When you're on holiday in North Brabant, every day will feel different; you can easily discover the most beautiful spots by bike or on foot while finding your way with the handy numbered junction network, and the distances between the beautiful cities, picturesque villages and other highlights are easy to bridge. And wherever you are in Brabant, beautiful countryside is always just around the corner! Our beautiful historic capital 's-Hertogenbosch, for example, can easily be combined with the picturesque fortified town of Heusden, only 16 km and a pleasant bike ride away.
The imposing St. John's Cathedral on the city’s main square with its many restaurants, the romantic Binnendieze canal, and Het Noordbrabants Museum will leave an indelible impression of this beautiful city, the home of master painter Hieronymus Bosch. And just outside the centuries-old city walls lies the extensive natural area Bossche Broek. Enjoy delicious and authentic food and a fantastic view of the area while sitting on the terrace of restaurant Garage Pompen en Verlouw. And before you continue on your way: be sure to drop by Cor Unum and Mister Design next door!
You can be in Heusden within an hour by bike, but also by boat. Here you'll discover one photogenic spot after another while strolling over the cobblestones. A walk over the ramparts overlooking the water is a must and the many pavement cafes on the famous Vismarkt square such as In den Verdwaalde Koogel (also a B&B) invite you for a delicious bite to eat. Fancy going out on the water? Rent a boat at Boei 35, a restaurant that is situated right at the harbour and which overlooks the famous Heusden drawbridge! And did you know that from here it’s only a short way to the Loon and Drunen Dunes, one of the four National Parks in Brabant? Choose an overnight stay at one of the many cosy B&B's in Heusden such as B&B Brood en Zo or Achter het Rode Hek, or sleep on the edge of the dunes in Hotel Manege d'n Dries with a view of their horses. Recreational park Het Genieten also offers numerous accommodations. How about an overnight stay in a trendy design accommodation inspired by the paintings of the world-famous Vincent van Gogh?
After a wonderful night's sleep you can discover the beauty of the Loon and Drunen Dunes with a beautiful morning walk. Fancy doing something active? Rent a mountain bike at Natuurpoort De Drie Linden or De Roestelberg and see if you can handle one of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the Netherlands!
After a delicious regional lunch, head further south and discover the typical Brabant villages of Helvoirt and Haaren, also easily accessible by bike from 's-Hertogenbosch via one of the ten partial routes of the Van Gogh cycle route, via Vught. Highly recommended, because here in Brabant you can cycle through the landscape that so inspired Master Painter Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh was born in Brabant and lived here for much of his life. In the typical Brabant village of Helvoirt you'll find no fewer than three Van Gogh monuments. The town of Haaren is also on the route, with the beautiful Nemerlaer Castle and its pretty little chapel. Haaren is completely surrounded by nature: the Loon and Drunen Dunes, the Helvoirts Broek, the Leemkuilen, the fairytale Oisterwijk forests and fens, and the beautiful Kampina.
Would you like to add a visit to a museum to your programme? Then head a little further south, to the village of Boxtel. Hidden in the woods you'll find the Oertijdmuseum (primeval museum) with a gigantic dinosaur skeleton and numerous life-size dinosaurs in the beautiful garden. And if the weather is nice you can paddle the locally famous 'Rondje Boxtel’ (tour of Boxtel) and take in the beautiful countryside, with Scottish Highlanders and ducks as enthusiastic spectators (9km). For a nice cup of coffee visit cafe Meneer van Dommelen which has a lovely view of the St. Peter's Basilica.
Would you like to extend your stay with a night at a very special location? The Kampina Staete lodges in the Oisterwijk forest are an excellent base to discover this beautiful area.
Can you spare another day? Then spend a night in ‘s-Hertogenbosch itself. Discover the Bossche Broek by bike and cycle on to the village of Vught. Drink a cup of coffee at the beautiful Huize Bergen Estate and reflect on what happened 75 years ago during a visit to National Monument Camp Vught. Then clear your head with a walk around the IJzeren Man lake. Or get in the car and discover the municipality of Meijerijstad with as its undisputed highlight CHV Noordkade wharf in Veghel. For dinner in the city, choose one of the many restaurants in the famous Korte Putstraat or eat at Heeswijk Castle, just outside the city. A unique experience!