North Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands, is the perfect place for an adventurous and active holiday. Rent a bike and explore the rugged Kempen region on the border with Belgium, for example. A vast area in Southeast Brabant, just below Eindhoven, with beautiful views of fens, valleys and heathlands. The Catholic church has been very influential here and this can still be seen in the Gothic architecture of the chapels and churches, and the monasteries and abbeys, which to this day produce delicious beers and cheeses. The theme route Brabantse Zaligheden (Brabant Paradises) is just one of the routes that will allow you to taste these. If you are going on a trip with children, the Zwarte Kaat theme route is also highly recommended.
Or plan your route yourself using the numbered junction network. Choose your starting location and distance and cycle from junction to junction. Suitable accommodation is plentiful in the Kempen region, and comes in all shapes and sizes. A charming hotel, a luxury B&B, or your own spot on one of the many campsites in the middle of the countryside.
A nice place to visit is Bergeijk. A verdant municipality, surrounded by woods, nature, and farmland. A village with a lot of culture, too; nowhere else in the Netherlands can you find more projects by the famous Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld. You can visit the National Monument De Ploeg, for example, a beautifully renovated weaving mill factory. There is also a Rietveld walk through the village and you can join a special guided tour. A nice starting point to discover the countryside around Bergeijk is Natuurpoort De Negende Zaeligheyt, a collaboration of four recreation companies each with their own character and activities. Together, these entrepreneurs have a lot to offer, such as day recreation, food and drinks, and accommodation. Located in a beautifully situated area known for its stillness, surrounded by three natural areas.
Campsite De Paal
The perfect holiday destination for children up to 12 years.
For a carefree holiday.
Herberg in 't Wilde Zwijn
Experience the ultimate Brabant feeling.
Restaurant De Hofkaemer
A welcoming local restaurant which serves 80% local produce.
Bakery museum De Grenswachter
Get to know Brabant and its unique pastry delights
Eersel and its surroundings are a paradise for cyclists and walkers. The landscape has beautiful brook valleys, forests and natural areas with fens and heathlands such as the Cartierheide heath and the Grootmeer lake. Eersel itself is protected by Dutch monument law. The picturesque centre with its charming cobblestones and linden trees has a beautiful old village pump, kiosk, many monuments, a Protestant church and a quaint roadside chapel. And all this surrounded by many pavement cafes and restaurants. A short cycling distance further on you will find Natuurpoort d'n Ouwe Brandtoren in Reusel, and the adjoining keimennekesbos. A name which translates into something like “pebble urchin woods”, and is indeed a great place for urchins to play! Children can play with water and sand and build huts. People interested in some serious climbing should check out Outdoor Park Reusel. For the real daredevils there is a 26-metre high lookout tower to climb..
The charming village of Oirschot has a beautiful centre which boasts the more than 5-centuries-old St. Peter's Basilica on its Market Square. Around the corner is the intimate Vrijthof courtyard with its Boterkerkje church. Behind the basilica you'll find Museum de Vier Quartieren, with a fascinating exhibition about life in Brabant as it was 150 years ago. For a nice beer you should definitely stop by at Brewery Vandeoirsprong. This brewery has been operational for 4 centuries! The Kampina is a beautiful natural area near Oirschot. Here you can see Brabant as it once was. Wet heaths with meres and lakes, deciduous forests, and wet meadows. A varied habitat for animals, plants and mushrooms. A number of lovely routes have been mapped out here.
As long as you are here, you shouldn’t miss a visit to Eindhoven. A city bursting with creativity, innovation, technology, design and knowledge. You can do some shopping or get something to eat in the city centre or at the industrial-chique Strijp-S. Check out designer Piet Hein Eek’s studio or visit the Van Abbemuseum, one of the leading contemporary art museums in Europe. But the city is also surprisingly verdant. There are no fewer than 5 city parks and there are several cycling and walking routes through the city. Under the moniker “Rondje Eindhoven” you can choose from distances between 20 and 75 km. Eindhoven is the birthplace of technology giant Philips, so of course there is also a Philips route! On this route you'll cycle past old Philips factory sites and buildings, which have now been transformed into creative incubators.