Efteling theme park is an award winning park not far from Tilburg in the Kaatsheuvel area, head towards Waalwijk from Tilburg. The Netherlands are not really reknowned for theme parks but this is well worth a visit, especially in the summer time, and it will keep the children busy for most of the day. If you don't have a car there is a direct bus service from outside the main train station in Tilburg.
A great event special for gaypeople on mondays which is called Pink Monday, Roze Maandag.
Lots of fun just walking aropund the funfair. People are dressed extravangant and its a great atmosphere, people singing outside having a drink. Its crowde3d though you an hardly walk in somestreets its 1 step forward and 2 back hehe:-)
The funfair start near the Church at the Stadhuisplein and Schouwburg Passage.
Its the biggest fair in ther Benelux
Pink monday is the most famous day on this annual Funfair at Tilburg, its called the biggest in the Benelux
Lots of attractions pubs to have a beer and restaurants for a meal.
Just walking around is fun:-)
Every year, in the month June, Tilburg is the place where the biggest multi-cultural festival of the Netherlands is helt. It originated in 1987 as a way to get the poverty in the world under the attention of a big audience, in a pleasant way: a sort of Live Aid.
Today it is one of the biggest events in the city and in three days some big artists from all over the world perform here. This all is combined with compains of several NGO's and with exchange programs with artists from third world countries.
I first visited Festival Mundial in 2007. Artists in this edition were Burning Spear from Jamaica (a real reggae legend), Zuco 103 from the Netherlands and Brazil, Papa Wemba from DR Congo, Gabriel Rios from Puerto Rico, and many, many more from countries like Ivory Coast, Colombia, Bosnia, Mozambique and Australia.
Each year Roze Maandag (Pink Monday) is one of the biggest gay parties of Europe. Its being held on monday when the Tilburg fair takes place. It attracts around 300.000 people each year. If you're gay or enjoy gay parties, you can't afford not to go!!
The Tilburg Kermis is usually held in mid July for about ten nights. It's the biggest street fair in the Benelux region, virtually all of the town centre is closed to public transport as some of the biggest and best fairground rides and attractions take over the area. It has something for everyone from scary to simple try your luck stalls. There are also lot's of quick food stalls and most of the cafes in the town have stalls set up outside to serve drinks.
This building, that now is in use as a municipal building, was built as a palace for King William II in 1849. Yes, he loved Tilburg (Can you believe it?) and wanted a palace built there. However he died a couple of months before it was completed. The heirs of the King never used the building as a palace. In 1934 it was rebuilt and became the Municipal building/Town Hall. Later (several) large new buildings were built for the Municipality. This 'palace' nowadays is mainly used for ceremonial things and of course it makes nice pictures at weddings (that take place there as well!). Whether you find it beautiful is for you to decide?
I already mentioned the beer, but I'll mention this place anyway. Just outside Tilburg, a bit to the east, is the trappist abbey Koningshoeven. No, you can't visit it, not in the touristic meaning of the word 'visit' anyway, but you can visit the brewery in that meaning of the word. Religious travellers could look at http://users.bart.nl/~khoeven/gastenverblijf_eng.htm for more information about a stay in the abbey.
This is the home of the only trappist beers of The Netherlands, available under the name La Trappe, although many people will argue that these beers cannot be called real trappists as the brewery now is part of a commercial concern, instead that all profits go to the abbey. Anyway, that shouldn't matter too much, and there's no reason why you shouldn't try the beers. I like the Triple and Quadruple especially.
Contact the brewery or the tourist office for opening hours, the website is very unclear on this.
Beers like Kandinsky (found only in the bar of that name) and Wiegeleir are both made in a brewery in Kaatsheuvel, not far from Tilburg. Both are specially made for cafés in Tilburg and hard or impossible to find elsewhere. Also try any of the beers of the small Moerenburg brewery if you can find them. The trappist brewery of Koningshoeven is located in the Tilburg municipality, but their beers (La Trappe brand) are available throughout the entire country.
Leave the center and visit the other old neighbourhoods, like Korvel, Hasselt and Goirke. The center is spoiled thanks to the local politicians who care more about their careers than they do about the city. It's outside the center where you can still experience some of Tilburg's unique history.
The picture shows a row of old buildings on Korvelplein, one of several triangular squares that form the hearts of their neighbourhoods..
The warehouse in the Telefoonstraat is build in 1889.
In the old days it was used for keeping textile.
But it became empty when the textile industry disappear.
Until 1985 when 3000 dolls came to live in the warehouse.
there are antiques and modern dolls and also old toys.
The famous Tilburg funfair is the largest in Europe. Two weeks of fun and thrills right at the height of summer; all the latest attractions and the nostalgia of fortune tellers and the try-your-strength machine.from
Sint Jozefkerk , Architect : H.J. van Tulder build in 1872
worth a visit, it has 2 towers and the height is 79mtrs.
In Tilburg, each year, at the end of July, Tilburg Kermis (fair) is organised. It is the biggest fair of the Benelux and its only for ten days. If you want o have big fun visit the fair.
Listen to popular music. On saturday night you can go out here. Don't come to early, otherwise you'll have to dance on your own. Great place!
My Tilburg experience was very brief. Actually we travelled there to see a concert at Popcentrum, so...more
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