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Arnhem [1] is a fairly large city (pop. 149,272) in the east of the Netherlands on the banks of the river Rhine. It is the capital of the province Gelderland, and forms the northern part of the Stadsregio Arnhem Nijmegen metropolitan area (pop. 736,107, 1 january 2011).

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Arnhem is connected with multiple highways.

A12 : (west-east) The road connects the city of The Hague, with the German border, connecting to the German Autobahn A3.

A50 : (north-south) Is a highway in the Netherlands, running from Eindhoven in the southeast up to Zwolle in the northeast of the country.

A325 : The highway between Arnhem and Nijmegen

By Bus[edit]

You can reach Arnhem by bus from cities as Apeldoorn (bus 91s and 231s), Nijmegen (31, also 32 and 33 but they take a longer route) and Wageningen. The bus station of Arnhem is located next to the train station in the city centre. Timetables and prices can be found at [2].

By train[edit]

National : The Arnhem railway station [3] was opened on 14 May 1845. The station is the main station of Arnhem, and at present, has around 40,000 passengers that use the station per day, this makes it the 9th busiest station in the Netherlands. Beside the mainstation there are some sub stations: Arnhem Velperpoort, Arnhem Presikhaaf and Arnhem Zuid. For more information visit the websit from the dutch railways (NS) [4].


Intercity trains go to (main stations): Utrecht, Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport, Nijmegen, Den Bosch , Tilburg, Roosendaal, Zwolle. Plus other smaller cities.

International :

Arnhem is on the main Inter City Express (ICE) line from Frankfurt, Germany to Amsterdam. It will stop at Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Frankfurt. See also [5]


By plane[edit]

Arnhem is located about 1h - 1,5h from several airports:

Amsterdam-Schiphol airport (IATA: AMS), [6]. The largest airport in the Netherlands, and the fifth largest in Europe. 110 km to the northwest. Train takes about 75 min, and will cost €16,00 one way. Schiphol airport gets served by most major carriers, and has in excess of 100 flights to the United States alone per day.

When driving; A12 to Utrecht, Then heading to Amsterdam via A2 and then A9 to Schiphol Airport. Expect this to take anywhere from 60-75 minutes with normal traffic. If you go from the airport to the city center of Arnhem, using a train is advised.

Airport Weeze (IATA: NRN), [7], located 80 km southeast of Arnhem just across the border with germany, near the village of Weeze (Germany). Although both Ryanair (the biggest airline serving the airport) and the airport itself advertise with Düsseldorf-Weeze, Düsseldorf is actually not anywhere near the airport. The city of Düsseldorf is located 80 km to the southeast of the airport. Weeze serves over 50 destinations across Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia.

The only form of public transportation nonstop to Arnhem is a taxivan you have to reserve in advance and will set you back €16 euro one-way. For timetabling see [8]. Journey time will be about 70 minutes. Pick-up and drop-off in Arnhem will be at the Gelredome Stadium / McDonalds. Quick tip: If your plane lands shortly before the bus is scheduled to leave give them a quick call on the tarmac and they will wait for you.

Eindhoven Airport (IATA: EIN), [9]. Located 85 kilometres to the southwest of Arnhem. From the airport you take bus 401 to Eindhoven Central Station and then a train to 's Hertogenbosch (which is the same as Den Bosch). In 's Hertogenbosch, change trains and take the train to Arnhem. This journey will take you approximately 100 minutes by public transportation.

When driving yourself, take the A50, (Zwolle-Eindhoven) which skirts the west of the metropolitan area to the Eindhoven ring road (A58/A2) Airport exit is exit 29 on the A2.

Flughafen Düsseldorf (IATA: DUS), [10]. Located 135 km southeast. About one-third the size of Amsterdam-Schiphol, but with plenty of international connections, including to the USA, and gets served by all the major airlines in Europe. Although it doesn't get nearly as many flights as Amsterdam does, it's cheaper, doesn't have nearly as many congestion problems, and generally much less hassle at the airport itself.

From the train station in Arnhem you can take the ICE train to Düsseldorf Hbf, where you can take S1 to Flughafen terminal. The train to Düsseldorf Hbf will take around 70 min.

When driving there this airport should be the obvious choice though. A12 to the German border. From there it's called the A3. Exit at 17-Dreieck Ratingen-Ost and head to A44 Düsseldorf/Mönchengladbach. From there you will find enough sings who will direct you to the airport.

Get around[edit]

Bus[edit]

Arnhem is the only city in the Netherlands with trolleybuses for public transportation. The bus station is located next to the train station in the city centre. From here you can take a local bus or busses to cities as Apeldoorn (bus 91s and 231s) and Nijmegen (31, also 32 and 33 but they take a longer route). Timetables and prices can be found at [11]

Bike[edit]

Go Dutch and hire a bike! Stationsplein (Stationsquare) next to the exit of the Station Tel. +31(0)26 4421782

Rate per day €5.20, per week (5 days or longer) €21

Opening hours: Mon to Fri 5.15 - 1.15, Sat 6.15 - 1.00, Sun 7.00 - 1.00 At the bicycles hire shed a deposit of €25 per bicycle is required. Payment by credit card is acceptable. It is possible to take out a bicycle insurance. The premium amounts to 50c a day per bike. The deposit amount is doubled when a bicycle insurance is not taken out.

Taxi[edit]

Taxi's are not that cheap. From the city centre to the outskirts of the city will cost around €15-€20.

Car[edit]

You can rent a car at several places:

  • Europcar, Boulevard Heuvelink 5, Tel. +3126-445 3701
  • KAV, Stieltjesweg 17, Tel. +3126-351 5819

Parking[edit]

Parking in the city center is expensive. If you want to spend more then a few hours in the center, your best option is to park at the transferium near the 'Geldredome' soccer stadium. Parking is cheap there and the bus will take you in a few minutes to the city center. Another option is to park at the Kronenburg shopping mall and take a bus from there (parking is free, but the bus to the center takes longer).

See[edit][add listing]

VVV Tourist Information can be found near the central train/bus station. It's on the other side of the street from the bus station and on the right of Hotel Haarhuis. Adress: Stationsplein 13 [12].

  • Openluchtmuseum. [13] A very big 'Open air museum' featuring traditional housing and customs. It has also a section for more recent dutch traditions. Entrance about €8, open from 11:00 to 17:00. It is huge and great so use all the time you can.
  • Museum voor Moderne Kunst. [14]. Small modern art gallery specialised in Dutch artists.
  • As the famous Kröller-Müller Museum and the St. Hubertus Hunting Lodge located in the national park (north of Arnhem), it provides a great destination for various interests. You can use the bicycles provided free at the gates. Prices: adult - €8,20, with the museum €16,40.
  • The Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ in Oosterbeek, The Netherlands is a museum dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, fought in September 1944. During the battle the building was the headquarters of the British forces fighting in and around Oosterbeek and Arnhem. The Museum shows a diverse and extensive collection of original weapons, uniforms and equipment, alongside interviews, pictures and videos about the battle. In addition to this collection, the museum has an award-winning Airborne Experience exhibition, that depicts the area as it appeared during the battle. The museum also describes the German and civilian perspectives of the battle. Take trollybus nr 1 direction Oosterbeek. [15] Price adult €8 13-18y €5 6-12y €3,5. Not that far from the museum, there is also the Airborne War cemetery. It was established in 1945 and is home to 1759 graves from the Second World War. Several nationalities are buried here (British, Polish, Canadian, Dutch, Australian and New Zealand)
  • Wine Museum, shows all kind of things related with making wine. Prices: adult €5 childeren €2,50. Adress: Velperweg 23. [16]
  • Water Museum, Interactive and educational museum about water. Make a trip through a sewer or learn about dikes and how water is used all over the world. Prices: adult €9 childeren (4-12) €5,50. Adress: Zijpendaalseweg 26-28. [17]
  • Eusebius church is the biggest church of Arnhem, but now has a function as an exposition hall. For a small fee you can take the elevator up to (almost) the top of the church, to get a nice overview of the city.
  • Burgers Zoo. [18]. Large zoo featuring animals in their 'original' habitat. There are several sections as: Desert, Ocean, Mangrove, Safari and more. The Mangrove really gives you the feeling like you are in a real rainforest!
  • National Park Hoge Veluwe. Located north of the city. De Hoge Veluwe National Park is the largest actively managed conservation area in private hands in the Netherlands. The Park covers 5,400 hectares of woodland, heathland, peat bogs and drift sand. It enjoys a wide variety of plants and animals and provides habitats to extremely rare Red List species. Together with the Country-residence/Museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus, Visitor Centre/Museonder, Kröller-Müller Museum and the Sculpture Garden the Park forms a unique and (inter)nationally renowned combination of nature, art and architecture. Free Bikes! The White Bike forms an intrinsic part of De Hoge Veluwe Park. As a visitor you can use these White Bikes free of charge to move freely throughout the Park. For more info visit the website [19]

Do[edit][add listing]

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Shopping[edit]

The city centre in Arnhem has four major shopping streets, that are connected. They are the Roggestraat, Ketelstraat, Vijzelstraat and Rijnstraat. It's a pedestrian zone and has a length of appr. 1.5 km. On the left and right side of these main streets there are several small streets with little shops and boutiques. [20]

Also in the southern part of the city there is a shopping mall, offering free parking, called Kronenburg [21]. It has a variety of shops, bars and snackshops. In the northern part you can find the shopping mall called Presikhaaf [22].

There is a big market every Saterday (8:00-17:00) and Wednesdaymorning (8:00-12:00) at the 'Kerkplein' near the Eusebius church. Most market stands offer food, flowers or clothing. One morning a week there is a smaller market near the Presikhaaf shopping mall.

Events[edit]

  • The Living Statues exhibition is one of the great summer attractions for the city, with around 250 competitors from around the world. The event takes place during the last weekend of every August and dates back to 1996. On Saturday the catwalks belong to child performers, while adult actors perform on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Airborne March is an annual Dutch commemorative event of remembrance that began in 1947 and takes place on the first Saturday in September at Oosterbeek near Arnhem in the Netherlands. Over 34,000 people took part in the 65th march in 2011. [23]
  • Visit the Gelredome stadium for a football match from Vitesse or one of the many concerts. From the city centre you can take the trollybus nr 7 (direction Rijkerswoerd). [24]
  • Queensday Every 30th of April there will be party in the whole city centre. As of 2014, this day will be renamed Koningsdag (King's day) and moved to April 27th, the birthday of the new King (in 2014 itself, it will take place on April 26th as 27th is a Sunday).
  • From June until August, every Sunday afternoon free concerts are organized in 'the ronde weide' in Sonsbeekpark (the park nearest to the city center). The concerts are called 'Park open'[25]. You can bring your own blanket or sun chair and your own drinks, although drinks (and sometimes ice cream) are offered for sale as well. A toilet can be used for a fee.
  • Watch the Fashion shows at the Arnhem Mode Bienale [26] in the summer. The Arnhem Fashion School have brought us Victor & Rolf, Spijker & Spijker and other internationally known fashion designers. At the Mode Bienale the up and comming designers are staged.

Leisure & Sports[edit]

Cinema's

  • Rembrandt Theater, Biggest one in Arnhem. Address Velperplein 10 (next to Mediamarkt). [27]
  • JT Arnhem, next to the buslane from Nelson Mandela Bridge in the city centre. Address: Hoogstraat 10. [28]
  • Filmhuis, Located at the Korenmarkt. It's in the middle of the square, surrounded by all the cafe's and bars. Here you find a bigger offer of all kind of movies. Address: Korenmarkt 42 [29]

Swimmingpool's

  • De grote koppel, Located in southern part of Arnhem. Address: Koppelstraat 18
  • Valkenhuizen, Located in northern part of Arnhem. Address: Beukenlaan 23
  • Klarenbeek, Open air swimmingpool. Usually only open from april till end of august. Address: Hommelseweg 536

Parks

  • Park Sonsbeek and Zypendaal, only 5-10 min walking from the city centre. Nice to walk or just relax. visit the white villa, the small waterfall, steep garden. map (link) [30]
  • Meinerswijk. Holms of the river Rhine. Located at southern part of river, west of Nelson Mandela Bridge. Nice area for walking, biking or sit near the river at some of the small 'beaches'. Wild Horses and Galloway's walk freely in this area. Parks also houses all kind of birds.
  • Park Presikhaaf
Hoge Veluwe National Park

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Dutch design (fashion and interior design) can be bought at Comming Soon (adress: Kerkstraat 23), that sells design from up and comming designers
  • Arnhemse meisjes ('Arnhem girls'), a local cookie.
  • In the open air museum you can buy a lot of traditionally made goods, ranging from food, to drinks to paper to other goods.

Markets[edit]

  • Kerkplein Friday 07.30 - 13.00 and Saturday 09.00 - 17.00
  • Elderveld Tuesday 07.30 -13.00
  • Geitenkamp Saturday 09.00 - 16.00
  • Hommelstraat Saturday 09.00 - 17.00
  • Jansplaats Tuesday 07.30 - 15.00
  • Presikhaaf Tuesday 07.30 -13.00

Eat[edit][add listing]

Snacks

  • De Lunchclub, where you can buy fresh stroopwafels or the local cookies 'Arnhemse meisjes'. If you have a small budget, you can buy a bag of stroopwafel crumbs.
  • Snackbars Ratelband and Febo are located in the city center, you can try the croquet that the Netherlands are famous for. Febo [60] has giant vending machines, just slot in a euro or two and take out the snack of your choice.

Medium priced

  • Grand cafe (on the Korenmarkt) offers a good lunch for a reasonable price.
  • Dudoc (Broerenstraat, near Eusebiuschurch) is a good place for reasonable priced lunch or dinner.
  • Restaurant Zeldzaam (Jansplaats 13)
  • In the Sonsbeekpark, there is a fantastic Chinese restaurant called "Sonsbeek paviljoen".
  • Humphrys, at the Rijnkade 150 (overlooking the river)
  • Wing Kee, at the Johan de Wittlaan 43; excellent authentic Cantonese restaurant. Slightly out of the way (15 to 20 minutes walk from the city centre), but definitely worth it!

Higher priced

  • Italian Restaurant Zilli & Zilli. You can find it at the Jansplein in the heart of the city. It is a classical Italian Restaurant on the ground floor and an exclusive Italian Restaurant on the first floor. Not cheap, but definitely worth it.
  • Dining56 at the Rijnkade 56, they also offer group cooking classes

Exclusive

  • Restaurant 'De stenen tafel', which is located outside the city center (adress: Weg achter het Bos 1)

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars[edit]

  • Café Vrijdag behind Musis Sacrum on the Velperbuitensingel 21a. It's a simple but cozy bar. They serve good wine that goes well with the basket of bread with a variety of dips.
  • Café Babo in the center, Bovenbeekstraat 28, is another place to enjoy wine, coffee and food. Everything is made or chosen for taste and quality. Pies and food are made by the staff.
  • Café nJoy is also in the Bovenbeekstraat, near Babo Café.
  • Bar Florian hip bar at Jansplein, mostly visited by people aged 25-40 years.

Nightlife / Dancing[edit]

For nightlife the Korenmarkt and Rijnkade are the places to be, between Korenmarkt and Rijnkade you can also find some cool places. They are most crowded on Saterdays, but on Thursdays (except on students holidays) and Fridays they will be filled as well. Thursday is the night most students go out. In some bars, you will get a discount on drinks if you show your student pass on Thursdays or Fridays.

For a bar atmosphere visit:

  • The Cavern
  • Bloopers (Korenmarkt)
  • Jules
  • Aspen Valley (Korenmarkt)

For dance atmosphere:

  • Manhattan
  • 5fth Avenue (1st floor, Korenmarkt)

Drugs[edit]

Softdrugs are legal in the Netherlands. In Arnhem you can buy them as well (if you are aged 18+), they legaly (and safely) sold in coffee shops (mostly found at the borders of the city center). Exporting the drugs to another country is illegal.

You are advised to use the drugs in the coffee shop or in a homely environment. It's not apreciated when you use drugs on the street or in the parks, they are not allowed by most hotels as well.

Places you can legally buy softdrugs are:

  • Lucky Luke (Sonsbeeksingel)
  • Pinguin (Hommelseweg)

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hostel Stayokay. Located in north of Arnhem. The local hostel is top notch. It's near the hospital on a main bus route from the train station. Price circa €35 Address: Diepenbrocklaan 27 [31]
  • Best Western: Hotel Haarhuis. Located opposite of train station in city centre. Rooms from €90 [32]
  • Hotel Arnhem Centraal. Located near train station in city centre. Also has a Greek Buffet restaurant (€19) Rooms From €80 [33]
  • Hotel van der Valk . Rooms From €69. Address: Amsterdamseweg 505 [34]
  • Hotel Landgoed Groot Warnsborn, Bakenbergseweg, 277, +31 26 44 557 51 (, fax: +31 (0) 26 44 310 10), [35]. Elegant country-park hotel on the outskirts of Arnhem surrounded by 750 hectares of woodland. Rooms from €130. (52.01042,5.86533) edit
  • NH Rijnhotel, Onderlangs, 10, +31 26 443 46 42, [36]. Located on the River Rhine, this hotel offers 68 guest rooms with stunning views and many tourist attractions within a short distance. Rooms from €99.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

  • The black and white zebra-striped boat on the river is a boat where homeless, drugs addicted and booze addicted people can spend the night. There are caretakes there, but you never know how addicted people react, so it's best to stay away. Don't see this as a free hotel, even the homeless have to pay something to stay here.
  • Don't buy drugs on the street. You can buy safe soft drugs at coffee shops.
  • The alarm number is 112 (for police, ambulance and firefighters). When you need police but there is no life in danger or crime being executed, you call +31900-8844, with this number they will come quickly but without sirens.
  • The city has several police stations, the headquarter (adress: Beekstraat 39) can be found next to the city hall. Before you can report a crime you have to make an appointment, by calling +31900-8844.

Get out[edit]

The Arnhem area is also wel worth exploring by bike. The Arnhem Airborne Cycle Route starts at Arnhem train station and takes you along the major landmarks of the Battle of Arnhem.


Routes through Arnhem
The HagueWageningen  W noframe E  END
BrielleTiel  W noframe E  END
ZwolleApeldoorn  N noframe S  NijmegenEindhoven





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