Places of Interest in the Southeast Netherlands

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around the south-eastern region of Holland...

Note that for one weekend in September there is a National Heritage Weekend. On this weekend thousands of monuments and other buildings are open to the public free of charge. Many locations also present special activities, such as concerts and guided tours. Dates vary from year: see the Holland Tourist website.

North Brabant

This province includes Breda and Eindhoven.

  • One major attraction is the theme park Efteling, based on the world of fantasy, in Kaatsheuvel; the website details opening times and tickets

Eindhoven

Among the cultural attractions, the most visited is the Museum Kempenland, which illustrates the history and culture of the Kempenland, for example 19th century farming life and the cottage textile industry.

Northwest of Eindhoven is the town of Nuenen, where Van Gogh lived from 1883 to 1885 in the pastor's house. This has been restored to its original style.

The Van Abbe Museum houses a collection that was bequeathed to the city of Eindhoven by the cigar manufacturer Henri van Abbe in 1936. The collection now consists mainly of works by modern painters, in particular Marc Chagall and the De Stijl and COBRA groups.

Helmond

The Jan Visser Agricultural Museum contains a collection of old agricultural implements, as well as an audio-visual show illustrating the life and work of the peasant farmers of the regions.

The Kasteel Helmond was built in the 15th century and has housed the Town Hall and Municipal Museum (Gemeentemuseum), since its restoration in 1923.

Peel

De Groote Peel is a nature area on the border of Limburg, south east of Asten. It is a boggy moorland area with flora and fauna for all nature enthusiasts, with over 95 species of birds breeding there.

  • For further information from the Netherlands Nature Park website: Click here (PDF)

Tilburg

At the De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, work from young and older artists is displayed, including permanent displays, as well as two large and several small exhibitions organised annually.

Located north of Tilburg, at the village of Kaatsheuvel, De Efteling Fairytale Park (65 hectares/160 acres) has three large lakes (suitable for bathing and rowing), Europe's largest haunted castle, a fairytale forest, a fairytale town, a terrace restaurant and a tea-house.

The Natural History Museum has geological, botanical and zoological collections, popular for tourists passing through.

Located in Tilburg, the Textile Museum houses fabrics from all over the world, as well as looms, spinning wheels and various precious weaves.

Limburg

Maastricht

To the south of Maastricht are a number of old castles, including Kasteel Neercanne (now a hotel and restaurant), Kasteel Gronsveld and Kasteel Mheer.

The Bonnefanten Museum name refers to the museum's former home in a convent of Sepulchrine nuns, popularly known as the Bonnefanten because they brought up girls to be good, well-behaved children ("bons enfants"). The convent, in Bonnefantenstraat, now houses the University Library and Natural History Museum.

St Servaaskerk (R.C.) is the oldest church in the Netherlands, originally built in the sixth century over the grave of St Servatius, first bishop of Maastricht. Visiting hours vary depending on the time of year.