What to do and see in North Brabant Province, The Netherlands: The Best Places and Tips

November 16, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Discover the best top things to do in North Brabant Province, The Netherlands including Bottle Distillery, De Wonderlijke Klim, Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, Efteling, Overloon War Museum, National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen, Reptile House De Aarde, Beer Brewery de Koningshoeven, St. John's Cathedral, Jheronimus Bosch Art Center.
Restaurants in North Brabant Province

1. Bottle Distillery

Bleekweg 1A, 5611 EZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands +31 6 40965899
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5 based on 174 reviews

Bottle Distillery

Bottle Distillery artisanally prepares gin, bierbrand, vodka and liqueurs on a small-scale. The distillery is located in the center of Eindhoven, in the old 'Schellensfabriek'. You are very welcome to come and meet our potstill with its copper helmet. In our tasting room you can try our products: pure or in one of our specially selected mixes. There is a little shop where you can buy our products. You can arrange a visit, tour, tasting or workshop on any day and time. Just mail or call us for an appointment. On Fridays and Saturdays the distillery, tasting room and shop is also open without appointment, from 13.00 till 22.00 hours

Reviewed By PatrickJCahill - Reading, United Kingdom

Booked the basic tour which cost around €11. We were given a brief introduction as to how Bottle Distillery was born. The distillery was set-up and is run by a lovely couple who have a passion for what they do. Mark and his wife have created a unique attraction that is part-distillery and part-bar. The 'still' is the most beautiful piece of aparatus and is captivating to watch as you get a talk on how it all works. Really amazing piece of kit! But the proof is in the pudding, which brings us to the product which comes out of the still. They produce a selection of gorgeous Gins (the Winter Gin being my personal favorite. So much flavor!). The Beer Brandy and liqueurs are amazing. The tour included a tasting of any 3 from their product line, which we felt was generous. The tour stated 30 minutes, but we spent a total of 90 minutes with a lovely Gin & Tonic beforehand and sipping the samples after the tour. Wonderful establishment and I'd highly recommend. Easily the best €11 I've ever spent. Looking forward to seeing Orion Gin in the UK in a few years ;) Keep up the good work guys!

2. De Wonderlijke Klim

Parade, Den Bosch, The Netherlands +31 73 681 4933
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5 based on 111 reviews

De Wonderlijke Klim

Reviewed By vballfamily - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

To celebrate the Jheronimus Bosch year, St John's Cathedral (Sint Janskathedraal) in Den Bosch has erected scaffolding to allow visitors an up-close look at the gargoyles and the flying buttresses of the Cathedral. The 96 medieval gargoyles were added as "weight" to the flying buttresses to solve some structural issues in the Gothic Cathedral. I've never been able to see the detail on a Cathedral this up-close. It's a unique experience and is only available thru October 2016.
€7 per adult allows you to climb the scaffolding and hear a brief description (spoken only in Dutch). They do provide pamphlets with descriptions of all the gargoyles. Elevator access is available for elderly and those incapable of the climb. To see both sides of the Cathedral you still need to be able to climb steps, but can see a good deal from the top of the platform if you cannot climb. They do limit the number of people in each group to go up. You must get tickets for an allocated time slot. I suggest buying tickets in advance, or going early to the church for the few tickets they hold back in reserve for purchase on the day.

3. Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen

Van Tienhovenlaan 4, 5062 SK Oisterwijk, The Netherlands +31 13 591 5000
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen

Reviewed By Susie v - Uithoorn, The Netherlands

We recently visited this area and were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day for our walk. It was glorious, made especially nice by a picturesque little restaurant in the woods, with lots of out door Seating and very reasonable prices. We didn't try the food, but the hot chocolate with rum and cream was delicious. Something the Dutch do very well.

Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands +31 416 537 777
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Efteling

Discover Holland's hidden gem. Efteling is a unique theme park with a fairytale atmosphere, natural surroundings and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions, making it the ideal family short-break destination!

Reviewed By Malachi D

We visited with a friend from Hilversum during European Winter. They raved about how good Efteling was and we were not disappointed. We stayed all day and went on every ride available (even the kids ones hehe). They had decorated everything in a Winter theme and had a variety of attractions for all ages. My particular favourites was the Old Western rollercoaster and the speed racer rollercoaster - a must see is also the Scary House - be prepared to have your brain & senses spin out. Love it!! Highly recommend it!!! Guarantee - you won't be disappointed.

5. Overloon War Museum

Museumpark 1, 5825 AM Overloon, The Netherlands +31 478 641 250
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4.5 based on 404 reviews

Overloon War Museum

The Overloon War Museum is the biggest WWII museum in The Netherland. Right here, the tank battle of Overloon unfolded in the autumn of 1944. The village of Overloon was totally devestated back then. In order to remember the casualties and victims of that episode the museum was founded in 1946, even before the village was rebuilt. Nowadays over 100,000 people visit the museum every year. The first exhibition is about the occupation of The Netherlands from 1940 till 1945. The second large exhibition, displayed on 10.000 m2, contains over 150 military vehicles and artillery, both from allied forces and German. In addition to these two main Exhibitions there are several smaller presentations, of which the Battle at Overloon presentation is definitely worth a visit. A museum restaurant and a shop completes this museum, which can be found in the so called Liberty Park in Overloon.

Reviewed By Stefano S - Camponogara, Italy

The Overloon museum is in fact composed by different military museums. There is a first part concerning the life in the Netherlands during the Second World War in which every day’s objects are presented. The second exposition theme represents the three most important battles of the western front: the D-Day landings, the Operation Market-Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, all of them with full-equipped dummies, weapons, guns, fighting vehicles (like the tank destroyer Hetzer, the Sdkfz 250, the tank Sherman and the M3 half-track) and even a Spitfire. After that, there is a huge collection of artillery shells form all calibres. Then you can find a section dedicated to the battle of Overloon, a big tank battle that took place in October 1944. The largest and final part of the exposition presents a great number of military vehicles, tanks, motorcycles, trucks, planes, guns…as for example a Sherman crab tank, a panzer V Panther, a B25 Mitchell bomber, a Renault FT17 light tank, a V1 rocket, a small U-Boot “Biber” type, the giant amphibious cargo LARC. The ticket for an adult is 15,00 €. This museum is a must for all those who are interested on military history.

6. National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen

Giersbergen 8, 5151 RG Drunen, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen

This is a national park, close to amusementparc de Efteling and the cities Tilburg and 's Hertogenbosch/Den Bosch. This park is like a desert, surrounded by a small forest. There are 6 main entries, and at each entry there's a restaurant and lots of parkingspace available. The "duinen" (in English it's called dunes) is a great area to walk or cycle around (there is a special cycle path) and there are tracks for mountainbiking and horsebackriding. Children can build sandcastles or treehouses, and dogs love the area, because at certain places they can run around loose. It's sort of a beach without the sea! Also great for picknicking, sunbathing, children's parties, groupgames, etc. A real popular NP in our province!

Reviewed By lud s - Oss, The Netherlands

you will experiencing being in a desert when walking acros the sand dunes and plains of this area. Surrounded by treelines and moors the main attraction are the sand plains where the wind moves the sand around. During summer is can be blazing hot when the sun is being reflected and you feel like boiling. There are a number of restaurants nearby and this is a vast area. I grew up here and love the vastness

7. Reptile House De Aarde

Aardenhoek 26, 4817 NE, Breda, The Netherlands +31 76 587 9165
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Reptile House De Aarde

Reptielenhuis de Aarde is the first official zoo of Breda. This mini-zoo is specialised in holding and caring for reptiles. The first impression of this miniature zoo is that everything is very clean and child friendly. Children get the chance to pet or even hold some animals, also every question will be answered by the animal carer. The enclosures are bigger than you normally see in a zoo. Every animal has its own habitat and temperature, that is how we ensure that every animals wellbeing is as high as possible. Curious..? Come see the zoo in Breda and discover the world of reptiles!

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This is a fairly small zoo, restricted to one building of ordinary proportions. But over two levels there is still quite a lot to see. Crocodiles, snakes, leguanos, lizzards, turtles from all parts of the world. And also a preying mantice. The caretakers take out an animal now and then, to feel or observe more closely. Many kids around there, all of whom seem to love it.

8. Beer Brewery de Koningshoeven

Eindhovenseweg 3, 5056 RP Berkel-Enschot, The Netherlands +31 13 535 8147
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

Beer Brewery de Koningshoeven

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Of the world's trappist Breweries, I believe this is the only one that can be visited daily for an excursion. The excursion goes through the monastery, and along the way one learns about the brewing process, about the criteria for trappist beers, and about the history of trappists. One gets to see the kettles and the bottlery. Also the old bakery and the garden are shown, as well as the old firetruck. The cheesemaking was explained from outside the building. At the end of the tour everyone can choose one of the beers (or taste a few different beers) while watching a movie that explains the history of trappist beers again. Afterwards one can have more drinks in the cafe, or buy the monastery's products in the shop.

9. St. John's Cathedral

Parade/Torenstraat 16, 5211 KL Den Bosch, The Netherlands +31 900 1122334
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

St. John's Cathedral

Reviewed By Christel8 - Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands

This is a nice and huge Cathedral, you can even climb the tower if you like to. There are guided tours organized for those who wants to get some more details about this Cathedral.
During the Christmas period, part of the Cathedral is showing the scene of the birth of Christ: you will see lots of stuffed animals, persons wearing traditional clothes and finally of course the crib. Worth a visit.

10. Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

Jeroen Boschplein 2, 5211 ML Den Bosch, The Netherlands +31 73 612 6890
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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

The body of work produced by Hieronymus Bosch can be found in museums and collections across the world. But the only place to find high-quality reproductions of all of his works is the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center in the city where the late-Mediaeval painter lived and worked his whole life. Come and admire the impressive exhibition set in a magnificent church building and you'll understand one visitor's summary of the experience: "I’ve learned a lot of Jerome Bosch. He is a great, and the most creative painter ever in history. This is a museum must see." Barely a quarter of an hour's walk from the station and just five minutes from St. John's Cathedral, this original and refreshing museum is home to all of Bosch's works and more. The reproductions can be found on the ground floor, while the other floors house collections of contemporary art, all inspired by Bosch himself. You can also take the lift to the very top floor of the tower for a fantastic view over the city.

Reviewed By Caspar v - Maastricht, The Netherlands

Jheronimus Bosch is one of the most famous artists of the Netherlands. He creatd an enormous quantity of paintings.
Much if his work, which is strongly related to religion, is shown in the Artcentre. It is certainly not a collection of original paintings, but copies also show very well, which themes Jheronimus wanted to show.
The exhibition is situated in a lovely former church.
In It pt you will also find a lift that brings you to a small viewpoint in the tower.

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