Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Pack your suitcases! This season, New Victory is whisking audiences away on a trip around the world without leaving Manhattan. This summer, we’ll introduce you to five of the nine countries on our 2019-20 itinerary to help you get ready. First up is Jabberbabble’s hometown of Nijmegen, the largest city in the province of Gelderland and the tenth largest city of the Netherlands!
First, watch this Explore Video to say, “Hallo!” to Theatergroep Kwatta. Then, learn more about Dutch culture. Are you ready? Laten we gaan!
What to Know
Considered the oldest city in the Netherlands, Nijmegen celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 2005. That makes it 2,014 years old today! How did they learn the city’s age? Nijmegen was first mentioned by the Romans in 1 BC as a settlement. However, the city is hardly focused on the past. With a number of universities around town, the city is bustling with an active student life. The largest academic institution is Radboud University which enrolls about 19,900 students and is repeatedly ranked in the top 10 of Dutch universities.
While the Netherlands’ official language is Dutch, local dialects include West Frisian, Papiamento, Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish. International languages add to the melting pot with 90% of the population also speaking English, 71% speaking German and 29% speaking French. Inspired by their multilingual home country, Theatergroep Kwatta uses a mix of languages to tell the story of Jabberbabble.
What to See
Here are just a few places where families go for quality time.
How to Travel
Getting to New Victory will take Theatergroep Kwatta about 12 hours, beginning with a drive down one of the five highways (the A12, A15, A73, A28 and A50) that reach the three airports nearest to the town—Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport and Groningen Airport Eelde.
The roads are so congested that it’s not recommended to drive, but if you do find yourself in a car you’ll be in luck. The Dutch drive on the right side of the road, like Americans. While there is a train system that is 100% powered by wind, most people bike or walk. In fact, there are more bikes than people—1.3 bicycles per person, to be exact! Thanks to the mostly flat terrain and many bike lanes, the Netherlands is the perfect place for a family cycling adventure. With bike rental stations scattered throughout the country and the city of Nijmegen, renting fietsen for the whole family is as easy as can be.
How to Chow
Take a bite out of the Netherlands with these tasty traktaties!
- Nijmeegs Marikenbrood
- This local specialty isn’t just bread, but also a pie.
- Pair Nijmeegs Marikenbrood with coffee or tea to eat this treat like a local!
- It is a thin layer of caramel syrup, sandwiched between two wafers. Meant to be eaten with hot drinks like coffee or tea, the cookie is placed on top of a steaming cup to warm up the syrup. Yum!
- Once a delicacy in just the Netherlands, stroopwafels are slowly growing in popularity in America. You can often find stroopwafels at grocery stores or coffee shops.
- A popular Dutch snack, krokets are deep fried rolls with meat ragout inside, covered in breadcrumbs.
- This traditional meal is a combination of mashed potatoes and vegetables. Many throw in sausage, bacon or stewed meat to create a richer flavor.
What to Jam to
Check out this Spotify playlist, chock full of contemporary pop hits and Nederlandse klassiekers!
Did you know
- “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence
- This song won the Netherlands Eurovision this year.
- “Jump” by Van Halen
- “Radar Love” by Golden Earring
- Golden Earring was founded in The Hague.
- This song placed 27 on 2018’s ‘2000 Best Songs Ever Made,’ voted on by the Dutch.
- Amira Willighagen
- This artist won the sixth season of Holland’s Got Talent in 2013 at the age of 9.
- She is also from Nijmegen!
Now that you know the basics about Nijmegen and Dutch culture, join us for Theatergroep Kwatta’s Jabberbabble this season! In the meantime, stay tuned for next week’s New Victory Travel Guide.