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Category:North Brabant

National Landscape Het Groene Woud

Go for a bicycle ride or hike in National Landscape Het Groene Woud and discover the beautiful natural landscapes of Brabant. This region, which used to be a Papist enclave in Protestant Holland, boasts many lovely churches and monasteries, as well as plenty of pleasant villages and cities.

  • Explore National Landscape Het Groene Woud and enjoy beautiful natural landscapes.
  • Visit churches and monasteries and discover the excellent museums in Den Bosch or Eindhoven.
  • Kids will have a great time at Safaripark Beekse Bergen or the Efteling.

Discover Het Groene Woud

The Groene Woud National Landscape offers diverse landscapes, and a peek into what the province of North Brabant must have looked like in ancient times. Woods, heathland, streams, grasslands, marshes, sand dunes, fields, farms and hamlets are flanked by Eindhoven, Tilburg and Den Bosch. It's a wild area where you can still experience nature without any human intervention. After a day outside, you can enjoy the warm atmosphere of Brabant in one of the villages of Sint-Oedenrode, Germonde or Oisterwijk.

Cycling or hiking

An extensive network of walking and biking paths allows for both short and long trips through the Groene Woud (the Green Woods). You will immediately notice that many poplar forests grow in the area. These forests were planted in the early 19th century when this type of wood was used for the very profitable clog industry.

Another striking sight in the Groene Woud are the "bolle akkers" (round fields). In order to transform the sands into fruitful fields, they were fertilized with turf centuries ago. The farmers in this area have continued this technique for many years and thus slowly increased the ground level of these plots.

Finally, the area has a Roman Catholic past. Besides farms, mills and houses, you will also find many monasteries, churches and chapels. These cultural monuments are absolutely worth visiting on your tour.

Amusement parks, shopping and good food

The Groene Woud is located in the province of North Brabant, well known as a place for living the good life. In the area around the Groene Woud, you will find many fun things to do for kids, for example, at Safaripark Beekse Bergen and the Efteling theme park. The cities of Den Bosch and Eindhoven invite you for a cultural experience in the Jheronimus Bosch center at the Van Abbe Museum. There is no shortage of good food and drinks in North Brabant. Even the smallest hamlet in this region has a reputation as a place where you can enjoy exceptional local food and beer.

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