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 hard to find elsewhere. They are after all a bit expensive. More recently...more
Singel 3, Baarle-Nassau-Grens, 5111 CD, The Netherlands
As I said, we had excellent VIP service here and this is including also a visit of the place boss, he was very nice and kind and of course he invited us to write and sign also the guest book, and you should see that, the three of us used all the strange languages we know how to write beside English, French & Spanish, which included Serbian, Finnish...more
There are quite a few cafes and restaurants in the city center where you could have a meal or just a cup of coffee or both. Terraces are always full when the weather is nice. The Belgian-Dutch border is running through the cafes' area so you can actually sit in one restaurant while the attached one belongs to another country.more
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 free, I wonder which country would claim the fee if you'd park too long.more
I'm sure there are many ways to get to Baarle Nassau but the one I know about is taking bus #132 from Breda. It leaves every hour from the central bus startion which is right by Breda's train station. Before taking the bus make sure you have the ticket card which will be stamped by the driver. You can get the card at the vending machine of the...more
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 different policies and tax systems.Anyway, it's not only beer they sell here....more
At the entrance to the Petrus Brouwershuis you'll find a small store that sells bottled beers and beer glasses. It is a bit overpriced but sometimes it's nice to get something for the good memories. Just don't buy the Kwak glasses there, theyr cost 13 Euro which is way too much money. You can always find them in beer stores in Belgium for a cheaper...more
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, fireworks, kitsch, sex toys and ugly clothes. It's fun to watch the people and enjoy...more
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.
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.
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 in typical French villages. The other pump is the name of the pub which...more
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 stone 214 and 215. Both numbers are listed on this boundary stone.more