Don't forget to go and have a look at the many parks Tilburg has. King Willem II liked Tilburg so much that he wanted to live here. He is believed to have said something like "Here I can breathe and feel free". He especially liked how green Tilburg was. What remains of the 19th century greens are now parks:
- Wilhelminapark, with a collection of rare trees, designed by Springer, early 20th century
- Leypark, the biggest one, designed by Springer, early 20th century.
- Oude Warande, the last remaining 'star'-shaped park in the Netherlands, after a 17th century design.
- Wandelbos, nice woody park, fun for the kids, with a little zoo and a playground
- Quirijnstokpark, modern park, nice and tranquil
- Reeshofpark, modern park, basically a stretch of green in a recently developed estate.
- Dongevallei, restored ancient riverbed, running through a housing estate, houses big grazers, waterbirds and other wildlife.
- Moerenburg, old, protected rural landscape, especially the south bit is nice.
- Heidepark/Vredelust, former private park of a rich textile family, nice 18th century landscape park.
- Reeshofbos, old woodland, partially made into a special kids play forest.
- Drijflanen, not a park as such, but a bit of forgotten woods and fields in the middle of the town. Houses wild birds of prey.
Early 1980s - a souvenir of a bike trip that I made with fellow students Maarten en Annemiek, from Tilburg in the province of Noord Brabant all the way to Domburg on the North Sea coast. This picture was taken somewhere between Hoogerheide and Woensdrecht. We covered a distance of about 135 kilometers (90 miles) in a single day.
In Holland do as most Dutch do. Go rent a bike, because the country is flat and you can cycle everywhere you want. There are a lot cycle tracks and be sure you will not get last. The positive side is that you will see more and on sunny days will meet a lot op people.
Youc an start in Tilburg. There's a track along the Channel (Wilhelminakanaal). You'll see a lot of small bridges.
1. Tilburg used to have a zoo. When it closed some Siberian squirrels escaped, and their offspring still inhabits some of the greener parts of the city. Outside Siberia this little animal is rare, but in Tilburg they live in the wild.
2. In the 1960's and '70's Tilburg was such a boring place that many young people saw no other way to amuse themselves than to play in a band. Ever since Tilburg has had a vibrant music scene with many important bands and artists and even a Rock Academy.
3. Vincent van Gogh lived in Tilburg for a few years, when he went to school there. It seems he never bothered to draw or paint the city though. But the city itself is so proud of this fact that it has placed commemorative plaques at just about every opportunity. One of these plaques moved when the school moved, and now suggests that Vincent attended a rather modern building. Another plaque suggests that Van Gogh lived in a house that couldn't have possibly existed during his lifetime. It would have been easier to just put up a statue.
4. Every July Tilburg has the biggest fun fair of The Netherlands in its centre. It's also the most expensive. When it closes many of the attractions move to Eindhoven, where you can make the same rides at much lower prices.
5. Tilburgers are nicknamed Kruikenzeikers (jar pissers) because of the textile industry. To gain a little extra money people sold their urine to the factories, where it was used to wash the wool. Unfortunately the current mayor, who's not a local, thinks of this as negative for the city image and wants to get rid of this piece of history.
My Tilburg experience was very brief. Actually we travelled there to see a concert at Popcentrum, so...more
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