The most popular area of the town of Heusden, is the HARBOUR or Stadshaven. It's a lovely area to walk around in and watch the boats come and go. It's also a popular spot to take wedding photos. I particularly enjoyed watching the ducks swim around the Harbour.
It's a protected Harbour, with entrance through the old Draw-Bridge.
As it was a weekday and a bit on the cloudy side, the town was pretty quiet, but I can imagine it gets busy on the weekends, with locals and tourists alike.
The fortified town of Heusden was an important element in the defense of Holland between 1580 and 1620. Located on the banks of the River Maas, it was a strategic location and in the 14th century a large defense wall, including towers and gates, was built around the town.
Today you can still see remnants of the BASTION WALLSor VESTIGINGSWALLEN and towers.
In the centrum, you will find the TOURIST INFORMATION. Ilse and I went in to see what kind of brochures I could get for my scrapbook. There was absolutely nothing to be had for free - everything had to be paid for - even little brochures. Too bad!
The Tourist Information is a good place to find out about the area and things to see and do.
The walled town of HEUSDEN dates back to the beginning of the 12th century and was an important element in the defense of Holland between 1580 and 1620. The Bastion is located on the banks of the River Maas. In the 14th century a large defense wall, including towers and gates, was built around the town.
Points of interest include the bastion walls ( vestigingswallen ), the Harbour ( Stadhaven ), the fish market ( Vismarkt), three Windmills ( Molens ) and Saint Catherine's Church. (Catherijnekerk).
Heusden is north-west of S'Hertogenbosch and can be reached via the A59 and take exit for N267
The local information centre is situated in this building.
Be aware that you have to pay even for the smallest brochure of the village.
I wanted to buy a piece of paper with a description of a walk through the village, it cost me €2,50!
When you visit Heusden with children maybe a photo puzzle walk is nice for them, so they have something to watch and do while they stroll through Heusden with you.
This is a protestant church called the Saint Catharina. It's a beautiful example of late medieval craftsmanship.
Typical of these Dutch churches is the use of brick and, because it's a protestant church, the interior is pretty stark.
To see this old time village walking street to street and climbing up into a windmill to see how it works.
Fondest memory: Walking along these cobblestone narrow streets, looking at the old world structures and sitting at an outdoor cafe to have coffee and biscuits. It was such a nice relaxing time.
Favorite thing: Heusden has not one, not two but three WINDMILLS or MOLENS. WooHoo! I love Dutch windmills and after reading there were three here, I knew we had to come for a visit.