8 magical places in North-Brabant that you really must see!
Closer to unforgetable adventures
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. Navigating under the city of 's-Hertogenbosch
A boat trip on the Bosch Binnendieze is something you must experience. Navigate under historic houses and bridges while on an exploratory expedition through the city centre. You are in the centre of the city yet on the boat it is as quiet as a mouse. And if you’re in ’s-Hertogenbosch anyway, be sure to visit other hot spots, such as the Noordbrabants Museum, St. John’s Cathedral or one of the many top restaurants. Check out more highlights on our ’s-Hertogenbosch page.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Tip: Every year in November, Eindhoven dedicates itself for an entire week to the GLOW festival of light art. The city is transformed into one large outdoor museum with beautiful light art displays made by international artists. The 2023 edition will take place from 11 to 18 November.
4. Unusual (and mysterious) cycling and walking routes
Discover stories of marauding gangs, smugglers and cursed landowners while cycling through the Brabant countryside. The Sagas and Legends routes in North Brabant will take you past the most impressive places where ancient folk tales come to life. From ‘Dancing Cats’ to the ‘White Feather Gang’ or the ‘Gnome King Kyrië’.
How about a stroll across the Loon and Drunen Dunes, often called the Brabant Sahara? The National Park between Tilburg, Waalwijk and ’s-Hertogenbosch is one of the largest areas of drifting sands in western Europe. A wonderful place for walking enthusiasts, but also for fanatical mountain bikers. Tip: combine the Loon and Drunen Dunes with the beautiful fortified town of Heusden, where you can imagine going back in time during one of the walks.
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5. Holy Moly in Breda: a unique experience
Are you ready to step into the mysterious world of Holy Moly? You can dine in a unique way with a great show in this old theatre. Take a journey back in time through 17 unusual spaces and enjoy a unique dining experience in a tree house or a bird’s nest. Visit a show in the comedy club or dance the night away in the club. Check out our TikTok-video on Holy Moly.
Breda is a city of contrasts and is highly recommended for a weekend away. In addition to its many hotspots and sights, you can go on a Blind Walls Gallery tour through the town which tells the history of the city. For more inspiration you will find more hotspots, events and local tips on our Breda page.
6. The Efteling continues to be enchanting…
Themepark 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, Efteling Hotel or the Loonsche Land Holiday park.
7. Oudenbosch: Rome in miniature
Rome? No, this is North Brabant! This Basilica of the Holy Agatha and Barbara is located in Oudenbosch and, for the most part, is a copy of the Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The basilica is open for visitors, but you can also take a guided tour. A small stairway will take you upstairs to admire the beautiful paintings in the dome from close up.
There are more special places to discover in Oudenbosch. Visit the Botanical Garden Arboretum Oudenbosch. Combining Oudenbosch with the ‘Van Gogh village’ Etten-Leur (15 minutes) or Breda (20 minutes) is a guarantee for a wonderful and varied day out.
8. 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 ten unique routes which lead you along Brabant communities that have a special connection with Van Gogh. If you would rather go hiking, choose the Van Gogh Walk that will take you through the splendid countryside and along the most beautiful Van Gogh heritage sites in Neunen (photos: Studio Roosegaarde).
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