Veghel Travel Guide

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Veghel Things to Do

  • Veghel Airborne Memorial

    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.

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  • Mosque Selimiye

    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).

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  • Monumental church

    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.

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  • Broedershof

    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...

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  • River Aa

    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).

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  • Airborne monument

    The Airborne monument (1959) remembers the soldiers of the 101st division that liberated Veghel from the Germans in World War II (operation Market Guarden).

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  • An nour mosque

    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.

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  • Vicar´s home

    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.

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  • Former town hall

    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.

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  • Klondike

    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.

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  • Oldest house

    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.

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  • Veghel's tourist harbour

    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...

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Veghel Hotels

Veghel Restaurants

  • Terrible service

    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.

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  • Italian restaurant

    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...

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  • Best restaurant in town

    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...

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  • Among the better restaurants in Veghel

    [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...

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  • Very average, too expensive for what you...

    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...

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  • The best ice creams in the area

    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...

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Veghel Nightlife

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    by Veghel Updated Jun 4, 2006

    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).

    View on bars from Matteucci terrace The bars on a cold Sunday afternoon
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Veghel Transportation

  • Rails without (passenger) trains

    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...

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  • Highway A50

    The highway A50 openend in 2004 and is one of the 3 main north-south highways in The Netherlands. The highway is a real boost for the local economy. It only takes 15 minutes to drive from Veghel to Eindhoven, and Eindhoven Airport is only 20 minutes away.

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  • One of the main shopping streets

    The Kalverstraat is situated in the pedestrian zone in the center of Veghel. It is one of the oldest streets. Street and shops are small. There are clothes shops, butchers shops, bakeries etc. etc.

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  • Bookshop

    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,...

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  • Patio

    The Patio shopping centre includes clothing, toys, sports and gifts shops as well as a bar with nice terrace. In total there are about 10 shops around the square. It was openend in the nineteeneighties.

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Veghel Local Customs

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    by Veghel Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    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.

    Sheared willows near Veghel Sheared willows near Veghel
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Veghel Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking to Bedaf

    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...

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  • Ice-scating at Aa-broeken

    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...

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  • Aa-broeken hike (wetlands near Veghel!)

    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...

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Veghel Favorites

  • Traditional farms

    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...

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  • Zuid Willemsvaart

    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...

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  • "Heilig Hart" Church

    The "Heilig Hart" church is the second largest catholic church in Veghel, and is about to be demolished. The church's tower will be preserved. The church was built in the nineteenfiftees.

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