Experience the fascinating history of Nijmegen

Nijmegen, Gelderland, The Netherlands

Hiking route: 421248

based on 5 reviews

Provided by: VVV Arnhem-Nijmegen

3.9 km
00:58 h
222 kcal
37 m


Fortified city and Hanseatic city Nijmegen is a beautiful historic city that forms the perfect backdrop for a city walk. It is the oldest city in the Netherlands with a history that goes back about 2000 years. You can see that in all the historic buildings you encounter along the way. You will also pass various listening points with memories of the Second World War.

An ancient Roman settlement
This walk takes you right through the center of Nijmegen. You will pass the Oppidum Batavorum, the oldest Roman settlement in the Netherlands, which was founded around the year 10 BC. The name of this place means'fortified place of the Batavians\\\' and it served as an administrative center for the Batavan. That made it easier for the Romans to exert influence in this area. In this old settlement mainly traders, craftsmen and officials lived. A mixture of Batavian and Roman culture arose in this settlement.

Historic sites
Other sights in Nijmegen were added much later, such as the Mariënburg chapel from 1430. You also walk past various listening points where you can listen to special stories from the Second World War. How about, for example, the story of the resistance hero Jan van Hoog who kept an eye on German activities on and around the Waal bridges for months.

The Valkhof
At the end of the route you walk through Het Valkhof, a beautiful park on the outskirts of Nijmegen. The park is located on a hill with a beautiful view over the Waal. This elevation in the landscape used to be used by the Batavians. You used to find the largest and oldest castle in the Netherlands here, but only a ruin remains.

Reading tip! Roman heritage

Long ago, the Arnhem Nijmegen region was part of the Roman Empire. If you cycle or walk around here you will come across all kinds of traces from Roman times. Would you like to know more about the remains of the Roman Empire in this region? Then read the article' Roman traces in the south of Gelderland'.

Looking for fascinating stories, beautiful routes or nice places for a break in Gelderland? Read more here.
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Tour tip; Hiking with kids! Routes up to 5 km are ideal

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VVV Arnhem-Nijmegen

The Arnhem Nijmegen region is characterized by special areas such as the Land van Maas and Waal between the two rivers and the Betuwe. Cycle or walk through beautiful nature reserves, vibrant city centers and along the rivers.

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
Kelfkensbos, 6511RT, Nijmegen, Gelderland, The Netherlands 0.00 km
R6: Oudste Romeinse nederzetting (Kelfkensbos, 6511SZ, Nijmegen, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.07 km
M22: Mariënburgkapel (Mariënburg, 6511PS, Nijmegen, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.54 km
L15: Het Amerikaanse vergissingsbombardement (Raadhuishof, 6511PW, Nijmegen, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.81 km
M18: Mariken van Nieumeghen (Nijmegen, 6511KA, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 1.31 km
L14: 'Eenmaal in je leven iets goeds doen…' Verzetsheld Jan van Hoof (Lange Hezelstraat, 6511ZK, Nijmegen, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 1.98 km


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