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How to get to Tilburg from Eindhoven Airport
Eindhoven Airport is the closest to Tilburg, just over 30 kilometres from the city. You can get there by car in around 30 minutes. Hop in a taxi outside the airport or hire a car for your time in the Netherlands; plenty of hotels in Tilburg have parking. If you hire a car, enjoy exploring the region and all it offers. Some attractions are difficult to reach by public transport, while neighbouring cities, towns and villages make lovely days out.
You might prefer to save a little money and ride the bus from Eindhoven Airport to Tilburg. Busses run regularly and cost just a couple of euros, a convenient option for a budget weekend in the Netherlands.
The city's story
Tilburg is in the south Netherlands, set on the Wilhelmina Canal. It started as a small village, developing into one of the most significant industrial cities in the region in the 1800s. Industrial Tilburg is famous for having specialised in textiles manufacturing. You can learn about its history at the Tilburg Textile Museum.
Old Tilburg Castle
Unlike other cities in the province, Tilburg doesn't have a historical centre. There was once a Castle of Tilburg, but keen historians won't find it anywhere today.
What happened to Tilburg Castle? It was removed in the 20th century during the industrial boom to make space for more factories and industrial buildings. A wool washing and sheep leather factory was built in its place. Today, houses and a park (Stenen Kamerpark) occupy the area where Tilburg Castle once stood. Some foundations can be seen in Stenen Kamerpark, worth a visit to connect with the city's past.
What is there to do in Tilburg?
Tilburg is home to many exciting attractions and landmarks, not to mention plenty of beautiful nature, meaning there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you stick to the city or head out to explore, many of the top things to do in Tilburg are also free!
Eat and drink in some of the city's best restaurants and bars, sampling local dishes and international favourites. Explore rooftop bars with a view of the city or spend days discovering museums and galleries before returning to your hotel for a restful night's sleep. What is there to do in Tilburg? Let's explore:
Whether you're in the Netherlands with kids or an animal lover, Beekse Bergen is a must. The largest wildlife safari in Benelux, Beekse Bergen, is home to over 1,200 animals. Explore the safari park on foot, by bus, boat or car, coming face to face with wildlife along the way.
See elephants, giraffes, camels, lemurs and lions in their spacious habitats. Or visit Speelland Beekse Bergen for fun family activities in and out of the water.
Visiting Beekse Bergen is free for kids under three, with plenty of ways to enjoy for all ages. Arrive by car in less than 20 minutes, or hop on the 142 bus and get there in just over 40.
Nature lovers can follow up an experience at Beekse Bergen with a visit to the Natuurmuseum Brabant, a family-friendly wildlife museum in Tilburg.
Drunense Duinen National Park
Drunense Duinen is a 3,500 hectare national park situated to the north of Tilburg. The park has the most extensive drifting sand landscape in Europe, often called the 'Sahara of the Netherlands'. As well as its desert landscape, Drunense Duinen comprises woodland and heathland for visitors to explore.
Tilburg Textile Museum
The city's Textile Museum (TextielMuseum) offers workshops, plus guided and self-guided tours, so you can discover the world of textiles on your own terms. Covering all textile design and craft elements, including how fabrics are used in fashion and art, the permanent and temporary exhibitions here are well worth visiting.
Shop for Tilburg treasures
Tilburg is an excellent destination for shopping, home to many quirky independent shops selling antique treasures and handmade items. Explore the large shopping area around Pieter Vreedeplein and find shops in Emmapassage, the Schouwburgpromenadeand the Heuvelpoort. Dwaalgebied is an old part of the city with speciality antique shops. You can find beautiful items to remind you of your trip.
Efteling: World of Wonders is a family-favourite theme park in Tilburg, the largest theme park in the Netherlands! Visit the Island of Adventure or play forest, and enjoy an adrenaline rush on one of Efteling's roller coasters or charming boat rides. Spin on historic carousels, tour the park on the monorail or ride through on the steam train. With plenty of cafés, restaurants and snack shacks to suit every taste, this is a perfect choice for a family day in Tilburg.
Eat and drink your way around the city
Foodies visiting Tilburg won't be disappointed. The city is home to great restaurants serving traditional Dutch dishes and international cuisines. Want to find the best food in Tilburg? Try Kok Verhoeven, an elegant restaurant offering an ever-changing menu of Haute dishes inspired by Japanese, Italian and French techniques.
Eetbar De Wagon serves food inside a charming 1930s train carriage or on the terrace outside. Restaurant De Houtloods is another fantastic spot in Tilburg, where guests can sit in the dining room or enjoy a chef's table experience. Or head to Vine, a wine bar in central Tilburg, where you can enjoy wines by the glass or bottle and excellent tapas.
Buutvrij is a charming coffee shop with a small menu, perfect for leisurely lunches and satisfying vegetarian and vegan options. Café Locals is another casual option nearby, where you can enjoy homemade pastries and lunches made with local ingredients.