The Romans knew what they were doing over 2,000 years ago in Noviomagus. The Nijmegen region has it all: a perfect position in a magnificent undulating river landscape between the Rhine, Meuse and Waal rivers with lush, fertile river soil in which fruit trees flourish and the branches of the vines reach for the sky.
Nowadays, you can still enjoy not only Roman archaeological remains but also Roman traditions in the Nijmegen region, such as the excellent custom of completely relaxing now and again in a sauna or spa to recharge your batteries. Do you prefer more active types of relaxation? You could hike the N70, a unique walk that takes you over eight ‘mountains’ through varied countryside and cultural history. Or cycle through the area known as the Betuwe, where you will be captivated by the blossom in spring, and where later in the year you can buy cherries, apples and pears from roadside stalls. You’ll find plenty of grapes in the wine village of Groesbeek: bottled to produce prize-winning wines.
If you are looking for the buzz of the city, go to Nijmegen itself. Thanks to the Romans, this is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Visit a museum or shop to your heart’s content before finishing the day at one of the many outdoor cafés for a tasty snack and a drink. The time will fly, but that doesn’t matter: the Nijmegen region has plenty of excellent and even unusual places to stay the night!
Over two thousand years ago, the Romans settled in Nijmegen with good reason – they saw the area as having plenty of potential. Admittedly, in those days ‘Nijmegen’ was little more than a hill next to a river, but it was a very nicely situated hill offering a terrific view. Nowadays you can find traces of the Roman history in the museums and – if you look closely enough – in the city’s streets too.Discover our history in musea