Trigger warning: There’s a photo which looks like a poached elephant in this article. It is a wooden sculpture but, it looks realistic. Please don’t continue reading if this may traumatize you.
I’ve written about my experiences in Tilburg. I will post about them much later probably around Christmas time as I visited Tilburg during my Christmas break whilst I was living in Germany. For now, I want to post on things to do in Tilburg. This post is based on what I got to do and on what I have researched. It’s a perfect blend of both. Tilburg is home to some great places. And the Netherlands happens to be small and well connected enough to travel around. So here’s a roundup of what Tilburg has to offer.
Go on safari at Safaripark Beekse Bergen
The zoo is safari themed and is well maintained. It is also large this means that you get to see a variety of different animals. The Big Five think regal lions and elephants, for example, can also be seen. The zoo enables visitors to chose how they want to view the animals you can drive with your own car, or go by safari bus or even boat. And if you are into close encounters you can walk although walking doesn’t allow you to view certain enclosures. During certain seasons the zoo has a nighttime safari option where you get to view illuminated light installations. Safaripark Beekse Bergen also sells interesting food and chocolate with em worms in them of all things if you are more of an adventurous eater. This is one of those zoos where you can see that the animals are treated well visiting the Safaripark Beekse Bergen felt like being on Safari in South Africa and I got to go on my birthday which made it even more special.
Address: Beekse Bergen 1, 5081 NJ Hilvarenbeek
Reception: +31 (0)88-9000321
Reservations: +31 (0)88-9000360
Tilburg is home to a few terrific museums and I got to visit two of them.
Museum De Pont
The next Tilburg attraction I got to see was the art museum, the Museum De Pont is an interesting contemporary art museum named after Jan de Pont. He donated some of the wealth of his estate to establish the museum. I found some of the pieces strange and some of them were dazzling.
During my time in Tilburg, I also go to visit the Textile (Textiel) Museum. The Museum is housed in an old textile factory and has a huge updated glass façade which is impossible to miss. There’s a lot to see inside the star of the museum is its various textiles.
Address: Textiel Museum, Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg
Contact: Telephone: +31 (0)13 536 74 75 (Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00)
The Nature Museum Brabant
The museum has existed for 80 years established in 1935 it has developed over the years. It is conveniently located close to Tilburg Central Station and houses several scientific specimens. There are lots to see inside and although the museum aims to educate children there are exhibits which adults will also find exciting.
Address: Spoorlaan 434, 5038 CH Tilburg
Contact: Telephone: +31 13 5353935
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I’ve done some research and Tilburg hosts over 700 different events annually. Monique sent me photo’s of the carnival in Tilburg which is similar to Cologne Carnival. She also sent me photos of Kings Day the royal family visited Tilburg in 2017 on the day and the Sinterklass event held every year. Tilburg’s yearly funfair is held in July. The event is one of the biggest fairs in Europe it consists of roughly 250 attractions. There’s also the Roadburn festival which according to Roadburn ’s homepage is Europe’s leading underground music festival Hap Strap festival and more because I’m only mentioning 6 out of 700 there’s still 695 events which I’m unaware of. I suggest you visit the tourism office when you arrive in Tilburg and ask about these events to gain in-depth information.
Oude Warande is woodsy and lush. This park is was created in the 18th century and has a star design. The park is created in the baroque style. The forest is open to cyclists, and hikers. Do bring along mosquito repellent if you plan on going during the hotter months.
Address: Oude Warande, Tilburg, NetherlandsOude Warande, Tilburg, Netherlands
The National Park Loonse en Drunsense Duinen
There are also sand dunes in Tilburg. They formed roughly 10,000 years ago the National Park Loonse en Drunsense Duinen is open to the public. You can join a walking guided tour or even go mountain biking there.
Address: Nationaal Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen, 5151 RG Drunen, Netherlands
Spoorzone was once part of the rail network it’s since been revamped into a community. This area is filled with cafés, an indoor skatepark, and an avant-garde theatre de Bloemel.
Address: Burgemeester Brokxlaan 66, 5041 DB Tilburg, Netherlands
There are a few more things to do like visiting Cinecitta, Tilburg’s arthouse cinema. And yes they do screen English films. Go on a brewery tour at Koningshoeven Brewery or look at the animals at the smaller zoo Dierenpark de Oliemeulen
Tilburg Tourist Information Office
The name of the office is VVV
Address: Spoorlaan 434a, Tilburg
Telephone:(+31) 135 32 37 20
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Wishing you happy travels through the journey of life!
xxx Nikki xxx
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