Our Monastery Trail Stage 1 ‘s-Hertogenbosch - Heeswijk

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between 's-Hertogenbosch and Heeswijk. It runs from city monastery San Damiano in 's-Hertogenbosch to the Abbey of Berne in Heeswijk.

5 hour 20 minutes (22.5 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between 's-Hertogenbosch and Heeswijk. It runs from city monastery San Damiano in 's-Hertogenbosch to the Abbey of Berne in Heeswijk. On the way you will pass various locations such as former monastery Mariënburg and St John's Cathedral. You can also explore confraternity house Zwanenbroedershuis and Heeswijk Castle. 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 O…

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between 's-Hertogenbosch and Heeswijk. It runs from city monastery San Damiano in 's-Hertogenbosch to the Abbey of Berne in Heeswijk. On the way you will pass various locations such as former monastery Mariënburg and St John's Cathedral. You can also explore confraternity house Zwanenbroedershuis and Heeswijk Castle. 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:

Van der Does de Willeboissingel 12
5211 CB ‘s-Hertogenbosch
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Stadsklooster San Damiano
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Voormalig klooster Mariënburg
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Poort Hof van St. Truiden
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Voormalig Minderbroedersklooster
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Heilig Geesthuis
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Het Zwanenbroedershuis
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Voormalig Gesticht Reinier van Arkel
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Groot Tuighuis / voormalige Sint Jacobskerk
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Landgoed Coudewater
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Together with St. John’s Cathedral in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Grote Kerk church in Breda and the Markiezenhof in Bergen op Zoom, Kasteel Heeswijk is one of the four official Top Monuments in Brabant.

Castle Heeswijk Castle Heeswijk
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This abbey was originally founded in the Dutch hamlet of Berne, but due to war and plundering it finally found its home in Heeswijk in 1857.

Abbey of Berne

End point:

Abdijstraat 49
5473 AD Heeswijk
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Story of the route

Starting point:

Van der Does de Willeboissingel 12
5211 CB ‘s-Hertogenbosch
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  • City Monastery San Damiano
    City Monastery San Damiano is a unique collaboration of various orders within the Franciscan family. Franciscans, Capuchins, Poor Clares and members of the Third Order live together in the monastery. They each live by their own rule, yet under one roof. The Franciscan Movement, an association that propagates the ideas of Francis and Clare of Assisi in an accessible way in society, is housed in the same building. This makes City Monastery San Damiano a unique Franciscan centre.
  • Abbey of Berne
    This abbey was originally founded in the Dutch hamlet of Berne, but due to war and plundering it finally found its home in Heeswijk in 1857. Whereas other monastic communities focus on God in seclusion, the Premonstratensians choose to go out into the world. Their motto is Berna ut lucerna; may Berne spread the light. This open attitude is visible in the abbey complex. No high walls but a driveway and a gate without doors - connected to the world. Vita Mixta, as the Premonstratensians call it. The fact that the Premonstratensians know what is happening in society is shown by a new initiative; the sale of their own abbey beer.

End point:

Abdijstraat 49
5473 AD Heeswijk
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