Former convent of the Third Order Franciscans and former Belgian Consulate, constructed by the architect J.W. Michielsen (1887). There's apparently a restaurant or some kind of catering establishment on the ground floor, which we did not visit. The style is 'international eclecticism influenced by neo-Renaissance'.
Visit the cemetery Daalseweg if you are interested in funerary monuments. You'll find some interesting tombs, and several prominent citizens of Nijmegen have found their final resting place here. Prior to your visit, you may want to read this entry in Wikipedia (Dutch): Begraafplaats Daalseweg
Opening hours: every day of the week, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The small town district 'Volksbelang' is currently undergoing a transformation. The facades are being preserved (centre of picture), whereas the rest of the houses - inner walls, roofs etc. - has already been demolished, so that the houses may be rebuilt with the use of new materials.
The Valkhof is the main hill here in the city with great views both over the city and the river. This was the site of Nijmegens castle before it was demolished in 1797 - by some accounts this was in order to sell off the bricks. All that remains of the former castle are a couple of ruins - the former chapel and the Barberossa.
There are still some remains of the city wall here and the restored Belvedere, which seems to now be a cafe, overlooking the road bridge.
Going to the east towards the road bridge is the city's third park, the Hunnerpark. This is outside the remains of this section of the old city walls and contains within it some interesting sculpures.
This is a pleasant little park abutting the remains of the old city walls to the west of the city centre. The park has a small lake and a pair of restored towers from when the city was fortified - the towers being the Gunpowder Tower and the Rondeel.
This is an ideal spot for your takeaway lunchtime sandwich when the sun's out. Also very pretty in the autumn!
The Marikenstraat, the latest addition to the street plan in the town centre of Nijmegen. A two tier promenade with over 40 shops, this street was created a couple of years ago virtually 'out of the blue' with the purpose of connecting two older shopping areas.
Statue "Ponyrijden" (Pony riding), by Pieter d'Hont (1967). The material used is bronze. Very recognizable and very true to nature. Unfortunately, someone had just applied orange paint to parts of the statue.
The pond and the highly romantic grotto where lovers used to go so as not to be seen by other visitors of the park. I've read somewhere that this artificial grotto - which had been closed to the public for maybe several decades - has been restored again. But the entrance still seems to be barred.
Kinderboerderij (Children's farm) at the Goffertpark. Our two nieces sitting on a plastic cow. On their mother's side of the family, the girls can pride themselves on at least thirteen generations of ancestors who were farmers - spanning four hundred years - all the way back to some guy called Willem Wessels, who was a farmer on the Kampereiland in the early seventeenth century!
Sandstone sculpture entitled "Three standing figures" (1953) by Dutch sculptor Jo Uiterwaal (1897-1972). In front of the Nijmegen central railway station. It's been standing here in the exact same place for as long as I can remember.
[The donjon, temporarily re-erected in the year 2005, has been dismantled again] -
Climb the Donjon - that's what we did in April 2006 (only we took the elevator to ascend the tower and climbed down afterwards ...). It gives you an impression of the former giant tower that stood on the Valkhof Hill until the end of the 18th century. Reconstructed by means of modern day scaffolding and printed textiles - see pictures elsewhere on my pages. I felt a bit shaky at first! The view was very nice indeed, I especially liked the new perspective it offered on the Waalbrug, the Valkhof Museum and the Carolingian Chapel right below us. On the other hand, as some have pointed out, the view is not entirely different from that of St Stephans Tower situated just a little further to the west. Too bad we did not take our cameras with us. Only 2 euro entrance fee - a right budget travel tip!
[The donjon, temporarily re-erected in the year 2005, has been dismantled again] - The giant tower, or donjon, of the Valkhof castle was demolished in the 1790s. But thanks to modern techniques (mostly scaffolding and printed textiles!), it was temporarily re-erected in 2005. It has been dismantled again, but it gave us a great impression of what the real thing must have looked like! Still, I am not in favour of rebuilding the tower in stone in some fanciful way ; if it is to be done in a more permanent manner at all - as many people advocate - it should be done with authentic materials.
Another year of occassional concerts in the Hortus Arcadia (Arcadian Garden) throughout the summer. I believe they call them Arcadian Garden Concerts or Arcadian Summer Concerts or something like that ... Heck, I really must try and find out what they're called.
Meanwhile, they've improved the stage setting and erected a tent, so that the concerts can continue even in bad weather ... 12 June 2005: singer van den Berg and pianist performing songs by Jacques Brel.
Kronenburg Park. A must see for every Frank Boeijen fan, best chansonnier in the Netherlands and pride of our town. Or, well, sort of anyway.
If you are a tourist and want to take something from Nijmegen with you, buy a Frank Boeijen CD with this song on it. Then go home, inivite your friends and sing along loudly. These are the words (if I remember correctly):
Ik weet niet wat jou zover heeft gebracht
Als ik jou zie 's avonds bij het park
de autolichten beschijnen je lichaam
zonder woorden, zonder herinnering.
Ik neem aan dat je nooit liefde hebt gekend
ook niet toen dat zo belangrijk voor je was
de woorden die bij jou horen zijn goedkoper dan ik dacht
In 1 seconde ging het regenen vannacht.
Ga die wereld uit, 1 seconde en reis snel door naar het paradijs
Ga die wereld uit, 1 seconde en kijk goed rond in het paradijs
en vraag niet naar de weg
want iedereen is de weg kwijt.
Op zoek naar geluk in Kronenburg park
thuis wacht een vrouw onwetend op haar man
ze heeft nooit iets gevoeld van zijn ontevredenheid
en alles blijft bij het oude, als hij weer naar huis rijdt
Ga die wereld uit....
The last line is the best one. Do not forget the typical Nijmegen dialect. Which means that it does not really matter if you might forget a line or two. Just mumble something slightly in tune. No Dutchman ever understands Frank Boeijen either.
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