Before moving to Germany I had never heard of Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. But as it turns out, I happen to live a mere 30 minute drive away from the Dutch border, and about 45 minutes away from Nijmegen. And that’s pretty neat.
The city is 2,000 years old but it has a youth and vibrant atmosphere. There’s about 20,000 students who attend the Radboud University in Nijemegen, who keep the city young and exciting. There are bikes everywhere, and in the summer everyone’s out riding their bikes until very late at night, and it’s quite nice to see that. Nijmegen also has plenty of cool little local shops, lots of cafes and bars, a lot of art, a lot of clothing stores. It’s a great mix of old and new, historic and modern and it feels like a true hidden gem. I often take the bus there to just walk around, soak up the atmosphere, sit on a park bench and read. If you ever find yourself around this corner of the world, you should put Nijmegen on your list of places to visit.