Many people know Hilvarenbeek in the centre of Brabant because of Beekse Bergen Safari Park, the largest wildlife safari park in Europe. You can spot the Big Five while going through the vast park; on foot, by bus, boat or car. In Beekse Bergen Safari Resort, you can stay the night in a detached lodge, a safari tent or a treehouse, waking up to a view of the magnificent savannahs and the wild animals that live there. Or come enjoy the Brabant outdoors and the beautiful Lake Victoria at Beekse Bergen Holiday Park. And don’t forget adventure park Speelland at Beekse Bergen, where the kids can have the time of their lives and even swim outdoors if the weather is right.
How about a nice walk to one of the most spectacular viewpoints of Brabant, d'n Flaestoren? In den Bockenreyder, a beautiful traditional inn and a great place to have lunch, is the perfect starting point.
Or head to the northeast of Hilvarenbeek and visit the lovely village of Oisterwijk. Known for De Lindt high street with its welcoming pavement cafes and beautiful boutiques. Be sure to also visit Leerfabriek-KVL in Oisterwijk, just on the other side of the rail tracks. This old leather factory is a beautiful piece of heritage that now houses all kinds of companies, such as an internationally renowned ceramics workshop. And there is also bakery By Robèrt, owned by Master Patissier and Master Boulanger Robèrt van Beckhoven.
Fill your picnic basket with delicious bakeware from By Robèrt or settle down at restaurant Keuken van Leer for a delicious lunch. From here you can cycle to the fairytale-like Oisterwijk forests and fens. The meres in these woods are a sight to behold. Go on an adventure together in search of the most amazing birds and insects. Start out at the Groot Speijck visitor centre, for example, with the OERRR kids’ forest directly behind the restaurant. This is the starting point of three routes especially developed for children. Or begin your walk at Boshuis Venkraai or Restaurant Meneer van Eijck. Tip: check the website of Natuurtheater Oisterwijk at Boscafé De Rode Lelie for an outdoor performance in the forest! And the kids will know exactly what to do in the large playground next to the forest cafe. The perfect end to a beautiful day!
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen
Flaestoren - Esbeek
By Robèrt & Keuken van Leer
Do you have an extra day? From Hilvarenbeek it is only half an hour to theme park Efteling, also known as the world of wonders. Or would you rather discover the industrial-chique Spoorzone in Tilburg? You can get there in no time by bike! Discover the Spoorpark with its rope track and skate park or climb the watchtower. You can also visit one of the many great food concepts, and be sure to go into the LocHal.
Would you rather spend a day in the Beekse Bergen and sleep at a campsite, in the middle of the beautiful countryside? Family campsite Rakelbos is great for kids!