Flights to Nijmegen
Considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands, Nijmegen dates back 2000 years. The city is located in the east of the Netherlands, and is near the border with Germany.
The airport closest to Nijmegen that can handle international flights to Nijmegen from Johannesburg is Eindhoven Airport (airport code: EIN), located 55 kilometres away. There is a regular train service from Eindhoven to Nijmegen, and the trip takes less than 2 hours. You can choose from either Virgin Atlantic or British Airways for a 1-stop flight to Nijmegen (landing in Eindhoven), and they both connect in London. You can also fly with Egyptair. They offer stop-overs in Cairo and then also in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Nijmegen:
Although Nijmegen is over 2000 years old there’s a disappointing number of historical attractions here. This is because the majority of historical buildings were destroyed during the Second World War and in the decades following there was a lot of modern construction that took place in the city. What Nijmegen lacks in historical architecture it makes up for in museums, so if you like visiting museums then you’ll enjoy visiting Nijmegen.
If you’d like to find out more about how Nijmegen was affected during the Second World War you should visit the Bevrijdingsmuseum as it describes the airlandings and significant bombings that happened in Nijmegen. For a more general look at the city’s history though, the Valkhof Museum is the place to go. It features exhibits on history dating back to Roman times and includes many Roman artefacts that have been excavated from the local region. There’s also a series of exhibits on the medieval history of Nijmegen. The Valkhof Museum is also an art museum and has a mostly modern art collection.
There are several other themes of museums in Nijmegen too, so something for many different tastes. Sports enthusiasts may find the Bicycle Museum interesting. It’s called Velorama. There’s also the Africa Museum that focuses on African art and culture. Museumpark Orientalis is another major museum in Nijmegen, though it is closed at present for major restoration work and not due to open until 2012.
Landmarks in Nijmegen
Though most of the major landmarks have been destroyed over the course of history there are still an odd few to see here in Nijmegen. Like many other Dutch cities Nijmegen has a town square called the Grote Markt (or Great Market) where the city’s market would always have taken place. It does date back hundreds of years and on one side is a 16th century weighing hall that’s now a popular restaurant. The oldest bar in Nijmegen is also nearby!
St Stephen’s Church is notable as it dates back to the 13th century, though Nijmegen is also home to a 9th century chapel, the Carolingian Chapel.
When Should You Visit?:
The warmest times to visit Nijmegen are the months of July and August (average high 24 and 25C), though unfortunately these are the wettest two months of the year too. For drier and still warm weather, June is a good time as he average high is 22C.