Living in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area
Here you can find more information about living in our region.
We are at the heart of the largest Dutch province of Gelderland, which embraces a gorgeous green landscape of heathlands, forests, fields, meandering rivers and dykes. To the North of the province is National Park De Hoge Veluwe, which is home to a diversity of plant and animal species. The entire province is well provided with bicycle paths and walking trails for you to enjoy this abundance of natural beauty.
Apart from its wealth of greenery, the region has a rich history. The city of Nijmegen — situated on the banks of the river Waal and within a stone's throw from the German border — is proud of its Roman origins and claims to be the oldest city in the Netherlands, as it was the first to be recognised as such in Roman times. On the other side of the rivers Waal and Rhine lies Arnhem, the province's capital, which is historically famous for its dramatic role during the last stages of Operation Market Garden in World War II. Operation Market Garden was the largest airborne military operation in history, in which the Allied forces tried to capture a series of nine bridges in the Netherlands that would allow them to invade Germany in 1944.
Although the region cherishes its history, time is a healer and, 70 years on, we have a great relationship with our German neighbours, as is evident from the successful collaboration between the regions on both sides of the border in organisations such as the Rhine-Waal Euroregion. Indeed there are many economic, social and cultural benefits to being so close to Germany in a literal and figurative sense.
We are not just a lush green border region with a rich history, however. The Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area is also hip and happening. The inner cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen bustle with modern shops and fashionable restaurants. Every year, Arnhem hosts the yearly Living Statues Festival, the most prominent festival focusing on street artists who perform as livings statues. Nijmegen is home to the Vierdaagsefeesten (named after the four-day marching event), the largest freely accessible event in the Netherlands that over the course of seven days attracts over a million visitors. Every year, Wageningen hosts the most popular Liberation Day music festival. These are just a few examples of the countless things to see and do in the area. TripAdvisor can give you a more complete overview.
There is so much to see and do that you'll never have to be bored. All in all, living in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area means that you can avail of all manner of facilities and opportunities; we can boast many creative companies, the height of fashion, a strong presence of health and wellness, excellent educational institutes, exciting architecture, and much more besides.
For more specific information on some of the most important dimensions of living in the area, click on each of the three pillars above.
Right at home
Aravind Ananthakrishnan came to our region from a small village in India to work at Synthon in Nijmegen. Listen and watch as he describes his experiences in working here, living here, learning the language, bringing his family over and how he feels about his new home. Spoiler alert: the grass over here is definitely greener.
HAN is a vocational university of applied sciences with campuses in Arnhem and Nijmegen.
Radboud University Nijmegen is a public university with a strong focus on research located in Nijmegen.
The focus of this university in Wageningen is 'healthy food and living environment’.