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About Arnhem 



Lying on the banks of the river Nederrijn close to the point where the Dutch Belgian Waterways join the Rhine, Arnhem is one of Holland’s most historic cities and a popular port of call on many river cruise itineraries in the region. It’s perhaps best known for being the location of one of the Second World War’s most famous battles, because of its strategic river location. The Battle of Arnhem in 1944 marked a key Allied defeat, one which was immortalised in the wartime epic A Bridge Too Far. Today, river cruise visitors can explore the city’s wartime heritage by way of a number of popular attractions, but Arnhem’s history goes back much further and there’s also plenty of opportunity to venture further back in time and explore the city’s heritage. 

Exploring Arnhem 

The obvious starting point for those wishing to explore Arnhem’s wartime history is the War Museum. As well as telling the tale of the famous battle, it also views the war from the perspective of the city’s residents and offers a wealth of fascinating artefacts, including weaponry, cars and uniforms. A place of pilgrimage for many with an interest in the conflict is the John Frost Bridge, a post-war construction built at the point where the original bridge fell during the conflict and where a poignant memorial also now stands. 

A short bus ride out of the city is the huge Netherlands Open-air Museum and National Heritage Museum – the place to go to get a real flavour of old Holland. It’s a captivating journey through time and features a wide range of buildings dating back through most of the country’s history, such as housing, farms, breweries and dairies and of course its most iconic piece of architecture, the windmill. The Bronbeek Museum meanwhile, offers insights of a more specific kind, exploring the lives of the country’s Indonesian colonials. 

For those in search of a little peace and tranquility, Sonsbeek Park is a thoughtfully landscaped leafy escape a little out of the city and shows how in touch with nature the city is. For lovers of fauna as well as flora, the Burger’s Zoo and Safari Park is another popular choice, with the emphasis on spacious, themed environments for the animals and a wide choice of species on display. 

One particularly popular excursion offered by a number of river cruise lines is a trip to the historic summer residence of the Dutch royal family, Paleis Het Loo. This stunning residence dates back to the 17th century and has been used by the royals for 300 years. During your visit, you’ll take a guided tour of many of the palace’s most opulent rooms as well as its expertly-landscaped gardens and gain a special insight into the life of the country’s elite. 

Arnhem tips 

Arnhem is regarded as the Netherlands' fashion capital, so it’s a great place to stock up for a wardrobe make-over. However, if you want to take a load off in a café and just soak up the ambience, Korenmarkt Square in the old city is the place to be.

Arnhem Itineraries

Dusseldorf

See Andre Rieu in Maastricht

1 sailing date July 2022
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Holland , Maastricht
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Hoorn

Windmills, Tulips and Belgian Delights with Keuken

6 sailing dates April 2023 to May 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
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Koblenz

Resplendent Rhine in Autumn-Amsterdam - Dusseldorf

1 sailing date November 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Germany , Dusseldorf
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Trier

Majesty of the Middle Rhine - Arnhem to Cologne

1 sailing date August 2022
11 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to Germany , Cologne
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Bruges

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

5 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to , Amsterdamoa
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Rotterdam

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10 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Germany , Cologne
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Arnhem

Holland & Belgium in Bloom

3 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
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Bonn

Respendlent Rhine in Autumn

1 sailing date November 2021
7 Nights From Dusseldorf, Germany to , Amsterdam
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1149pp
Rotterdam

Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates November 2022 to March 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
APT Cruising logo FROM £3969pp
Hoorn

Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam

8 sailing dates April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
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Strasbourg

Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland from Basel

9 sailing dates September 2022 to November 2023
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdamoa
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2249pp
Frankfurt

Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland from Amsterdam

9 sailing dates September 2022 to October 2023
10 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Switzerland , Basel
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3149pp
Dusseldorf

Active Discovery On Rhine - Frankfurt to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdamoa
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Frankfurt

Active Discovery On The Rhine - Southbound

2 sailing dates July 2022 to August 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Frankfurt
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Dusseldorf

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

4 sailing dates July 2022 to July 2023
18 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Zurich
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6079pp

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