Roosendaal Things to Do
As with most Dutch towns everything happens around the main square, and here in Roosendaal this is the Markt. One side is devoted to a row of terraced restaurants which even on a damp, grey October lunchtime all seemed to be doing reasonable business.I'm not one for choosing restaurants according to reviews, although I do follow friends...more
Here you can not only have a nice meal, but you will definately have a wonderful night. The enthusiastic Greek people over here will do anything to please you. Of course you start the evening with an icecold glass of ouzo, and then you will enjoy the delicious greek grilled meat and fish. The Dolmadakia first, followed by any mixed grill dish....more
From pub to disco: Oude markt (Old market)
If you want to go out at night, you have to go to the oude markt here you will find, cafes, restaurants and disco's. Also intresting during the daytime for a drink outside and to watch the people go buy.
The Roosendaal railway history started in 1854. In that year the tracks to Antwerps in Belgium were laid. The first Roosendaal station building lasted till 1905 and was enlarged a number of times.The first Dutch railroad connections were to nearby places like Etten, Oudenbosch, Bergen op Zoom and Moerdijk. After the construction of the Moerdijk...more
For many decades Roosendaal was the last stop for the Intercity train from Amsterdam to Brussels.That changed in December 2012 when the FYRA high Speed train came into service and Roosendaal only was left a slow stop train.Unfortunately the new Italian made trains did not perform in their first Dutch Winter and the end of story was that the whole...more
Roosendaal is on the crossroads of the Dutch railways southern cross-country lines between Zwolle and Vlissingen and the north-south line from Rotterdam heading into Belgium via Antwerp. Although not a particularly busy station Dutch Intercity services run twice an hour, each way on the cross-country lines and there are regular trains to and from...more
Roosendaal's Passage shopping mall seems to be a place that people either love or hate. I didn't go into it this visit but doing a bit of post-trip research I reckon I should have.The impressive frontage caught my eye, along with the ornately decorated entranceways leading from Raadhuisstraat. By all accounts it's even more impressive inside with a...more
These three are all indoor-shopping centres. There are situated very close to eachother, and are the best way to walk through the city when the weather is bad once again. Best way to reach them is to park your car in the indoor parking of the Roselaar, at the Laan van Brabant. Inside the Roselaar you´ll find lots of different shops and eat- or...more
Roosendaal Local Customs
Finding Your Way Around
Roosendaal's train station is just outside the town centre and there's a useful map on the forecourt showing where everything is. The route into town is well sign-posted too and takes you through the delightful little Emile van Loonpark into the main Markt square, from which everywhere else is easily accessible.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Hiking and Walking
Roosendaal Warnings and Dangers
3.50 Euro Surcharge For International...
For some reason the ticketing machines at Dutch railways stations, with the exception of some of them at Schiphol, Amsterdam CS and a couple of others, only accept Dutch credit/debit cards and Euro coins. If you need to buy a ticket from the office there's a 50 cent fee for doing so.
This isn't normally a concern for me as I usually plan my trips using my magic Stena Line rail/sail ticket which provided I travel in the correct direction (either away from the port at the Hoek after arrival or towards it coming home) and on the odd occasion where I've had to backtrack I've usually got enough change to buy a machine ticket.
My rail/sail ticket isn't valid into Belgium and on this trip I was making the short hop from Roosendaal to Antwerp, with an overnight stop planned there before heading onwards the following day. I'd made sure I had plenty of change and went to buy my ticket from the machine.
I had no problems pressing the right buttons (there's an English menu ) but when it came to paying it wouldn't give me a cash option and the slot for paying by coins remained stubbornly shut. I thought maybe it was a fault with the machine and so I tried one of the others with the same result.
A guy behind me in the queue tried to help, doing the transaction in Dutch, but that didn't happen either and so I had to buy my ticket from the service desk. The ticket price was 5.90 and so having to pay 50 cents on top wasn't going to break the bank but it turns out that the International tickets incur a 3.50 surcharge - almost as much as the ticket itself.
I tried to explain that the machine wouldn't let me buy a ticket and that 3.50 on top of a 5.90 fare was bit OTT. But the guy serving gave me one of those infuriating Dutch "Not my problem" shrugs and so I ended up having to pay it.
It's not that I couldn't afford the 3.50 but that's the price of a beer!!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
Roosendaal Off The Beaten Path
The Basilica of Oudenbosch
In 1842 Willem Hellemons was appointed as Father of the Oudenbosch. He was very displeased about the local church, because it was in very bad conditions, and it was built in a Gothic style, which Hellemons didn´t like. Father Hellemons had great plans with Oudenbosch, and wanted to built a impressive new church. He decided his town should have a copy of the St. Peter´s church of Rome.
P. Cuypers was hired as architect, and first was send to Rome to get inspired. He has never done something like this before in his life, so many people believe it wasn´t really his work. The proportions are not exactly similar to the St. Peter, but it still looks very impressive. In 1892 the facade was added, inspired by the St. John in Lateran church of Rome.
Almost the entire church is built of brick, covered with an awful lot of plaster. Only very few natural stone is used. The interior is full of fake marble paintings and fake gold, but it still is very impressive to see such a church in such a small town.
Address: Markt 5, Oudenbosch.
- summertime: 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 17:00
- wintertime: 9:30 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Entrance fee to the dome: € 0,50Related to:
- Religious Travel
Roosendaal Sports & Outdoors
First division football!
Since a couple of years the footballclub RBC of Roosendaal is playing at the highest level of Dutch football. They often play against the big clubs like Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord, and they´re doing well. It´s really nice to support them, because the atmosphere in the stadium is always very nice.
Most of the matches are played at friday- or saturdaynight, check the website to find out more!
Equipment: And bring something orange with you, because that is the club-colour!
In the centre of Roosendaal's main square, Markt, is this sculpture. Judging by the artwork around it, it's obviously something to do with the local Carnaval. However, having now spent several hours researching it I'm not finding very much in the way of hard information.This website: http://www.tullepetaonsnieuws.nl provides loads of clues, and...more
As with most Dutch towns and small cities Roosendaal's commercial and social life radiates out from its central square, here simply known as the Markt. This is where most of the popular bars, cafes and restaurants congregate with the Town Hall and the main church, Sint Janskerk at the far end.Despite its border location the town managed to escape...more
When wandering around the town I kept getting glimpses over the rooftops of this water tower and so I just had to find it. Every time I thought I was close I'd lose sight of it and because it's tucked away in a residential area it's not easily approached directly.However I found it at last and quite impressive it is too.The tower was built in 1916...more