- Not to be confused with Rheden, a town in Gelders Arcadië, east of Arnhem.
Rhenen is a city along the Nederrijn with the Betuwe found on the south side of the river. Rhenen was first mentioned around 855 as Villa Hreni, and the town got its city rights in 1258. Rhenen, located in the Bishopric of Sticht (modern day Utrecht, Drenthe and Overijssel), of which Rhenen was one of the five influential cities. After centralisation by Charles V, the city turned into an easygoing garrisoned city. Rhenen once housed many royal summer residences of the rich, as well as Frederick V of the Palatinate, a grandson of William of Orange.
During the Second World War, Rhenen saw a lot of damage dealt to it. The city was evacuated during the battle for the Grebbeberg in May of 1940, and upon return, the citizens found that some 160 houses were fully destroyed and some thousand houses heavily damaged. Just about the only thing that didn't need major work done to it was the Cunera Church and its tower. The town was subsequently rebuilt by architect and engineer Cees Pouderoyen, who followed the Delftse School, one of the Dutch architectural styles, with as its most notable goal being preserving the traditional aspects of Dutch buildings. The majority of the city's reconstruction was done by 1942, two years after which, the city was again severely effected by the fall of the Nazi-German Empire during 1944 and 1945.
In modern times, the city is best known for Ouwehands Dierenpark as well as the Grebbeberg national memorial.
Rhenen is located in between the A12 and A15 highways, which connect to The Hague and Oberhausen in the A12's case, and Rotterdam and Nijmegen in the A15's case. When travelling using the A12, use exit 23a (Veenendaal) and head south using the N223, which will get you directly to Rhenen, running alongside the railway for the last bit. Once you pass the station, take the next available opportunity to get off of the N223. Turning left once you're off of the N223 will get you to the city centre, and turning right gets you to the zoo.
Using the A15, use exit 35 (Ochten), heading north towards Kesteren. This road you're on now, the N223 will get you to Rhenen directly. Leave the road once you've crossed the river and once again, turn left to go to the city centre or right to go to the zoo.
By public transit
Rhenen is serviced by trains coming from Utrecht at 1 , which used to connect to Kesteren on the other side of the Nederrijn river. The bridge however, was destroyed and not rebuilt for trains. Trains going to Rhenen meet with Intercity trains between Utrecht and Arnhem at Driebergen-Zeist and Utrecht Centraal. These trains also continue to Breukelen and Amsterdam, where they terminate unless you're travelling during rush hour, a weekend or at night, in which case the trains stop in Breukelen. When travelling from the south side of the river, it may be more worthwhile to travel to Kesteren, where you switch onto bus , which goes back and forth between the two stations. Buses and connect between Tiel and Wageningen, bus between Utrecht and Wageningen and bus between Amersfoort, Veenendaal and Ouwehands Dierenpark.
Rhenen its city centre can easily be explored on foot, but should you wish to visit the Grebbeberg or the zoo, then buses should be your go-to option.connects to the zoo (direction: Wageningen) and to the town of Elst (direction: Utrecht) in the west of the municipality. Bus connects to the northern part of the municipality (direction: Amersfoort). These lines meet each other at the railway station, which is the major public transit hub in the municipality.
- 1 Ouwehands Dierenpark, Grebbeweg 111 ( ), ☏ . Mon-Fri: 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun: 9:30 - 17:30. One of the most popular zoos of the Netherlands, which started out in 1919 as a chicken farm and changed into a proper zoo during the Great Depression. Ouwehands hosted many events over time, and since 2015 hosts the largest barnacle aquarium of Europe and since 2017, the zoo houses two giant panda's lent to the zoo by China.
- 2 Militair Ereveld Grebbeberg (Military War Cemetery Grebbeberg), Grebbeweg 123 ( ), ☏ . 9:00 - 17:00. Militair Ereveld Grebbeberg is a military war cemetery where 800 people that died during the Nazi-German invasion of May 1940, 799 of which being military personnel, one being civilian. The cemetery is built on the Grebbeberg, where more than half of the buried soldiers died during the Battle of the Grebbeberg.
- 3 Cunerakerk, Kerkplein 1, ☏ . Year round: Sat: 10:00 - 13:00, during summer (July 1 - 2nd Saturday of September): Wed-Sat: 13:00 - 16:30. Free, but tips for the host are appreciated; climbing the tower costs €3 per person. Tickets can be bought at the VVV office..
- 1 Bowling Rhenen, Groeneweg 58, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Fri: 15:00 - 23:00, Sat: 9:00 - 23:00.
- 1 De Koning van Denemarken, Utrechtsestraat 2, ☏ . Sun-Thu: 11:00 - 24:00, Fri: 11:00 - 2:00, Sat: 11:00 - 1:00.
- 2 Sal do Mar, Frederik van de Paltshof 9, ☏ . Wed-Sun: 17:00 - 22:00.
- 3 Brasserie van Toor, Molenstraat 2, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Mon-Thu, Sat: 8:00 - 18:00, Fri: 8:00 - 20:00.
- 4 Tambo, Herenstraat 33, ☏ , ✉ Info@tambdodiner.nl. Wed-Sun: 17:00 - 0:00.
- 5 Het Oude Gemeentehuis, Herenstraat 47, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed-Sun: 11:30 - 21:30.
- 6 Moeke Rhenen, Veerplein 1, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 10:00 - 0:00.
- 7 't Kalkoentje, Utrechtsestraatweg 143, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1 't Paviljoen, Grebbeweg 103-105 (Found in front of Ouwehands Dierenpark), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. €64.
- 2 B&B Tussen Rijn & Rug, Vissersweg 3, Elst, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 3 B&B Bovenweg, Bovenweg 70, ☏ . €85.
- 4 B&B Onder Ons, De Dijk 26, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. €75.
- Veenendaal - Just a single train ride away, Veenendaal is the gateway to the Utrecht Hill Ridge
- Wageningen - University city that's only a few minutes away by bus.
- Tiel - Capital of the Betuwe and home of the Fruit Corso and Appelpop, and in general, a city focussed around fruit.
- Arnhem - Capital of Gelderland and home of the Dutch Open Air Museum and the Royal Burgers' Zoo.
- Hoge Veluwe National Park - One of the biggest National Parks of the Netherlands, being 55 km2 (21 sq mi) large.
- Utrecht - Capital of the province of the same name and all around a beautiful city.