Surroundings of Arnhem

Signpost Hotel Nouvelle Arnhem Surroundings

Arnhem, the capital of the province Gelderland.

The city is internationally famous for the Battle of Arnhem which took place in and around Arnhem from 17th to 25th September 1944 as part of Operation Market Garden. Arnhem is not only historically interesting but also culturally! You can shop for hours and hours in the city centre and the Fashion Quarter (Modekwartier), enjoy the nightlife or the spectacular natural surroundings in one of the city’s parks. There are also all kinds of creative events to visit, such as the Arnhem Fashion Festival. Alternatively, you could spend the day at one the top attractions, like Royal Burgers’ Zoo or the Netherlands Open Air Museum (Nederlands Openluchtmuseum). These attractions draw many millions of visitors every year and there’s something for everybody.

Explore the surroundings of Hôtel Nouvelle on foot or travel a little further to the sights outside the city with your bicycle, car or with public transport.

Read below a small overview of the best activities in Arnhem. You can also download a VVV Tourist City Guide + Map.

City Guide and Map

Best things to do in and around Arnhem

Royal Burgers’ Zoo

Burgers' Zoo

Be bold and venture a world tour in Burgers’ Zoo! The zoo where you are one with nature. Are you ready for an adventurous expedition? After all, you will travel through the most diverse natural habitats in the world! Not only will you travel through the tropical rainforest, the rocky deserts of Arizona and the savannah of East Africa, but you will also experience the tropical coral reef and the Southeast-Asian jungle. More

De Hoge Veluwe National Park

The Veluwe

Hôtel Nouvelle is close by The Veluwe, a picturesque countryside with not only beautiful forests, vast heathlands, flocks of sheep but also gently flowing streams. Cycling is the ideal way to explore the park, especially since you can make free use of their famous White Bicycles. Alternatively, you can bring your own bicycle. More

Historic Cellars Arnhem

Historic Cellars

The shopping streets in Arnhem hide around 36 centuries-old cellars, restored to their old glory and connected with each other in 2001. With Arnhem finds on display, information panels and surprises, which stimulate your senses, you will be taken on a chronological journey through time so you can experience Arnhem history. A part of the cellars of Hôtel Nouvelle is connected to this network of tunnels and cellars. The entrance of this project is about 50 meters from the hotel. More

Eusebius Church Panoramic

Eusebius Church (photo by Fruggo 2004) The glass panorama lift in the church tower reaches a height of 73 metres, providing visitors with a sweeping view of the city, river and forests. An even higher point can be reached via a winding staircase. The lift makes a stopover at 63 metres so visitors can stand on the glass balconies to view the exterior of the restored tower. The famous Disney gargoyles, added after the Second World War, can be seen from the balconies. More

Museums in and around Arnhem

Netherlands Open Air Museum

Netherlands Open Air Museum

(Nederlands Openlucht Museum) Experience Dutch history! Special encounters, smells, images and stories evoke unforgettable memories of everyday life as it used to be. The historic houses and farms in the rural museum park are vibrant places. Friendly ‘occupants’ talk about their work and lives with enthusiasm and there is plenty to do for all age groups.A visit to the Open Air Museum is the best day out for the whole family. More

Dutch Wine Museum

Dutch Wine Museum

The Dutch Wine Museum (Nederlands Wijnmuseum) in Arnhem introduces you to all of the aspects of a complete wine experience. Thousands of years of history, together with the technical progress made in the last century, build up a picture of wine-growing and wine-making, and finally all wine’s role in society. The Dutch Wine Museum is located in one of the old underground cellars. More

Airborne Museum

Airborne at The Bridge

A museum in Oosterbeek near Arnhem about the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Operation Market Garden. Located in the former headquarters of the British troops. It has an extensive collection with weapons, clothing, equipment and also interviews, photographs and videos. Follow in the footsteps of a soldier in the award-winning Airborne Experience. At the Arnhem Rijnkade, opposite the John Frost Bridge, there is also , Airborne at the Bridge, a information center about the Battle of Arnhem. More

Kröller Müller Museum

Kröller Müller Museum

A national art museum and sculpture garden, located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo in the Netherlands. It has the second-largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. And other works by Mondrian, Seurat, Redon, Braque, Gauguin, Cranach, Ensor, Gris, and Picasso.
Also famous for one of the largest sculpture garden in Europe, with works by Rodin, Moore, Dubuffet, di Suvero, Fontana, Oldenburg, Wotruba and van Lieshout. More

Party Aardvark

Party Aardvark

A gift from Royal Burgers’ Zoo to the city of Arnhem

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the zoo, the Royal Burgers’ Zoo donated an enormous work of art by Florentijn Hofman to Arnhem. The thirty meter long and nine meter high Party Aardvark was unveiled on Thursday 12 September 2013.

Artist Florentijn Hofman designed the Party Aardvark on behalf of Royal Burgers’ Zoo on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the zoo in 2013. Hofman was inspired by the aardvark, a species that is only kept in the Arnhem Zoo in the Netherlands. Royal Burgers’ Zoo gave the Party Aardvark to the city of Arnhem as a gift to underline the close relationship between the zoo and Arnhem.

Visit the Party Aardvark! You will find the Party Aardvark at 200 meters walking distance behind Hôtel Nouvelle, in front of the entrance of the Rozet building.



Mo – Fr 8.30 am – 10 pm
Saturday 8.30 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm (Sept to Mar)

For current or different opening hours, please check the following website.

Monday 1 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm (Sept to Mar)

For current or different opening hours, please visit the following website.

Experience the story of Arnhem and its surroundings in Cultural Centre Rozet

Behind Hôtel Nouvelle, only 100 meters walking distance, is the free accessible Rozet. The beautiful building houses the Library, the Art Company, the People’ University, Art Loan toART and the Heritage Centre. The building was designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects from Rotterdam and was officially opened by Princess Beatrix on 10 December 2013.
You can discover the building via an impressive 200-metre-long stairwell, the inner street. From the panoramic terrace on the top floor you have a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings.

On the lower floor (-1) you will find the Heritage Centre. Here you will find the history of Arnhem and Gelderland. Here you can find ceramics, landscape maps, jewellery and a large collection of books. The museum does not end on the lower floor, but continues in all showcases and frames along the imposing staircase of the Rozet building.

Delicacies from Arnhem

Arnhemse Meisjes (Arnhem Biscuits)

Getting hungry from visiting all the surroundings of Hôtel Nouvelle? What about some nice local cookies? Arnhemse Meisjes are oval hard-baked biscuits of yeast dough sprinkled with sugar. The biscuits were baked for the first time in 1829 by baker Hagdorn in Arnhem.

Not local but typically Dutch; The Stroopwafel (Syrup Waffle). A waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle.It is popular in the Netherlands, where they were first made in the city of Gouda.

Check out these delicious products at De Lunchclub
Jansstraat 26, 6811 GJ, Arnhem

Cinema & Movie Theater in Arnhem

Pathé Cinema

Pathé Cinema ArnhemWatch blockbuster movies in Pathé.
Language: English, Dutch
Subtitle: Dutch
2D, 3D, 3D IMAX and 3D Dolby Atmos

VUE Cinema

VUE Cinema ArnhemWatch blockbuster movies in VUE.
Language: English, Dutch
Subtitle: Dutch
2D and 3D

Focus Movie Theater

Focus Theater ArnhemCultural, art films and documentaries.
Language: depends on movie
Subtitle: Dutch
2D and 3D


Tourist Information Arnhem

Skyline Arnhem

Visit the Tourist Information Office or the Tripadvisor website:

VVV Arnhem
Stationsplein 158C

VVV VisitArnhemTripadvisor Arnhem

Sightseeing The Netherlands


Finished visiting the surroundings of Arnhem? The Netherlands is not very big, making all sights within a comfortable driving distance. From our hotel you can visit all the nice places in the Netherlands and be back that same evening. Prefer not to travel by car? Maybe think about taking the train. The train station can be reached within 7 minutes on foot.
For more information about sights in The Netherlands check Tripadvisor:


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