Guided Tour of Arnhem and the Netherlands Open Air Museum
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When you embark on a tour of Arnhem, you’re doing more than merely wandering through one of the largest cities in the Netherlands. Located on the bank of the Lower Rhine and in existence since the days of the Roman Empire, Arnhem has served as an important trade center since the Middle Ages.
Arnhem has seen settlement since the Middle Ages, with a number of churches and other historic buildings dating back to at least the 13th century. Some of the area’s most famous buildings include Doorwerth Castle, Amersfoort, and the Grote Kerk. The city has also seen its share of notable residents, including the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney, the artist M.C. Escher and actress Audrey Hepburn.
In addition to being the home of centuries’ old architecture, Arnhem boasts a number of museums and cultural sites, many of which have been in existence for decades. Among these is the Museum of Modern Art, which was established in 1918 and boasts both modern and contemporary art as well as a variety of temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Bronbeek is a former Royal palace. It is now a museum and a home for elderly soldiers. Bronbeek was built early in the 19th century. In 1845 the Dutch King William III bought it and then donated it to the Dutch state in 1859.
As with the rest of the Netherlands, the citizens of Arnhem are incredibly proud of their history. For example, in 1987 the Dutch government moved to close the Netherlands Open Air Museum, which had been open since its founding in 1912. To demonstrate their solidarity with the museum, the Dutch people flocked to the museum to see its exhibitions prior to its closing, leading the government to rescind their decision and grant the museum greater autonomy.
Invaders and Conquerors!
Due to its prime location on the Lower Rhine, Arnhem has seen its share of invaders and conquerors. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the area surrounding the city was claimed by the emperor Charlemagne in the 8th century. More recently, the city held strategic value for both the Allied and Axis powers during World War II; its famous John Frost Bridge was held by Allied Forces during Operation Market Garden and was featured in the film A Bridge Too Far.
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