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Welcome and contents
Arnhem combines the hustle and bustle of a town with the space and tranquillity of the parks in the
town and region. With well over thirty parks and country estates, Arnhem is the right place for you
if you love green and leafy spaces. Top draws such as Burgers’ Zoo and the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Dutch Open-air Museum) have called Arnhem their home for decades. The vibrant town
centre exudes fashion and there is a wide choice of theatre, music and film.
It makes a fashionista’s heart beat faster!
The many top attractions in
Fashionistas will come into their own in Arnhem.
Arnhem and region are defi-
With ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and a host of well-
nitely worth visiting! Burgers’
known labels and designers such as G-sus, Viktor
Zoo is a great destination for all ages. Go back
& Rolf, the People of the Labyrinths, Spijkers en
in time at the Dutch Open-Air museum or go
Spijkers and Humanoid, Arnhem easily ranks
for a ride through Nationale Park De Hoge
among the top fashion towns in this country. The
Veluwe by white bike. Discover art at the Krö-
town centre offers a wide selection of special
ller-Müller Museum, experience the battle for
shops, with the larger chains represented here too.
Arnhem at the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’
Not far from the town centre lies Modekwartier
and find out more about water at the Neder-
Arnhem (Arnhem Fashion District), boasting a
lands Watermuseum. The Museum of Modern
wealth of studios and shops of (upcoming) design
Art Arnhem displays a modern art collection.
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From the Battle for Arnhem to Introdans
Arnhem provides plenty of options for a fancy
Welcome3
Culture is alive at the Theater and Musis Sacrum.
evening out or a convivial pub crawl. Experience
Shopping and fashion
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In addition, Arnhem offers international artists a
a culinary evening at a special venue, enjoy a film
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stage at the largest theatre in the Netherlands,
in the dark and be overwhelmed by a perfor-
Tips to go out in Arnhem11
GelreDome. The town is also home to Het Gelders
mance at a theatre or concert hall. Whatever
Top attractions in Arnhem
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Orkest (orchestra) and Introdans.
your plans for the evening, evening and night life
Street plan
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Culinairy hotspots
in Arnhem are vibrant all year.
Battle for Arnhem – history
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Arnhem has a rich and eventful past. The town
Green town of Arnhem
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and region offer various ways to look back on the
In Arnhem green and creativity meet;
events of World War II. A fascinating trip around a
it truly is a unique town.
A walk around historic
Arnhem town centre
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major part of world history.
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Shopping and fashion
The Modekwartier Arnhem (fashion district) lies in
till 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10. a.m. till 5 p.m.
the Klarendal neighbourhood, close to the town
Late night shopping every Thursday until 9 p.m..
centre. In the Modekwartier you can shop for
Sunday trading in the town centre: every first Sun-
something really unique. Workshops and shops
day of the month and on special public holidays
of (upcoming) design talent are scattered all over
from 12 a.m. till 5 p.m. For a current list of Sunday
a 1 kilometre area, with specialist shops selling
trading dates go to arnhemexperience.nl.
high fashion, customised vintage, bridal gowns,
made-to-measure clothing, bags and hats. Also, if
Arnhem has a large and particularly convivial
you are looking for special accessories and shoes
market attracting visitors from all corners of
you will manage to get what you want in the Mo-
the region. In particular the large weekly Friday
dekwartier. Just drop in at the designer’s workshop
market by the Eusebiuskerk in the town centre is
and experience this creative neighbourhood.
a major draw. What makes this market special is
the large selection of fabrics, popular with ArtEZ
The town centre and the fashion district are not
students. Market trading Fridays from 8.30 a.m.
the only places providing a “shopping experience”.
till 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 8.30 a.m. till 5 p.m.
At Kronenburg and Presikhaaf, the large malls, you
in Kerkplein (Church Square). On Tuesdays there is
can shop at your leisure, rain or shine.
a small-scale market in Jansplaats and Jansplein in
Arnhem ranks among the top fashion towns in
ristic shops brimming over with history and sample
this country. The Fashion Academy, part of ArtEZ
the more intimate atmosphere of the town. The
Institute of the Arts, plays an important part in de-
streets around Het Eiland are the most attractive
Most town centre shops are open Mondays from
veloping fashion talent. Leading fashion designers
in Arnhem, with surprising, fun and unique shops
11 a.m. or 1 p.m., Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m.
such as Humanoid, Trix and Rees, Arnhem Coming
inviting people to pop in. Bakkerstraat is also home
Soon, Sjaak Hullekes and The People of the Laby-
to stylish shops selling exclusive goods. Kerkstraat
rinths are all represented in Arnhem town centre.
is a street you should not miss as this is one of thé
the town centre from 8.30 a.m. till 3 p.m.
fashion streets in Arnhem.
The shopping streets in Arnhem are cosy, situated
close to each other and conveniently located. Shop-
In the new, fashionable Musiskwartier you can
ping and window shopping go hand in hand here, in
walk through a grand passage, stroll down cosy
the main shopping street (Roggestraat, Vijzel-
streets and stop for a moment in a lovely square.
straat, Ketelstraat, Grote Oord and Jansstraat), for
example, home to Bijenkorf, V&D and virtually all
Arnhem town centre was voted Best Town Centre
national chain stores. These streets are surrounded
in the Netherlands of 2007-2009. Currently
by small(er) shopping streets and their surprising
Arnhem is still thé shopping town in the East
specialist shops. Here you can stroll past characte-
Netherlands.
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Convivial hustle and bustle, but also
tranquillity and leafy areas.
Surrounded by grand boulevards,
the attractive town centre has a
vibrant shopping centre and unique
places of interest, pleasant cafés
and restaurants, galleries and pop
theatres. In addition to the major
department and chain stores you
will discover boutiques and
specialist shops in the little
alleyways.
Modekwartier, one kilometer of fashion & design
Discovering the Modekwartier, is discovering the creative
heart of Arnhem. You'll find more than 30 shops and
studios of up and coming fashion and design talent as
Elsien Gringhuis, Rosanne Bergsma, Lenneke Wispelwey,
Okimono and De Hoedenmaker.
Enjoy a special coffee at one of the great cafes. And stay for
the night in one of the unique rooms designed by famous
designers in the brandnew Fashion Design Hotel Modez.
The entertainment area extends to
the Korenmarkt, Rijnkade,
Jansplaats and cosy streets.
Come on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and shop at the
designer's shop for a product with a story!
Experience the underground world
of Arnhem in the Historic Cellars or
go up the Eusebiuskerk (Eusebius
Church) to look down at the town.
A wide range of events are organised in Arnhem all year.
For more information, (extra) opening hours, guided tours
and events: www.modekwartier.nl
In short, Arnhem town centre
is surprisingly versatile.
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Surprising and versatile...
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Culinairy hotspots
....just a little different
Arnhem restaurants have something to suit all tastes. They are passionate about cooking and the
service is warm and hospitable. Try the various world cuisines or regional dishes and experience
a culinary evening at a special venue. Weather permitting, the cosy outdoor cafés invite sultry
culinary evenings. The Korenmarkt, Jansplaats and the Rhineboulevard have tempting outdoor cafés
you can hardly resist!
La Rusticana
Bakkerstraat 58, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-3515607, rusticana.nl
Brasserie Haarhuis
Stationsplein 1, Arnhem
Tel. +31 (0)26-4427441, hotelhaarhuis.nl
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La Rusticana is an Italian gourmet restaurant in
Arnhem town centre and housed in a listed building
dating back to the 18th century. It has been run by
the Frazzi family from Lombardia since 1984. The
weekly changing specialties are listed on their website www.rusticana.nl. Menus with a wine package
are available.
CASPAR
Elly Lamakersplantsoen 2, Arnhem.
caspar.nu
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In the Fashion District in the Arnhem Klarendal workingclass area Caspar has opened its doors. A café to meet
and to enjoy. A wide selection of drinks, really tasty food
and friendly service in a designer interior which still has
a warm feel. The spacious seating area under the trees
gives you a great holiday feeling.
Grand Café Mahler
Velperbuitensingel 25, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-3720740, mssa.nl
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In the heart of the town centre opposite Arnhem Central
Station lies four-star Best Western
Hotel Haarhuis. You can
spend the night
here and enjoy
culinary dishes in
the pleasant and hospitable Brasserie Haarhuis. From a
lovely cappuccino, tasty lunch, elaborate dinner to a cosy
Ha! Tea or Ha! Beer. In a nut shell, anything is possible at
thé (M)eatingpoint of Arnhem!
Grand Café Metropole
Steenstraat 68, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-4424067, metropole.nl
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A popular place to meet up with friends, Grand Café
is located near the town centre and the theatres.
Its indoor garden is home to the restaurant, which
serves lunch and dinner and where the chef prepares
tasty dishes. By day you can also drop in for a cup
of coffee and home-made apple pie and later in the
evening for a get-together.
The Rhineboulevard in Arnhem is synonymous with outdoor cafés and
restaurants. Dining56 is at the heart of all this conviviality, where things are
livened up all year.
Our magnificent mansion at number 56 has a restaurant, several dining
rooms, a large sun terrace and cooking studios. Once you have settled down
into a lounge chair, a chair by the water or at a dinner table, you will experience what we had in mind when we took over this restaurant in the early
part of 2011. Contemporary, trendy, classic and refreshing... We put
these ingredients together, gave them a good stir and then simmered them.
We added some colour, flavour and rest ... and voilà, Dining56!
A culinary experience for lunches, snacks, dinners or get-togethers. For
business as well as pleasure. We would love to surprise you with exciting
combinations of our classic cuisine dishes with a modern touch, fair and
pure. And to finish it off, we serve our creations with fine and affordable
wines.
Housed at the front of the monumental Musis
Sacrum, Grand café Mahler offers its guests a
splendid venue for lovely (organic) coffee, lunch,
get-together or dinner. High tea, high wine and a
weekly changing, reasonably priced Mahler dish are
served daily at Grand Café Mahler. We welcome you.
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Rijnkade 56 Arnhem | t.+31 (0)26 - 44 28 28 2
www.dining56.nl
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Tips to go out in Arnhem
Arts and Culture are well represented in Arnhem. Het Gelders Orkest (orchestra), Introdans, ArtEZ
Institute of the Arts and also events such as Fashion Biennale Arnhem, Fairy Tale Festival and World
Statues, which originated in the capital of Gelderland.
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past is partly reflected in a number of listed buildings. The Maarten van Rossumhuis (also called
‘Duivelshuis’ – Devils’House), the Sabelspoort
and the Presickhaeffs Huys are worth visiting. In
the heart of the town centre the Grote Eusebiuskerk (church) dominates the skyline. Subterranean Arnhem reveals what the town used to look
like in the Historic Cellars.
Grote- of Eusebiuskerk
Kerkplein 1, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-4435068, eusebius.nl
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This late Gothic 93-metre basilica truly is ‘the
high point’ of a day in Arnhem. Enjoy the view
of, among other places, ‘a bridge too far’. Simply
take the panoramic lift (up to 73 metres)! Also
discover the history of Arnhem: The church has
vaults, guild’s signs, the opulent mausoleum
of Duke Karel van Gelder and the magnificent
Salvator clock.
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Historische Kelders
Oude Oeverstraat 41, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-4421092, historischekelders.nl
Discover the historic cellars. 30 centuries-old
cellars in the Rijnstraat were virtually unused for
years. These cellars have been restored to their
former glory and connected to each other by passages, creating an almost mysterious underground
place in Arnhem town centre. A subterranean town
with a visible reminder of a distant past. Come
and experience the Historic Cellars yourself! Open
Tuesday to Saturday inclusive from 12 a.m. – 5
p.m. (also during Sunday trading).
Arnhem also has a wide selection of galleries,
museums and attractions. Travel back in time at the
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Dutch Open-air
Museum) and discover all aspects of fresh water at
the Nederlands Watermuseum. Art lovers should
not miss the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem
(Museum of Modern Art) or the Kröller-Müller
Museum. At Burgers’ Zoo you can travel around the
world in one day. For more information on these
top attractions look at page 14 and 15.
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Tips to go out in Arnhem
Museum Bronbeek features the history of the for-
Focus Filmtheater Arnhem
Korenmarkt 42 Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-4424283, focusarnhem.nl
mer colony of the Netherlands East Indies and the
Royal Army of the former Dutch East Indies. Wine
lovers can indulge themselves at the Nederlands
Wijnmuseum.
Nederlands Wijnmuseum
Velperweg 23, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-4455912, kelderbezoek.nl
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For musical enjoyment visit Luxor Live; the pop
Come and look, taste and enjoy. Every Saturday true
wine lovers can really indulge themselves on the
Arnhem Velperweg, with several attractive packages
to choose from. Arnhem wine treasures are hidden
in the imposing cellars of the wine shop, where the
smell of wine greets you. Visit the website for more
information.
music theatre in Arnhem. Musis Sacrum and the
GelreDome are real hotspots. A concert by Het
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In the heart of the Korenmarkt, the popular Arnhem
entertainment square, lies the former Korenbeurs
(Corn Exchange) where Focus Filmtheater Arnhem has
received a great many film buffs for decades. As well as
a varied selection of the latest quality films, children’s
films and film classics Focus also organises special
activities such as the Book & Film course, Breakfast
at Focus and the Film Club. Visit their website at
focusarnhem.nl for detailed information.
Gelders Orkest (orchestra) is also something you
should not miss.
Entertainment in Arnhem is varied. Most establishments for a pleasant evening out until the
Theaters:
an event for every visitor. Take Koninginnenacht
early hours are situated in the Korenmarkt, Jans-
Schouwburg Arnhem Koningsplein 12, Arnhem.
(Queen’s Night) and Koninginnedag (Queen’s
plein, Jansplaats and the Rhineboulevard in the
Tel. +31 (0)26-4437343, mssa.nl
Day), Sonsbeekfestivals, NK Icecarving, World
town centre. A number of (trendy) cafés are: Café
Musis Sacrum Velperbuitensingel 25, Arnhem.
Statues, Mode Biënnale Arnhem (Fashion Bien-
Brasserie Dudok, Grand Café Metropole, CASPAR,
Tel. +31 (0)26-4437343, mssa.nl
nale Arnhem), Sprookjesfestival (Fairy Tale Festi-
Café Meijers, Café Verheyden and its beer garden,
Luxor Live Willemsplein 10, Arnhem.
val) and the Arnhem UITboulevard, for example.
Arnhems Meisje, Café Babo’s, Café Njoy, Café
Tel. +31 (0)26-3511660, luxorlive.nl
Every one of these events make Arnhem a great
Vrijdag, Florian and The Oranje Koffiehuis.
Posttheater Rosendaalsestraat 27, Arnhem.
event town. Download the full Calendar of
Tel. +31 (0)26-4460553, posttheater.nl
Events at arnhemexperience.nl.
Theater aan de Rijn Rijnstraat 42, Arnhem.
If you want to spend the evening enjoying a film,
Tel. +31 (0)26-3511911, centraleoost.nl
A fancy evening out or a great pub-crawl? Re-
dance, music or theatre you will be spoilt for
Huis Oostpool Nieuwstraat 58, Arnhem.
laxing in an outdoor café, enjoying the best films
choice in Arnhem. Introdans, Huis Oostpool and
Tel. +31 (0)26-4437655, oostpool.nl
in the dark or being overwhelmed by a theatre
the Theater are highly recommended with regards
Huis van Puck Klarendalseweg 193, Arnhem.
performance or concert? Whatever your plans for
to dance and theatre, but also smaller theatres
Tel. +31 (0)26-4426538, huisvanpuck.nl
the evening, evening and nightlife in Arnhem is
such as Theater het Hof, Posttheater, and Thea-
Theater Het Hof Boekhorstenstraat 58,
vibrant all year.
terwerkplaats Generale Oost are worth visiting.
Arnhem. Tel. +31 (0)26-3514436,
Arnhem brims over with a host of annual spor-
All in all a varied choice of dance and theatre on
theaterhethof.nl
ting, musical, art and cultural events. There is
all levels.
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Top attractions in Arnhem
Visit the top attractions in Arnhem!
Museum of Modern Art Arnhem
Utrechtseweg 87, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-377530, mmkarnhem.nl
Burgers’ Zoo
Antoon van Hooffplein 1, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-4450373, burgerszoo.nl
Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’
Utrechtseweg 232, Oosterbeek.
Tel. +31 (0)26-3337710, airbornemuseum.nl
Travel around the world in one day! Discover Burgers’
Bush, the tropical rainforest where animals are free. Come
and watch the desert animals in Burgers’ Desert. Take a
dry ‘dip’ in Burgers’ Ocean where, among other animals,
corals, coral fish and sharks live. Burgers’ Safari is an East
African savannah with herds of giraffes, lions and cheetahs.
Burgers’ Zoo is also home to a large colony of chimpansees, gorillas, panthers, elephants and lots of other animals.
Burgers’ Rimba takes you past Malaysian animals such as
tigers, bears, monkeys, monitor lizards and deer.
Thé museum about the Battle for Arnhem (September 1944)
is housed in the former British head quarters during the
battle. Reports by British, Polish and German soldiers as well
as civilians are brought to life here. The museum displays a
large collection of authentic weapons, documents, films and
photos. At the Airborne Experience you will imagine yourself
to be in the heart of the battle. In this underground room
you will gain a very personal experience of the course of
the Battle for Arnhem. Come and visit this unique museum
where war becomes an almost first-hand experience.
Tip:
Combine a visit to
the top attractions
with shopping in
the town centre
Kröller-Müller Museum
Houtkampweg 6, Otterlo. Tel. +31 (0)318-591241, kmm.nl
The Kröller-Müller Museum was named after Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), a
passionate woman. The size and importance of Helene’s lifework are largely explained
by her passion: the Kröller-Müller Museum, in a woodland setting near Otterlo since
1938, houses a world-famous collection of mainly 19th and 20th century art. Helene’s
favourite artist was Vincent van Gogh, which is why the museum displays a sizable
collection of this well-known painter.
Come to the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem (MMKA),
a museum of modern art, and be surprised by one of the
twenty exhibitions a year! The unique permanent collection with, among other things, paintings of the magic
realists, are always on display. In addition temporary
exhibitions on interesting artists or themes are being
organised. During your visit to the museum you can
simply relax in the museum café, which commands a
splendid view of the statue garden and the Lower Rhine.
Are you taking your children with you? They will get a
special art bag!
Het Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe
Ingang Schaarsbergen, Koningsweg 17,
Schaarsbergen.
[email protected], hogeveluwe.nl
The Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe comprises 5.400
hectares of woodlands, heath, pools and drifting sands,
home to a large diversity of flora and fauna. The Park
is also home to endangered species. Together with the
Jachthuis Sint Hubertus, the natuurmuseum Museonder, the Kröller-Müller Museum and the statue garden
the Park is a unique and (inter)nationally well-known
combination of nature, art and architecture. The Park
hosts a range of activities all year.
Netherlands Water Museum
Zypendaalseweg 26-28, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26 4452548, watermuseum.nl
Dutch Open-air Museum
Schelmseweg 89, Arnhem.
Tel. +31 (0)26-3576111, openluchtmuseum.nl
The Netherlands Water Museum is a modern, interactive
museum dedicated to all aspects of freshwater not only
in the Netherlands, but in the rest of the world as well.
Freshwater is becoming ever scarcer in the world and even
leads to wars. Water is expected to become as expensive
as oil. It is thus for a good reason that the UN declared the
21st century to be the Freshwater Century.
Experience history at the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (Dutch Open-air Museum). The historic houses
and farmsteads in the museum park brim over with life.
Friendly occupants enthusiastically talk about their lives
and work. A visit to the Open-air Museum is the perfect
day out for the whole family.
and stay at one of
the splendid hotels of
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Green town of Arnhem
Battle for Arnhem – history
Arnhem is green! Wherever you are in Arnhem, you will always come across imposing trees and
World War II is a connecting thread in all
pleasant parks. Arnhem boasts more than thirty parks and country estates, as well as many spe-
historical descriptions of Arnhem. The Battle for
cial gardens, monumental trees and lovely green boulevards around the town centre.
Arnhem, which took place on the banks of the
river Rhine in September 1944, was part of Ope-
Park Sonsbeek, Park Zijpendaal and Gulden
ration Market Garden, the code name for a large
Bodem are the best-known. The rippling water of
push trying to advance from Belgium, which had
the St. Jansbeek is divided by these parks, which
already been liberated, to the Mid-Netherlands
are listed as national monuments. You can play
in one go and bear off to Germany. The Arnhem
sports here, laze, picnic, meet people and go for
bridge was at the end of a 127 kilometre corri-
a leisurely stroll. WIFI makes it even possible to
dor, which had to be conquered from the south.
work in Park Sonsbeek.
The First British Airborne Division, supported by
Are you spending a day in Arnhem? A visit to one
the First Polish Independant Para Brigade under
of the museums dedicated to this fundamental
Visit one of the many town gardens such as
the control of general major Stanieslaw Sosa-
episode in World War II is almost a must. Visit
the Spijkertuinen. Come and have a look at the
bowski, was supposed to conquer the bridge.
the Information Centre Battle of Arnhem. It
Watertuin full of lilies and frogs or visit the Ach-
overlooks the John Frost Bridge and is housed on
tertuin overlooking the lovely nineteenth century
the Rhineboulevard. Or visit Airborne Museum
fronts. The vertical garden in the Bloemstraat
‘Hartenstein’ in the nearby town of Oosterbeek.
nearby is also unique. Alternatively, spend a day
Arnhem and region are a popular walking and cy-
Tip:
Walk the Freedom Trail,
a walk along places from
the Second World War
(1940-1945)
roaming through the vast forelands and marshes
cle area. A host of walking and cycle routes take
The Liberation Route
and meet the roaming herds of cattle and horses
you through a varied landscape of woods, heath,
rivers, dikes, orchards and sand drifts.
The Liberation Route makes it possible to experi-
in Uiterwaardenpark Meinerswijk (Meinerswijk
Owing to all kinds of complications the conquest
ence the events of 1944 and 1945. The Liberation
Foreland Park).
was unsuccessful. In the night of 25th Sep-
Route follows the Allied Forces’ route during the
With so many parks, green areas and surprising
tember 1944 the English troops were, insofar
liberation of Europe. At the end of World War
green spaces in Arnhem there simply isn’t enough
as they were capable, evacuated via the Rhine
II these areas played a major part on the world
time to visit them all! For information about all
and moved to the south via the corridor, along
stage.
green oases in Arnhem visit Bezoekerscentrum
with the Polish paras. Market Garden had been
Boulders, the so-called listening spots, are situ-
Sonsbeek, Zijpendaalseweg 24a, tel. +31 26
a failure. Arnhem had
ated at 75 locations in this region. At each loca-
4450660, bezoekerscentrumsonsbeek.nl. See
proven to be
tion you can listen to an audio report about the
advertisement back page.
a ‘bridge
impressive experiences of one or more people in
too
1944-1945. To listen to the stories, phone 0900
Did you know that in 2009 Arnhem was voted
54 23 728 or download them free of charge via
“Greenest town in Europa”?
far’.
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A walk around historic Arnhem town centre
Leaving the VVV Tourist Information Office
Well-known for its nightlife, this square boasts
on your right-hand side at number 71. This
Today Arnhem still shows traces of its
(Stationsplein) to the right and walk past Hotel
a wide variety of clubs, bars and restaurants.
building has a large cellar which is said to have
rich and eventful past spanning more
Haarhuis. Cross the street at the pedestrian
The surrounding granaries are witnesses to the
been rented in the 16th century by Duke Karel
than eleven centuries. The historical walk
crossing.
corn trade in this square, which discontinued
van Gelre, who used it to store wine.
in 1914. The Arnhem art house is housed in De
According to research many buildings in the old
will lead you along Arnhem’s abundance
of impressive historical buildings and
You are now on the other side of Nieuwe Plein,
Korenbeurs in the centre of the square. On the
town centre have mediaeval cellars. However,
places. You can also visit one of the many
once the border of the old 17th century town.
corner of Korenmarkt and Luthersesteeg you
in the nineties the local authorities acquired 25
can see the Lutheran parish’s classicist church
cellars in Rijnstraat and interconnected them.
restaurants. We wish you lots of fun with
Turn right, then take the first turning on the
dating back to 1737. Above the entrance is the
The connections with the buildings above were
this historic town walk.
left. Continue down Korte Hoogstraat until you
relief of a swan, the Lutheran symbol. In 1898
closed off, the cellars were restored and light
reach Korenmarkt.
this religious denomination built a new church
and heating were installed. At the end of 2001
in Spoorwegstraat in Arnhem, leaving the
they were opened to the public. The entrance is
building empty. A warehouse until 1951, it was
located in Oude Oeverstraat, an alley on your
then used for entertainment- and/or catering
left-hand side at the far end of Rijnstraat.
museums, attractions, stores, cafes or
purposes, as were many other buildings in
Korenmarkt.
Turn right into Luthersestraat and cross
Varkensstraat. You have now reached
Rijnstraat.
This street is the western part of the East-West
connection of the old walled town. Once the
entrance to the town at the western edge, De
Rijnpoort (one of four Arnhem town gates) used
to be at the other end of this street. Located
approximately at the bottom of what is now
Velperplein and dating back to the Middle Ages,
the “Velperpoort” used to be the entrance at
the eastern edge of town. Before turning left
into Rijnstraat, you can see the front of a 14th
century building (the former St Peters Gasthuis)
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Porte family and their insurance company (the
Briefly bear right.
right part).
On your left-hand side you can see Arke NoReturn to Rijnstraat, then turn right into
achstraat. Built around 1850 and allegedly the
Vijzelstraat.
oldest coffee-house in Arnhem, “Het Oranje
Koffiehuis” is housed on the right. Renovated ap-
Looking up you can see several beautiful old
proximately 20 years later, the pub was rebuilt in
fronts above the “modern” shop fronts. Built
1926 with elements of the Amsterdam school.
around 1900, the property on the corner of the
first street on your left-hand side (Mariënburgs-
Turn into Kerkstraat.
traat) still has its original Jugendstil decorative
features with its decorative, elongated figures, its
This is one of the oldest streets in Arnhem.
lovely wall clamps and the transparent architec-
Remains of previous settlements dating back
tural style with large glass surfaces.
to the 9th - 11th century have been found here.
Turn right into Wielerakkerstraat.
Turn left.
Some of the houses have mediaeval cellars. On
Restored shops with original 19th century shop
your right the restored house at number 32 has
fronts on either side of the street are located near
a late mediaeval gate which used to serve as an
properties number 12 to 15. The back of the origi-
Here you can see a number of historic buildings,
entrance to a property once located in Bak-
nally late mediaeval house at number 9 was used
as a Roman Catholic Home for Widows since 1750.
including those belonging to a Jewish butcher/
kerstraat. Until the 1930’s this gate
“De Mondriaan”, a house with a late renaissance
poulterer. After passing an old alley on your
served as an entrance to
front, is located on your right at number 41.
right-hand side you will reach “Het Eiland”. The
a town farm in this
However, the property proved to be much older
first thing one notices is the bronze statue of
street.
and, among other things, was given a new front
“Zittende Oude Man” (“Old Man Sitting Down”),
Presickhaafshuis, an originally 14th
during a renovation in the 17th century. In the
made by Arnhem sculptor Wim Kuyl to the mo-
century house with 15th and 16th
17th and 18th century it served as a home for
del of the Rheden innkeeper Jan van Lankwarden.
century stepped gables. The natural
The magnificent building at number 6 was
1640. This house was named after
purpose-built in 1920 as the Nieuwe Arnhemsche
the lords mayor Van Presickhave
Courant (New Arnhem Newspaper) office and
Built around the turn of the 19th century, the
printer, its architecture reflecting the Amsterdam
monumental building on your right-hand side
school style. The original use of this property is
used to be a girls’ primary school (the left part
reflected by the vertical pen and the ink pot next
of the property) and the home of the De la
to the large window.
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of the street you can see the T-shaped
stone gate dates back to around
magistrates and a boarding house.
Turn right into Weverstraat.
At number 19 (to your left) at the far end
who lived here in the 16th century.
These days it is called the “Trix en Reeshuis” (“Trix and Rees House”), named after
two well-known Arnhem fashion designers
who own the building.
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Walk towards the end of the street and turn right around the church.
Depicting a nude man sitting down called “Mens
You are now in Kerkplein (Church Square) facing a late gothic church called St Eusebius Church, also
tegen macht” (“Man against Power”), this statue
known as the Big Church. Its tower is 93 metres tall. Built between 1450 and 1540, the church was
was first exhibited at the Sonsbeek exhibition in
for the most part destroyed in September 1944. After several restorations the church and its tower
1952. The man’s nudeness symbolises innocence,
were reopened to the public. A lift was built inside the tower, taking visitors to a height of 73 meters
truth and purity tasting defeat when faced with
where, weather permitting, the tower offers a magnificent view of Arnhem and surrounding areas. An
the dishonesty of a cruel war power. The original
admission fee is charged for taking the lift. In 2010 a new restoration was necessary and since then
pedestal called “De Pleuranten” was moved to
the tower has been scaffolded again, covered with printed fabric. The lift is still accessible.
Moscova cemetery a few years later.
Unless there are activities such as exhibitions etc. you will have free access to the
On the south side there is a portal with four
church. If you are looking for refreshments, there is plenty of
opportunity to sit down and have a break in the vicinity of
saints above: Martin, Peter, Christopher and
Stephen. These statues survived the 16th century
the church.
iconoclastic outbreak.
Made by Arnhem sculptor Gijs
Between the church and the town hall you can
Jacobs van den Hof, the war
see the renaissance façade of the so-called Dui-
memorial in front of the
velshuis (Devil’s House). This house, once home
The 18th century classicist building on the corner
church was revealed by
to Maarten van Rossum, took its name from the
of Turfstraat and Markt is the former Weighhouse.
three sand stone satyrs supporting the bay win-
Nowadays Markt is used as a parking area - the
dows of the lord mayor’s current study. A plaque
weekly markets are held in Kerkplein and around
on the wall contains a Latin inscription referring
the church. Walk to the south side of Markt where
to the restoration of the building in 1898. These
you will see Het Huis der Provincie (The House of
days the building and the new town hall, built in
the Province), a monumental atrium building from
1964/1968, are connected by a footbridge. The
1954 exhibiting a lot of applied art. The property
ancient cellars underneath Duivelshuis reveal
has recently acquired listed building status. On
that the building originally dates back to the
your right you can see the mediaeval Sabelspoort,
Middle Ages.
the only town gate left after the demolition of
Queen Juliana in 1953.
the town walls in the 19th century. After a series
Turn right and cross here. You are now in
of restorations it was connected with Het Huis
Markt.
der Provincie and now serves a representative
purpose.
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Go under the Sabelpoort and turn left.
who joined the battle near the bridge and lost his
Turn left at the end of this street and continue
Further down the street you can see the police
down the right-hand bend.
station on your right-hand side. Until the Battle
for Arnhem a large convent called Insula Dei
life. 155 Rijnkade, the adjacent building, houses
You are now facing the Rhine with the Rhine
the Informatiecentrum Slag om Arnhem (Battle
Here you can see De Walburgis Basiliek, the
(God’s Island) was located on this site, home to
Bridge to your left. This is the historic “Bridge too
for Arnhem Information Centre). Free admission.
oldest church in Arnhem, in all its splendour.
elderly men and women as well as a large num-
far” where Allied Forces in 1944 fought the Ger-
Open in summer from 10am - 5pm, in winter
This early gothic pseudo-basilica with its nave
ber of nuns who were largely responsible for the
man superior strength to keep the bridge, which
11am - 5pm, on Sundays and public holidays
and two side aisles was built between 1391 and
Roman Catholic education of girls in this town.
was of strategic importance to keep the road to
12am - 5pm.
1423. The pentagon choir was added after a
There was also a boarding school for bargemen’s
restoration in the first half of the 19th century.
children, an orphanage for boys and girls under
dian troops advancing from the south. Sadly they
After your visit go back to the road and cross
Through the centuries this church has served
12 years of age, a sewing school, a stenography
failed as has been described in numerous books.
it. Briefly bear right. Turn left at the traffic
various purposes. Originally a R.C. church, it was
and typing school, a playschool and a teacher
Most of the old town centre was destroyed and
lights. You are now in Eusibiusbinnensingel.
used for several worldly ends after the icono-
training college for girls. This enormous block
Germany accessible to the American and Cana-
clastic outbreak in 1566, such as an arms depot,
all local residents had to be evacuated on the
orders from the German government, after which
Until September 1944 this street boasted mag-
arsenal and army depository. In 1808 King Louis
Arnhem was systematically looted and destroyed
nificent mansions/houses, a girls’ school and the
Napoleon returned it to the Roman Catholics.
by the German army, becoming a “ghost town”.
former local hospital which was later used as an
Like other buildings in the region this church
office building by the Department of Waterways
was severely damaged in September 1944. Its
and Public Works.
reconstruction took four years - from 1946 to
The war memorial you are now facing was
named after Jacob Groenewoud, a Dutch officer
was completely destroyed in September 1944
and rebuilt in
Velperweg in Arnhem
after the war.
1950. In 1965 the “St. Walburgis” was given the
honorary title of Basilica Minor by the
then Pope Paul VI.
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a sculptured staircase and, in the best room to the
Continue along this route and turn left
Once you have passed the police station, turn right. You
Return to Beekstraat and turn
right of the entrance, magnificently painted wallpaper
into Ruiterstraat past old houses until
are now in Catharinaplaats.
right. Continue towards the end of
allegorically depicting the life of Alexander the Great.
you reach Jansplein.
Beekstraat until you reach the right
It is a copy of the paintings of Charles Lebrun exhibited
Here you can see the Walloon church (1404), once a chapel
corner of Roggestraat and Beek-
in the Louvre and Versailles. From 1844 to 1920 the
On your left you can see the former post
and part of the convent in Koningsplein. The convent’s aim
straat and see the monumental
Burgerweeshuis (orphanage) was housed here, a name
office. Completed in 1889, this neo-gothic
was to take care of the sick, widowed, orphaned, poor and el-
entrance to “Het Musiskwartier”.
it has kept since.
and originally symmetrical building with
strong influences from the so-called Han-
derly. The church was severely damaged in 1944 and restored
in 1951. The present front is modern Delft School, the added
This is a modern shopping centre
seatic Gothic was designed by government
little balcony a figment of the restorer’s imagination.
with a beautiful mall, lovely shops
architect C.H. Peters. The outside has been
and a lot of living accommodation
elaborately decorated with relief, glazed,
The church has been used by the Walloon-Reformed Parish
above, a good example of housing
and decorative stones. Above the left
since 1751.
in the town centre. You are now in
entrance glazed and terracotta reliefs have
Het Land van de Markt, go straight
been added and above the windows squat-
ahead down Bovenbeekstraat and
ting terracotta monkeys gave the building
pass “De Dansende Nar” by Hans
the nickname monkeys’ cliff. The building
The yellow building on the right is the back of the
Bayens. In 1975 this statue was
now houses a book shop.
theatre, built in 1937 on the site of the old theatre
given to the town by “De Onganse”
by the then town architect F.M.A. Brons. The old
carnival association on the occasion
The first protestant church in Arnhem, the
theatre was destroyed by fire during the funfair in
of their 22rd anniversary.
neo-classicist dome church in the centre
of the square was built in 1837 on the site
1934. On the right side of the front you can see
a statue made by Gijs Jacobs van den Hof, de-
At number 21 you will find the
cleared after the demolition of the remains
picting the goddess of love and beauty (Venus). A
former “Historisch Museum”. This
of the St Janskerk (Church of St John) and
pendant on the left, Apollo, the god of music and
house is a great example of an 18th
the “commanderij van St Jan”.
light, was wrapped up and bricked in during the
century mansion, built in 1758 and
last restoration but can be retrieved undamaged
unique in Arnhem because of the
during a possible next restoration, if necessary.
original Louis XV style (rococo),
“Dance for the Golden Calf” on the pavement
recognisable by the completely
was made by Fri Heil in 1976. She was one of Gijs
symmetrical construction, the fairly
Jacobs’ students and mainly made small, biblically
austere exterior and the lavishly de-
inspired plastic works of art.
corated interior with the beautifully
plastered ceilings with cherubs,
painted panels with trompes l’oeil,
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A walk around historic Arnhem town centre
Colofon
The basic shape is octagonal as is the outside
dome with a 21 m diameter. On top of the
dome is a 6 metre wooden turret, the so-called
Publisher: Regional Tourist
lantern. Until 1940 the church also served as
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a Regimental Church of the Yellow Riders who
PO Box 156, 6660 AD Elst NL
were quartered in the nearby Willemskazerne
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(barracks).
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Continue your walk until you reach Jansplaats.
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Number 28 with its 19th century front contains
the remains of a mediaeval house. Number 29
has an 18th century Dutch gable and the cellar is
thought to be 15th century.
Made in 1940 by Ab Dieckerhof and Joop Hekman, the statue of “Karel van Gelre” was placed
by the Karel van Gelrestichting (foundation),
who offered it to the council in 1949.
In the middle of the square cobblestones mark
Gilde Town Walk Arnhem
General information: www.wandeleninarnhem.nl
Contact for tours of the cellars:
tel:
06-26778791
e-mail:
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the outline of the town pump that used to be
Contact for town walks
tel:
06-45560908
e-mail:
[email protected]
here.
Written by Gilde Arnhem.
.
Turn right into Jansstraat.
High up on the front at number 31 you can
see “de Wildeman” gable statue. Its history is
unknown. Turn left into Pauwstraat, returning to
the starting point of this walk. Weather permitting, the outdoor cafés in Korenmarkt are an
THIS FREE APP BRINGS 10 HIDDEN STORIES FROM
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excellent place to sit down and relax.
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SONSBEEK, ARNHEM’S GREEN HART
A place for every citizen of Arnhem. A place
to walk your dog, to go for a walk with your
children, to practise sports, a place to chill.
There is music and other cultural events in
the weekend.
The best place to feel Arnhem’s green
heartbeat is Sonsbeek Visitors Centre, five
minutes from Arnhem Central.
Bezoekerscentrum Sonsbeek,
Zijpendaalseweg 24a, 6814 CL Arnhem
www.bezoekerscentrumsonsbeek.nl
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