You can walk straight into open countryside from Nijmegen. Meandering dikes, abandoned islands and quiet sections of reclaimed land: nature is at its best here. You could even find yourself face to face with Konik horses. Or choose the nature reserve of De Klompenwaard (with Fort Pannerden) and greet one of the friendly ‘Rode Geus’: large red-coated cattle.
Choose the famous N70 hiking route for a unique five-star hike across rolling hills with glimpses of the river and water meadows. Wine lovers can walk from one tasting to another on a route that takes in vast vineyards. Perhaps history is more your thing, in which case take the centuries-old Roman route. If you have always been curious about the Annual 4Days Marches (Vierdaagse) and the spots hikers wax lyrical about, why not try walking parts of the route? You can take your time and walk at your own speed. Spoiler alert: it is indeed as beautiful as they say!
Everything is in full bloom and an abundance of colour in the spring. Or do you prefer the summer and early autumn, when you can savour all the freshly harvested produce at roadside stalls? Besides that, the fertile ground has produced a wealth of creative regional specialities. When you’ve satisfied your hunger pangs, you can go for a walk through Lingezegen park – a large expanse of splendid natural scenery providing a varied mix of fresh-water habitats full of birds, farmers’ fields, buzzing bees and dreamy meadows. Alternatively, you could head to the De Klompenwaard nature reserve to see the unique breed of cattle called the ‘Red Beggars’ (Rode Geuzen).
The Nijmeegse Vierdaagse – the 4Days Marches in Nijmegen which is also known as ‘The Walk of the World’ – is the world’s biggest multi-day walking event. Each year, around 42,000 walkers take part from all across the globe, descending on Nijmegen for four days of walking in the splendid countryside around the city. The event is not a race; it’s all about the sense of accomplishment. The participants walk for four consecutive days over a distance of 30, 40 or 50 kilometres, depending on their age and gender. Everyone who completes the event is awarded the coveted Four Days Marches Cross, which has the Dutch royal seal of approval. The finish along the ‘Via Gladiola’ is an unforgettable experience for the participants and spectators alike!
• 15 to 21 July – Vierdaagsefeesten (Festivities in the city of Nijmegen)
• 18 to 21 July – 105th 4Days Marches