squares. This year, 2013, the theme was "Fetishism in Fashion" and the sub-theme running during my visit was "The Secret of the Apron" - hence the pics here.
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Finding Your Way Around
Although Arnhem is quite a widespread city its historical centre is very compact and very simple to navigate - every road leads to or from the Korenmarkt. If you arrive by train there's a useful city map which was located just inside the station's main entrance (note that it may have moved since then, as the station was a building site) but within the old city everything of interest is well-signposted.
There is a VVV tourist information office next to the station too where I assume you can get freebie maps and leaflets as well as the usual VVV stuff for sale.
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Showing off the wrong way
Arnhem has a tendensy of showing of ... the wrong way. Arnhem has so much to offer, but the towns promotional programm is below any standard. With a magnificent Zoo, the Open Air museum, the fifth most popular shoppingcentre, the river Rhine cruises, the National Park "Hoge Veluwe" incl. the Kröller-Muller museum and so much more ... one should think that Arnhem would be overrun by tourists, but ... no. Hopefully my pages on VT can contribute little to a better draw of visitors to this magnificent town on the Rhine.
One of the most beautiful riverships that I know has it's homebase in Arnhem. It's the Jules verne from the shippingcompany Heymen. It is mainly used for large exclusive parties and has a bridge that can automatically be lowered in case of low bridges have to be pased. Well, let the picture speak for itself.
One thing which can be said about all of the Netherlands is that bikes take preference over people. By this I mean that it is often quite difficult, as I tried, to get around purely on foot. Where cycle paths are everywhere, footpaths are not. I encountered, while walking from Oosterbeek to Kasteel Doorwerth, people will often stop and ask if you are alright if they see you on foot, as walking is clearly an alien concept! Though this did result in our being offered a lift, it is well worth renting a bike, as can be done in all national parks and cities.
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Shopping day on Thursday
Everybody is going out for shopping on Thursday evening.
The shops are open until 21:00 and the ambience is completely changed. On the shopping day will be more difficult to find a table in the good restaurants/pubs/bars and so on... As you all know shopping is increasing the appetite:)
They have also special offers on that day. The only things you can get for free are the hugs :):)
As everybody knows, the most common mean of transportation in Holland is the bicycle. If you haven't been in Holland you do not have the exact measure of this fact. They are everywhere and you cannot miss them so easy when you will come here. Take care when you cross the streets...the bicycles are more dangerous than the cars.
Arnhem is the only city in the Netherlands where you can find trolleybusses. For those who don't know the concept. A trolleybus is a combination of a tram and a bus. Basically it's just an electric bus, getting its power from powerlines above the road. Making them not very flexible but environmental friendly as there is no diesel exhaust.
Is it really Dutch??
So far I’ve seen street organs only in the Netherlands. This one we saw in Arnhem. Children seem to enjoy these things a lot, as well as tourists.
I was surprised to discovered that, what we usee to call the Dutch Organ is not Dutch at all. Read more interesting info here
Markets in Arnhem
Markets are in my opinion the most cosy ways of shopping (for groceries). Every town has one in The Netherlands and the products sold are always fresh and deliscious. Historically seen, the markets make up the city, as one of the most important priviliges within the cityrights was the allowance to have a market. Products from the surrounding area's were brought here to be sold to the public and still it's like this within many towns in The Netherlands. The prices are also a lot lower then in shops, so why not get a taste of the market in Arnhem.
Tuesday morning in Presikhaaf
Wednesday morning in Arnhem South (Drieslag)
Thursday morning i citycentre (Jansplaats)
Friday morning in citycentre (Church quare)
and Saturday again in citycentre
A custom from at least one local ... ME
If possible, I would be glad to guide any VT-visitor to Arnhem around. Of course I have my daytime job, but planned in advance I will always try my best to make your visiti to my hometown a complete and pleasant one. Arnhem is for sure worth visiting and deserves to have some embassadors that love the town as much as me. So, give me a mail and ... we'll look into the possibilities of "the full centre tour".
Ringing the bell in Arnhem
Within the Eusebius- churchtower in Arnhem, we present proudly one of the largest clocks in Europe to our visitors. Sliding along it by glass elevator, most non-residents are alllowed to ring the 10.000 kilograms clock. Not too loud of course, otherwise the rest of the trip will be rather silent (as for deafness). In the bell there is a inscription telling a poem commemorating the battle of Arnhem in which the old large clock was falling down in the collapsing churchtower and brooke in two.
In the food market which is located in the city center of Arnhem I've been introdued to a typical Dutch food (as I was told by Pavlik_NL).
Herring fish with a lot of onions on it. I couldn't believe I'm eating it in the middle of day, the smell stayed for another 5 hours in my mounth and on my fingers.
But it was a nice experience. It doesn't mean that I'm gonna eat it again, if I have to talk to other people after enjoying this type of food. ;-)
Queens day, Dutch national partytime.
Activities around our national holiday: Queens day at the 30st of April put Arnhem up-side-down. Livemusic on many locations and everything goes into a partymood. On the marketsquare is a huge freemarket for people who want to find that one item that they never saw in a shop.
Dress in orange (colour of the Dutch royal house) and you will be one of us. At night fireworks over the river Rhine are an official end to the festivities, though many party on until the next morning.
If you are near Ede, please...
If you are near Ede, please have a walk around Bennekom and it's castle, it's nicely restored and sometimes there are rare festivities on these grounds..
The castle is found along the Edeseweg between Bennekom and Ede and has the name 'Kasteel Hoekelum'.
Behind the castle you can have a walk in the very old forest.
You can visit lots of diffent...
You can visit lots of diffent types of musea during your stay, but do not forget to walk over the Grand National PArk The Hoge Veluwe when you have a chance, it's almost 85 square kilometers of forest in the middle of the Netherlands, though there are some vilages and some roads you can see animal life here on it's best, specially when you go early in the morning to a place called Planken Wambuis or Ginkelse Heide, see my traveloque for some pictures and details
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