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Nijmegen, one of the oldest cities in the east of Netherlands is situated on the range of hills near the Waal River close to the German border. The city is an interesting mix between new and old and is home to many historic buildings as well as modern arc...more

Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Nijmegen, one of the oldest cities in the east of Netherlands is situated on the range of hills near the Waal River close to the German border. The city is an interesting mix between new and old and is home to many historic buildings as well as modern architecture. With magnificent historic buildings, museums and parks, Nijmegen offers visitors a range of activities to enjoy and attractions to visit. The city also offers tourist some of the best scenic landscapes in the country featuring hills, woods and river landscape, creating a varied countryside that offers tourist the opportunity to enjoy various leisure activities. Muslim tourists will be able to find adequate Muslim-friendly facilities in Nijmegen. While they will be able to locate prayer facilities in Nijmegen without a problem, locating Halal restaurants in Nijmegen may prove to be more difficult.

The beautiful river side location makes Nijmegen a great destination to enjoy a fun and relaxing holiday. The city has so much to offer. Tourists could start off with a visit to Valkhof, a lovely park and the site of a ruined castle. Valkhof also offers visitors great views of the Waal.

Nijmegen’s waterfront known as the Waalkade is a wonderful place to enjoy a walk or a bicycle ride and take in the breathtaking views of the Old Town, the river and the numerous boats below, especially at sunset. This stretch of the river is one of the busiest waterways in Europe with barges and ferry’s sailing by every few minutes.

The city is also home to several museums, the Museum Het Valkhof is certainly worth a visit when in Nijmegen. This museum displays the best collection of Roman Netherlands and houses a large archeological collection and many artifacts from Roman times, a fabulous collection of modern art as well as ancient art. Other museums tourists may find interesting are the National Bicycle Museum; which houses a large collection of bicycles, and the Afrika Museum, a museum that celebrates African cultural history.

A visit to the Grote Markt, a market square is a must when in Nijmegen. Some of the old buildings around the square have survived the war while others have been re constructed. There is a market held in the square twice a week on Mondays and Saturdays, which will prove to be a fun experience for most.  

Nearby Airports

The closest major airport to the city of Nijmegen is Weeze Airport, which is situated in Germany. Located approximately 55 kilometres from the center of Nijmegen, this airport is only 40 minutes away. Tourists can travel to Nijmegen Central Station by bus, which has to be booked in advance. The other airports visitors can use are the Eindhoven Airport, which is located approximately 72 kilometres from the center of Nijmegen, and the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The main airport of Netherlands; the Amsterdam Airport is the more convenient of the two as it has a direct train connecting the cities.  

Halal Restaurants

There are a couple of restaurants serving Halal cuisine in Nijmegen. Sultan and Indian Way are restaurants claiming to serve Halal food in Nijmegen. Muslim tourists will have to verify the Halal status of the restaurants before dining. They should also be aware that these restaurants may serve alcohol. Visitors can also make inquiries at the mosque regarding other Halal restaurants in Nijmegen and the surrounding area.    

Mosques

Muslim tourists will find it quite easy to locate prayer facilities in Nijmegen as the city is known to have three mosques. Abibakr Mosque, Eyup Sultan Mosque and Krekelstraat Mosque are the mosques that are frequented by locals and tourists alike. While at these mosques visitors can make inquiries regarding other mosques in Nijmegen.

Things to Do and See in Nijmegen

  • Valkhof
  • Hunnerpark
  • Belverdere
  • Kerkboog
  • Grote Markt
  • Town Hall
  • Rijksmuseum G.M.Kam
  • Commanderie Van St Jan
  • Waalkade
  • Velorama National Bicycle Museum
  • Vogelhofje
  • Afrika Museum
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