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    Nijmegen is a large city in the southeast of the Netherlands. It's the largest city in Gelderland.Nijmegen is situated in the east of Holland, close to the German border and has approximately 150,000 inhabitants. It has hilly surroundings and beautiful forests.
    Nijmegen, housing about 150.000 citizens, is the oldest city in The Netherlands and was already of some importance in the Roman era, when a fortress occupied this site. Still, its main monument, the largely demolished Valkhof, is medieval. The Carolingian Chapel was built after Charlemagne’s Palatine Chapel in Aachen (Germany) as a symbol of the importance of this city as one of the principal seats of the administration of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1155 the complex was altered by Barbarossa. Today there’s a debate going whether or not to (partly) rebuild the ruins. Other sites are the weighing house and St. Stephen's church. This city on the Waal is a regional centre. It has a small but lively center with lots of shops. At night the students make it their own town. Every summer there is a four days long walking event called 'De Vierdaagse Wandelmarsen Nijmegen'. This event is supported by another event, the 'Vierdaagse-feesten' (Vierdaagse-party), which is one of the largest open-air (musical/funfare) events in the Netherlands. It usually does not only attract local artists, but also well known international artists (and entrance is free!). Near the end of World War II, Nijmegen was bombed by the allies by mistake: After the war Nijmegen has been rebuilt, however, in a new, modern form, resulting in a somewhat uncharacteristic citycenter. There are just a few old buildings left, like 'de Waag' at market square, and St. Stephen's church. Nevertheless, Nijmegen still offers a very good atmosphere. The city, with lots of shops, cafees, old buildings and some middle age ruins is well worth visiting. In fact, the Romans built one of their settlements here on the hill and called it Noviomagus. Nijmegen is well known for it's 'Vierdaagse', a four day walking march in the month of July each year, with some 40,000 participants.

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