Our Personal Travel Tips
Especially during the summer, Nijmegen turns into a vibrant city. From the Four Day Marches to the city beach Waalstrand, we have summed up the best things for you to do in Nijmegen this summer.
Four Day Marches
The Four Days Marches are a walking achievement event for four consecutive days, in which annually tens of thousands walkers are participating. On those days, people from all over the world come to Nijmegen to walk in and around the city and its beautiful wooded surroundings. Thousands of spectators are cheering on the walkers along the route every day. After four days of walking, a glorious entry along the Via Gladiola awaits the walkers, followed by the distribution of their well-deserved Four Days Medal. Besides the walking, the whole city celebrates during these days. The festivities start the weekend before the Four Day Marches. From Saturday the 15th of July until Friday the 21st of July you can choose from more than 1,000 performances spread across no fewer than 40 different stages. There is something for everyone, whether you like pop, rock, latin, dance or techno.
City Beach Waalstrand
If the weather is nice and sunny, bring your own plaid and relax at one of the little beaches by the Waal. You can even bring your own BBQ so you can stay all evening, eating and drinking together with your friends. Eventually, a fleece blanket or a warm vest will probably be necessary though.
Just outside of Nijmegen is a beautiful nature reserve called the Ooijpolder. Perfect for a good walk, or rent a bike and explore this lovely green site. Take a break at Oortjeshekken and enjoy a delicious lunch, before you head back.
Located next to the city center this is the perfect place to have a picnic and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
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Other things to add to your bucketlist for a summer in Nijmegen:
- Climb the Stevens Tower;
- Have a drink at the Kaaij, De Hemel or Blonde Pater;
- Get a tan at the Waal beach;
- It doesn’t get more Dutch than a museum about bicycles, so visit Velorama;
- Eat these famous Nijmeegse snacks: discodel, broodje spé, Nijmeegse toeter, Marikenbrood;
- Cheer on N.E.C., the soccer club of Nijmegen;
- Visit MuZIEum, where you can take special tours in absolute darkness to experience what life would be like if you were blind;
- Cross the bridges of Nijmegen by bike;
- Visit one of the many concept stores;
- Have a burger at Funkenstein (they also have great vega burgers!);
- Go shopping in the oldest shopping street of the country: the Lange Hezelstraat
- Have coffee at the skylounge of the Erasmus building (20th floor)
- Dance the night away or attend a concert at Doornroosje / Attend a concert or festival at the Goffertpark.
Only a few hours to spare?
Go to the Grote Markt, sit outside at one of the many cafés – for instance the Waagh - and enjoy a beer or a soda, surrounded by some of the most beautiful old buildings in Nijmegen.