North Brabant is full of things to do if you're a keen cyclist or walker. Cycle through a museum, or walk through water without getting your feet wet? Walk on the Starry Night, or walk or cycle on a route visiting all sorts of culinary hotspots? It's all possible in North Brabant. Or just plan your own route taking in some great sights on the way. See you soon?
1. Fortified city of Heusden
On top of the ramparts of the fortified city of Heusden you can enjoy a fantastic view over the countryside of Brabant, including the Bergsche Maas and the restored city. But that's not all: Heusden is a paradise for walkers, with its picturesque streets, narrow alleys and many grand buildings. If you want to discover more fortified towns in Brabant, the Zuiderwaterlinie (South Water Defence Line) Footpath is recommended. It’s a route of 290 kilometres in total, past 11 Brabant fortified towns and their surrounding area.
2. Photogenic bridges!
Ever walked through water, keeping your feet dry? You can give it a try at the Mozesbrug in Halsteren - in the shadow of Bergen op Zoom. Or what about a visit to the Moerputten Bridge, just south of 's-Hertogenbosch - it's an old railway bridge that used to be part of the Langstraat railway line. You can make some stunning photos here. Want to discover more photogenic places in North Brabant? Take a look at our Instagram page.
3. Cycle through Vincent Van Gogh's world
More than 335 km of cycling fun, divided into 5 different routes. North Brabant is where Vincent Van Gogh was born, grew up, drew his first sketches on paper, and where he painted his first masterpiece, 'The Potato Eaters'. Cycle past some beautiful cultural hotspots in Zundert, Tilburg, Etten-Leur, Nuenen and 's-Hertogenbosch. You could visit the Opwetten Watermill, the Van Gogh Roosegaarde cycle path or Het Noordbrabants Museum. Find out more on our Van Gogh page.
4. Black Kaat bicycle route
Myths and legends live on in Brabant. The Black Kaat cycle route is a 36-kilometre route in the vicinity of the town of Bladel, that lets you hunt a legend. Feel her breath in the wind, hear her squeaky voice in the woods, get to know her character and immerse yourself in her conquests! Discover traces of the past and go in search of the Heksenboom (Witch’s Tree), proclaimed the Dutch ‘Tree of the Year‘ in 2019.
5. Cycle through the War Museum in Overloon
A cycle path from the main road allows cyclists to take a free look at the exhibition in the War Museum in Overloon. That's a worldwide first, as the museum has the first bicycle bridge that literally cuts through a museum. From 2020, visitors to the Oorlogsmuseum (War Museum) in Overloon will be able to cycle 90 metres through the main museum hall itself, at a height of three metres!
Want to know more about the Second World War in North Brabant? The Living history app by Brabant Remembers allows you to experience personal stories from the Second World War in various locations, such as the National Monument Camp Vught. Interested in finding out more? Take a look at brabantremembers.com.
6. Pushing boundaries in the Brabantse Kempen
Across the heathland, alongside winding streams, or perhaps even a quick stop over the border? A walking and cycling route through the Brabantse Kempen is definitely recommended. You can visit the Brandtoren Nature Gate close to the border with Belgium. It's the ideal base for a visit to the Peelse Heide nature reserve. Or discover the beautiful Cartierheide using TerSpegelt Recreational Park as your base. Tip: there is a wonderful horse riding route here.
Want to know more about the history of the Brabantse Kempen? Then visit the De Acht Zaligheden Kempen Museum. You can learn all about how the lives of peasant farmers in the area changed over a period of 100 years. Even handier: the museum connects to the cycling and hiking network, so you can easily visit it as part of your cycling or walking tour.
7. TOP 10 scenic Routes
Walking through ancient forests, cycling along a maze of meandering rivers and losing yourself in exciting stories and rich history. Brabant is an absolute TOP destination when it comes to natural scenery. Here you can enjoy peace, quiet and space in every season. Whether you want to go cycling, walking, hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding, there is so much to discover. But where to start? Well, here! Take a look at these TOP 10 Scenic Routes in Brabant; routes that are not to be missed. Stroll over the wooden walkway on the Cartierheide heath, take your kids into the adventurous play forest at Mastbos, or combine your trip with a visit to interesting museums and charming villages.
8. La Trappe Cycle Route: the best of both worlds
Do you enjoy cycling and Trappist beer? Then you can't miss out on the signposted La Trappe cycling route. Start your tour at the Abbey Our Lady of Koningshoeven in Berkel-Enschot (near Tilburg) and follow the red or blue signs through the beautiful Brabant landscape. Want to prepare your route in advance? Take a look at the online route planner (dutch).
9. Climb the Observation tower!
Discover our stunning landscapes from above! What do you make of the Flaestoren Tower in Esbeek (photo 1), or its bigger brother the Kempentoren Tower in Spoorpark Tilburg (photo 2)? Or enjoy views across the Brabantse Wal from the Pompejus Lookout Tower in Halsteren (photo 3), on the outskirts of Bergen op Zoom. This is also where you will find the Mozesbrug (Moses Bridge) where you can walk through water without getting your feet wet. You can venture up the 25 metre Herperduin Lookout Tower (photo 4) in De Maashorst Nature Reserve, close to Oss.
10. Plan your own cycling or walking route!
Want to plan your own cycling or walking route? You can! If you're planning to walk or cycle around North Brabant, you can try the easy to use route network. It's a network of beautiful and clearly signposted walking and cycling paths throughout North Brabant. Each junction has its own number.
You can get started at Hiking in Brabant and Cycling in Brabant. Print it out and head off! And the network doesn't stop at the borders of Brabant. The neighbouring provinces of Zeeland, Limburg and a part of Flanders are also connected to it.