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  • Gunpowder Tower from the Rondeel
    Gunpowder Tower from the Rondeel
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    Nijmegen Waal Road Bridge
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    Former Belgian Consulate

    by egonwegh Updated Mar 1, 2009

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    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'.

    Nijmegen, 'Belgian Consulate'
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    Cemetery Daalseweg

    by egonwegh Updated Nov 19, 2008

    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.

    Cemetery Daalseweg
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    Transformation of town district Volksbelang

    by egonwegh Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    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.

    Nijmegen, urban renewal 'Volksbelang' (2008)

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    Nijmegen Parks #2 - Valkhof

    by johngayton Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    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.

    The Belvedere River View with Road Bridge River View with Barge
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    Nijmegen Parks #3 - Hunnerpark

    by johngayton Written Oct 27, 2008

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    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.

    Sculptures Outside The Old City Wall St Petrus Canisius More Sculpures - What of I don't know!
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    Nijmegen Parks #1 - Kronenburger Park

    by johngayton Written Oct 27, 2008

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    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!

    Gunpowder Tower from the Rondeel The Lake in the Park
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    Marikenstraat

    by egonwegh Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    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.

    Nijmegen, Marikenstraat
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    Statue Ponyrijden (Pony riding)

    by egonwegh Updated Sep 2, 2008

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    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.

    Nijmegen, statue Ponyrijden (d'Hont 1967)
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    Kronenburgerpark, pond and grotto

    by egonwegh Written Sep 2, 2008

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    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.

    Nijmegen, Kronenburgerpark, pond and grotto
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    Goffertpark, Kinderboerderij

    by egonwegh Updated May 16, 2008

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    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!

    Nijmegen, Goffert children's farm, plastic cow
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    Nijmegen - sculptures

    by egonwegh Written Jul 29, 2007

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    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.

    Sculpture, J. Uiterwaal, Nijmegen Railway Station
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    Climb the Donjon

    by egonwegh Updated May 6, 2007

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    [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!

    Donjon ticket
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    Nijmegen, the Valkhof - Donjon

    by egonwegh Updated May 6, 2007

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    [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.

    Nijmegen Donjon (reconstruction)
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    Concerts in the Hortus Arcadia (2005)

    by egonwegh Updated Jul 31, 2006

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    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.

    Singer & pianist performing songs by Jacques Brel
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    Kronenburg Park (Frank Boeijen)

    by bobbert Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    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):

    Kronenburg Park
    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....

    Hahahahahahaha.

    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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