Cycling route: the Barony city and land

4 hour 10 minutes (60.0 km)

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Urban atmosphere and a vast countryside

The Barony offers the best of both worlds: urban atmosphere and a vast countryside. It is a region where agriculture and (food)industry defined the development of the city and land. It was partly thanks to the sugar factories that Oosterhout grew from a fairly poor provincial town into a lively centre with large manufacturers such as Jamin (sweets and ice cream) and Schriek (gingerbread). Breda, a city that was filled with vegetable gardens and orchards, grew into a major centre for horticulture, from where strawberries were transported to London. The fruit processing industry, such as the Jamfabriek Princenhage and Hero, where they processed fruit into jam and soft drinks, also found their home in Breda.

During a visit to th…

Urban atmosphere and a vast countryside

The Barony offers the best of both worlds: urban atmosphere and a vast countryside. It is a region where agriculture and (food)industry defined the development of the city and land. It was partly thanks to the sugar factories that Oosterhout grew from a fairly poor provincial town into a lively centre with large manufacturers such as Jamin (sweets and ice cream) and Schriek (gingerbread). Breda, a city that was filled with vegetable gardens and orchards, grew into a major centre for horticulture, from where strawberries were transported to London. The fruit processing industry, such as the Jamfabriek Princenhage and Hero, where they processed fruit into jam and soft drinks, also found their home in Breda.

During a visit to the centre of the Brabant sugar industry you can still see traces of the past and you can try the sweet specialities and other characteristic products from the Barony.

Sights on this route

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Bierbrouwerij de Pimpelmeesch

Ginderdoorstraat 4 a
4861 CC Chaam
Bierbrouwerij de Pimpelmeesch
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Stadsbrouwerij Frontaal

Liniestraat 31
4816 BG Breda
Stadsbrouwerij Frontaal
78 79 77 75 92 69 02
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Klooster Sint Catharinadal
Kloosterdreef 3
4901 PH Oosterhout
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Directions

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  • St. Catharinadal
    Craftsmanship from the female convent community
    St. Catharinadal is the oldest female convent community in the Netherlands. For centuries, the sisters used their fields for pasturing cows and growing produce including corn. It was only much later that the ground was made suitable for viticulture, and in October 2012 the first wine was harvested. The autumn harvest took place by hand. The grapes are pressed in the St. Catharinadal wine house before starting the fermentation process in oak barrels and stainless-steel storage tanks.
    During a visit to St. Catharinadal, you can visit the wine house and restaurant in the former cowshed. Here, not only does the wine ripen but you can also get coffee, lunches, alcoholic drinks and dinners in which the seasonal products, at hand in the kitchen garden, play the lead role. We recommend you make a reservation well in advance. You can buy the wine and other products in the convent shop.
  • Brouwerij Frontaal
    From sweets to beer
    Brouwerij Frontaal is a young innovative brewery, established in a unique location in the Faam: the former sweet factory in Breda. At Frontaal it’s all about creativity and you see that reflected in the beers. In the brewery bar, you can sample no fewer than 31 draught beers ranging from exceptional beers made in-house to those of befriended breweries. In the industrial style barn, you can also get a cup of coffee, a tasty snack with your drink and a good glass of wine.
  • Zuivelboerderij De Driehoek
    Artisan abbey cheese and local produce
    Abbey cheese has been made on the grounds of St. Paul’s Abbey in Oosterhout since 2015. It is a farm and real family business in an exceptional location which is part of The Holy Triangle in Oosterhout. Awareness about how they treat the cows, raw materials and the land are priorities here; everything starts with a happy and healthy cow. The family set themselves the ambitious goal of developing a cheese unique to the Netherlands. That became the artisan red crusted abbey cheese, called the Benedictus.
    The cheese is for sale in the farm shop, where you can also find other abbey cheeses and the most delicious local produce from local farmers and manufacturers. Groups up to eight people can book a guided tour during which you get a peek in the cheese factory, the abbey grounds and the cowshed.
  • Dorpsbrouwerij De Pimpelmeesch
    Beer with a village character
    About twenty years ago, Dorpsbrouwerij de Pimpelmeesch was one of the first craft breweries in the Netherlands. When brewer Ad Kusters started, he had no idea that he would become a genuine trendsetter. His goal was mainly to brew good, recognisable high-quality beers.
    He also uses pure ingredients: water, malt, hop, yeast and a few spices. De Pimpelmeesch’s success formula consists of simple recipes based on well-known styles of beer. Today, the beers find their way to beer lovers throughout the Netherlands. De Pimpelmeesch used to be in a monumental farm in Chaam, but it moved to De Markhoeve experimental farm in Strijbeek in October 2020.
  • Ginneken Market
    Welcoming atmosphere and a rich history
    A welcoming, agreeable atmosphere, that’s the first thing that comes to mind if asked to describe the Ginneken in Breda. It is a part of Breda with a rich history. In 1877, it was called Marktplein. After the annexation in 1942, it was renamed Ginnekenmarkt (Ginneken Market) to avoid any confusion with the Grote Markt in Breda. The market now forms the central point of the Ginneken in summer and during events. Moreover, all year round there are 40 speciality shops for plenty of shopping fun. Once you are finished shopping, there are numerous restaurants and bars for a nice end to the day. Festivals are held regularly in the Ginneken such as The Ginneke Cycling Route and the Summer and Winter festivals.
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