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.more
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...more
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).more
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.more
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...more
Greek restaurant Parthenon opened spring 2007. I'm not going to spend many words on it. The food is very moderate, the interior cheap, the atmosphere similar to McDonalds, and the service terribly slow and unmannered.Greek restaurant Parthenon is a waste of time and money. Don't go there.more
Full menu and prices on their website. A very filled restaurant on Sunday evening, even second sittings and loads of people coming for take-away.That's probably why the main course took a while to come. However, the 8 yr old child in our company was served quickly, which was a nice gesture. You can easily eat for under 15 euro, or even under 20...more
The currents owners, Jorgos and Barbara, have considerably upgraded the restaurant after taking it over from the previous owner October 2006. Santorini serves excellent quality Greek meals at reasonable prices. The quality of the meat is significanly better than other Greek restaurants. There are always guests, even on Tuesday or Wednesday. In the...more
[UPDATE: unfortunately, the restaurant went bankrupt summer 2007]"Verlaenghe" means "Desire" in Dutch, and it is spelled in a very old-fashioned way (nowadays people write "verlangen"). The restaurant opened (very) late 2005 in the former "Puur" restaurant. Where former owner Alex van Rossem of Puur ("pure") tried to set up a top class restaurant...more
De Gouden Leeuw is a traditional bar / restaurant in a beautiful old building in the center of Veghel. The menu is international, but conservative (carpaccio, steak, ice cream etc.). The main dining room used to be a bar. It is a big room with a high ceiling. Everything is made of dark brown wood. There is no real restaurant atmosphere. Chairs are...more
Matteucci, situated right in the middle of the market quare, sells ice and nin-alcoholic drinks. Their ice creams are very very good and they sell an incredible number of variations. There is also a take-away. It is common in Vgehel not to have a desert in the restaurant, but go to Matteucci right after the main course.Matteucci is open from April...more
In the early nineties, there was only one bar on the central market square, namely Café Marktzicht. Nowadays, there are 7 bars door-to-door. These bars are (from left to right):
* Abbey Road (no. 27)
* 't Gat in de Markt (no. 29)
* The Spot (no. 30)
* 't Hart van Veghel (no. 31)
* Marktzicht (no. 32)
* Boulevard (no. 43)
* Matteucci (no. 50)
(The numbers in between are used for the apartments above.)
All bars have a (heated) terrace (orientation west). The bars work together to organize all kinds of outdoor events like live music, beach volleyball, house parties etc. etc. etc.
Although Veghel is not the no. 1 place for a phantastic night out, it is very nice sitting outside on a nice summer evening and watching all the people walking by.
Dress Code: There is no dress code, just wear what you normally wear (unless it is a tuxedo).
In earlier days, Veghel was an important place for train passengers, as the most important route from the West of The Netherlands (e.g. Rotterdam) to Germany was via Veghel. In the late nineteenseventies, the last passenger trains drove through Veghel. Nowadays, the railway is used for (infrequent) transport of goods, mainly bulk animal food. There...more
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Bookshop Bek has set the new standard for bookshops in The Netherlands. It was elected as the country's most beautiful shop in 2002. They sell books, magazines, post cards, stationary, frames and everything that one needs to be an artist, and much more. You could spend 1 hour or more in this shop. To see some additional pictures of the interior,...more
A local custom is to shear willow trees at a height of about 1.5 m. If you repeat this for several years in a row, you get trees like the ones on the pictures.
There are very good hiking opportunities outside Veghel. One possibility is to walk to the Bedafse Bergen ("Bedaf Hills"), a group of sand dunes about 5 km north of Veghel. For more information about the Bedafse Bergen, see my separate website.The route the to Bedafse Bergen goes either via Vorstenbosch or through the farmer's land east of the road...more
In winter time, a lower part of the small nature reserve Aa-broeken (see separate tips for more info) is artificially flooded. Providing temperatures are low enough for a number of days, a big ice-scating ring is formed. On average, this happens about twice a year or so, between December and March. The water freezes pretty quickly at Aa-broeken, as...more
Aa-broeken is a small nature reserve just north of Veghel. It is surprisingly close to the city center, and easy to reach by foot.Aa-broeken ("broeken" means "low land" and it is named after the river Aa) is the lowest part of the Municipality of Veghel. Its altitude is about 8 m above sea level. It is a pretty wet place, which is reflected in the...more
Characteristic for The Netherlands is the great variety of many things in such a small country. This fact is caused by the complicated history as well as the big rivers that split the country (Maas, Rhine and IJssel).One of the things that vary significantly from place to place is the style of traditional farms. The pictures show some farms just...more
The "Zuid Willemsvaart" is an artificial channel dug in the first half of the nineteenth century. There are two branches in Veghel: one that leads to the container terminal and one that leads to the tourist's harbour close to Veghel's center. The pictures on this page show the latter branch. There are some historical industrial buildings on the...more