Helmond is a city in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. With a population of nearly 90,000 people, it's the fifth largest city of North Brabant. Typical of Helmond is its history of metal and textile industries. Lot of street names ending on wal (wall) point to the former ramparts of the fortified Helmond, where the fourteenth-century castle was part of.



Helmond originated from a settlement in 1179 and was first mentioned in a bull of Pope Alexander III. The city was founded in 1225 by Duke Henry I of Brabant. Helmond received city rights in 1232. In the nineteenth century the textile industry took off. At this time the Zuid-Willemsvaart was built that connects Helmond with 's-Hertogenbosch and Maastricht. Along the canal villas of textile barons remember to the former textile industry.

Tourist office

Get in

By plane

Nearby is Eindhoven Airport. Ryanair, Wizz, Arkefly and more companies, service this airport from more than 60 destinations within Europe. Getting from the airport to Helmond is possible by public transport, although it will be necessary to change modes of transport.

By train

Helmond has four railway stations on the line Eindhoven-Venlo. Intercity trains only stop in Helmond Central station.

By car

The A270 highway connects Helmond with Eindhoven. Secondary roads N279 run North to Den Bosch, N270 East to Venray and N612 South direction Weert with a connection to the A67 (Antwerp-Venlo) after 2km.

By bus

The regional buses, operated by the Ariva, link Helmond with major surrounded cities. As these are the regional buses, they do not go directly between these city but stop at several small villages. Hermes bus company operates within the boundaries of the city.

By taxi

In you want to travel quickly between cities in the region you can also travel by taxi. Prices will vary, but if you use a taxi with more people than this is still a cheap way of transportation in and around Helmond. There are several taxi services available, but if you need a good and reliable one call +31 492 511517 or visit the website


Castle Helmond



Most shops can be found in the Veestraat and in the Elzas-passage, a covered shopping centre.



There are a lot of pubs in Helmond. In Helmond centre near the Zuid-Willemsvaart are some nice pubs with terraces.



The international telephone country code for the Netherlands is 31, the area code for Helmond is 0492. If dialing from abroad, use +31 but then leave out the 0 in the area code.

PostNL runs several post offices in the centre of town.

Go next

Visit Den Bosch, the historic capital of North Brabant or visit the nearby national park De Groote Peel.

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