Nijkerk – a village according to many – received its city rights since 1413. The name derives from the Nieuwe Kerk, which was built in 1221 after a fire. Nijkerk knows a turbulent past, with disasters, floods and destructions caused by war and struggle. The 18th century was a period of great prosperity, with tobacco-growing, trade and glassworks, and in those days Nijkerk was the number two city of the Veluwe besides Arnhem. Nijkerk as we know it today is a prosperous, modern city with all possible facilities; east and south of the city you‘ll find large nature areas. The city centre has a number of historical buildings and the names of various quarters and streets are named after important people in history.