This 5 km city walk takes you through Nijmegen's rich cultural history. Check out the walking route and discover Nijmegen’s city centre on foot! This city tour is unguided, so you can enjoy it at your own pace.
Nijmegen's rich cultural history goes back two thousand years, when the Romans settled here and Nijmegen grew into the largest city in the Netherlands at the time.
Several centuries later, Emperor Charlemagne chose the Valkhof as the location for his palace, and it became one of the most important sites of his empire. In the following centuries, many other princes, dukes and emperors chose Nijmegen as their domicile. As an imperial city, Nijmegen fell under the direct authority of the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. As such, the people of Nijmegen were among the most privileged citizens in Europe.
It was not until centuries later that the city was matched in importance and wealth by booming trading towns in the Dutch provinces. The city was a frequent focus in wars due to its strategic location. The last time was during World War II, when the Allies accidentally bombed the city, killing hundreds and wiping out much of the inner city.
Extensive reconstruction has since restored Nijmegen’s fun and lively character. The old town exudes a young, southern and friendly atmosphere. History buffs will enjoy the rich variety of cultural history that Nijmegen has to offer.
Guided city tour
Citystore Nijmegen offers a wide variety of self-guided city walks. If you would rather discover Nijmegen with a guide to fill you in on all the fun facts, historical or cultural stories and beautiful places, please contact the Nijmegen Citystore.
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