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Arnhem [3] is a fairly large city (pop. 142,000) 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).

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By car

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 train

National : The Arnhem railway station [4] 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.

International :

Arnhem is on the main Inter City Express (ICE) line from Duisburg, Germany to Amsterdam. There are also many local trains to surrounding cities such as Utrecht, Zeist and Nijmegen. Regional trains are run under the authority of the Dutch Railways [5] (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, NS).

By bus


By boat

(Rhine Cruise):

Get around

Arnhem is one of the very few cities running trolleybuses for public transportation.

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.


  • Openluchtmuseum. [6] 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.
  • Korenmarkt. [7]. A large square surrounded by a diversity of bars.
  • Burgers Zoo. [8]. Large zoo featuring animals in their 'original' habitat.
  • Museum voor Moderne Kunst. [9]. Small modern art gallery specialised in Dutch artists.


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Shopping in the city centre of Arnhem. Arnhem has four major shopping streets, that are connected. They are the Roggestraat, Ketelstraat, Vijzelstraat, 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. Also in the southern part of the city there is a shopping mall, offering free parking, called "Kronenburg". It has a variety of shops, bars and snackshops.

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.

Hoge Veluwe National Park

Arnhem is also the best starting point for those wanting to enjoy the pristine forests or patches of sand dunes in the Hoge Veluwe National Park [10], situated to the north of Arnhem. As the famous Kröller-Müller Museum and the St. Hubertus Hunting Lodge are also inside the park, 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.


  • In the open air museum you can buy a lot of traditionally made goods, ranging from food, to drinks to paper to other goods.


  • Arnhemse meisjes ('Arnhem girls'), a local cookie.

Use the diversity of the international restaurants. In the Sonsbeekpark, there is a fantastic Chinese restaurant called "Sonsbeek paviljoen".

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. Look around in the city, as there are so many types of restaurants.


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.

For nightlife go to the Korenmarkt. Visit: The Cavern, Bloopers, Jules, or Alpine Valley for a bar atmosphere, and The Manhattan for a dance atmosphere.


The local hostel is top notch. It's near the hospital on a main bus route from the train station.

  • Hotel Landgoed Groot Warnsborn, Bakenbergseweg, 277, +31 26 44 557 51 (, fax: +31 (0) 26 44 310 10), [1]. Elegant country-park hotel on the outskirts of Arnhem surrounded by 750 hectares of woodland. From €130. (52.01042,5.86533)
  • NH Rijnhotel, Onderlangs, 10, +31 26 443 46 42, [2]. 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€.

Get out

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

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