One of Boxtel's stabilising factors was the large convent that was here from centuries ago. This religious place drew many believers to Boxtel and it provided as well care for the weak and education for the more wealthier inhabitants (like convents, abbeys and monastries often were representing). The complex is quite substantial and now-a-days...more
In the centre the tower of Saint Petrus-church can hardly be missed. This church is dominating the view over the central houseblocks and shoppingstreets, though also often hidden behind walls and trees it tops then and again into view. The church itself is opened for public and has a ravishing interior of the average roman catholic church in...more
Not that old, but of outstanding pictoreskness is the castle of "Stapelen" in the same-named park. Just from the villagecentre the castle recognises itself especially by the many merlons. It's graeful towers rise up in between the green wilowtrees that reflect in the surrounding canal. Inside the castle is a little cultural museum of the...more
It's not a restaurant, though Nan's personel serves tasty snacks and some lunch-menu's. This cafe, situated in the shoppingstreets of Boxtel opposit the HEMA is a place of good atmosphere and happy faces. Especially Dumeco-personel likes to come here as the place is ran by our forner receptionist Nan, who got enough of picking up telephones and...more
Northern Brabant was part of the medieval Bourgondian state that now-a-days still has a fame in eating and drinking extravagant style. Like in Belgium one still takes time to prepare and enjoy deliscious dinners, here too the cook prepares a perfect meal for you with which you will lick your fingers.Furthermore, nice restaurants and various...more
By car one can swiftly end up in all corners of Boxtel and surroundings, though when you realy want to enjoy the outdoors one should take the bycicle or go on foot from where you leave the car. The Kampina is best explored walking and there are several paths crossing through it's various landscapes.
Boxtel, like any town and village in Northern Brabant, celebrates it's Carnaval intensively. For four (some even make it five) days long the people sing, dance, dress up, go crazy, drink, eat and party on. There are parades in which large sculptures (paper-mashee) mog local celebraties or political descisions. Local dialect is suddenly the only language spoken (and written), though many visitors from "over the rivers" join the festivities. After the "Vastenavond" (eve of fasting, Tuesday-evening) follows the Ashes-Wednesday
Sadly I have not been able to attend carnaval in Boxtel, though as teenager I celebrated it many times in Limburg.
Here's where I spend many lunchbreakwalks from the offices of Dumeco that was situated on a industrial area immediately next to Lennisheuvel. Despite this busy nieghborhood the village lies peacefully in green fields and still holds little farmhouses, villa's, bungalows and their neat taken care off gardens.
Just North of Boxtel is the recreational area of the "Langspier" with it's lake, small beaches, fields and (play)grounds. Here you can swim, canoe and sunbath as much as you want (in summertime). There are also some playgrounds for children and a central Pavillion with restaurant.
Just outside of Boxtel (West) lies the natural reserve of Kampina. This remaining forest, heather and fen-area is a splendid example of how Brabant used to be completely in medieval times. Especially the Eastern part of this province has had a considerable "turf"-industry (first used fossile fuel) after which the land was cultivated in a intensive agricultural time.
The Kampina has a mixed scenery with closed (wet) forestry and open heatherfields. The landscape changes rapidly from one into the other and in the lowest grounds one finds the fens (most near "Oisterwijk").
Through the nature-reserve are several walkingroutes of which a quiet one starts near Boxtel (Roond / Lennisheuvel).
Fondest memory: ... Harriëtte ...