Discover the rich and diverse landscape of West-Brabant where Van Gogh found his first inspiration. A fertile landscape of peat moors and hills created by the sea was reclaimed piece by piece.
It is an area with unique freshwater tides that can be felt even in Gouda and ’s-Hertogenbosch. Filling up with river water, the drowned farming region Zuid-Hollandse Waard then became the Biesbosch National Park, and Dordrecht turned into an island. In 1815, after 150 years of Hook and Cod Wars (Hoekse en Kabeljauwse twisten), the Protestant King William I handed over the Biesbosch and Protestant Land van Altena to the Catholic province of North-Brabant.
The shared urgency of taming the sea brought the Netherlands together. Experience the generous contribution of West-Brabant’s farmers, fishermen and top chefs to Brabant’s hospitality: taste the superior anchovies, salty asparagus and strawberries, discover the sweet sugar history of the region, and savor special local wines and beers.