Castles and Museums
Somewhat hidden in the forests between 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven is the formidable Heeswijk Castle.
The former water fortress from the 11th century is, after the most recent restoration, more characteristic and more beautiful than ever before. And shows itself, depending on the light, every season from another side. It always changes - almost imperceptibly - color.
The interior of the castle doesn't have do be a secret, if you participate in one of the many tours.
Address: Kasteel 4, Heeswijk-Dinther
Loevestein Castle is located in a unique place. Where the rivers Maas and Waal come together and provinces Gelderland, Brabant and Zuid Holland meet.
In this typical Dutch river landscape, knight Dirc Loef van Horne had built his castle in 1361. He chose this area not because of the beauty, but because of the strategic position. The area was ideal for defense and to charge tolls; that was exactly what happened.
Loevestein has always had a military function. As the prison where Hugo de Groot escaped in a book chest and as part of the Dutch Waterline. It is through this military past, that the area around Loevestein is one of the least disturbed landscapes in the Netherlands.
A unique place where nature and culture are mutually reinforcing.
Address: Loevestein 1, Poederoijen
Camp Vught was one of three German concentration camps in the Netherlands during World War II. The camp was located in Vught near the recreational lake the "Ijzerenman".
At the northeastern tip of the former concentration camp is the museum National Monument Camp Vught established, which includes, in addition to the main building with exhibits, half a reconstructed barrack, some reconstructed towers and the former crematorium.Look at different photos, film clips, personal stories, letters, diaries and articles of victims, perpetrators and bystanders.
Also visit the execution site. This is located in the forest next to the museum, about a 15 minutes walk. Here is a monument with the names of 329 executed prisoners.
Address: Lunettenlaan 600, Vught
Textielmuseum - Tilburg
The Textile Museum is a creative company. Professionals are seen daily in the dynamic TextileLab, along with students, designers and artists.
This particular collaboration leads to surprising design products, new techniques and art of textiles. As a visitor, you can witness the entire process from sketch to product. An inspiring experience.
The museum also displays the past. In the 'Wollendekenfabriek 1900-1940', the machines all still work. That way you can see how textile would have been produced. How the people have experienced working in the textile industry, is told in 'Hete Harten Koele Koppen, working in the textile industry from 1860 till now '.
Address: Goirkestraat 96, Tilburg