Van Gogh NP walking tour in Zundert

The extremely varied walking tour (8 km) takes you through Vincent’s birthplace of Zundert.

1 hour 30 minutes (8.0 km)

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The extremely varied walking tour (8 km) takes you through Vincent’s birthplace of Zundert. You walk past six Van Gogh Monuments, past the heritage, past his childhood and through the landscape with winding streams that was so close to his heart. Open your senses and experience the origins of   Van Gogh’s personality and artistry. And places that the artist looked back on with nostalgia later in his life.

Zundert
Welcome to Zundert, Vincent van Gogh’s birthplace. From his home soil, you wander past places f…

The extremely varied walking tour (8 km) takes you through Vincent’s birthplace of Zundert. You walk past six Van Gogh Monuments, past the heritage, past his childhood and through the landscape with winding streams that was so close to his heart. Open your senses and experience the origins of   Van Gogh’s personality and artistry. And places that the artist looked back on with nostalgia later in his life.

Zundert
Welcome to Zundert, Vincent van Gogh’s birthplace. From his home soil, you wander past places from his youth. You go to surprising, intimate places where, as a child, the artist walked with his parents, brothers and sisters, where he played with all kinds of creatures and made drawings of them. Where he fantasised and dreamt about later, about what he would become. But you also go to places that in Van Gogh’s time were still vast rye fields and where a new park-like landscape flourishes today. And you see streets of which the names are reminiscent of Van Gogh’s sketches and paintings. How great is that!

If you would like to know (more) about Vincent’s Zundert period, visit the Vincent van Gogh House. On www.vangoghbrabant.com/zundert there is a link to the audio walk ‘Vluchtpunten’ (Vanishing Point), inspired by Vincent’s letters.

Van Gogh National Park
The Van Gogh walking tours in the Van Gogh National Park immerse you in the landscape Vincent van Gogh fell in love with. Enjoy the meandering streams, extensive nature reserves, farmland, country estates and greenery that stretches out right into the heart of the villages and towns. The locals are working together to preserve and expand this beautiful, healthy and green living environment. With Vincent van Gogh as their guide. 

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This Van Gogh NP walking tour has been mapped out using the local numbered junction system. You can recognise the route by the signs with the words 'Van Gogh National Park', which you will find on every junction post.Between the junctions you can follow the junction system signposts. 

Routes reporting point
If you find something wrong with the signage or the route itself, you can report it via the Brabant junction route reporting point. You can also call 0800 4050050 free of charge.

Sights on this route

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Vincent van Gogh’s birth was registered in the town hall in Zundert.

Markt (market) with Zundert Town Hall
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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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The statue by Ossip Zadkine stands on the Vincent van Goghplein in Zundert, in front of the Van Gogh Church, and not far from the house where both of them were born.

Van Gogh Monument by Zadkine
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Vincent grew up as the son of the minister Theodorus van Gogh who preached at this church in Zundert.

Protestant Church Zundert
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The grave of Vincent’s oldest brother who was stillborn can still be seen in the churchyard. That was exactly one year before Vincent himself was born.

Grave of Vincent van Gogh’s brother
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Next to the church where Vincent’s father Theodorus 'Dorus' van Gogh was the minister, there was an old house that was bought by the Dutch Reformed Church in Zundert in 1862/63 on the recommendation of Vincent’s father.

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End point:

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Story of the route

Starting point:

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At the location of the current Vincent van Gogh House (1) once stood the former rectory of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation. The original house where Vincent was born was demolished in 1903.

His birth was recorded at the Zundert Townhall (2). Little Vincent briefly followed education at the village school, which was diagonally across from the residential home, Markt 2.

Vincent’s godmothers, the Van de Burgh sisters, lived at Markt 25 (3). He went there regularly. On this spot, the building has been reconstructed as it was in Van Gogh’s time. And as such it has retained its historic appearance.

On the Van Gogh Square, the statue, ‘Vincent en Theo’ (5) by artist Ossip Zadkine reminds us of the strong bond between Vincent and his brother.

The church (4) originally belonged to the Netherlands Reformed Congregation and dates from 1805. Vincent’s father was the minister here from 1849 to 1871. The graveyard (6) is the resting place of Vincent’s stillborn brother. This silent place must have made quite an impression on him.

The former Sexton’s House (7) has been in use as the Van Gogh Gallery since 2008. The kitchen garden was behind the building. The Van Gogh family grew fruit and vegetables there. For the past few years, it has been a studio where artists can work and be inspired by the place where Vincent grew up.

‘De tuintjes’ (the little gardens) is a maze of sandy paths surrounded by beech hedges. Vincent must have walked these paths often. And possibly with a bucket and scoop net, towards the banks of the River Aa of Weerijs, or the Grote Beek (Great Brook).

Vincent caught insects while wandering through this damp area. In his room in the vicarage, he pinned them and added detailed descriptions. Van Gogh greatly admired nature, farmers and craftspeople. Also the craft of the miller.

De Akkermolen (windmill) (11) stood here in Van Gogh’s time.

Via the babbling Kleine Beek (Small Brook) we arrive in Klein-Zundert. Vincent walked here regularly, and we go on towards the Pannenhof nature area. This area is central to the Van Gogh National Park Walk Etten-Leur.

Walking over the old cobblestones by the church, we get to a new area of natural scenery: the Assortimentstuin. In the past, this was developed as a shop window for the Zundert tree cultivators. Together, the garden (a green meeting place in the making) and the Kleine Beek nature zone form the Tuinderij landscape zone, a location where flora and fauna kiss the village centre. In the Tuinderij residential district, street names such as Boomgaard, Spitter and Zaaier refer to Van Gogh’s sketches and paintings.

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