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Being the homeland of Vincent van Gogh, probably the world’s most famous painter, Brabant has a wealth of culture. Together with ’s-Hertogenbosch as the home of Hieronymus Bosch and Eindhoven as Capital of Design, Brabant can call itself a world-class cradle of culture.
Het Noordbrabants Museum
The Noordbrabants Museum is the best place to discover the richness of Brabant art, culture and history. A wealth of knowledge and Brabant’s cultural heritage have been preserved and are on display here. This includes a unique collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh.
Van Gogh Brabant, Vincent’s Homeland
In 2015 the world commemorated the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death. His early life in Brabant can be seen at his birthplace and at the locations that inspired him in his paintings. And be sure to visit the word-famous Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path inspired by his painting of The Starry Night, nominated as the European cycle path of the year in 2015.
Founder of Dutch Design
With world-famous designers such as Piet-Hein Eek and Maarten Baas among its numbers and with Dutch Design Week once a year, Brabant has every right to call itself the founder of Dutch Design.
Kasteel (Castle) Heeswijk
Together with St. John’s Cathedral in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Grote Kerk church in Breda and the Markiezenhof in Bergen op Zoom, Kasteel Heeswijk is one of the four official Top Monuments in Brabant. You can experience the chequered history of almost one thousand years of power, pride and culture of the elite of Brabant, all prominently located in the River Aa valley close to ’s-Hertogenbosch. The castle is also the Nature Gateway to Brabant and is encircled by the Heeswijk Estate where you can spend some relaxing time among beautiful countryside. Come and enjoy this imposing monument!
‘You don’t know whether you're in the Netherlands or in Rome. Truly impressive,’ declared one surprised visitor to Oudenbosch Basilica. This to-scale copy (1:16) of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was constructed in the village of Oudenbosch in western Brabant between 1865 and 1880. It’s a real masterpiece for a village that then had a population of just 3500, and while the population has since quadrupled, the building remains unique. Designed by master architect Pierre Cuypers, who also designed Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Centraal Station, you’ll find yourself astounded by this ‘wonderful place, one of the Netherlands’ finest churches’.
Brabant is bursting with creativity. Want to take part? That’s possible during one of the many cultural events, such as Dutch Design Week, STRP festival, Breda Photo, Bosch Parade and many others.