The mainattraction of Huybergen is the magnificent Wilhelmiet´s Cloister. Here, the order of Wilhelmiets lived and worked for over seven centuries. From here they did a lot of good things for the community like leading the church and the school and cultivate the lands.
The gatebuilding of the cloister was built in 1674, and is the only building remaining of the whole centre. It used to be the entrance to the area with other building lying behind. The gatebuilding was restaurated completely in 1975. Now it is used as a museum.
The museum has a unique collection of artpieces, that once was the possesion of the brethren. There are paintings, statues, sacred books, tin objects and some using goods. Some of them are made by the brethren themselves.
In the kitchen you´ll find the special collection of Brother Hendrix. There are lots of devotional cards. In this kitchen the famous Wilhelmiet´s soup once was cooked here. To see the recipe, check my local custom tip.
From april - september, the second and fourth weekends of the month. From 14:00 - 17:00.
Adults: € 2,-
-12: € 1,-
When the town centre of Huijbergen was totally renewed in the 90´s, there also became a place for this nice fountain. From every side you´ll approach this fountain, you´ll always see the big "H", that stands for Huijbergen.
It has often been a place of jokes. When the Dutch National football team had to play the World Cup, the water in the fountain was coloured orange by the local youth.
In the time of carnival there once was put a large amount of soap in it. So much the soap floated all over the road.
And last year it was the middle point of the celebrations of the local footballteam, that had became champion in the league. The one with the cap, that´s me.
This post-war church was built in 1952 to replaced the old one that was bombed by the Germans in the WW II. It is a catholic church, built in a neo-roman architecture, like a old basilica. In the dome in the back of the church there is a nice painting and outside the church you´ll find the crucifixes of the first mayor of Huybergen, Van Agtmaal, and his wife.
At the sqaure before the church you´ll find the monument that memorises the liberation of the WW II. It was built in 1985.
The Dutch text on this chapel:
"Al hebben wij in ’t bouwvak nie veul te vertellen,
Toch bouwen we heel Brabant vol schone kapellen,
En al is ’t wat krom, mee wat deuken d’r in,
Daar zit ‘m nou ’t artistieke net in."
"Although we are not the best builders,
We still build nice chapels in the whole of Brabant.
And although it´s a bit curved and a bit dented,
That´s what makes it even more artistic!"
This is what the students from Tilburg wrote on the chapel, when they built it in 1933. In the Interbellum, the period between the two World Wars, a lot of these chapels were built all around Brabant, the province Huijbergen is also situated in.
Near this Statue of Teresia and the forrest behind it, the local people of Huijbergen come to find a moment of rest and reflection. The statue is dedicated to Teresia of Lisieux, who lived from 1873 until 1897. She was declared holy in 1925. It is one of the many obvious remainings of the brethren of the cloister of Huijbergen.
When the statue was renovated in 2001, it also got moved to its current place in the Staartsestraat.
The order of the Wilhelmiets, has meant a lot for the town of Huijbergen since it´s founding in 1278 (almost 750 years ago!). They founded a cloister, took care of the church, cultivated the land, did the jurisdiction, educated at the schools and lead the municipality.
The statue in the Boomstraat was presented at the celebration of the 725 years existing of Huijbergen in 1989. The Wilhelmiet looks at the southeast, where once the old cloister was situated.
Right beside the Wilhelmiet there is a "jeu-des-boules" court and the cafe "Vaeders Hoefke" with its nice terrace.
In the beginning of the 20th century, due to the poverty, a goat stock-farm was founded. They chose the race of the Saanen, that is famous because of its big milkproduction. This Saanengeit (Saanen-goat) was called the cow of the poor.
Today, the town of Huijbergen is named after this goat during carnival (celebrated in february) and is named the Sanegat (Hole of the Saanengoat). At the 11th of november (the beginning of the carnivalseason) this bronze statue, made by Kees Warmoeskerken, was presented, as an honour to this goat.
In the Bergsestraat there also is a farm where goat products are sold, like goat-cheese, goat.milk and even goat-ice!
The cornmill in Huijbergen, built on a little hill is named "Johanna" and was built in 1862. It shows how people have been looking for energy for centuries. Wind in those days was the perfect source of energy.
The mill was bought by the municipality in 1966 and was renovated totally. At the 10th of May, national Millday in the Netherlands, the mill was opened again. Nowadays it works often again and is chosen to be a National Monument. Every year at the 10th of May you can get a tour around the mill.
At the Staartsestraat in Huijbergen you´ll find the magnificent farm. It was built in the middle of the 17th century. It has a long facade, a reed roof and a typical architecture from the Kempen (a local style).
During his work Father Machielse thought the landscape was too empty and wide. He ordered to built a crucufix just outside the town. The consecration took place in 1934. In 1967 the cross was renewed and in 1980 it got its current place, completely with little walls and trees. It still is an important sign in the (indeed) empty landscape around Huijbergen.