Tilburg Tourist Attractions
The industrial town of Tilburg, on the Wilhelminakanaal, is the largest economic and cultural center of the southern Netherlands after Eindhoven, though it did not receive its municipal charter until 1809. It is the country's principal Roman Catholic center, with a Catholic University. The town also has colleges of economics, teachers' training, architecture and music.Tilburg's traditional woolen industry still plays a predominant part in the town's economy, producing some 60 per cent of the total output of woolen goods in the Netherlands. In recent years metalworking and other branches of industry have been established in the town to avoid the risks of undue dependence on a single industry.
The Town Hall (Stadhuis) now occupies the white neo-Gothic palace built in 1847-49 for King William II, who died here in 1849.
The Heike Kerk (1828), a handsome building in what is called the Waterstaat style, has a marble high altar (by G. Kerriex, ca. 1700) from the abbey of St Michiel in Antwerp.
The Textile Museum (Textielmuseum) at Goireestraat 96 displays precious fabrics from all over the world and old looms, spinning wheels, etc.
Address: Goirkestraat 96, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant 5046 GN, Netherlands
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm; Sat: 12pm-5pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Liberation Day - Netherlands (May 5), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), New Year's Eve (Dec 31)
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €6.50, Child 13-18 €3.00, Child 7-12 €1.75, Child 6 & under FREE
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art
At the De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, collections contains work from young and older artists. There is a permanent display as well as two larger and several smaller exhibitions that are organized annually.
Address: Wilhelminapark 1, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant 5041 EA, Netherlands
Opening hours: 11am-5pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Dutch National Day (Apr 30), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €6.00, Group discounts €4.00, Senior over 65 €3.00, Students €3.00, Child 18 & under FREE
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Wheelchair loan or rental
Transit: Bus 41, 43
De Efteling Fairytale Park, Kaatsheuvel
North of Tilburg, at the village of Kaatsheuvel, is De Efteling Fairytale Park (65 hectares/160 acres), with three large lakes (bathing, rowing), Europe's largest haunted castle, a fairytale forest, a fairytale town, a terrace restaurant and a tea-house.The theme park has icreased tourist attendance in Kaatsheuvel.
Just 5km/3mi northeast of Kaatsheuvel is Waalwijk, with the Leather and Shoe Museum (Leder- en Schoenenmuseum), in an old shoe factory.
East of Bergen on the old road to 's- Hertogenbosch, in dune-like country, is the little town of Oisterwijk, known as the "Pearl of Brabant", with the neo-Gothic St Petruskerk (by P. J. H. Cuypers, 1897), which has a fine wall painting by Charles Eyck, and a railroad station of 1865 which is now scheduled as a national monument.
Oisterwijkse - Vennen
South of Oisterwijk lies the Oisterwijkse Vennen nature reserve (600 hectares/1500 acres), an expanse of heath and wooded country, with several lakes, which is one of the most popular recreation areas in North Brabant.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum (Noordbrabants Natuurmuseum) at Spoorlaan 434 has interesting geological, botanical and zoological collections.