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Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Nijmegen is an ancient city just inside the eastern border of the Netherlands. It's just downstream of where the Rhine splits and goes delta, and on the south bank of the river Waal, the largest of two distributaries.

Nijmegen stands at the foot of a Pleistocene terminal morraine, and at 32 meters in elevation the main old city is well above delta flatland — which explains its great antiquity in a flat and watery region. The Romans moved in amongst the Batavians.

Nijmegen became an important Roman trading and military post, then an official municipality at the northern extent of the empire.



Nijmegen is a Roman town

The principal city on the northern border...

Oudste stad

Nijmegen is the oldest city in The Netherlands — with an asterisk....

U.S. bombs on Nijmegen

In February of 1944, American bombers flying out of Germany destroyed much of the inner city....

Catholic-Protestant

A statistical boundary....

Bikepath view of streetwalking zone

Civic problem-solving by discussion....

Declining to speak English

On being deceptive in a dismissive millieu....