Enjoy the sunny side of life together
Something wonderful is happening here
23 Sep – 25 Sep
The Romans were the first to drink wine here … now it’s your turn!
Do not miss the last weekend of September. The Nederlandse Wijnfeesten (Dutch Wine Fest) means a three day party for wine lovers and partygoers. In a group or solo, come and taste the many different wines in your own tasting glass at the wine market. Here you can try over 150 different wines from various countries like France, Germany, Chile, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Portugal and of course our pride and joy from Groesbeek!
It's the feeling that makes the place
15 juli 2016
The third week of July is the “most wonderfull time of the year” in Nijmegen, the summer now surpassed Christmas as the most beautiful time of the year. This week is an annual gathering of old friends and people from Nijmegen make new friends for life. Well, life, at least for the summer!
Nijmegen is famous for its many events throughout the summer, every weekend there’s somewhere in the city something fun to do (check the “to do” section on this site). In the summer capital of the Netherlands, we really like to throw a party, even the smallest reason to do that is ok. But the biggest party of the year we have is a walk around, well, actually four walks in four days.
How do you explain the International Four Days Marches? For the average Dutch person it means four evenings walking with your kids a few kilometers, where you get a lot of candy on the last day. In Nijmegen they take that walk a bit more serious, four consecutive days walking 50 kilometers. 50 kilometers a day that is! Every day more than 45,000 walkers start from downtown Nijmegen to admire the surroundings and than to return to Nijmegen. It’s very special that the walkers persever the marches but the real effort starts the saturday before though.
Since we love a party in Nijmegen, we celebrate the International Four Days Marches with the “Vierdaagsefeesten”. Four days of celebration? No, we party a lot better in the summer capital! 7 days feast!
In the center of Nijmegen there is no available square or street where there is no party. The best part of it, is that there is something great for everyone. From classical to dance music, singersongwriter to metal, you can’t find a genre of music which doesn’t have a stage! We have invited national and international artists to entertain ypou. Do you love theater or do you want to relax and eat some food and drink? No problem, that’s taken into account. There is no excuse not coming to Nijmegen, the summer capital of Holland!
Check www.vierdaagsefeesten.nl and you find exactly where and what’s going on!
Leave some space for imperfection
Short biography: Ronnie Ruysdael is a singer who has lived in Nijmegen since 1986. For over 25 years he has performed everywhere in Netherlands. His songs are meant to give people a little smile on their face. Not very serious and always combined with strange dances, moves, attributes and so on. In 2016 he wrote a serious song about the love for his hometown. This single is called, not very surprisingly: ‘NIJMEGEN’.
If you visit Nijmegen there is one thing I reccomend you to do. Walk across one of the bridges to get a nice view on the town which lies on a hill, with the church of Saint Steven on the top. Enjoy the silence, the boats and the view before heading back over the other bridge back to the town.
Climb the tower of the church of Saint Steven and gaze upon the area around Nijmegen.
The old industrial part of the town near ‘Honig’ is a hotspot for creative people who organise all kinds of events. There are terraces and a restaurant called ‘Meesterproef’ which has an incredible view on the river Waal.
LUX is a cinema with a large number of arthouse films that won’t be shown in the regular cinema. You can always walk in and have a coffee.
HEMA is a Dutch warehouse in the centre of the city. You can sit in the restaurant on the second floor and have a view on the oldest part of the town. With a little fantasy you can almost see the farmers from past centuries taking their products to the ‘Waag’-building, the old market place.
Lose yourself in the city
Nijmegen is one of the largest student cities of the Netherlands. There’s always a party somewhere with its 40.000 (inter)national students. Like the rest of Holland, most of the people speak English. If you want to join us, please do so! Stay at a campsite near the city, a hostel in the center or enjoy a more luxurious stay. Everything is possible for everyone, from backpackers to young travelers to explorers from the Netherlands, Europe, or the rest of the world! You will not be disappointed by this awesome city!
Nijmegen is a city like all medium sized cities, with churches and cathedrals, shops on main street and several hotels. But there’s more to this city than meets the eye. Think of the many events, the rich gay history and life, the green region (the garden of Nijmegen), or stroll around at the Honig-complex. Visit concerts at Doornroosje or in the Goffert Park, or simply chill out at our beaches on the island in the city. Visit the Ooijpolder with its nature and beaches and see the wild horses and cows, have a swim or organize a BBQ with the locals or the many students in Nijmegen. Afterwards, put on your flip-flops and visit one of the many terraces for food and drinks. Try the nightlife to finish your perfect day!
Nijmegen Summer Capital of Holland
A summer capital is the place to be during the summer. Several countries have or have had an official summer capital, like Shimla in British India, but there are just as many unofficial ones: Palanga in Lithuania, Pärnu in Estonia, Sochi in Russia, Cannes in France and Kragerø in Norway. In the 19th century, the German Baden Baden was the summer capital of Europe for artists. Around 1900, Nijmegen was the summer capital for tourists from the rest of Holland.
Nijmegen might be the best kept secret of the Netherlands. It has a rich history of events, some of them organized by the young creative people in the city. For example, it has over 180 dance music organizations! Not only there are a lot of dance events, there are also many other activities in the city and the region.
Nijmegen Summer Capital is organized by a NGO (non-governmental organization). This NGO gathers all the information in the city for you to explore. We are a small and young team that makes a selection in events, things to do and things to see in the city and the region. We select from the many events that we feel you would like. We select cultural and non-cultural events and things to do and things to see.