Wageningen is a small city with almost 40,000 inhabitants, of which many are students. Because of the large student population, the city has a very international character.
Located on the Lower Rhine and on the edge of the wooded Veluwe region, the area around Wageningen offers great natural beauty with a wide variety of landscapes: just across the river south of Wageningen lies the Betuwe with its sprawling orchards, in the west lie the forests and moraines of the "Utrechtse Heuvelrug" (Utrecht Hills) and in the north the Gelderland Valley. Hikers and cyclists can explore this region in all directions.
There is a great deal of art and culture in Wageningen and its surroundings. In Wageningen, there is a sculpture gallery, a history museum and several art galleries, among other things. In Ede on the other side of the A12, there is the internationally renowned Kröller Möller Museum with a large collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. There are also several theatres and cinemas. In Wageningen and the surroundings, there are numerous cultural activities and events year round. One of the largest spectator magnets is the annual Liberation Day Festival on 5 May that is celebrated here more exuberantly than elsewhere given that the peace accord at the end of World War II was signed in Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen.
Arnhem and Nijmegen are both larger cities in the vicinity which have even more on offer in terms of entertainment, facilities, culture and shopping.