Zundert is the birthplace and childhood home of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh. He was born on 30 March 1853 in a little house on Zundert's main street, "Markt 29". The former house is gone as it was too dilapidated to preserve, but a plaque at this location still commemorates his birth. In May 2007 the renovation of the house at Markt 29, and...more
Zundert lies about 10 metres above Dutch sea level (NAP), and is located 15 km south-west of the city of Breda, and 35 km north-east of Antwerp, Belgium. Zundert is surrounded by the municipalities Etten-Leur and Breda on the north, Hoogstraten (Belgium) on the east, Wuustwezel (Belgium) on the south, Kalmthout (Belgium) on the southwest, and Essen...more
The ‘Maria Toevlucht’ (=Maria Refuge) monastery has been founded in 1900 as a refuge for the French monks who were threatened with expulsion from France. Indeed, the monks from the trappist monastery Monts des Kats (Mount of the Cats) initially founded the abbey Koningshoeven in Tilburg (in 1881) and from there this one.In 1938, the priory of...more
Every year, on the first Sunday in September, there's a giant flower parade in Zundert.People of this small town in the Netherlands live with the parade the year round. Every neighbourhood in Zundert has its own float which means that there are 17 floats. Right after the parade the designers already draw plans for the next year's parade. In April...more
This one was recommended by the local VVV (tourism office). More a brasserie than a restaurant, the interior looked quite nice. We ordered the “Van Gogh menu”, a 3 dishes surprise menu. The idea is that you can chose between fish, meat or vegetarian but you don’t know in advance what you are going to eat…Easy if you don’t know what to chose and we...more
One of the best Greek restaurants I have ever been. They donýt only propose the usual lamb skewer but many more traditional dishes. I had a giaourtada, a mix of boiled meat with yoghurt and spices. First time I had heard of that dish, it was really good. The portions are quite big, unless you are really starving, I wouldnýt recommend ordering a...more
Zundert boasts the oldest (since 1936) and hugely elaborate flower parade in Europe, held on first Sunday in September. Depending on the weather, at least 50.000 people attend. Huge, and often impressive lorry mounted sculptures covered in thousands of dahlia flowers parade through the town. Each of the competing districts of Zundert construct their own entry.
Bloemencorso Zundert is the largest flower parade in the world entirely made by volunteers. The floats are large artworks made of steel wire, cardboard, papier-mâché and flowers. In the Bloemencorso Zundert, only dahlias are used to decorate the objects and it takes thousands of them just to cover one float.
The huge floats are made by twenty different hamlets and each of them consists of hundreds of builders, aged 1 to 100, who are all equally crazy about the bloemencorso. The older members of the hamlet are often responsible for planting and growing the dahlias, while the younger ones build the float in large temporary tents that are built exclusively for the event.
The bloemencorso is also a competition. A professional and independent jury decides which float is the most beautiful and which hamlet will be crowned the winner of that year
I visit the parade at 2010 and 2011 and will add pictures of both the parades.
Favorite thing: There is a bronze monument made by the French artist Ossip Zadkine of Vincent and his brother Theo on the "Vincent van Gogh Plein" (Vincent van Gogh square), as a tribute to the great artist van Gogh. It was unveiled on 28 May 1964 by the former Dutch queen Juliana. The statue is an intriguing abstracted representation of Vincent's connection with his brother Theo.