As the capital of the province of Gelderland, Arnhem has a rich and colourful history which is reflected in a number of its listed buildings. The famous John Frost Bridge was literally and figuratively 'a bridge too far' during the world-famous Battle of Arnhem.
Another fascinating location is the Maarten van Rossumhuis (also known as the Devil's House), the Sabelpoort gate and the medieval house known as 'Presickhaeffs Huys'. The 40 mediaeval cellars which are being restored to their former glory and linked together under the shopping streets, give you an insight into what Arnhem looked like under the ground in olden times. The Great Church or St. Eusebius' Church towers above the city. In this late Gothic cruciform basilica there is a unique glass lift which rises up to a height of no fewer than 73 metres. A city walk lasting one and a half hours under the supervision of an enthusiastic and expert guide costs € 120.00. The maximum group size per guide is 25.
If you would like to explore the city on your own, you can do so using the Arnhem city guide. This handy brochure contains a map of the centre of Arnhem, along with a description of the historic city walk. It also contains tips about the city's nightlife, cafés and restaurants, attractions and stores. The city guide is available from the Tourist Information Office (VVV Arnhem).
During the summer months, guides from the local guild offer weekly walks which take in Arnhem's historical heritage. Even if you think you know Arnhem well, you will be surprised at how much you can still learn. The guided tours last 1.5 hours and cost € 3.50 p.p. You do not need to register in advance. All these guided tours are also available on the second Sunday of the month. The Arnhem Guild also organises walks underground, through Arnhem's historic cellars. For more information on the various guided tours and to register, please visit wandeleninarnhem.nl
Art and culture is richly represented in Arnhem. The Gelders Orchestra, Introdans dance company, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and events like Arnhem Fashion Festival, the Fairytale Festival and World Living Statues all have their origins in Arnhem.
Arnhem has restaurants to suit all tastes. Chefs and cooks put their heart and soul into their work and the waiters and waitresses are friendly and welcoming. You can try food from around the world, or regional dishes. Either way, you can expect top-class food in exceptional settings. When the weather is good and the evenings are sultry there is nothing better than good outdoor dining on the Korenmarkt, Jansplaats and the Rijnkade. They are simply irresistible!
Culture in Arnhem is truly alive with shows in the City Theatre (Stadsschouwburg) and concerts in the Musis Sacrum concert hall and theatre. You’ll find performances from international artists who like to come to this, the largest theatre in the Netherlands. Arnhem is also the home of the Gelders Orchestra and Introdans dance company.