A bustling city, beautiful countryside, lovely sights and the largest theme park in the Netherlands. One thing is certain; the Tilburg, Waalwijk and Kaatsheuvel region is multi-faceted. Experience the loveliest fairy tales from close by, create new memories and discover the gems of the surrounding area.
Explore the region, discover culinary highlights and stay the night in one of the beautiful hotels in or outside the city. Want to discover even more of this region? Then also read: Spot the big five and discover the beautiful Oisterwijk.
Whether you're looking for thrilling roller coasters, enchanting rides or spectacular shows, theme park Efteling is the place for creating wonderful memories. And all that in the middle of the Brabant countryside. If you don't want the fairy tale to be over at the end of the day, stay in the Efteling Hotel or in the charming holiday parks Efteling Loonsche Land or Efteling Bosrijk.
At walking distance from (theme park) Efteling, you can spend the night in the lovely Guesthouse Hotel with its unique roof garden and wonderful family rooms. Europarcs Kaatsheuvel, Marvilla Parks Het Genieten or (FarmCamps) De Smulhoeve are also perfect starting points from which to combine your visit to Efteling with a fabulous holiday.
Just south of Kaatsheuvel, you will find Loon op Zand. Here you will find pancake restaurant De Financiën with many playing opportunities for the children, both indoors as well as outdoors. Besides the Fairytale Forest in Efteling you can step into a veritable fairytale at Het Witte Kasteel. Here, you can spend the night in one of the charming holiday homes on this historic estate.
Tilburg, originally a town with a large textile industry, now a bustling city where there is always something happening, but which also has tranquil areas for people who would like some peace and quiet. For example in one of the many parks like Stadsbos 013. Explore the maze of streets in the Dwaalgebied area or the industrial-chique Spoorzone with the extensive Spoorpark.
Be amazed in Doloris' Meta Maze where you can wander through works of art in a surreal maze, after which you can enjoy the rooftop bar with fantastic views over the city. Or visit one of the many impressive museums, such as TextielMuseum, Natuurmuseum Brabant or Vincent's Art Room.
Would you prefer an original outing with friends or family? Then head over to Schrobbelèr or De Voltage (Tip: kids will love Voltkids). But where will you get dinner? And where will you stay? We’ve listed our insider tips below!
North of Tilburg you will find Waalwijk, a town with lovely pavement cafés and historical paths, which is known for its shoe industry. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Schoenenkwartier, where the rich history of the shoe and leather industry comes to life.
An unusual feature of Waalwijk is the defunct Langstraat railway line, which partly runs through the town. This was once an industrial railway line from the village of Lage Zwaluwe to the city of 's-Hertogenbosch. The Halvezolen route (51 km) follows the original railway line as much as possible and while on it you will see old signal houses, railway bridges such as Moerputten bridge, benches and information signs.
During your visit to Waalwijk, you will not be able to miss the ‘eyecatcher’ Saint John the Baptist Church. You can explore this unique neo-Byzantine church with an audio tour. If you want a nice end to your day full of sightseeing in Waalwijk, then the way to do that is with a tasty speciality beer at Stadsbrouwerij Sint Crispijn.
Do you love the beauty of the countryside? Then you should not miss the Sahara of Brabant: the Loon and Drunen Dunes. You will find this beautiful area of over 35 square kilometres between the cities of Tilburg, Waalwijk and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Stroll through the shifting sands, cycle through the forests or walk over sand hills and along heathlands.
This walking route past various hospitality venues, such as De Rustende Jager, is recommended. Landgoed Huis ter Heide is another favourite of ours. Here you will find one of Brabant’s beautiful wooden walkways.
Tip: a stone's throw away from this nature reserve you will find restaurant De Zwammenberg. It’s not only a restaurant, it’s also a mini-campsite and boutique hotel. From here, you can get to Dongen with its surprising sights in no time. See the tips below and click on the location to find out more.