Roxy will be starting a new job in a month, and will lose her travelcard at the end of her current job. With that in mind, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather this weekend and travel somewhere in the Netherlands. Our goal was Maastricht, but trains were taking 45 minutes longer than normal, so instead we decided to visit Nijmegen.
Nijmegen is close to the German border, and is considered the oldest city in the Netherlands. It was founded in the year 5 a.d, and was a part of the Roman empire back in the day. Nijmegen was the first Dutch city to fall to the Germans during WWII, and had the misfortune of being bombed twice, once by the Germans, and once by American pilots who thought it was a German city. As a result, much of the city center was destroyed. Much has been re-built, and other buildings were built to look old. As a result, the city center still has an old feel, with narrow streets and buildings almost right on top of each other.
There’s a very nice park near the train station with remnants of the old city wall and tower, as well as a nice pond.
While wandering down a road, we found a port to the river that was built in the 15th century.
It seems like every city in the Netherlands (except Amsterdam) has a main square called the Grote Markt, and Nijmegen was no exception. It was full of bars. We had read that Nijmegen has more bars per citizen than any other city in the Netherlands.
Finally, our walk around the city ended in a park near the riverfront. It had a small chapel, and the remnants of an old ruined church. And, just to be random, a wooden bunny that you could go into (for a fee of course).