Our Monastery Trail Stage 5 Velp - Sint Agatha

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Velp and Sint Agatha. It runs from Emmaus Friary in Velp to the Monastery of Saint Agatha.

5 hour 45 minutes (26.0 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Velp and Sint Agatha. It runs from Emmaus Friary in Velp to the Monastery of Saint Agatha. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Vincentius church and the Redemptorist convent. You can also explore former monastery Wijnberg and the Saint Elisabeth church. 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 Velp and Sint Agatha. It runs from Emmaus Friary in Velp to the Monastery of Saint Agatha. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Vincentius church and the Redemptorist convent. You can also explore former monastery Wijnberg and the Saint Elisabeth church. 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:

Voormalig Emmausklooster Velp
Basilius van Bruggelaan 4
5363 VA Velp
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Vincentiuskerk
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Redemptoristinnenklooster
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Grave
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Voormalig klooster de Wijnberg
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Kasteel Tongelaar
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A convent of the past, present and future. St. Agatha Convent is the oldest convent in the Netherlands still to be inhabited. As you approach the village of St. Agatha, the convent can be seen from far and wide. It has been inhabited co

St. Agatha Convent

End point:

Klooster Sint Agatha
Kloosterlaan 24
5435 XD Sint Agatha
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Story of the route

Starting point:

Voormalig Emmausklooster Velp
Basilius van Bruggelaan 4
5363 VA Velp
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  • Emmaus Friary
    This, the oldest Capuchin monastery in the Netherlands (1645), was named after the Biblical place Emmaus. Apart from the windows, there is little to see on the outside of the square building that forms the monastery. A simple building with little embellishment. That fits well with the Capuchin friars, because they follow the strict teaching of Francis of Assisi. Simplicity is an important virtue for them. Over the years, it has become a lively place. Every year hundreds of pilgrims and walkers spend the night. Peace seekers attend retreats. It's a remarkable location; radio programme Vroege Vogels named it the quietest place in the Netherlands in 2018, the interior of the baroque church is among the most beautiful in the Netherlands, and the monastery garden was named the best in the country in 2019. The monastery has a beautiful refectory, where hotel guests can eat their meals.
  • Monastery of Saint Agatha
    In the far east of the province North Brabant lies the monastery of Saint Agatha. The crosiers who live here will be celebrating their 650th anniversary in 2021. During the Eighty Years' War many religious orders had to flee their convents. Not so the crosiers; they managed to survive this period with the help of the House of Orange. After a Spanish army leader demolished the monastery to fortify a nearby castle, Prince Maurice helped the crosiers to restore it. Maurice presented the monastery with a stained glass window with his own image. For a long time the window was in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but it was returned to the monastery church on the occasion of the monastery’s 650th anniversary in early 2021. There are guided tours and the monastery garden can be visited freely. Crosier Edgar Claes has developed the Tripel 1371, a tasty and rich monastery beer, in the monastery brewery.

End point:

Klooster Sint Agatha
Kloosterlaan 24
5435 XD Sint Agatha
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