Nijmegen is sometimes called 'the most northern city of the south', because of its Burgundian lifestyle. The presence of some 15,000 students gives the city a youthful and lively character.
Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, has always been internationally oriented, in fact since the Romans founded the city. The university attracts many international students and thousands of expats work for international companies here. Many tourists visit the city, especially during the International Four Days Marches in July. Over a million people come to take part in the marches or spend a week partying at the Four Days Marches Festival. The special exhibitions at the Valkhof Museum also attracts international visitors.
There is also a wide range of cultural possibilities, from nine regional museums and historic locations to large outdoor pop concerts in summer, cultural events and the state-of-the-art cinema and theatre LUX. Furthermore Nijmegen has many restaurants and bars.
Nijmegen has a varied countryside with meandering dykes, woodlands, moors and hills, which offer plenty of possibilities for outdoor activities.
The architecture in the city centre is a mix of old and modern. Just outside the centre, there are neighbourhoods with popular lofts and houses built around 1900 and in the 1930s. Green and spacious suburbs are located on the borders of the city and to the north a completely new part of the city has risen in recent years. Many villages surround the city in a rural setting.