Van Gogh cycle route Zundert – Northwest

This Van Gogh cycle route will introduce you to the six Van Gogh Monuments in Zundert, the five Van Gogh Monuments in Etten-Leur and various places where Vincent walked, which he sketched and which he wrote about in his letters.

3 hour 50 minutes (46.0 km)

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Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert on 30 March 1853. He was not the first child born to Theodorus van Gogh (1822-1885) and Anna Cornelia Carbentus (1819-1907). Their first son (also named Vincent) died at birth one year earlier on exactly the same date.

This moving story is told in and around the Vincent van GoghHuis, the site where the old parsonage once stood. Vincent lived here with his parents, three sisters and two brothers until he was sixteen. The family often walked around Zundert and these walks formed the inspiration for Vincent’s love of the countryside and peasant life. This was a fascination that would feature later in his work.

This Van Gogh cycle route will introduce you to the six …

Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert on 30 March 1853. He was not the first child born to Theodorus van Gogh (1822-1885) and Anna Cornelia Carbentus (1819-1907). Their first son (also named Vincent) died at birth one year earlier on exactly the same date.

This moving story is told in and around the Vincent van GoghHuis, the site where the old parsonage once stood. Vincent lived here with his parents, three sisters and two brothers until he was sixteen. The family often walked around Zundert and these walks formed the inspiration for Vincent’s love of the countryside and peasant life. This was a fascination that would feature later in his work.

This Van Gogh cycle route will introduce you to the six Van Gogh Monuments in Zundert, the five Van Gogh Monuments in Etten-Leur and various places where Vincent walked, which he sketched and which he wrote about in his letters. Being a true romantic, Vincent had a close relationship with woodland and heathland, and he often wandered around here in his early years.

You will cycle from Zundert via the de ‘Pannenhoef’ nature reserve to Etten-Leur. This route also takes you via Hoeven and St. Willebrord, villages that Vincent visited on several occasions, and you will pass by locations with informative audio columns. Take your time and get off your bike from time to time. Be sure to visit the Vincent van GoghHuis in the centre of Zundert and the Van Gogh Church in the centre of Etten-Leur.

How does the Van Gogh cycle route work?
The Van Gogh cycle route forms part of the cycle route network in Brabant. There is a Van Gogh cycle route sign at every intersection. Follow the Van Gogh cycle route signs from one numbered intersection to the other. Follow the cycle route network signs between the intersections. Ten short routes in the form of loops have been marked out. The routes are joined together by linking sections.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Markt 26
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The Van de Burgh sisters, Vincent van Gogh’s godmothers, lived at Markt 25.

Aunts’ House, Markt 25 Zundert
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De Moeierboom Etten-Leur
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The Dutch Reformed Church in Leur (Etten-Leur North) dates from 1614 and is a national monument.

Trouwkerkje / Wedding Church Etten-Leur
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Vincent van Gogh made various sketches and drawings which show the Lambertus Church.

Lambertus Church Etten-Leur
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Vincent van Gogh had his first studio in the vicarage in Etten-Leur. The actual building is no longer there but a statue marks the spot.

Site of the vicarage with Vincent’s first studio.
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The old council offices (also known as the Meeting Centre) was the former town hall of Etten-Leur. It was here that Vincent van Gogh first registered himself as an artist.

Old Town Hall Etten-Leur
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End point: Markt 26
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Story of the route

Starting point: Markt 26
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  • Van GoghHuis with audio column
    Vincent’s birthplace was not the current Van GoghHuis (Van Gogh House) but the building next door. That was the rectory when Vincent was born on 30 March 1853. The building was demolished in 1903, and a plaque on the front of the house bears witness to his birth. The Vincent van GoghHuis provides a stimulating presentation about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and interactive education.  
  • Van Goghplein with audio column
    There is an unusual work of art by the sculptor Ossip Zadkine on the Van Goghplein (Van Gogh Square) next to the Van GoghHuis. The statue depicts Vincent with his brother Theo and shows their inseparable relationship. Listen to the story of Vincent van Gogh’s youth on the audio column. There is another audio column a bit further on next to the Dutch Reformed Church
  • St. Willebrord Church with audio column
    Cornelis Schuitemaker, one of Vincent’s favourite models and the only Protestant in the village, lived in St. Willebrord. In 1881 he posed for Vincent van Gogh’s famous drawings ‘Worn Out’ and ‘Farmer by the Fire’. There is an audio column near the church in St. Willebrord, next to the Processional Park, which reminds us of Cornelis Schuitemaker.
  • Van Gogh Church with audio column
    The Van Gogh Church was where Vincent’s father, Reverend Theodorus van Gogh preached. There is a permanent exhibition about Vincent’s time in Etten inside the church. If you walk to the back of the church you will see the Van Gogh garden where formerly the rectory stood. There was an outhouse at the back of the rectory which Vincent used as his study, and later as his studio. There is also a bronze statue of Vincent behind the church. From the audio column you can go with him on a walk through Etten.
  • Moeierboom tree, Etten-Leur with audio column
    In the summer of 1881 Vincent’s cousin Kee Vos was staying at the rectory. Vincent fell madly in love with her, but when he declared his love she answered resolutely; No, nay, never! There is an audio column next to the Moeierboom tree (from an old Dutch word for ‘mother’) on the Markt, where Vincent describes his feelings for Kee Vos. The Moeierboom tree was planted in 1675 and is one of the most unusual trees in the Netherlands.

  • Menmoerhoeve
    The Menmoerhoeve ist ein ausgewiesenes Fahrradcafé in Nordbrabant. In den auf Radtouristen spezialisierten Fahrradcafés dieser Provinz fühlt man sich als Radler ganz besonders willkommen. Hier kann man sich nicht nur mit leckeren Snacks und Getränken stärken, es stehen auch Reparaturset, Fahrradpumpe und E-Bike-Ladestation zur Verfügung. Die offiziellen Fahrradcafés in Nordbrabant erkennt man am sechseckigen „Brabants Fietscafé“-Aufkleber am Fenster des Cafés.
  • Bisschopsmolen windmill, Etten-Leur
    The Bisschopsmolen is a windmill in Etten, constructed in 1744. The mill was used to grind corn until 1959. Vincent made numerous drawings and paintings of windmills and watermills during his time in Brabant.
  • De Zwarte Schuur in De Pannenhoef with audio column
    De Pannenhoef is a beautiful nature reserve between the communities of Zundert, Etten-Leur and Rucphen, an area where Vincent van Gogh regularly walked. He wrote about it extensively in his letters. De Zwarte Schuur is the remains of an impressive farmhouse in De Pannenhoef. Look out for the old pump and the bakery where formerly a family of forest workers lived. Listen to the story of Vincent van Gogh and De Pannenhoef in the audio column behind the building.
End point: Markt 26
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