Nijmegen I

It was a warm day in April when I visited Nijmegen for the first time. The city to be small and cosy, and it had a relaxed vibe that I find rather lacking in the Randstad. I stayed for half a day, exploring both the city centre and the areas farther off.

Below are some of the scenes I saw. There is a long bridge leading to Nijmegen central station with a footpath running alongside, and this bridge will feature in quite a few of the images in this post. Now that I look at the photos again, though, the bulk of them are about the bridge.

I didn’t make too many photos of the city centre, unfortunately. Unlike Utrecht’s, Nijmegen’s centre is long in shape. There was a weekend market going on with all manner of the usual Dutch weekend market wares being sold (e.g. cheeses, fish, breads, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing, nuts and dried fruit etc). That was it, really.

And now, enjoy the images.

City centre

Not really in the city centre, but an interesting building somewhere between it and Nijmegen station
Weekend market
A street with an incline – this doesn’t happen very often in a country that’s known for being very flat
A church I chanced upon which was also holding a photojournalism exhibition that day
View of the Waal river; the vantage point from which I made this photo is in a park and not far from some church ruins (or maybe castle ruins)
You know that a city’s inhabitants are proud of their municipality when even their manhole covers sport the city coat of arms!


This is the name of a bridge meant for pedestrians and bicycles. It runs alongside the bridge that trains use and that spans the Waal river. To get from the bridge’s starting point (not far from Nijmegen station) to the other side of the Waal is a nice walk. Not so nice when it’s windy and raining, however.

Stairs leading to the Snelbinder
Walking along the Snelbinder – notice how in this stretch of the bridge there isn’t any separate pavement for pedestrians, which is usually the case elsewhere
Further down the Snelbinder a pavement for pedestrians appears; this is also the start of the bridge spanning the river
(In German) ‘No jumping! Thanks’
In the middle of the Waal is a small island – people park their bikes on the Snelbinder and go down to enjoy the sun
The other side of the river