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Visit the Home of Jabberbabble’s Theatergroep Kwatta

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Where will theater take you?


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, PapiamentoDutch 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.

Kronenburgerpark
Kronenburgerpark
An ancient park in the middle of the city
Theater Het Badhuis
Theater Het Badhuis
The home of Theatergroep Kwatta, featured in their explore video above
Museum Het Valkhof
Museum Het Valkhof
A museum with a major collection of Roman antiquities, old masters and modern art
Lange Hezelstraat
Lange Hezelstraat
The oldest street in Nijmegen with plenty of shopping
De Bastei
De Bastei
An early 16th-century bastion by the water
De Klif
De Klif
A multipurpose space with a theater and a library

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.

A woman on a bike, pushing two kids in a cart

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!
Nijmeegs Marikenbrood
  • Stroopwafel
    • 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.
Stroopwafel
  • Kroket
    • A popular Dutch snack, krokets are deep fried rolls with meat ragout inside, covered in breadcrumbs. 
Kroket
  • Stamppot
    • This traditional meal is a combination of mashed potatoes and vegetables. Many throw in sausage, bacon or stewed meat to create a richer flavor.
Stamppot

What to Jam to

Check out this Spotify playlist, chock full of contemporary pop hits and Nederlandse klassiekers

Did you know

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.

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