Top choice in Nijmegen

No address reflects the city's youthful zest more than this soup factory-turned-entrepreneurial hub, 1.5km west of Grote Markt by the river. Until 2022 the gargantuan industrial space is open to creatives. Among the 140 companies to already move in are coffee roaster Blommers; microbreweries Oersoep and Bloom; Galerie Bart showcasing the work of young upcoming Dutch artists; a designer furniture shop; and a chocolate bar/

It is also a happening venue for dance parties, gigs, children's workshops etc. Dutch household name Honig produced wheat starch and later soups, vermicelli and other dried food products at the Honigcomplex from 1914 until 2012, when the waterfront factory, bought out by Heinz a decade earlier, closed.

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1. Sint Stevenskerk

0.71 MILES

From Grote Markt duck beneath the ornate Gothic Kerkboog (1542; Church Arch) – originally with cattle grid and pit beneath to prevent pigs from the market…

2. Latijnse School

0.73 MILES

An oft-overlooked gem, the Latin School stands beside Sint Stevenskerk. A fine example of Renaissance architecture dating to 1545 with sculpted figures of…

3. De Waagh

0.75 MILES

Built in 1612 in a Dutch Renaissance style, the ornate red-brick weigh house takes pride of place on Grote Markt. It was here that merchants and traders…

4. Grote Markt

0.76 MILES

Thankfully, Nijmegen's sweeping market square was among the few parts of the old town to survive WWII. Open-air markets are still held here each week on…

5. muZIEum

0.85 MILES

On one of Nijmegen's main shopping streets, ride the escalator up to this unusual museum where visitors can experience what it is like (or as close as, at…

6. Town Hall

0.86 MILES

Just east of Grote Markt, the town hall is a much-restored fairy tale in stone that dates to the 16th century. Rich and ornate, wooden carvings ornament…

7. Mariënburg Chapel

0.95 MILES

Dating from the 15th century, this former Catholic convent miraculously survived the bombings of WWII intact. Temporary exhibitions focusing on city…

8. Nationaal Fietsmuseum Velorama

0.95 MILES

Down by the riverfront is this museum with more than 250 bicycles: everything from 19th-century wooden contraptions and hand-propelled bikes to an entire…