The cities in The Other Holland are completely different, yet complement each other perfectly. Fascinating pasts start when the Romans ruled in the south, to the Hanseatic backgrounds, and ending at ‘a Bridge too Far’. The cities are associated with history, leafy parks, culture and nature.
However, they are also known for their fashion & design, appealing architecture, culinary delights, top attractions, health & wellness and a variety of events - an unexpected and exciting range of very contemporary options.
Arnhem is a dynamic shopping city on the Rhine, famous for the Battle of Arnhem. The city has many major attractions and museums, such as Burgers’ Zoo and the Netherlands Open Air Museum. Fashion and design are another of the city’s highlights – and if you take a guided tour of the streets known as the 7-straatjes, you will immediately understand why.
The Netherlands Open Air Museum is full of stories. They are hidden in the historic houses, mills and farmhouses in the museum park, as well as in our work, lives, customs and traditions. We bring these stories to life during a visit to the museum. Here you can immerse yourself in the past and get to know the Dutch history. In the museum there are many reenactors demonstrating the old way of life.
Burgers’ Zoo is internationally known for its natural habitats where animals are given as much freedom as possible in carefully created large wildlife areas and visitors can go on an exploratory expedition through nature. Burgers’ Bush is Europe’s largest indoor tropical rainforest and Burgers’ Desert is the largest indoor rock desert in the world! Or visit Burgers’ Ocean and discover in 8 million litres of water the largest living coral reef in aquariums outside Australia.
Rosendael Castle (Park en Kasteel Rosendael), the former residence of the Dukes of Guelders, is decorated in period style. The 'Bedriegertjes' fountain, the shell gallery and the teahouse are highlights of the surrounding park.
A visit to the oldest city in the Netherlands would not be complete without taking in some of the many historical sites. The city’s history spans the Roman Empire through to the Second World War. You will find museums, green spaces and numerous pavement cafés and restaurants for drinks, lunch or dinner. And not forgetting the wide choice of shops, from chain stores to boutiques.
The museum brings the historical events of the liberation of the Netherlands by the American, British, Canadian and Polish troops back to life. In the museum, you live through the period preceding the war, experience the occupation, celebrate the liberation and witness the rebuilding of the Netherlands and Europe after the war.
The combination of hilly countryside and unique soil makes the Groesbeek area perfect for wine production, and it has evolved into a small-scale wine region. Groesbeek can rightfully call itself the Netherlands’ leading ‘wine village’.