Eindhoven & North Brabant
Eindhoven & North BrabantHomeland of Vincent Van Gogh, the founders of Dutch Design, and blessed with cities full of character, prize-winning theme parks and exciting events, Brabant has a lot to offer and is increasingly being discovered by international tourists. This makes perfect sense, because there is plenty of good accommodation in Brabant with favourable terms. Moreover, Brabant has quick and excellent connections to Amsterdam, Antwerp and Brussels (journey time about 60 minutes). Come and discover Brabant!
Van GoghThe worldfamous Vincent van Gogh was born and raised in North Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands. He created his first masterpiece The Potato Eaters in Brabant. It is where he made hundreds of sketches and drawings and where he painted most of his paintings. Come and walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh. Five locations in Brabant each tell a story of Vincent's unique life and work. Discover the place where Vincent was born, where he received his first drawing lessons, where he began his career as an artist in his very first studio, where he created his first masterpiece or where ten of his original works are on display. Brabant counts 39 Van Gogh Monuments.
MuseumCRADLE OF WORLDWIDE FAME Being the homeland of Vincent van Gogh, probably the world’s most famous painter, Brabant has a wealth of culture. Together with ’s-Hertogenbosch as the home of Hieronymus Bosch and Eindhoven as Capital of Design, Brabant can call itself a world-class cradle of culture.
Festivals & Events Not to be MissedA WORLD-CLASS EVENT EVERY DAY Brabant is renowned for its festival culture. A town like Tilburg stages no fewer than three events every weekend. The Brabant DJs Tiesto, Hardwell and Fedde le Grand provide a rich culture of dance. But consider also the world’s largest flower parade in Zundert, Dutch Design Week or ‘Pink Monday’ during the Tilburg Fair. Thanks to an overflowing calendar of events, a visit to Brabant can always be combined with the greatest happenings.
AccommodationYou may feel in need of a good night's sleep after all the fun and excitement on offer here. And understandably so. Hotels, hostels, holiday parks or bed & breakfasts, there's always a bed for a tired guest in Brabant. There is plenty of variety in accommodations, from heritage to art, design and themed hotels. From country lodges and youth hostels to B&Bs and holiday parks.
Family and FunEvery year more than 5 million people visit Efteling, one of the world’s leading theme parks. This makes it one of the biggest crowd pullers in the Netherlands. Safari Park Beekse Bergen is another icon of the family sector where you will be introduced to the African wilderness and spend time among the animals. There are also large playgrounds, leisure pools and treetop adventure parks. And don't forget the great countryside! From sailing through the Biesbosch National Park to running through the Loon and Drunen Dunes. Sportive or relaxing. Something for everyone. And always accessible quickly and easily, with exceptional group accommodation just a stone’s throw away. Plenty of choice for the family sector with Brabant’s wide selection.
EindhovenOver 125 years ago, Philips brought light to Eindhoven. The company transformed the city into a vibrant industrial success story. Nowadays, Eindhoven is a bustling city in transition, with a constant flow of new developments in the fields of creativity, innovation, technology, design, and knowledge. Eindhoven - according to Forbes Magazine - is the most inventive city in the world and the capital of 'Dutch Design'. Excellent shopping facilities, imposing architecture and a vibrant nightlife are all to be found in Eindhoven’s bustling centre. The old town centre is where you’ll find the Blob, designed by the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas. This uniquely shaped building made of glass and steel is positioned at the end of the Emmasingel shopping street. The Van Abbemuseum is a must-do when visiting the city. Its imposing architecture and varied collection and programming make the Van Abbemuseum a unique place in which to appreciate modern art. Exhibitions in De Kazerne (Barracks) are also worth a visit. Stop for a drink or enjoy lunch or dinner surrounded by creative works from various designers. For another unique culinary experience you should visit the Piet Hein Eek design restaurant, Radio Royaal or other restaurants on Strijp-S in the former Philips factories. Strijp-S is the creative heart of Eindhoven, and you shouldn’t miss it when visiting Eindhoven.
HeusdenThe enchanting and historic fortified town of Heusden This charming, medieval fortress town, Heusden, dates back to 1200, when an urban settlement was established beside the River Maas. A golden age dawned with the arrival of the fortifications: from the end of the 16th century the garrison town of Heusden was home to thousands of soldiers. Then, mostly as now, the town resembled the 17th century drawings made by the Amsterdam cartographer Joan Blaeu; a fortification surrounded by sturdy earthwork ramparts, bastions, ditches and ravelins. When the town was fully restored in the 1970’s, Heusden was honoured with the highest European award, the ‘Europa Nostra’ prize for restoration. Experience the fortified city of Heusden! Heusden is a ‘hidden gem’ not widely known to foreign visitors. During your visit, you will see many historical houses, the harbour and fish market square, the museum and gardens, the defensive walls and the three windmills on the riverside (which can also be visited by appointment). In the visitors centre where the Tourist Office of Heusden is located in the old town hall, there is also a scale model of the fortified town and a model of the old castle. Wander through its picturesque streets and alleyways and discover numerous buildings dating back centuries. This historic setting is home to galleries, speciality shops, culinary standard restaurants and pavement cafes. There are two well-equipped harbours for tourists arriving by water, and there are lovely views of the town, the river and the surrounding countryside, from the ramparts. A great destination for lovers of art, culture, history and good cuisine. Discover the Loonse and Drunen Dunes This beautiful National Park is located 8 km to the south of the fortress Heusden. The countryside is very varied, with high dunes formed by shifting sand, heath land, coniferous and deciduous woods, beautiful meadows and pools. This is a good location to discover nature, relax or be active outside, with hiking, cycling, mountain biking or horse riding. The choice is yours! Link: https://www.visitbrabant.com/en/places-to-go/heusden
Den BoschHospitable 's-Hertogenbosch 's-Hertogenbosch is one of the oldest medieval cities in the Netherlands and for four years in a row it has been chosen as the most hospitable city in the country. The maze of small streets and alleyways in the old town centre can easily be discovered on foot. Another option is to admire the city and its historic buildings from the water, with a boat trip along the Binnendieze. A new world will open up to you as you sail along and under the walls of this fortified city. Laid back 's-Hertogenbosch If you pay a visit to the capital city of Brabant, make sure to put tasting the famous Bosch delicacy on your list of things to do. Choose a table in one of the many lively cafes to enjoy a Bossche Bol. The 'most hospitable city' of the Netherlands was also the central to theme-year 'We Are Food' in 2018 when the province of Brabant will be the 'European Region of Gastronomy'. De Korte Putstraat in the old town is a street famous for its variety of restaurants from all corners of the world. All the dining establishments have plenty of space on the outdoor terraces, which are comfortably heated in winter. Museum District There are two museums right in the middle of the city, the NoordBrabants Museum and the Stedelijk (Municipal) Museum. Together they form the Museum District , popularly referred to as ‘the Guggenheim’s Dutch Sister’. The NoordBrabants Museum tells the story of Brabant and is the only location in Brabant where original works by Van Gogh can be seen. The Stedelijk Museum is a young and lively museum full of modern art and design, with an international collection including ceramics and jewellery. St. John’s Cathedral The wonderful St. John’s Cathedral on the corner of the Parade is stunningly beautiful because of its size and the wealth of images. See the Brabant countryside and the city from up high during a Wonderlijke Klim (Wonderful Climb) up St. John’s, which forms part of the Bosch Experience.
TilburgTilburg, excitingly challenging With its lively cultural climate and numerous students, Tilburg really feels like a hospitable city, fully future-proof. The water and the pier in the Piushaven make a great setting for the many events to be found in Tilburg. You can enjoy live concerts, dance and club evenings and festivals where you can celebrate late into the night every week at Poppodium 013, the largest pop music venue in the Netherlands. Tilburg played a leading role in the textile industry in the Netherlands. You can learn all about it in the Textielmuseum. But there’s more, in the adjacent TextielLab work by national and international designers, architects, artists and students is on display. They research the potential of fabrics, innovative techniques and traditional skills. Be sure to also visit Museum De Pont. This museum, housed in a former windmill, has been a treasure chest full of modern art since 1988. The collection comprises over 600 works by more than 60 renowned national and international artists.
BredaNassau City of Breda Breda may be historic in outlook, but the inhabitants conduct their active daily lives with a modern down-to-earth approach – against a gorgeous historical backdrop. The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of our Lady) is the most important monument and a landmark of Breda that can be admired from almost every place in the city. Breda has been voted best city centre in the Netherlands, with plenty of pavement cafes, trendy restaurants and excellent shopping. The so-called 'Spanjaardsgat' reminds visitors of the time Breda was in hands of the Spaniards. The Breda Castle shows the historical relation between Breda and the home of Oranje Nassau. The ancestors of the Dutch Royal Family, the Nassaus, were of great importance for the city.
Het Noordbrabants MuseumThe Noordbrabants Museum is the best place to discover the richness of Brabant art, culture and history. A wealth of knowledge and Brabant’s cultural heritage are preserved and are on display here, making education, artistic quality and emotion the main components of the presentations and activities. The Story of Brabant Discover all the important moments of Brabant’s history. This guided tour will start in the medieval duchy of Brabant. You will learn more about the 15th century with Jhernonimus Bosch. And later on the 16th and 17th century during the fight between the Catholics and Protestants, but also Spain between and Oranje Brabant. There is some progress in the 19th century with of course Vincent van Gogh: the artist who paints the peasant life of Brabant. In the 20th century you will get to know the industry of Brabant and his famous products and brands. Finally we will challenge you to predict the future of Brabant at the ‘Future Arena’. Hieronymus Bosch Bosch’s works are so famous that they are displayed in the most prestigious museums all over the world. In The Story of Brabant you can see where Bosch’s works can now be found. In a bird’s eye view you sail past various cities in the world where one or more of his works can be seen, interspersed with views of his studio on the Markt. Largest museum in the south A modern extension to the Design Museum Den Bosch onto the building of the Noordbrabants Museum has created the Museum District: the largest museum in the south of the country.
Beekse BergenNot only has Beekse Bergen been selected as the Best Wildlife Animal Park in the Netherlands and Belgium, but in addition to almost 1500 wild animals in the safari park, Beekse Bergen also has a holiday park and a water playground. Stay in African-style accommodation in the holiday park and use the FunCard to gain admission not only to Beekse Bergen Safari Park and Beekse Bergen Speelland, but also to a number of other natural and sportive attractions in Brabant. But Beekse Bergen is of course primarily known for being Europe’s largest wildlife safari park. The bus safari was recently awarded the ‘Best experience in Benelux’ and the elephant enclosure was named ‘Most attractive new enclosure’. Come and experience Africa, right in the middle of Brabant! A visit to Beekse Bergen safari park is at the same time unique, educational and unforgettable. Surround yourself by lions, elephants, penguins, hippos, crocodiles and rhinos, and imagine you are in the African savanna. You can explore this extensive area by bus, boat, on foot or in your own car: you can in other words drive right among the animals. If you want more information, one of the Rangers will happily explain things. Water and playpark Speelland Beekse Bergen offers children a wonderful day out full of fun in the water and adventure. And while the children are enjoying themselves, their parents can relax on the sandy beach: a great day out for the whole family. If you are staying in the holiday park for several days you can also combine your stay with a visit to Efteling, the Loon and Drunen Dunes and Tilburg: all of them within twenty minutes’ drive. The FunCard is also valid for entrance to ZooParc Overloon, Dierenrijk in Nuenen and Klimrijk Brabant in Veldhoven. So you can enjoy even more of Brabant! Stay at the Safari Resort Sleep literally among the wildlife at Safari Resort Beekse Bergen. Become one with nature. Get away from it all. Go on safari, relax by the pool, or simply do nothing at all. This is a unique experience for the whole family. The Safari Resort is unique in Europe; a spacious resort was built in an area of 42 hectares where you will literally be able to stay overnight among the wild animals. The first 200 luxurious lodges, safari tents and tree huts were finished in the summer of 2018.
Themepark EftelingNational and internationally awarded theme park the Efteling Efteling is the favourite day trip attraction in the Netherlands, with no fewer than six roller coasters and 29 unique fairy tales. Not surprising therefore that Efteling is one of the top attractions in Brabant, the Netherlands and even in Europe for families with young children, as well as for teenagers and grandparents. Adults marvel at the beauty of the Fata Morgana and enjoy the Piraña just as much as the children, and clench their knuckles just as hard before Baron 1898 plunges them into the mine shaft. Come and be enchanted by this must-visit in Brabant. Zoover Award for the most popular holiday park and runner-up in the Diamond Themepark Award Europe The award-winning amusement park also offers several types of overnight accommodation, and with a total of 3000 beds it is perfect for a stay of several days. One of these – Efteling Bosrijk – won the Zoover Award in the Netherlands for the most popular holiday park in 2016. Accessibility for the disabled was also praised. The park also has special accommodation for disabled guests and there are special entrances for the disabled at several of the attractions. Open365 days a year De Efteling welcomes guests from all over the world. All information about the park, both printed and in the Efteling app is offered in English, French, German and Dutch. This means everyone can enjoy this inspiring park to the full, throughout the year. During the year the park also organises a New Year’s celebration and, not to be missed, the Winter Efteling.
Do & See
BURGUNDIAN BRABANT There’s a good reason why Brabant is known for its Burgundian lifestyle. Brabant has numerous locations where large groups can sample regional dishes and specialities at an affordable price. Brabant was European Region of Gastronomy in 2018 and has 20 Michelinstars in 2019! The region is famous for its strawberries, asparagus and the locally brewed Trappist beer. La Trappe is the oldest Trappist beer brewed in the Netherlands. Local produce such as asparagus, strawberries and other types of fruit, cheese and meat can be bought at markets and direct from the farmers. You can see that the people of Brabant enjoy good eating by the rise of trendy food halls in in Eindhoven, Breda and 's-Hertogenbosch, definitely worth a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood. Something else not to miss are the food festivals in Brabant. Every week there will be an event somewhere where you can enjoy the most delicious dishes, often served from an original ‘food truck’. Bon appetit!
Visitors will never go hungry or thirsty in Eindhoven as each step you take passes a pub or café. Always at hand after a day of sightseeing and shopping.
Bars & Nightlife
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Brabant is an excellent region for shopping. Unique businesses, such as antique and curiosity shops can be found in Tilburg. In ’s-Hertogenbosch you can sample the medieval atmosphere when shopping with the wonderful old buildings and a completely walled city centre. If you love design, going out and shopping, then the largest city in Brabant, Eindhoven, is the place to be. It’s a vibrant and lively city bursting with energy with a constant flow of new developments in creativity, innovation and design. And if you want to go shopping in a historical inner-city with the most fashionable shops and unique boutiques, then you can in Breda! So shop till you drop in Brabant!