Boasting one of the world’s most innovative sporting stadiums, Arnhem is located in the forested Veluwe region where the Nederrijn and Sint-Jansbeek rivers meet. This vibrant capital is renowned for its cultural sites and is home to one of the largest zoos in the Netherlands.
Things to do in Arnhem
Visit the Royal Burgers’ Zoo, which is divided into eight themed areas and is home to a tropical aquarium. Get up close to animals from the Sonoran Desert and Southeast Asian rainforest species, then let the kids run loose in the South American-themed indoor playground.
The best views of Arnhem are on offer from the top of St. Eusebius Church, which at 93 meters is the city’s tallest building. After riding the elevator up to the top of the spire, explore the crypt at the rear of the church that contains skeletons left in their buried state.
Want to see one of the world’s most innovative soccer stadiums? Watch a match at the GelreDome, home of Vitesse Arnhem. It features a retractable roof and a slide-out grass pitch that has set a benchmark for multi-purpose sporting and concert venues.
Take the time to explore the Netherlands Open Air Museum, just outside of Arnhem. Houses and farmsteads from different historical periods and regions are on display, with actors demonstrating traditional farming and handicraft techniques.
Getting around Arnhem
Arnhem is connected by train to Utrecht and Amsterdam, which lies to the north-west, as well as Düsseldorf and Frankfurt to the south-east. Trolleybuses are an atmospheric way of getting around Arnhem and bicycles can be hired at the train station.