Veghel is situated along the "Zuid Willemsvaart", an artificial channel dug in the first half of the nineteenth century. Close the Veghel's center, there is a harbour that is being developed into a tourist attraction. Developments take several years, but the area is already pretty attractive in summer time when small ships make an overnight stop and many people are sitting outside on the deks. Onshore, there are two bars with terraces.
The former town hall is situated prominently on the south end of the central market square. Its style is typical neo-classical. Built in the 19th century, the town hall was in use as such until the nineteeneigties. It is currently being used as public library and tourist office.
The home of the vicar of Veghel is situated next to the Saint Lambertus church. It is a monumental building typical for the days that the vicar was the most important person in the village. It is still the home of today´s vicar.
The river Aa flows through the heart of Veghel. It is a small river that starts a bit southeast of Eindhoven and ends up in the river Maas near 's-Hertogenbosch. In the early days, the river was used for transportation. Nowadays, it is used for canoe. Several companies rent canoes and organise transport (e.g. www.mastworp.nl and www.degraal.nl).
The Broedershof is a residential area along the Hoofdstraat, between the market square and the harbour. It was created in the late nineteennineties after the demolition of the old technical school. The technical school had been run by Catholic brothers, for whom there was a small chapel (built 1923). The chapel did survive the demolition. Early 2006, the Municipality sold the chapel to a foundation that is going to renovate the chapel. The chapel will get a public function, but it is not yet known what.
At the entrance of the Broedershof, there is a monumental farm built in 1862. It is now used as an office for architects and lawyers.
The new builings in the Broedershof are all apartments and are up to 4 stories high.
The neo-gothic Saint Lambertuskerk (kerk = church) was designed by the famous Dutch 19th century architect PJH Kuipers and built between 1858 and 1863. Kuipers also designed the Amsterdam central station and the Rijksmuseum.
The 101st Airborne Division memorial is in the form of a kangaroo with a baby in her pouch on a huge stone block which weighs 1200 kgs. The kangaroo is a symbol of the Allied forces leaping over the Dutch rivers.
The monument was unveiled by HRH Princess Irene of the Netherlands on 17th September 1959.
The oldest house is situated on the central market square close to the church and right opposite the post office. It was completed renovated in 2005 and 2006. Actually, only the facade remains.
Klondike was the headquarter of USA's Colonel Howard Johnson (101st Airborne Division) in Operation Market Guarden in World War II. The villa is currently being used by Catholic nuns.
The Airborne monument (1959) remembers the soldiers of the 101st division that liberated Veghel from the Germans in World War II (operation Market Guarden).
The An nour mosque was built in 1994. An nour means `the light`. The mosque is used by people from Morocco that live in Veghel. Their number is currently about 550.
Mosque Selimiye is situated in a former Christian building next to the Saint Lambertus church. I am not sure, but I think it is the Turkish mosque (whereas An nour is the Morroccan mosque).