Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was born in Brabant. It was here that he grew up, found his inspiration, made his first sketches and created his first masterpiece: The Potato Eaters. The Van Gogh cycle route invites you to be inspired by the heritage locations, Van Gogh Monuments and the countryside that was inscribed on Vincent’s heart.
The entire Van Gogh route is 435km in length and winds its way through the whole of Brabant. But you can also cycle along shorter routes.
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.
Zundert (46 & 56 km)
Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert on 30 March 1853. The Van GoghHuis now stands where once the old parsonage once stood. Vincent lived here with his parents, three sisters and two brothers until he was sixteen. These Van Gogh cycle routes will introduce you to the six Van Gogh Monuments in Zundert and various places where Vincent walked, which he sketched and which he wrote about in his letters.
Etten-Leur (29 + 32 km)
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. He had his first studio there and worked day and night on studies, sketches and drawings.
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.
Breda (33 km)
The picturesque ‘Haagsemarkt’ in Princenhage, on the outskirts of Breda, is the starting point for this route. Vincent van Gogh came here frequently. He visited his ‘Uncle Cent’ who had a worthy reputation as an art dealer. ‘Uncle Cent’ lived for a long time in a beautiful villa called ‘Huize Mertersem’. He had a substantial art collection that Vincent was really keen on.
Tilburg (48 km)
On 15 September 1866, Vincent van Gogh who was then thirteen years old, was registered in the council records in Tilburg. He became a student at the King William II State High School, now the Paleis-Raadhuis (City Hall) which is the starting point of this cycle tour. This is where the young Vincent took his first real drawing lessons.
Helvoirt (21 km)
Father Theodorus van Gogh was the minister of the Protestant church in Helvoirt from 1871-1875, and although Vincent van Gogh never lived in Helvoirt, he visited his family here on many occasions.
Vincent van Gogh cycle route Helvoirt (21 km)
's-Hertogenbosch (31 km)
The Van Gogh cycle route starts at Het Noordbrabants Museum. This museum has a collection of artefacts and works of art which have some connection with the art, history and culture of the province of North Brabant and the Southern Netherlands. You will come face to face with genuine Van Gogh paintings in a special pavilion. That’s definitely worth a visit!
Cycle from culture to nature; this route will take you mainly through the beautiful countryside on the south of the provincial capital. Just like cycling through a painting.
Eindhoven (39 km)
In the period that Vincent van Gogh lived in Nuenen (1883-1885), he regularly walked to Eindhoven. The world-famous Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Cycle Path (between cycle path intersection 99-35) goes between Eindhoven and Nuenen. After dark, thousands of tiny stones light up and you can imagine you are cycling though Van Gogh’s painting of ‘Starry Night’. It’s a magical experience!
Vincent van Gogh cycle route Eindhoven (39 km)
Nuenen (49 km)
Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in Nuenen from December 1883 to November 1885 and it was here that he produced almost a quarter of all his works. You can think of Nuenen and the surrounding area as an ‘outdoor museum’. Nowhere else will you find so many buildings, monuments and landscapes that have a direct relationship with Van Gogh.
Vincent van Gogh cycle route Nuenen (49 km)
Five maps have been published for the Van Gogh cycling routes. Each map contains two loops with information in Dutch, English and German. The maps are also available as a set in a luxury gift box, including a map of the entire cycling route.
The maps and gift box are available at the most important Van Gogh heritage locations and Tourist Information Points in Brabant. You can also order them in VisitBrabant's webshop (currently only available in Dutch).
For more information about the Van Gogh heritage sites, visit vangoghbrabant.com.