East of 's-Hertogenbosch and near Eindhoven lies De Maashorst, a unique area where nature still has the upper hand. Here you can spot European Bison, Tauros cattle and Exmoor ponies; primeval inhabitants that roam this landscape. Whether you go for a walk or a bike ride, the beautiful surroundings have a lot to offer: picturesque fortified towns, fantastic monuments and adventurous activities for children.
Of course you will also find the best places to have lunch or dinner or to stay for the night. Want to discover more of this region? Read our articles: Boating adventures under the city and between ramparts or Travel through time in Land van Cuijk.
Did you know that De Maashorst is the largest contiguous natural area in Brabant? Get to know the wild grazing animals, wijst grounds and sand drifts during your adventure. There’s lots of hiking and cycling fun for all ages. Are you out and about with little adventurers? Then choose one of the special children's routes; a little shorter, but no less exciting. On the way there is plenty to see, experience and learn.
De Maashorst also offers urban beauty. The four municipalities of Oss, Bernheze, Landerd and Uden are part of De Maashorst area. Tip: go exploring in the fortified towns Ravenstein and Megen. You’ll see history wherever you look: monasteries, mills, picturesque houses, city gates and old fortress walls. Highly recommended!
BillyBird Park Hemelrijk in Volkel is a paradise for children. The heart of this park consists of a beautiful pool plus beach, ideal for both swimming enthusiasts and sun worshippers. There is a survival area next to the beach pool where daredevils can indulge themselves. In the large indoor playground Zeeroversland (pirate land) children can have fun for hours on the family slide, in the new play area "the Pirate Cage", on the rope ladders, in the bumper cars, and more.
A visit to Sint-Oedenrode, the birthplace of the clog industry, is also highly recommended. At De Helden van Kien you can join in all sorts of activities related to the famous Dutch wooden shoe. In addition, this restaurant has a large playground and rowing pond. A great place for all ages