This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nijmegen. To help you make friends with Nijmegen before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Nijmegen, Netherlands, is a city in the east of the country. The area around the riverside in the city that we call Nijmegen today was inhabited as far back as the Paleolithic Era. During the Roman Empire, Nijmegen was one of the most important cities in the Netherlands and held the title of imperial city. Nijmegen was a fortified city and has a long history, but plays only a minor role in today’s commercial importance in the Netherlands. The city played a role in World War II and got damaged, but has grown quickly ever since.
Today you can still find some remains of the historical period. Nijmegen’s city centre is a city for walking around, go shopping, and having some drinks. Nijmegen is a student city, and thus bustling with many activities, cafes, and bars. In summer, there are often festivals and concerts held in the Goffertpark, which is also a nice place to hang out on any sunny day.
The most popular event in Nijmegen, however, is the annual Four Days Marches in July. Forty-seven thousand people walk thirty, forty (the traditional distance), or fifty kilometres each day. On the fourth day, they are welcomed on the so-called Via Gladiola in Nijmegen. A big crowd is watching the arrival of the hikers and many festivities are organised near the finish. It is a cosy event and it's great to experience at least once. If you register in advance you can also join the Four Days Marches yourself.
Your options for hostels in Nijmegen, Netherlands, are very scarce. You may try booking in nearby Arnhem, a city that can be reached in about fifteen minutes by train. Alternatively, you can also book a hostel in Utrecht or Amsterdam, both of which are only a train ride away from Nijmegen.
Written by local enthusiast for Nijmegen hostelsMartin Straatman