THE PLACE TO BE
The Land of Cuijk is located in northeast Brabant, close to the province of Gelderland and not far from the cities of Nijmegen and 's-Hertogenbosch. This is where you will find traces of centuries of national history, from the Romans and the Middle Ages to the Second World War. From brave resistance against enemy armies to unique religious heritage. A varied region which offers wonderful cycling and walking.
The Roman emperor Julius Caesar cursed the ‘impenetrable hedgerows beside the River Maas’, between Maashees and Cuijk. The Maasheggen hedgerows from those times now form the oldest cultural landscape in the Netherlands. In 2018 Maasheggen was designated by UNESCO as the only biosphere reserve in the Netherlands. Jump on your bicycle and explore the area by following the Via Valentiniana. You will be following traces of the Romans who passed through this area at the beginning of this era. You can stop off on the way at the lock in Sambeek and the St. Agatha monastery, the oldest one in the Netherlands that is still inhabited.
The Kraaijenbergse Plassen lakes are located between the towns of Grave and Cuijk, and with almost 500 hectares of water, they are one of Brabant’s largest watersports areas. You can try sailing, canoeing, surfing or a stand-up paddle.
Slightly further away on the River Maas is the historic stronghold of Grave. Despite many sieges over the centuries, this fortified town has managed to maintain its lovely authentic centre, full of beautifully restored buildings. Together with ten other fortified towns in Brabant, Grave forms part of the Zuiderwaterlinie (Southern Water Defence Line).
You can stay overnight at De Vers holiday park in Overloon. You can cycle or walk from this woodland park (with an indoor swimming pool) into the Overloon Dunes. You can also take the children to ZooParc Overloon for the day. The Overloon War Museum is the oldest museum dedicated to the Second World War in Western Europe, and it is also the largest war museum in the Netherlands. There is a new cycle path that crosses right through the museum and you can cycle along it without having to buy a ticket. The three metre high cycle path is integrated into the cycle route network.