Baarle-Nassau Travel Guide
Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
This is one of the highlights of this place, a beer shop annex cafe. When I came here the first time (must have been in 1994) they had a huge choice of beers, mainly Belgian ones but also from more exotic countries. I used to come here regularly to buy some beers that were...
Nat at the border
As you can see in this picture Nat is just on the border here, on the left it is the Netherlands and on the right it is Belgium. Thanks goodness they uses the Euro now, before I could never calculate with Belgium franks.
Brouwershuis: Family friendly Brouwershuis
The Brouwershuis is also family friendly place, I mean, especially during the summer when the terrace is open, I think that in the next time when I am around with my kids I know I can bring them here with me as well.
Brouwershuis: The old classic bar of Brouwershuis
This is the old classic bar at the Brouwershuis, but because we were there in a nice warm day in the summer we did not really feel like sitting inside and we used the nice terrace at the backyard.
Nat at the Tourmalet': Nat at the Tourmalet'
And, of course, to have customers is one thing, but having Nat as your customer is even better, just look at this smile, no explanation needed, yes, a cigarette and a beer.
There are lots of parking spaces all over the village but you may have to look for them. You can even park your car in two countries at the same time if you want and if you know where to do it (at the square behind the former station). Almost a shame that parking is for...
There are buses all day long from Breda, ride was about 30 minutes, I do not remember the price or which bus number, I did kept the ticket, it is somewhere here on my desk, when I will find it I will add more details.
De Biergrens: Beer
Het Brouweshuis (see must-see activities) is not the only place in the village where you can buy beer. De Biergrens is another option. Biergrens means 'beer border'. You probably guessed it; the border runs right through it. That has its advantages. Two countries, two...
Petrus Brouwershuis: Beer shop
I heard that this place is popular for shopping, but for me, the only interesting item to buy here is beer, and the store is Petrus Brouwershuis, where you can buy beer for home or just drink at the bar.
Beer of course
Many frontiers in one community
The divided town of Baarle has a long and widespread borderline. Sometimes through houses and companys. On a small square there is this bordermarker between The Netherlands and Belgium.
At the Brouwershuis the beers came one after another, when I finish one, a new one came to the table, all fits in taste and strength to fits to each other.After the Sloeber I had this Ename, which is great one and no doubt one of my favourites.
Don't come on a Sunday
Don't come on a Sunday, when the numerous BMW's and Mercedeses in the streets indicate that people from bad neighbourhoods in the area (read: Tilburg) come to do their shopping*. Yes, Baarle is a real bad taste-paradise with numerous shops selling cheap cigarettes,...
And those massive tourists, after finishing with photos taking and shopping, then they go on and drinking, as much as they can and fast as they can.
The Tourist Information Office (VVV)
As a tourist in Baarle Nassau/Hertog you'll probably want to step by the local tourist info office to get some information about the city. Unfortunately there's not that much you'll be able to get. All the brochures are in Dutch and cost money. The only information you'll be able to get is a A4 size page with brief explanations about the town. You'll probably be offered to purchase a brochure (In Dutch only) which takes you to the city walk. Well the city is too small to pay 2,50 Euro for some information that is not even written in your language.
Fun Alternatives: Instead of wasting your time in the tourist office make some search on Internet or simply ask locals, they'll be happy to help. As I already said, the town is very small and you won't get lost or miss any big tourist attractions.
Updated Aug 4, 2004
The borders run crisscrossing
The city centre of Baarle exists of two municipalities: Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog.
This unique situation is best shown by the serveral city name sighs you will see in Baarle. Nowhere in the world, two municipalities from different countries are so interwined as in Baarle. In the city centre, both the Dutch as the Belgian area are eqeally divided. The borders run crisscrossing through roads, houses and buildings. Special signs on the pavement as well as at the road will show you the border. The house numbers are equipped with a Dutch or Belgian country flag. Showing you which country the house belongs to. But there is also a very large interwining on socio-cultural, economic and adminstrative rights. For example the many mixed associations and organizations, the international library and the joint fire brigade.
Written Sep 28, 2012
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There are two pumps (pomp) in the city centre. Both are classified as national monuments.One pump is a water pump and is situated in front of the Dutch town house. It dates from the French period (1809) and is therefore similar to the water pumps you will see on many squares...
You will find both civic crests on the pavement in front of restaurant Den Engel. From that point the border line is also indicated with old cobblestones, which remarks the first time that they showed visitors the border line in Baarle.
De Baarlese grenspaal
You will find a boundary stone in the city centre. in front of the Saint Remigius church.This is a look-a-like of the official boundary stone and is placed here in 1976 in memory of the official establishment of the border between the Netherlands and Belgium between boundary...
O.L vrouw van Bijstand church
Since 1960 this is the Roman Catholic parish church of Baarle-Nassau. The church was cheap and easily built with "Belgian"stone. In 1932, the church is magnifed in a modern style. This new part is therefore in great contrast with the old part.
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