The Woodlands in the Nijmegen region are waiting to be explored by you. Existing areas are expanding and new once such as the Geldersepoort Nature reserves are purchased to give nature free rein again.
The forests of Nijmgen are the residence for many animals, it is a great place to discover for young and old. The moraine on witch the city of nijmegen is located was punched up by glacial ice during the second ice age. At some places the moraine reaches heights over 90 meters above Amsterdam Ordnance Datum. This means astonishing views over the woodlands, polders and river Waal.
The most ridiculous building in town
The Bisschop Hamerhuis is a must see if you like freakish architecture. A quite boring 19th century building, until someday, someone for some reason decided it was a good idea to plant a Chinese pagoda on top of it. The result is....well....unusual.
Entrance granted by the gatekeeper
Nijmegen had many citygates in medieval town that was surrounded by a defensive wall. The names of these gates can still be found in streetnames, but none of them has been saved in the running of times. The "Molen-poort" (Mills gate), "Hunnen-poort" (Huns-gate) and "Hezel-poort" (Hezel-gate) are such names. Most famous is the "Sint Anthonis-poort" where a monumental stone remembers the town's hero that stood up against the Spanjards holding the city during various decades in the eighties year independance war of The Netherlands. His bold attack however failed, he returned to the river and drowned (his harnas was to heavy). He is buried in the Saint Stevens.
Greens on various sides
The citycentre of Nijmegen is surrounded by greenzones. Most famous - also because the Dutch (pop)musical hitsong of the "Frank Boeijen-Groep" with the same name - is the Kronenburgpark. This park is a true green beauty and one can find many students here on warm summerdays (studying, reading, mingling). Other parks and greens are the Valkhof-area that flows over in the (traffic busy) emperor Trajanus square and park, as well as the "singels" leading from the bridge to the emperor "Karels" square.
Clamped in between the kays and the uppertown
Hidden in a corner along the kays and under the high raising walls of the uppertown, stand the small Besienderhouse. This monumental, but particularly beautiful house, should not be forgotten in the walk through Nijmegen. It is build around 1525 as the tole house for the Waal-river. Boats passing Nijmegen had to pay tole here.
Fun for little children............
Amusementpark Tivoli & Circus Fun City
A indoor and outdoor playing arena for children from 2 to 12 years old.
All kinds of amusement like:
Indoor Playing Arena, Mini Rollercoaster, little boats, laughing mirrors, swings and so on.
Oude Kleefsebaan 116, 6571-BK, Berg en Dal
Hitler had Leni Riefenstahl, Stalin had Joris Ivens. Both were talented filmers, and both had plenty of ambition but absolutely no conscience whatsoever. But while Riefenstahl has been widely condemned for her propagandafilms for the nazi's, Joris Ivens has become some sort of a hero, despite the fact that his films glorified the regime of Stalin (and later Mao as well) and that he saw no problem in using slaves in his films, people of which he knew that they would be murdered as soon as the film was completed, but who he regarded as "weed" anyway. His birth-town of Nijmegen honours this dispicable man in several ways, and even named a square after him.
Various landscapes around Nijmegen
Rent a bike and cycle through the hills of Berg en Dal (East of Nijmegen) towards Germany. Go back through the Ooijpolder. This tour will bring you through two enormous different landscapes and enchantes you with wide riverviews, pictoresk little villages (sometimes no more then a church, a café and a few farmhouses) and beautiful forests.
Wijchen is very near to...
Wijchen is very near to Nijmegen. It has a lovely castle. For more information you can visit my castles travelogue in my Netherlands page, or visit the Dutch castles site:
More information on European castles and palaces in the comprehensive Castle Point page!!!
Go skating on the Oude Waal in the Ooijpolder, east of Nijmegen. I cannot skate, but Jennie is quite good at it and she still grabs the opportunity whenever she has the chance to do so.
- Adventure Travel
Stunning but Hidden
This church is hidden, in eastern Nijmegen outer Groesbeekseweg, it is called nebo klooster. A fine reward for the weary uphill walk or bike ride, as the buses are infrequent!
- Religious Travel
De Walvis (The Whale)
De Walvis ("The Whale"). That's what people call this building. Inside, technicians are overseeing and coordinating movements of ships on a long stretch of the river Waal.
The wooden structure
The wooden structure in one of the towers. Can you imagine, this is wood from the 15th century and it is still here!
Mary, holding the infant Jesus, depicted as the patron saint of sailors. Mosaic by Hans Truijen (1966) at the Groene Balkon ("Green Balcony") close to the river Waal.
Nijmegen on a rainy day, November 2004 ; 15th-century Glashuis Chapel with the tower of the St. Stevenskerk (St. Stephen's Church) in the background.
- Historical Travel
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