De Peel

Designated a Natura 2000 area, De Peel is part of the European network of protected nature reserves. It is a varied landscape of impenetrable peat marshes, open heathland, vast plains, ponds and bogs, forests and sandy ridges, and a paradise for nature enthusiasts and walkers, rich in unusual plants and with the primal characteristics of the landscape still intact — calm, space and darkness. Discover this delightful nature reserve, surrounded by authentic Brabant communities such as Asten, Deurne, Gemert-Bakel, Helmond and Laarbeek.

A rich bird area
The area is home to vastly diverse bird species, with more than a hundred species of breeding and migratory birds, making De Peel one of the richest bird areas in Western Europe. You can learn all about it in De Groote Peel National Park and BuitenCentrum De Pelen. Other places of interest in De Peel:

  • Boerenbondsmuseum in Gemert: voted the best family day out in Brabant for 2017 (Museum and Cultural History category);
  • Klok & Peel Museum in Asten: winner of the museum prize 2014 and best day out in Brabant in 2015 and 2017;
  • Helmond Castle: the largest moated castle in the Netherlands;
  • Toon Kortooms Park and Museum De Wieger in Deurne, with the nearby 'Garden path of my father' from the song 'Het Dorp' by Wim Sonneveld;
  • Laarbeek district: voted the greenest region in the Netherlands in 2016 and home to the Bavaria brewery and beautiful Croy Castle.

The gold of De Peel
When peat cutters dug the bird-rich peat bog, they not only sold the peat as 'the gold of De Peel', but also found a golden Roman helmet. It's one of the many tales and sagas to revolve around the mystery know as De Peel.

The informative website for the best days out, locations and events that the region has to offer.


  • Museum Klok & Peel

    Museum Klok & Peel shows in a unique way how the Groot Peel National Park, a nature reserve bordering the Dutch provinces of Brabant and Limburg, has developed in the past ten thousand years. 

    Museum Klok & Peel
  • Herberg de Brabantse Kluis

    De Brabantse Kluis is a tasteful inn located in the green and beautiful countryside of Aarle-Rixtel between Eindhoven and Helmond.

    Herberg de Brabantse Kluis
  • Museum Helmond

    The fourteenth century Helmond Castle and the modern Kunsthal (art gallery) provide Museum Helmond with two unique and very different museum locations.

    Museum Helmond