8 magical places in North-Brabant that you really must see!

Cycle over Van Gogh’s Starry Night, stroll through a Dutch Sahara or lose yourself in the largest art maze in the world. These magical places in the province of North Brabant are must-visits! Join us on a voyage of discovery. 

1.    The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path

This is the most innovative and artistic cycle path in the Netherlands, between Eindhoven and Nuenen. The 600 metre long cycle path shows you the way in the dark thanks to thousands of light-emitting stones which were inspired by the ‘Starry Night’ painting. An amazing experience… The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path forms part of the Van Gogh Cycle Route. This cycle route comprises five unique routes which lead you past five Brabant communities that have a special connection with Van Gogh.

2.    Soak up the atmosphere in ’s-Hertogenbosch

Admire the beautifully illuminated town centre with its historic houses, small bridges and wonderful atmosphere. You can sail along the Binnendieze waterway in summer but there’s also plenty to experience in ’s-Hertogenbosch during the winter months. Check out more highlights on our ’s-Hertogenbosch page

3.    The Efteling continues to be enchanting… 

Themapark The Efteling is an amazing experience for young and old throughout the year. From the fairy tale wood to Raveleijn, from Baron 1898 to the Aquanura light show. Tip: visit it also during the Winterefteling. A fairytale world full of twinkling lights, fun on the ice and bonfires. Staying overnight? You can do that at the Bosrijk holiday park or the Loonsche Land Holiday park.

4. The largest art maze in the world (with rooftop bar!)

A unique and adventurous experience that will make you forget about the world outside: Doloris' Meta Maze in Tilburg. This surrealistic maze allows you to literally walk through works of art, after which you can enjoy the rooftop bar with a view over the city Tilburg

Doloris Tilburg

Doloris Tilburg

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Rooftopbar Doloris Meta Maze in Tilburg

Rooftopbar Doloris Meta Maze in Tilburg

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5.    The Sahara of Brabant

Exploring the Loon and Drunen Dunes is an amazing experience. This National Park, located between the towns of Tilburg, Waalwijk and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, is one of the largest sand drift areas in Western Europe. With its endless sand plains, this area is also called the Sahara of Brabant. A great place, not only for peace seekers and nature lovers, but also for passionate mountain bikers. 

6.    Imagination Experience: swinging among the clouds...

Interactive floor projections, surrealistic light objects and digital mirror walls. Imagination Experience lets you step into a fantasy world full of light, interaction and colour. And where else but in Eindhoven, city of technology, knowledge and design. Recommended for all ages! Tip: also visit Dinner in Motion next door, a 360-degree restaurant full of visual spectacle. (photo / video: Imagination Experience)

7.    Visit a magical castle!

Hidden away in the Brabant countryside you will find the most beautiful monumental castles. Heeswijk castle represents almost a thousand years of power, pride and culture of the Brabant elite. Or how about Helmond Castle? Discover the story behind this almost 700-year-old castle, which is just a short stroll from Helmond town centre. Maurick Castle in Vught is also highly recommended. Set on an island in the river Dommel, this castle is just a stone's throw from the city of 's-Hertogenbosch. In addition to its brasserie, à la carte restaurant and meeting centre, it also offers hotel rooms for an enchanting overnight stay. 

Kasteel Heeswijk

Kasteel Heeswijk

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Kasteel Helmond. Hier is ook Museum Helmond gevestigd.

Kasteel Helmond. Hier is ook Museum Helmond gevestigd.

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8. The Biesbosch National Park

The Biesbosch Museum Island in Werkendam is the ideal base for discovering the Biesbosch National Park. Imagine you’re in a jungle with narrow winding creeks and overhanging branches. A canoe is the ideal thing to have in this mangrove! Who knows, you may even spot a beaver or an eagle. 

The online VisitBrabant Magazine brings you the best tips for a day out or a holiday in North Brabant. 

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