10 amazing biking and hiking experiences in North Brabant!
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. 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 and the Museum De Bevrijdende Vleugels. Interested in finding out more? Take a look at brabantremembers.com.
2. 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. Tip: on the way, visit the Kareltje Brewery for a traditionally-brewed beer on the terrace.
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 even the Vincent van Gogh house in Zundert, Vincent's birthplace. Find out more on our Van Gogh page. And from May 2019, the Van Gogh cycle route is getting an update! The route will be extended from 5 to 10 routes, more than 100km more of cycling fun! There are even two new locations that were important in Van Gogh's life: Helmond and Helvoirt.
4. 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(Photo of the Moerputtenbrug: @made.by.bas.verhoeven)
5. Sample our famous hospitality on the Zilt, Zoet, Zalig (Salty, Sweet, Delicious) route
The Salty, Sweet, Delicious hiking and cycling trails take you on a culinary journey through North Brabant. Taste the pride of the Brabantse Wal, the famous anchovies, the briny asparagus and the blushing strawberries. Or discover the sweet history of sugar and enjoy some of the local wines and beers in some lovely destinations. Who are you going to go with?
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.
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. Wonderful walks through the countryside!
From the Zuiderwaterlinie Walking Path to the Biesbosch National Park! One thing's for sure - there are enough walks through the countryside to choose from in North Brabant. The region has no fewer than four National Parks: De Biesbosch, De Loonse and Drunense Duinen, the Groote Peel and the Kalmthoutse Heide. If that's not enough, what about a visit to De Maashorst, the Brabantse Wal or Het Groene Woud, three provincial landscapes, each with their own charm.
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 And don't forget to enjoy a delicious trappist beer or two on the way!
9. Climb the Observation tower!
Discover our stunning landscapes from above! The whole of the De Maashorst nature reserve is at your feet from the Herperduin Observation Tower, a brand new tower which is over 25 metres high. Want to admire the Brabantse Wal from above? Then defy the 129 steps of the Pompejus observation tower at Fort de Roovere. From the spring of 2019, you can also enjoy a wonderful view at Het Groene Woud. And a new observation tower will be placed at the Banisveld in the Kampina - it's a retirement gift for Frans Kapteijns, a forest ranger who works for Natuurmonumenten. Want to discover more observation towers in Brabant? Then read our blog Brabant from above, do you know these 7 observation towers? (photo Pompejus observation tower: Roos Vlaar).
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.