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.
© Marcel Krijgsman
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!