I really liked this park. It’s quite large and just behind the Den Overkaent garden. It features two lakes with ducks and other birds. Some people even fish in there.
It’s also a popular place for locals to walk their dogs. You are supposed to keep your dog on the leash unless you let him into the special dog paddock where they are allowed to run loose. Of course you also have to pick up the dog pooh.
This private garden is a major attraction in Gilze. It’s famous in the Nederlands and has won prices. You can also have a picnic there and they even have a toilet in the back.
Obviously my visit wasn’t in the most flowery season but still, it’s a lovely and peaceful place to have a stroll in.
You may also rent the garden for wedding receptions and the like or to have your wedding pictures taken there.
Entrance fee is currently Euro 2.50 per person. Children under 12 years are free. You have to put the money in box or hand it directly over to the owner.
There are not that many old building left. But in the center of the town which has two supermarkets, you will find a few older buildings, a park named Mollebos and the old townhall.
The building dates back to 1863 when it was built for people to live in. After a fire, it was once again a home and a hostel. After reconstruction and extension, it became the townhall from 1911 until 1939. From then on it serves various purposes from governmental to others.
On the small square at the beginning of Niewstraat you will find this funny looking building. It houses a very old wooden fountain or what is left of it. It is hundreds of years old.
Near the old fountain you will find a shop that sells postcards of Gilze. There is no postoffice in Gilze but you may buy stamps in packets of 4 at eg the tabacco shop.
Wash and Iron museum show you the history of doing the laundry .
The museum has started as a hobby of collecting all kinds of was - and iron objects.
This collection has developed in the course of time. Now the collection includes even more than 1600 objects, among which mangels, presses, fold grips and even a 17th century ironglas. There are washboards also several, wringers, beaters, was machines, wasstekken and all kinds of types admire soap. Also the laundry from former times is see.
Also you see how laundry was done in former, during the old days this was a hell of a job.
Visiting only after an appointment
access for wheel chairs
Very easy to reach by bus
A guide tour inclusive coffee or tea €3,-
If you are in the neighborhood and you have some time left to enjoy a beautiful garden, come to Gilze to public garden "d'n Overkaent".
Against the pond the Warande which you see further at this Gilze page you find this garden.
A place where you can enjoy many plants, trees and bushes.
There are not that many parks where you find this kind of difference. the best time to see the many plants in blom is from June till September.
Ponds .with beautiful fish, borders and waterfalls
Open every day from sunrise till sunset
When nobody is there just post the money at the mailbox at the enterange of the park.
The trees in this street are so beautiful when they are in bloom, I sometimes make a detour just to enjoy it.
Everytime when I ride through this street I think that I have to make a picture of it, well I did eventually enjoy the view.
This is a picture from our park.
They call the park "Mollenbos" (mole woods) that is because the park ones belong to a mrs Mole who lived in the big house just outside the park.
Ones a year a big party is kept in the park. Saturday evening their is a big concert.
Sunday morning an other concert from the local brass band, in the afternoon a lot of different activities like pantomime, puppet show, magic show etc.
The shoe maker monument is close to the old fountain monument and the tabacco shop. It is dedicated to the shoe making business which was once common in the area.
This church looks rather impressive with its big tower. In fact I was told that it’s not that old at all. More or less opposite there is a bakery shop.
During my daily walks with my dog, one morning I discovered this beautiful white landscape, I rush home to get my camera.
Some children even try the ice
In Chaam(next to Gilze) is a place where you can play midgetgolf, play on the big playground and make a cycling-tour on 4 ore 6 persons-bikes true the wood.. there is a café too.