Vincent van Gogh cycle route Etten-Leur South

The start of a career The Van Gogh family lived in Etten from 1875 to 1882. Father Theodorus was the minister there. Etten was frequently a place of refuge for Vincent van Gogh in that period. Having failed in his attempts to become an art dealer, teacher

2 hour 25 minutes (29.0 km)

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You should first get acquainted with the five Van Gogh Monuments in the centre of Etten-Leur while on this Van Gogh cycle route. This includes the Van Gogh Church, and a visit is highly recommended. Informative information columns have been placed next to the Moeierboom tree on the Market Place and the statue of Van Gogh in the Binnentuin garden, and they tell the story of his arrival in and departure from Etten.

You can then cycle on to the nearby villages of Hoeven and St. Willebrord where Vincent often went. There are audio columns in the centre of Hoeven and in St. Willebrord. The tour ends in the lively centre of Etten-Leur where you will find plenty of shops and places to eat.

How does the Van Gogh cycle route work?
The Van Gogh cycle route forms part of the cycle route network in Brabant. There is a Van Gogh cycle route sign at every in…

You should first get acquainted with the five Van Gogh Monuments in the centre of Etten-Leur while on this Van Gogh cycle route. This includes the Van Gogh Church, and a visit is highly recommended. Informative information columns have been placed next to the Moeierboom tree on the Market Place and the statue of Van Gogh in the Binnentuin garden, and they tell the story of his arrival in and departure from Etten.

You can then cycle on to the nearby villages of Hoeven and St. Willebrord where Vincent often went. There are audio columns in the centre of Hoeven and in St. Willebrord. The tour ends in the lively centre of Etten-Leur where you will find plenty of shops and places to eat.

How does the Van Gogh cycle route work?
The Van Gogh cycle route forms part of the cycle route network in Brabant. There is a Van Gogh cycle route sign at every intersection. Follow the Van Gogh cycle route signs from one numbered intersection to the other. Follow the cycle route network signs between the intersections. Ten short routes in the form of loops have been marked out. The routes are joined together by linking sections.

Sights on this route

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4875 CE Etten-Leur
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Vincent van Gogh had his first studio in the vicarage in Etten-Leur. The actual building is no longer there but a statue marks the spot.

Site of the vicarage with Vincent’s first studio.
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De Moeierboom Etten-Leur
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The Dutch Reformed Church in Leur (Etten-Leur North) dates from 1614 and is a national monument.

Trouwkerkje / Wedding Church Etten-Leur
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The old council offices (also known as the Meeting Centre) was the former town hall of Etten-Leur. It was here that Vincent van Gogh first registered himself as an artist.

Old Town Hall Etten-Leur
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Vincent van Gogh made various sketches and drawings which show the Lambertus Church.

Lambertus Church Etten-Leur

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4875 CE Etten-Leur
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Story of the route

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  • Van Gogh Church, Markt 4, Etten-Leur
    There is a permanent exhibition in the Van Gogh Church. You can experience Vincent’s life in Etten through a number of themes. There is a Van Gogh audio column next to the statue of Vincent van Gogh in the courtyard garden behind the Van Gogh Church.
  • Vincent van Gogh statue with audio column
    The bronze statue of Vincent van Gogh in the inner courtyard of the council offices is a work by Hein Vree. The statue stands more or less on the spot where the reformed rectory was situated until the beginning of the twentieth century and where Vincent lived for a while. There is an audio column next to the statue through which Vincent takes you on his walk around Etten as it was in his time.
  • Moeierboom tree, Etten-Leur with audio column
    In the summer of 1881 Vincent’s cousin Kee Vos was staying at the rectory. Vincent fell madly in love with her, but when he declared his love she answered resolutely; No, nay, never! There is an audio column next to the Moeierboom tree (from an old Dutch word for ‘mother’) on the Markt, where Vincent describes his feelings for Kee Vos. The Moeierboom tree was planted in 1675 and is one of the most unusual trees in the Netherlands.
  • Oude Raadhuis, Markt 1, Etten-Leur
    Van Gogh Monument. Het Oude Raadhuis (The Old Town Hall) was formally the council offices. Van Gogh registered himself here as an artist for the first time in 1881. The building dates from 1776.
  • Lambertuskerk, Markt 62, Etten-Leur
    Van Gogh Monument. The Sint-Lambertuskerk (St Lambert’s Church) is a neogothic basilica in the shape of a cross and dates from 1877. The church features in several of Vincent van Gogh’s drawings.
  • Heemkundig Streekmuseum Jan Uten Houte, Markt 53 to 61, Etten-Leur
    The Jan Uten Houte regional historical museum is housed in the Paulushofje, a listed monument. The museum contains an authentic farmhouse room.
  • Bisschopsmolen windmill, Etten-Leur
    The Bisschopsmolen is a windmill in Etten, constructed in 1744. The mill was used to grind corn until 1959. Vincent made numerous drawings and paintings of windmills and watermills during his time in Brabant.
  • Menmoerhoeve
    The 'Menmoerhoeve' is an official Brabants Fietscafé; a Brabant Bicycle Café. In these bicycle cafés, cyclists are made to feel especially welcome! You can stop by for a delicious bite to eat or a refreshing drink, and make use of facilities such as a repair kit, bicycle pump and e-bike charging station. These bicycle cafés can be recognised by the hexagonal 'Brabants Fietscafé' sticker on the window.

  • St. Willebrord Church with audio column
    Cornelis Schuitemaker, one of Vincent’s favourite models and the only Protestant in the village, lived in St. Willebrord. In 1881 he posed for Vincent van Gogh’s famous drawings ‘Worn Out’ and ‘Farmer by the Fire’. There is an audio column near the church in St. Willebrord, next to the Processional Park, which reminds us of Cornelis Schuitemaker.
  • Etten-Leur centre
    When you have finished this Van Gogh Cycle Route, be sure to take time to explore the town itself! For example, you can do some shopping in the Winkelhart Etten-Leur shopping centre. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch or dinner in one of Etten-Leur’s lively cafes or restaurants.

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4875 CE Etten-Leur
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