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Arnhem

Country
Netherlands
State
Gelderland
City
Arnhem
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Amsterdam Schiphol and Düsseldorf (Germany) are the two nearest international airports.
Eindhoven Airport or  Weeze (Germany) are the two most practical airports for European flights. After the flight, you can either go by train, shuttle or bus to you destination in the Region. Information on this type of transport can be found on the airports' web sites.

By Train

An excellent way of travelling to Arnhem Nijmegen Cool Region is by train. The region has a large number of railway stations. Larger railway stations often allow you to travel to smaller ones.
Arnhem

The city centre is only a five minute walk from the station. Besides Arnhem central station the city also has the Presikhaaf, Velperpoort (west of the centre) and Arnhem-zuid stations.

By Car

Arnhem Nijmegen Cool Region can be easily reached by car. Arnhem city is connected to the A12 motorway and Nijmegen to the A73. The A325 motorway connects the two cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem. These cities are also located near the A50 and A15 motorways.

Key places to visit
Burger's Zoo, Netherlands Open-Air Museum, Belmonte, Grote Kerk, Sonsbeek


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Places to Visit

Burger's Zoo

Some 500m/550yd west of Arnhem's Open-Air Museum is Burger's Zoo, with over 2,000 animals. Chimpanzees and gorillas can be watched from an observation post. Other attractions are the rich collection of birds, the wolves' forest, the small tropical house and the magnificent rock enclosures. Associated with the zoo is the Safari Park, which visitors can tour either in the "safari train" or in their own car, passing through an African-style savanna and observing lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses and cheetahs roaming around freely in an approximation of their natural habitat.

Netherlands Open-Air Museum

North of Arnhem (leave on Zijpendaalseweg and turn right into Schelmseweg, or on Apeldoornseweg and then left into Schelmseweg: distance 4km/2.5mi), set in beautiful wooded country, is the Netherlands Open-Air Museum (Nederlands Openluchtmuseum; area 33 hectares/82 acres). The museum was founded in 1912 on the initiative of ordinary citizens concerned to ensure that the way of life and folk art of the different parts of the country should not be destroyed by the development of industry. Although the museum originally concentrated on the living and working conditions of the rural population (farmers, craftsmen, shepherds and fishermen) down to 1900, it now also takes in the urban and industrial setting. Thus in addition to numerous typical farmers' and fishermen's houses, windmills of all kinds and a variety of craftsmen's workshops visitors can also see a steam sawmill from Groenlo, a steam-driven dairy from Veenwouden and an entire group of houses from the Zaan area. All the various buildings were brought here from their original sites, complete with their furniture and equipment, and are now arranged in provinces. In the main exhibition building there are periodical displays of traditional costume. A cart-shed houses various types of cart and coach.

This museum houses the most important and comprehensive collection of traditional Dutch folk costume. The exhibitions are constantly changing and often include household textiles as well as costume.

Belmonte

Much of this garden was destroyed in World War II but the Agricultural University has since been planting an Arboretum in the western part of the park.

Grote Kerk

At the north end of the Arnhem market square stands the Grote Kerk (15th C.; Reformed), which was badly damaged during the Second World War but later rebuilt. From the tower (which contains a carillon) there are fine views. In the choir is the imposing marble monument of the last Duke of Gelderland, Charles of Egmond (d. 1538), an opponent of Charles V.

Sonsbeek

To the north of Arnhem station extends the wooded municipal park of Sonsbeek (500 hectares/1,250 acres), with the Belvedere, from which there are far-ranging views over the Betuwe, and the Witte Molen, a 15th century drainage mill (exhibition of objects relating to the miller's craft).

Right Time to Visit

June - September

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