Arnhem

Arnhem

Arnhem

After my few days in Amsterdam I travelled down to Arnhem, which takes about 50 minutes on the train and is, as I was told by people in Amsterdam, ‘over near the German border somewhere’.

Arnhem is famous for the World War 2 battles to reclaim it. These battles were retold in the 1977 movie ‘A bridge too far’, although the movie used a bridge in nearby Deventer, because it was decided that Arnhem no longer looked like Arnhem.

John Frost bridge, replacing 2 earlier bridges that were both blown up

John Frost bridge, replacing 2 earlier bridges that were both blown up

The city’s main tourist attractions revolve around its infamy during world war 2. Lonely Planet struggled to come up with half a dozen things to do there, mentioning just the war cemetery, a handful of museums and the zoo.

None of those things appealed to me especially, so instead I decided to do my own thing.

I tracked down a market.IMG_2411

There’s an art market too

Saturday art market

Saturday art market

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I went to the fashion district, a formally run-down neighbourhood that has been revitalised with some fashion shops where you can buy unique pieces direct from the designer.

Modekwartier, like a kind of Arnhem version of London's Shoreditch

Modekwartier, like a kind of Arnhem version of London’s Shoreditch

I searched out some graffiti.

Street art or graffiti?

Street art or graffiti?

The park’s good too.

Quack quack

Quack quack

Best of all, in summer you can climb to the top of the multi-storey carpark where you will find a little bar/restaurant with great views over the city.

rooftop bar

rooftop bar

It’s a cute little city. It’s main crime is being twinned with Croydon, which for anyone who doesn’t know is the worse place in the entire London area.

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