Our Monastery Trail Stage 7 Boxeer – Boekel

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Boxmeer and Boekel. It runs from the Carmelite Monastery in Boxmeer to Huize Padua in Boekel.

6 hour 25 minutes (29.0 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Boxmeer and Boekel. It runs from the Carmelite Monastery in Boxmeer to Huize Padua in Boekel. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Sint Petrus Basilica and Elsendael Monastery. 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).

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Boxmeer and Boekel. It runs from the Carmelite Monastery in Boxmeer to Huize Padua in Boekel. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Sint Petrus Basilica and Elsendael Monastery. 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:

Karmelklooster
Steenstraat 39
5831 JA Boxmeer
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It is thanks to Count Albert of Bergh and Countess Madeleine of Cusance that there is a Carmelite monastery here.

Carmelite Monastery Boxmeer
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Saint Peter Basilica was built after the Second World War, after the previous church was completely destroyed in 1944.

Saint Peter's Basilica
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Diagonally opposite the basilica you will find Burgemeester Verkuijlstraat with a memorial to one of the most famous Dutch Carmelites: Titus Brandsma.

Titus Brandsma Memorial
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In 1666 the house Elsendael in Boxmeer was bequeathed with the goal of founding a convent.

Elsendael Convent
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Klooster Elsendael
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Heilige Antonius Abt-kerk
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Sint Anthonisbos
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Huize Padua / Museum de Kluis

End point:

Huize Padua/Museum de Kluis
Kluisstraat 2
5427 EM Huize Padua
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Story of the route

Starting point:

Karmelklooster
Steenstraat 39
5831 JA Boxmeer
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  • Carmelite Monastery Boxmeer
    It is thanks to Count Albert of Bergh and Countess Madeleine of Cusance that there is a Carmelite monastery here. After the Peace of Münster (1648), freely practising the Catholic faith was prohibited in the Republic. Boxmeer had different laws, which is why many Catholics came here. The count and countess saw a good opportunity for founding a monastery, a place to take care of these Catholics. The thing that makes the monastery in Boxmeer exceptional are the beautiful stained glass windows, likely designed by Abraham van Diepenbeeck. One of the windows depicts a miraculous scene. The story goes that around 1400 a priest had doubts about his faith, until the day that he saw wine turn into blood during a mass.
  • Huize Padua and museum De Kluis
    Halfway through the 18th century a group of believers moved to Boekel. Their new home was called Huize Padua (house of Padua), popularly known as De Kluis (the safe). They taught Catholic children. They had to stop doing this in 1878, when the law stipulated that only people with a teaching qualification were allowed to teach. From then on the friars dedicated themselves to the care of the mentally ill. They were the first Dutch congregation to engage in psychiatry. With their activities in Boekel they laid the foundation for the current mental health care system in the east of Brabant. If you now walk past Huize Padua you will not see just a building, but a lively estate. The site is still in use for people with a mental disability. De Kluis now houses museum De Kluis.

End point:

Huize Padua/Museum de Kluis
Kluisstraat 2
5427 EM Huize Padua
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