North Brabant

North Brabant (Dutch: Noord-Brabant, commonly called Brabant) is a province in the south of The Netherlands. It's bordered by Belgium in the south, the Meuse River (Maas) in the north, Limburg in the east and Zeeland in the west.

Cities

Regions of North Brabant

Other destinations

Understand

St. John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch

Until the 17th century a large part of the area, that today form the province of North Brabant, was part of the Duchy of Brabant which had its largest part in presence Belgium. In the 14th and 15th century Brabant experienced its Golden Age. Especially true for the cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven, Breda and 's-Hertogenbosch. During the Eighty Years' War between Spain and the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, the area was a battle field. After the war in 1648 North Brabant became officially part of the Republic. Despite attempts by the republic Brabant remained Roman Catholic and thus without rights. Only in 1795 it became a province and gained equal rights as the other Dutch provinces. This unequal treatment and the adherence to the Catholic Church ensured that Brabant (and Limburg) feel different than the rest of the country. However, these differences become increasingly smaller in the current time.

Get in

By plane

Eindhoven Airport (IATA:EIN, ICAO:EHEH) is an international airport located in Eindhoven. It is mainly served by European low-cost airlines.

The country's major airport Schiphol (IATA:AMS, ICAO:EHAM) is easily reachable by train. The city of Breda is connected by the Fyra high speed service, and Roosendaal, 's Hertogensbosch and Eindhoven are connected via regular intercity service.

By train

All major cities are connected to the NS railway track.

By bus

Most communities with over 500 inhabitants are served by public bus companies .

By car

All destinations in the province of North Brabant can easily be reached by car.

Get around

Road networks between the cities (40,000 inhabitants or more), except for road N65 Tilburg-'s-Hertogenbosch, are motorways. Around 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven are local/express highways which can be confusing to foreigners. Roads to smaller towns and villages can be adventurous, not because of gaps in the road, but mostly of being small and winding.

Another option to get around is by train. Trains serve the bigger towns and villages (60,000 inhabitants or more and villages between them). Trains serve also in the nights on Thursday/Friday, Friday/Saturday and Saturday/Sunday the cities of Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda and 's-Hertogenbosch. Eindhoven is the terminus for both night train lines. A fast high-speed rail (300 km/h, 190 mph) connection with Rotterdam and Amsterdam is possible from Breda.

Buses are a good way to travel to the villages.

As North Brabant is flat consider to rent a bike. Alongside roads often special bicycle tracks are constructed that make biking less dangerous then in other countries. A lot of great numbered tracks lead through fields and forests. Maps are available at tourist information offices or can be downloaded from the ANWB website (€1.30 per map).

See

Loonse en Drunense Duinen

Do

The historic cities of 's Hertogenbosch (commonly known as Den Bosch) and Breda are well worth a visit for their historic city centres. The cities of Eindhoven (the largest city of the province) and Tilburg are also worth a visit, but due to different reasons the centres of these cities are not as historic.

Efteling theme park is an excellent experience.

The yearly Carnival is heavily celebrated in each city and town with parades and a lot of partying.

Eat

A Bossche bol from inside

Drink

Beer

Popular beers brewed in North-Brabant are:

After a period of merger and acquisitions a trend is going on of founding new local breweries that brew special beers with limited production. These are mostly top-fermenting beers and not common lager beers. Examples are Eijkenrode (Eindhoven), de Gouden Leeuw (Vessem), Liefde (Geldrop), de Markies ('s-Hertogenbosch) and Sint Juttemis (Tilburg).

Liqueur

Go next

Visit the province of Zeeland in the west for relaxing, historic villages, great beaches and the Delta Works (Deltawerken).

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