The importance of water
Water is very important to Nijmegen. Not only because of its beautiful position on the River Waal, but also in terms of water management. Relatively clean water no longer disappears into the sewers, but is reused for various purposes.
Contemplate the infinite nature and availability of water when you gaze over the river from one of the pavement cafés on the Waalkade boulevard. Stroll past the pavement cafes to the right and the river bank will soon lead you into a typically Dutch landscape of 'polders' and meandering dikes.
Or simply enjoy the ‘bedriegertjes’ in the Koningsplein on a hot summer day (see photo). These little fountains spout rainwater collected from the roofs of the surrounding houses. Children are particularly fascinated by these deceptive water jets, much to the amusement of onlookers at the nearby pavement cafés.
Nijmegen has a special relationship with the River Waal. Its width and constant water level enable transport all year round. In olden days, ships used to moor on the Waalkade, from where the goods were carried ashore by dockworkers. A ferry was the only means of transport across the river. Today, modern trade takes place in the industrial harbour and container terminal. Nowadays, the Waal is Europe's busiest waterway.
Trade on the waterfront has been replaced by more contemporary activities. The casino, grand cafés and restaurants give the waterfront style and prestige. Near the Waalkade, there is a small marina where people can moor their boats all year round: the Lindenberg.