Nijmegen is one of the nicest cities in the Netherlands! And I should know, because I’ve been living there for years. Not far from the centre, it is teeming with beautiful nature reserves. These are beautiful places to go walking or cycling. These are all tips with the most beautiful places in the surroundings of Nijmegen!
The most beautiful places in the Nijmegen area
Nijmegen is a very nice city for a day or a lovely weekend away in your own country. The Rijk van Nijmegen has a lot to offer for young and old. I myself have been living in this special city for years. It is the oldest city in the Netherlands, but the city is full of life! Nijmegen has a long history of more than 2,000 years. Nijmegen is located in the province of Gelderland and close to the German border. The municipality of Nijmegen has 176,162 inhabitants (May 2018) and is the tenth largest city in the Netherlands in terms of population.
5x the most beautiful places in the Nijmegen area
1. The Hatertse and Overasselt Fens
This nature reserve is located 5km from the city of Nijmegen and is freely accessible to everyone. The area is about 520 hectares in total and consists of various fens, woods, heathland, fields and meadows. The Hatertse and Overasseltse Vennen is beautiful in every season. In the summer the white plumes of wollegrass and peat fluff wave and at the end of the summer you will be amazed by the special purple heather. In the middle of autumn, a cool red glow of plants dominates. In winter you will find the stately green pines. And in spring, with sunshine and a blue sky, you can see the clear fen water, green flora and yellow sand. In short, the Hatertse and Overasselt Fagnes are beautiful to walk through.
- Free parking at Restaurant St. Walrick, St. Walrickweg 5, Overasselt
- Tip: Choose one of the beautiful hiking trails developed by Staatsbosbeheer.
2. The Ooijpolder
This is a popular place for Nijmegen residents to escape the city. The Ooijpolder is only a few km from the city centre. In the floodplains of the river Waal you will find the Ooijpolder. You can enjoy the flora and fauna that can be found here. You will come across wild horses, Galoway cattle, beavers, otters, numerous bird species, large geese or red geese. There is also a beautiful watchtower in the large area of trees. When the weather is nice you can swim in the Waal or in the Bison Bay! It is also advisable not to skip the terrace of hotel and restaurant Oortjeshekken! In the Ooijpolder you can follow one of the many walking or cycling routes.
- Free parking at Oortjeshekken, Erlecomsedam 4, Ooij
- Tip: go cycling the Ooijroute. This is a route of 37 km and a combination of city and nature!
- The Ooijroute, recommended starting point is junction 94.
3. The wine route through Groesbeek
Close to the city of Nijmegen is Groesbeek and because of the hills and special type of soil, the area of Groesbeek is very suitable for viticulture. Groesbeek is proud to call itself the wine village of the Netherlands. Groesbeek wine regularly falls in the prices during wine inspections. This area consists of a beautiful wooded and hilly area with several vineyards and wine farms. Besides all the beauty to admire from your bicycle, you can also get off and visit a wine farm or vineyard. The vineyards are freely accessible, but sometimes have fixed opening hours. It is best to discover them by bike.
- Tip: download the free ‘Wine Village Groesbeek’ app with information about the types of wine grapes in Groesbeek and the vineyards.
- Wine route Groesbeek, recommended starting point is junction 88.
4. The N70 Hiking route
The N70 walking route in the Rijk van Nijmegen is unique. This is due to the variety in route, distance and starting locations. The N70 walking route runs through rolling forests and the hilly landscape of Berg en Dal and surroundings. Along the way you have great views over the polders, floodplains and the river landscape of the Waal and the Rhine. The N70 route has a total length of 16 kilometres and is a popular walking route among nature lovers, hikers and runners. The route has about 500 steps!
- Download the GPS Route here or follow the green poles.
- Tip: start at Tante Koosje, Berg en Dalseweg 359, Nijmegen.
5. The Mookerheide
The Mookerheide is about a ten minute drive from Nijmegen. The Mookerheide is fantastic! This nature reserve owes its special landscape to the ice age of about 160,000 years ago. Propelling glaciers created hills and valleys of sand, gravel and boulders. You will see beautiful heather, mighty oaks, grazing galloway cattle and excellent views. Here you can take long walks and completely unwind. In the Second World War, but also during the 80-year war, people fought at the Mookerheide. You will also find two entrenchments here, old defences from the 17th century. From these places you have a beautiful view. Be sure to have a look at the Mookerheide Hunting Lodge!
- This walking route shows you the highlights of the Mookerheide.
- Tip: start at Landgoed Mookerheide, Heumensebaan 2, Molenhoek.
Tip hotel Nijmegen
There are some nice hotels in Nijmegen, but my favorite one is Credible. The location is perfect in the city centre and the rooms are nicely decorated with an eye for detail. There is a playful design throughout the hotel. The idea behind Credible is to create a place where people quickly feel at home and it worked. The main shopping street as well as movie theaters are withing walking distance. Great atmosphere, very relaxing and laid-back. The cafe/bar downstairs is really nice. Price about €70,- for a double room include breakfast.
- Not what you are looking for? Find here more great places to stay in Nijmegen!
Nijmegen / Gelderland