Our Monastery Trail Stage 12 Oirschot – Berkel-Enschot

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Oirschot and Berkel-Enschot. This route takes you from Nazareth Convent in Oirschot to Koningshoeven Abbey in Berkel-Enschot.

5 hour 30 minutes (24.8 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Oirschot and Berkel-Enschot. This route takes you from Nazareth Convent in Oirschot to Koningshoeven Abbey in Berkel-Enschot. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Saint Peter's Basilica and the Mariakerk Church. You can also explore former Carmelite convent Blijendaal and Hondsberg hill. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries along Ou…

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Oirschot and Berkel-Enschot. This route takes you from Nazareth Convent in Oirschot to Koningshoeven Abbey in Berkel-Enschot. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Saint Peter's Basilica and the Mariakerk Church. You can also explore former Carmelite convent Blijendaal and Hondsberg hill. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries along Our Monastery Trail have the option of staying the night. Always check in advance what is possible, some monasteries are only open on certain days. For all locations and up-to-date information, please visit brabantskloosterleven.nl (Dutch language).

There are many hospitable hotels, B&Bs, campsites and other locations where you can stay the night in the trail’s surroundings. You can find an accommodation from this list of places to stay in Brabant. First choose the type of accommodation and then enter the name of the town or village where you want to stay. You will then see a selection of addresses in the area.

Sights on this route

Starting point:

Klooster Nazareth Oirschot
Koestraat 37
5688 AG Oirschot
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Klooster Nazareth
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The Solms palace

The Solms palace
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The Boterkerkje is one of the oldest churches in the region. It dates back to 1125. Nowadays it is a unique event location.

Het Boterkerkje - the oldest church in the region
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Whichever side you approach Oirschot from, the imposing St. Peter's Basilica always towers above historic Oirschot. Anyone who sees the Basilica for the first time will be surprised by its size and appeal.

St. Peter's Basilica
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Carmelite

Blijendaal Carmelite
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Sint Bernadette kerk
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De Spoordonkse Watermolen
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De Hondsberg
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Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Vrede
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De Rendierhoeve
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All of the La Trappe beers have been created and are brewed here, together with the Trappists of Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey.

Koningshoeven Abbey

End point:

Abdij de Koningshoeven
Eindhovenseweg 3
5056 RP Berkel-Enschot
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Story of the route

Starting point:

Klooster Nazareth Oirschot
Koestraat 37
5688 AG Oirschot
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  • Nazareth Convent
    The congregation of Franciscan Sisters has had a great influence on healthcare and education. Originally the order was contemplative and the sisters concentrated mainly on prayer. At the end of the nineteenth century the sisters started working in healthcare and education. At the beginning of the twentieth century the building no longer suited the size and activities of the order. Architect Jan Stuyt had a remarkable style and was inspired by the Christian architecture of the Middle East. This is reflected in the current Nazareth Monastery. The monastery became a coat, an increasingly loose one. A number of buildings were used for housing, and a care facility moved in.
  • Koningshoeven Abbey
    All La Trappe beers are developed and brewed at this abbey, in collaboration with the monks. Only beer that has been brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery under the supervision and responsibility of monks may bear the name 'Trappist beer'. Part of the proceeds of La Trappe beer sales goes to monasteries in Indonesia and Uganda, which originated from Koningshoeven. The Trappist monks have a strong connection with nature, which can be seen in their innovative and enterprising character. An ingenious water filtering system has been installed, for example. The monks hope to be climate neutral from 2025; a fitting ambition for an order that has traditionally always been able to respond to developments in society.

End point:

Abdij de Koningshoeven
Eindhovenseweg 3
5056 RP Berkel-Enschot
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