As the capital of Gelderland, Arnhem has a rich and interesting history, part of which can be discovered in a number of monumental buildings. Arnhem is surrounded by green landscapes, with the Veluwe (1) on one side and the water meadows on the other. If you want to retreat to quiet surroundings, you can visit Sonsbeek city park, which is over 100 years old.
Visit Arnhem and enjoy beautiful museums, Modekwartier Arnhem, and the countless great restaurants where you can try local dishes.
- Discover Arnhem and visit the Kröller-Müller Museum.
- Go on a shopping spree and discover the many designers in the Arnhem Fashion District or Modekwartier Arnhem.
- Rent a bicycle and discover the wonderful natural landscapes of the Veluwe.
As the capital of Gelderland, Arnhem has a rich and interesting history, part of which can be discovered in a number of monumental buildings. Arnhem is surrounded by green landscapes, with the Veluwe on one side and the water meadows on the other. If you want to retreat to quiet surroundings, you can visit Sonsbeek city park, which is over 100 years old.
Shopping and fashion
Arnhem has been among the top 10 best shopping cities in Holland for years now. The ArtEZ fashion academy and countless well-known brands and designers like G-sus, Viktor & Rolf, and Humanoid mean that Arnhem has a broadly based connection with fashion. The inner city boasts countless special boutiques as well as the big fashion chains. A number of designers, ateliers and boutiques have come together in Modekwartier Arnhem or the Arnhem Fashion District. This is where you will find unique apparel and special models.
Arnhem’s top attractions
A visit to Arnhem is easily combined with one of the many top attractions. Burgers’ Zoo is a new kind of zoo. We would like to invite you for an adventurous expedition. At Burgers’ Zoo you will travel through a broad variety of natural regions from around the world! The theme uniting all of the collections at Museum Arnhem is ‘forms of realism’. The Netherlands Open Air Museum loves traditions and keeps them alive. Visiting this museum means you will encounter the Holland of the past and not so long ago. Explore National Park De Hoge Veluwe on one of the free white bicycles and admire the world-famous Van Gogh paintings at the Kröller-Müller Museum. Water is essential to life. Without water, there can be no life. You’l discover this at the Holland Water Museum, an interactive underground DIY museum for young and old.
WWII is a theme throughout all of the historical descriptions of Arnhem. The Battle for Arnhem, which was fought on the banks of the Rhine in September 1944, was part of Operation Market Garden. The bridge at Arnhem was not captured due to a combination of complications. Arnhem proved ‘a bridge to far’. Visiting one of the museums that focus on this dramatic period in WWII is almost a must. The Battle of Arnhem Information Center near the John Frost Bridge uses photos and personal stories to sketch a picture of the civilians and soldiers who lived and fought in Arnhem in September 1944. Or visit Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ in nearby Oosterbeek. At the Airborne Experience, you’ll almost experience the Battle for Arnhem yourself.
Accessibility and parking in Arnhem
Arnhem is about an hour’ drive away from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and the capital, Amsterdam. You can also get there easily by public transport. If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car. Arnhem has a parking route. Follow the ‘Centrumring+P’ signs to find a car park.
Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, in the city centre or on the outskirts of the city, Arnhem has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!
If you would like to learn more about Arnhem and its role in WWII, follow the Liberation Route, a commemorative route to historic milestones in the history of Holland and beyond. Visiting Nijmegen, Holland’s oldest city, or the cities of Veenendaal and Zutphen, is highly recommended.