Rural Van Gogh

Vincent’s love affair with the Dutch countryside

Vincent van Gogh and the Netherlands are inextricably linked. He is an icon of Dutch culture. In the 19th century, the world-renowned artist drew his inspiration from the beautiful landscapes in provinces such as Drenthe and Brabant. His famous works make you realise how extraordinary and diverse our country is. Many of these places remain practically untouched by time, which means that Van Gogh’s legacy is still reflected in the Dutch countryside.

Van Gogh’s cultural heritage

Church of artist village Zweeloo
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Van Gogh and the Dutch landscape

What locations inspired one of the greatest painters of all time, Vincent van Gogh? And why?

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Love for the countryside

Van Gogh Huis Nieuw-Amsterdam Veenoord interior
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Van Gogh Huis Drenthe

The Van Gogh Huis in Nieuw Amsterdam takes you along Vincent Van Gogh's inner struggle and doubt that he felt during his stay in the province of Drenthe.

Van Gogh Kerk Etten-Leur
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The Van Gogh Church in Etten-Leur

Visit the Van Gogh Church in Etten-Leur and learn more about Vincent van Gogh’s early career.

Drents Museum Assen interior
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Traveling with Vincent

Thanks to a special exhibition at the Drents Museum, you will learn and experience everything about Vincent Van Gogh's work during his stay in Drenthe.

Shaped by Brabant and Drenthe

Van Gogh Drenthe sitting on bench peat bog
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Van Gogh's Drenthe adventure

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Landscape as inspiration

Van Gogh Brabant exposition Van GoghHuis
Van Gogh Drenthe walking on a forest path
Van Gogh Brabant Opwetten water mill Nuenen
Van Gogh Drenthe characteristic landscape with heath and forest
Van Gogh Brabant Van Gogh church Etten-Leur from tower
Van Gogh path is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by Vincent Van Gogh 'Starry Night'
Van Gogh Starry Night © Roselavy via Shutterstock
Van Gogh Drenthe walking along plank path
Van Gogh Drenthe viewpoint Schapenkop Dwingelerveld

Practically untouched by time

In the footsteps of Van Gogh

Van Gogh Drenthe cycling in the Bargerveen
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Cycling with Van Gogh

There are three themed cycle routes that introduce you to the primeval landscape in Drenthe that Vincent van Gogh loved so much.

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The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path

Discover the twinkling cycle path inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

  • Van Gogh Brabant Van Gogh church in a frame
  • Van Gogh Drenthe in a forest
  • Van Gogh in Brabant church Etten-Leur