Our Monastery Trail: circular tour Tilburg

Of all the cities in North Brabant, Tilburg has the highest number of (former) monasteries.

2 hour 30 minutes (11.5 km)

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Of all the cities in North Brabant, Tilburg has the highest number of (former) monasteries. This monastery tour, which is 11.5 kilometres long, begins by the Trappists of Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey (Abdij Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven) and takes you past Villa Moerenburg (Huize Moerenburg) and the Cenakel retreat house. When returning, be sure to stop at the Abbey’s tasting room.

North Brabant monastery life
While walking, become acquainted with the life and work of the Brabant monks and nuns – then and now. Our Kloosterpad or Monastery Path takes you past around fifty-five monasteries and abbeys in North Brabant in various stages. The total length of the trail is 330 kilometres, but there are also beautiful trails marked out around various monasteries. Check out all stage walks and tours here.

Make your walk a unique experience. …

Of all the cities in North Brabant, Tilburg has the highest number of (former) monasteries. This monastery tour, which is 11.5 kilometres long, begins by the Trappists of Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey (Abdij Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven) and takes you past Villa Moerenburg (Huize Moerenburg) and the Cenakel retreat house. When returning, be sure to stop at the Abbey’s tasting room.

North Brabant monastery life
While walking, become acquainted with the life and work of the Brabant monks and nuns – then and now. Our Kloosterpad or Monastery Path takes you past around fifty-five monasteries and abbeys in North Brabant in various stages. The total length of the trail is 330 kilometres, but there are also beautiful trails marked out around various monasteries. Check out all stage walks and tours here.

Make your walk a unique experience. For example, visit an exhibition or go for a walk through the monastery garden. You can also order the special book published by Ons Kloosterpad or Our Monastery Path. For more information about Ons Kloosterpad, go to onskloosterpad.nl.

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. 

  • Signposting of the monastery tour

    Simply follow the signs and walk along the route from one numbered junction to the next.

    Simply follow the signs and walk along the route from one numbered junction to the next.

Sights on this route

Starting point:

Abdij Koningshoeven
Eindhovenseweg 3
5056 RP Tilburg
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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
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Villa Moerenburg, built around 1310, was one of the first stone houses in Tilburg. It was sold to the Tongerlo abbey at the end of the 14th century and served as a rectory.

VILLA MOERENBURG
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This monastery, built in 1935, was closed after many years. It has now been converted into apartments.

FORMER SAINT LIDWINA MONASTERY
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This monastery, built in 1935, was closed after many years. It has now been converted into apartments.

FORMER SAINT ELISABETH MONASTERY AND HOSPITAL
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In 1973, several Sisters of Oirschot settled in this residence at Gerard van Swietenstraat 81, applying themselves to education, social care and caring for elderly friars.

CONVENT OF THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF OIRSCHOT
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The Heikese church was the parish church of Tilburg. The neo-Gothic church had to be relinquished to the Protestants in 1648.

HEIKESE CHURCH
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The Franciscan sisters moved from Nijmegen and Eupen to Tilburg in 1888. In 1896 they moved into their first convent at Bisschop Zwijsenstraat (nos. 18 and 20).

FORMER CONVENT OF THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY
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Fleeing the Kulturkampf in Germany, the sisters of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Orde van O.L. Vrouw Visitatie) arrived in Tilburg.

FORMER VISITANDINE CONVENT
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The Sisters of Charity was one of the largest congregations of our country. The sisters resided in a weaving shop in ‘t Heike in 1832.

MOTHER HOUSE OF THE SISTERS OF CHARITY
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This church, designed by Jan van der Valk, was completed in 1913. The architectural style is an early form of expressionism for the Netherlands.

OUR MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL CHURCH
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At the request of the pastor, the first three Daughters travelled from France to Waalwijk to care for the sick and provide early childhood education (and, later, primary education) in 1911.

FORMER DAUGHTERS OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART CONVENT
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In 1954, the Brothers of Tilburg built a new monastery between the church and the Saint Joseph House at Kruisvaardersstraat 32.

BROTHERHOUSE DIONYSIUS
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The Daughters of the Holy Heart of Mary moved into this house (architect Jos Bedaux) in July 1951. They worked in education, cared for the elderly and ill, carried out youth work and district nursing.

FATIMA JOZEFZORG HOUSE
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This retreat house was taken into use in August 1908 by the originally French Congregation of our Lady of Seclusion in the Cenakel.

CENAKEL
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In May 1950, the Brothers with the Blue Cords (officially the Brothers of our Lady of Sorrows, Catholic Social Doctrine) began an open house for youth who were working and studying, naming it the Eigenhorst Boys’ House (Jongenshuis Eigenhorst).

FORMER CONVENT EIGENHORST
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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 Koningshoeven
Eindhovenseweg 3
5056 RP Tilburg
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