The city of Nijmegen is located in the eastern part of the country, near the German border. Compared to other cities and places in the Netherlands it is located in a rather hilly part of the country near the shores of the Waal river in the province of Gelderland. It has about 160,000 inhabitants and therefore is one of the 10 biggest cities in the country. More important however is the fact that the city generally is considered to be the oldest one in the Netherlands and in 2005 the city celebrated its 2000 year anniversary.
During the 2nd World War, Nijmegen was one of the cities in the country which was hit the hardest, with most buildings being destroyed and almost 1000 people killed mainly in the year of disaster 1944. During the war, the city was in the front-line so the city lay under fire for a long periods of time.
Nowadays, the atmosphere is much more pleasant and although many buildings were destroyed, there have been major restorations of the historic buildings in town. The city has been home to a university since 1923 and because of that the city has a relatively young population. There is good night life as well.
The areas around the Grote Markt (big market), the Koningsplein (Kings Square) and the Waalkade are especially good places to enjoy a meal or have fun in the local pubs.
One of the nicest museums is the Valkhof Museum with one of the biggest collections of art and architecture during the Roman period, combined with a collection of modern and contemporary art. Other important museums include:
In the whole city you can experience pieces of Roman history and a walking tour is the best way of experience these ancient buildings and other historical significant signs. Other attractions in the city include:
Every year in July, the Four Days Marches is one of the biggest events in the country. You have to arrange tickets for joining months before, but if you can't or won't be able to arrange it in time, there are also lots of side events during the whole week in which the Four Days Marches are, known as the Four Days Festival. On the last day, the marchers are greeted by thousands on the St. Annastraat, or as it's known for one day, the Via Gladiola. For more information about tickets and events, check the Vierdaagse Nijmegen Website.
In 2013, the Dutch throne was passed on to King Willem-Alexander and what used to be Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) will from 2014 become Koningsdag (King's Day). The date will be changed to the 27th of April, which is the king's birthday. In 2014 however it will be on the 26th of April because the 27th falls on a Sunday. On this day the streets of almost every sizable town in the country come alive with activity.
The (catholic) south of the Netherlands celebrates carnaval at the beginning of the year. (40 days before Easter). During the days of Carnaval, all the names of the cities and towns get another (a bit loony) name. The party starts at Saturday and ends the following Tuesday. It goes hand in hand with a lot of drinking and dressing up.
Although Nijmegen doesn't have an airport, there is an international airport just across the border. Mostly low cost airlines use this airport and therefore destinations are limited. Check the Airport Weeze website for more details on destinations, schedules and fares.
Nijmegen can be reached most comfortably by train with frequent trains from Venlo (1 hour), 's Herogenbosch (30 mins), Arnhem (15 mins) and Utrecht (1 hour). For more details check the National Railway website.
You can reach Nijmegen easily by car along the national highway A15, if you are coming from the West. From the South you can reach it by driving along the A73, and from [Arnhem] (just to the North) you can take the A325/N325.
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The rate for sending a postcard or letter up to 20 grams within the Netherlands is €0.46 (2010). Since 2010 there are stamps available for domestic post which no longer include the value in €. Instead, there are stamps available with either a '1' or a '2' as a substitute for value. The '1' can be used for letters and postcards up to 20 grams, while 20-50 grams require you to use the '2'-valued stamps (or two '1'-valued stamps of course).
Sending items to other EU countries will cost €0.67, while the rest of the world sets you back €0.89 per piece. Stamps are sold at post offices and supermarkets; often the place where you buy your postcards can also supply you with stamps.
Sending parcels abroad is more costly. A standard-sized parcel between 500-2,000 grams will cost you €9.10 for destinations within the EU, and €17.50 to the rest of the world. Parcel service is available from major post offices only; standard-size boxes are on sale there as well.
If you need to receive mail while moving around, you can have it sent poste restante (to be called for) to a post office of your choice, where it will be kept for a month. If you come to claim it, bring a valid ID, and make sure to have told the sender that the name on the envelope must be an exact match with that in your passport. For addresses of post offices, as well as more information, consult the TNT website.
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