With its strategic location along the Waal, Nijmegen has a lengthy and intriguing history that continues to develop. In fact, it is the oldest city in the Netherlands, and if you look closely you can still find hints of its moving story. Experience its past at the Valkhof Park, go shopping at the Victorian Hezelstraat or enjoy views of the skyline and picturesque Saint Stephen’s Church from a newly created island in the middle of the Waal. With an innovative university, active cultural scene and vibrant new creative hub, the Honig Complex, Nijmegen is an old city with a young vibe. The founding of Nijmegen goes back to 19 BC when the Romans first settled on the natural moraine next to the river.