Arnhem is a city with strong connections to sport. The FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship 2022 in Arnhem is one of the examples of these connections. As the home of the Dutch Olympic Committee and Dutch Sport Federation (NOC-NSF), the capital of the Dutch province of Gelderland occupies a unique position in the Netherlands when it comes to sport. When the federation was founded in 1959 the idea was put forward of creating Papendal High Performance Centre (the largest elite sports training centre in the Netherlands).
Another example is the Gelredome. The impressive GelreDome is a multifunctional stadium that hosts major sporting events, amongst other things. In 2022 the Gelredome hosts the Women's World Championship. It is home to Arnhem’s football club Vitesse, which is currently competing in the Conference League.
The city also boasts a number of other outstanding sports venues. In recent years several major national and international sporting events, such as National Sports Week, the Giro d’Italia, World Championship inline-skating, World Championship BMX and UCI BMX Supercross World Cup have come to Arnhem.
Recent volleyball events are European Women’s Under-18 Volleyball Championships and World Championship Sitting Volleyball.
Arnhem’s spectacular green surroundings, with the Veluwe national park on one side and the flood-plain area on the other, make for a perfect sporting environment. From long hikes and cycling trips to the Veluwe through to boot camps in one of the city’s beautiful parks and high-level sports at our Arnhem is situated in the heart of green surroundings, flanked by the Veluwe region on one side and flood plains and the Betuwe countryside on the other. There is an abundance of proud trees, inviting parks and leafy avenues. But, no stay is complete without a visit to one of the many museums or major tourist attractions. Arnhem is also the fashion & design capital of the Netherlands. A historical city walk that takes you past Arnhem’s unique heritage sites, including key locations during the Battle of Arnhem.
Why do roads often lead to Arnhem?
Arnhem connects the Randstad conurbation in the west of the Netherlands with Germany’s Ruhr region and Central and Eastern Europe. It also occupies a strategic position on the route from large parts of Spain, France and Belgium to Hamburg and Scandinavia. With its iconic station Arnhem Centraal the city is easily accessible via the high-speed rail line for both national and international sportspeople.
Arnhem is renowned for being a green, free and creative city that also has plenty to offer when it comes to culture, fashion and design. With the Kröller Möller Museum, Burgers’ Zoo, the Holland Open Air Museum, the Hoge Veluwe National Park, the Fashion Quarter in the Klarendal district and the infamous ‘Bridge Too Far’, there is lots more for sportspeople to enjoy on a visit to the city.
Arnhem brings sport and society together, on both a local and international level.
More about Arnhem
The Netherlands has a rich history and many of its cities have fascinating stories of their own. One such city is Arnhem. Located in the east of the country, it is one of the Netherlands’ largest cities and these days is renowned for its wide open spaces and beautiful parks. In around 700 B.C. the first inhabitants settled along the 'Sint Jansbeek' (St John’s Stream), which gave them access to the River Rhine. Today, the stream is still a visible feature of Arnhem’s city centre.
During World War II, Arnhem was the scene of vigorous military operations. The memory of the Battle of Arnhem, part of Operation Market Garden, is still very much alive today and has become part of Arnhem’s identity. Would you like to learn more about Operation Market Garden? Take part in one of the four specially developed walking routes in the Airborne Region. While walking you will discover the (local) stories behind Operation Market Garden. Try the four paths in Driel, Oosterbeek, Ede and Arnhem and walk past monuments and places of interest related to this operation. Remember the victims and reflect on freedom. Want to know more? Then continue reading and discover the story behind the Airborne Region.
The diversity of the area’s parks makes it very inviting to stroll, enjoy a picnic or just be lazy. But don’t linger too long, because Arnhem has so much more to offer. As a fashion and design city, for example, with its famous fashion district, Modekwartier, collections from the art and fashion academy ArtEZ and its seven unique streets, the 7straatjes. Nowadays, the bustling city of Arnhem has plenty to offer its 162,500 inhabitants and visitors to the city. You can shop till you drop in the city centre and Fashion Quarter, enjoy the nightlife or take in the spectacular natural surroundings in one of the city’s parks. Arnhem also hosts all kinds of creative events, such as the Arnhem Fashion Festival.
Alternatively, you could spend the day at one of the city’s top attractions, such as Royal Burgers’ Zoo or the Holland Open Air Museum, or the Kröller-Müller Museum, where you will find the world’s finest Van Gogh collection and enjoy masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan.
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