With its eighty fens, making it one of the most striking areas of nature in the Netherlands, 6000 terrace chairs, making it perhaps the country’s largest terrace, and an array of exclusive shops in the stunning and historic backdrop of one of the most remarkable shopping cities for miles around: that’s Oisterwijk in a nutshell. And you will discover why it is called ‘The Gem in the Green’ during one of the walking or cycling tours in and around the city. Come and enjoy all the wonderful things this delightful setting has to offer!
Artists, designers and architects from around the world visit the world’s most famous knowledge and development centre for ceramics: EKWC (the European Ceramics Workplace). The EKWC’s next door neighbour – Master Patissier and Master Boulanger Robèrt van Beckhoven – will make your mouth water with his plethora of aromas and taste sensations.
And you will experience first-hand the hearty hospitality we know from Robèrt’s TV appearances.
Oisterwijk received city rights more than 800 years ago, but in the historic core you will find a striking combination of authentic rural charm and entrepreneurial urban character. Wonderful gems like the centuries-old lime tree behind the town hall, the tree-lined Trouwlaantje and Oisterwijk’s oldest house are interspersed with lovely shops selling the most exclusive brands, and historic buildings. There’s something to see on every corner. More and more tourists are visiting Oisterwijk, precisely because of this fairly unique mix of rural hospitality, beautiful nature and city shopping. Add to this a number of notable entrepreneurs and stunning locations, and it’s easy to see why people call this city a gem.