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Autumn 2011 - Winter 2012

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Contents

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Contents Foreword

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A few words from the editor

Arriving in Tilburg

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How to get to your hotel

The Basics

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Getting to grips with Tilburg

History

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The city’s past on two pages

Culture & Events

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Concerts, galleries and events

Where to stay

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Restaurants

E24 The Dutch have much more than cheese to offer

Cafés

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Classic cafés, bakeries and high tea

Nightlife

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Bars, pubs, clubs and cafés

High times in Holland

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Smoke legally and responsibly

The municipality of Loon consists of three villages, Loon op Zand, Kaatsheuvel and De Moer with a combined population of 22,999 people. Discover scenic villages, windmills, national parks and Holland’s most popular theme park on p.E54. Photo courtesy of Gemeente Loon

Sightseeing

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Museums, churches and other sights

Getting around

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Trains, buses and taxis

Directory Shopping Sports & Leisure Willem II football schedule Health & Lifestyle

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List of small features Message from the Mayor Useful phrases The mystery of Tilburg Senseless slaughter Gay Tilburg Who wants to be a trillionaire? Stick & Stones Tilburg’s forbidden city Medieval times today Tilburg: Capital of Europe?

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Maps & Index

Theaters Tilburg offers a wide variety of performances for non-Dutch speakers from dance and cabaret to music and drama. Read more on p.E19

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Old town street register Old town map Tilburg map Hotel, restaurant and nightlife index Netherlands map Greater Tilburg map

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Foreword By the time you read these words autumn, or winter, should be in full swing. Despite the unpleasant temperatures, you’ll find a compelling city with a lively dining scene, wild nightlife and a vibrant calendar of cultural events from concerts to art exhibitions. Tilburg could easily rest on its laurels, yet it’s always striving to achieve something new. This is in part due to the presence of thousands of local and international students that call this university town home. These youngsters lend Tilburg a hip air of freedom and vitality that’s hard to find elsewhere and this makes a night out on the town a must. But it’s not all about the new generation. Young and old enjoy the many terraces and pubs around town. The lively and energetic look that is so inherently Tilburgian is further emphasised by the almost ridiculously large number of festivals that the city offers. This second In Your Pocket guide is, of course, full of independent reviews of restaurants, pubs, hotels and museums. Once again our writers worked overtime to try new places to eat and drink. And although the Dutch government may try everything within its power via austerity policies to destroy local cultural life, thankfully there’s still plenty to see and do in Tilburg (see Culture & Events). We try our best to provide accurate information and our experiences may differ from yours, so if you feel like we’re way off the mark, please let us know. We welcome all correspondence, as long as it’s added as a comment on our website or as an e-mail sent to tilburg@inyourpocket. com. Enjoy!

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Cover story St. Joseph’s Church, which local Tilburgers often refer to as Heuvelse Kerk, is a neo-Gothic basilica that’s featured on this issue’s front cover. The church was built from 1872 - 1889 and its two octagonal 72m-high towers make it, believe it or not, only the fourth tallest building in Tilburg. The church itself is a protected national monument.

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arriving in tilburg These days any city in the Netherlands is relatively easy to reach and that includes Tilburg. The central station borders the city centre, while the smaller train stations give access to the suburbs. On motorways ‘Tilburg’ is also regularly indicated on road signs. From the two airports (Schiphol and Eindhoven) it takes an hour and a half or an hour respectively to reach Tilburg by train. The public transport system is fairly clear and well organised, however, many people prefer to walk to the city centre. And whether arriving after being packed into a low-budget plane, piloting your own jet or jumping off a Dutch train, here’s some handy info to help smooth your landing.

By bus Since travel by train is very efficient in the Netherlands, there are no international bus connections in Tilburg. Veolia is a company that provides bus service in and around the city. When you exit the central train station, the bus station is to your right. To find out everything you need to know about routes and times, www.journeyplanner.9292.nl is the best place to look.

By car Tilburg can be easily reached via motorway A58 or other provincial roads. In and around the city centre there are seven indoor car parks; along the roads into the centre electronic signs will show you the right direction and free spaces available. You pay when you exit the car park again. For drivers with physical limitations there are disabled parking spaces available at the indoor car parks at Koningsplein, Tivoli and Pieter Vreedeplein. On many streets in the city centre, and at the outdoor car parks, you’ll find ticket machines. Pay in advance and place the ticket on the dashboard in a visible place. The indoor parking options are cheaper.

By plane If you arrive at either Schiphol or Eindhoven airport Tilburg is only an hour away by public transport. A single trip from Schiphol by train costs about €15, and from Eindhoven Airport the bus followed by the train will cost you about €10. Both routes will take just over an hour of travelling and you’ll arrive at the Tilburg Central Station. Check www.9292ov.nl for more information on schedules and prices. The bus and train journey from Eindhoven Airport to Tilburg costs about €9.00. A single train ticket from Schiphol costs €17.00 and the journey takes about an hour and a half. Be aware that when you travel from Schiphol to Tilburg, you will have to change onto the train to Venlo in Rotterdam, within 10 minutes of your arrival. From the central station in Eindhoven you take the train that is headed for Den Haag (The Hague). You can find more information on journeyplanner.9292.nl.

Tourist information VVV Tilburg B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 34, tel. (+31) 90

02 02 08 15, vvv@tilburg.nl, www.vvvtilburg.nl. Buy typical Tilburg souvenirs here such as the leesplengske (horn book), real Kruikenstad items and Willem II products. Everything you’ll need to know about the city is also available here and the friendly staff will do everything they can to inform you about what to see and do in Tilburg. In the back of the room you can even email your own picture in a postcard of Tilburg to your friends and loved ones. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. J

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Message from the Mayor Hello and welcome! Tilburg: surprisingly provocative. Tilburg is a city with something for everyone. It is a true student city because of the myriad educational facilities it offers, especially Tilburg University and its dance classes. Tilburg is a city of dance. All links in the ‘dancing chain’ are within reach of Tilburg’s so-called Kunstcluster (art cluster). Talented dancers can develop their skills in a unique climate of culture. What about a Rock Academy or a course in becoming a musical star? It’s all possible in Tilburg. Tilburg is also a city with many businesses. Many of these revolve around the logistics, tourism/recreation, flight/maintenance and care sectors. The city has a rich cultural scene with an emphasis on the events season that stretches from April to November. In short, Tilburg has a lot to offer. The large diversity of art and culture with interesting museums, beautiful city walks and varied architecture, as well as great shopping and entertainment districts make Tilburg a fine city. For the entire duration of the events season, the centre of Tilburg is everyone’s living room. You’ll run into each other during Tilburg Zingt (Tilburg Sings), Incubate, at the Tilburg Ten Miles and of course also at Festival Mundial or at the Tilburg Fun Fair. If that’s not your cup of tea you can repose in one of the many parks or in the green city surroundings with unique nature only a 15-minute bike ride away. Or you can simply enjoy a café and relax at an outdoor terrace. Welcome to Tilburg! Peter Noordanus Mayor of Tilburg

By train Tilburg can be easily reached via its three train stations. The central train station borders the city centre and the bus station. From the central station you can reach any corner of the Netherlands, but if you want to get to Amsterdam, you’ll need to change trains in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The journey to Den Bosch only takes 15 minutes, and an hour and a half later you’ll already be in the capital. One kilometer from the central station is the smaller Tilburg Universiteit station where hundreds of students get off to quench their thirst for knowledge. A two-minute walk is all they need to reach the university from the train station. Finally, at the edge of the city you’ll find the Tilburg Reeshof station that connects the newest part of the city to the rest of the country. This train station was built purely to facilitate the commute to work for the residents of the area. To travel by train, you’ll need a ticket. There are regular checks on board trains and if you’re travelling without a ticket you’ll be fined €35, even if you smile and speak a foreign language. You can purchase tickets at the yellow machines that adorn all train stations or at the NS Service desk on the right hand side of the central station in Tilburg. When you buy a ticket at the service desk, you pay 50 cents extra in service charges, but the first option is a bit trickier. Although the machines are fairly intelligent, they only accept Dutch bank cards and coins. For more information visit www.ns.nl where you can also plan your journey in English.

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Basics Read on and find out why the Dutch allow people to smoke joints, but not to operate a bicycle while intoxicated. Plenty of other funny facts about the Netherlands are available here.

Alcohol Tilburg has many cafés and restaurants so you’re never far from a glass of wine or a pint of beer. Heineken, Grolsch and the Belgian Jupiler are the three most popular beers on offer at most places in the inner city. Other tasty brews include Brand, Bavaria, Hertog Jan and Amstel. Beer is served everywhere, but you must be able to prove that you’re at least 16 years old (to drink beer or wine) or 18 for spirits. If you look too young you’ll be carded, so always bring identification. This holds true for supermarkets and off-licences, too. If you’re a little too tipsy you’ll probably be asked (firmly, yet kindly) to leave the premises and if you don’t cooperate you could end up spending a night sobering up in a police drunk tank, most likely followed by a decent hangover…

Climate It’s usually cold and wet in winter and often warm and dry in summer, but, unfortunately, you never really know. On the bright side every season has its charms. Try walking across the beach of the North Sea (at low tide!) during a spring or autumn storm. Visit a sunny street market in summer or have a snowball fight in a wintry park. Whatever the weather, the Dutch will always find a reason to complain about it and if you’re ever short on subjects to talk about with a Dutchman, then the rather trivial statement Lekker weer, (nice weather, don’t you think?) is probably sufficient to get him started on a long and wordy rant.

Cycling Being one of the smaller countries in the world, not to mention as flat as a pancake, Holland is an attractive place for cyclists. Add to that an unbelievable amount of criss-crossed cycle paths, and you know why the Dutch love cycling so much. Although cycling in the bigger cities can be - thanks to lots of traffic- equal to a premature death certificate, we recommend that you cycle as much as possible. Yes, even in the rain. It seems like all foreigners stop simultaneously when there is only a few drops falling from the sky. So, if you’re up before happy hour and feel like doing something healthy for your body for a change, rent a bike and discover Tilburg.

Drugs It comes as no surprise that in many places in the Netherlands you’re allowed to buy and smoke marijuana and other soft drugs. And you may have also heard that dealing or possessing hard drugs is forbidden. You can be arrested for it and punishments are no laughing matter. Soft drugs are sold exclusively at so-called coffeeshops so don’t buy them on the streets. These products are often uninspected, may be adulterated with unknown rubbish and are illegal. Stick to the coffeeshops and get high responsibly.

Electricity The electrical current is 220V AC, 50Hz. European plugs are a must.

Emergency numbers In case of an emergency, call 112. This number will connect you to the emergency centre that will put you through to the local police, ambulance or fire department.

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Little known Tilburg facts -Tilburg used to have it’s very own castle. One of the lords of Tilburg, Jan van Haestrecht, built ‘that stone chamber at Hasselt’ which unfortunately had to make way for a factory in 1858. It lives on in the logo of the city. -Tilburg arose from the ‘herdgangen’ (herd places), three cornered plots with a few dirt roads. These herd places were the common pasture for the flocks of sheep. The structure of the triangular squares can still be found on many squares and places in Tilburg. -Although the city celebrated 200 year of City Charter in 2009, the city is much older. Traces of prehistoric habitation were recently discovered and go back to 4000-6000 B.C. These people were most probably nomadic huntersgatherers. The name Tilburg (Tilliburgis) was mentioned for the first time in 709. -Tilburg has its own Walk of Fame. It can be found in the Alexanderstraat.

Facts & Figures A few things you might want to know about the Netherlands and Tilburg, situated in the province of Brabant. Population: 16.5 million (in 2010). Longest rivers: Rijn (Rhine) and Maas (Meuse). Highest point: Vaalserberg (323m) Length of Dutch coastline: 451km Tiburg: Sixth largest city of the Netherlands Tilburg population: 204,863 inhabitants (on 1 January 2010) Municipality of Tilburg: 8 districts (City centre, Oude stad, Tilburg-Zuid, Oost, Oud-Noord, Noord, West, Reeshof). The villages Berkel-Enschot and Udenhout are also part of the municipality Tilburg.

Habits No, the Dutch do not wear clogs en masse, and not everybody cultivates tulips, makes cheese or works in a windmill. That the Dutch are busybodies has been known for centuries. In the Dutch Golden Age, the Dutch East India Company spread its tentacles across the world, and this trading spirit is still a part of the local mentality. The largest part of the population works in (financial) services or (retail) trade. Bargaining when you buy something in a shop or on the market is not customary and you can expect surprised expressions from shop staff if you do. The Dutch are generally friendly, but they may strike you as reserved. When people meet each other, they shake hands; friends kiss each other three times on the cheek: left, right, left. Dutch men are not too attentive, although they may remember to hand you your coat and let ladies go first.

Health & Safety Tilburg is a safe city for both residents and tourists, but you should watch out for pickpockets and shady street sellers. Don’t leave your belongings unattended. In other words, just use common sense. Tilburg supports a group of addicts and homeless people who sell the Zelfkrant, a homeless newspaper, which is collectively published in Tilburg, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Arnhem. The newspaper is published in Dutch, but your €1.50 purchase will support these two neglected groups. And in the long term, you may either create a better future for the guy selling it (or buy his next drink or shot). It’s up to you and him.

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Basics Language Dutch is an Indo-European Germanic language that is mostly spoken in the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname (South America). It is closely connected to the Low German dialects which by now have largely been flooded by official German. These dialects managed to keep a number of proto-Germanic characteristics, and for this reason, Dutch as a language is a living fossil. It represents a group of important dialects that were spoken by the founders of the Frankish Empire and the Saxons. The latter group were the founders of the English language as it is spoken today, hence Anglo-Saxons. Afrikaans, as it is spoken in South Africa, is descended from the 17th-century version of modern Dutch. To the dismay of language purists, many English words have been integrated into Dutch. Moreover, many youth are responsible for a shift in the language. This is not something recent: in the first half of the 19th century, students already started thinking up their own words, words that have now had a place for decades in the Netherlands’ most renowned dictionary, Dikke van Dale. Recently the ‘Dutch-language’ hip hop band De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig (Today’s Youth) provided a bombardment of words that are hardly ever understood by anyone over the age of 30. Watskeburt? (Dutch slang for ‘what’s happened?’). Most Dutch have a more than fairly healthy command of the English language. Many will also be adept at other European languages with German being the most commonly spoken. Mastering the Dutch language can be a terrifying ordeal, but learning a few key phrases will make things easier and may even win you friends and admirers.

Local time From 28 March to 31 October, the Netherlands is in the Central European Summer Time Zone, or GMT+2. The rest of the year the clock ticks according to the Central European Time Zone, or GMT+1.

Mail & Phones You can use your mobile phone if your provider has an international roaming agreement with one of four mobile phone networks in the Netherlands. Normally, if you’re abroad, you have to pay roaming charges on all incoming and outgoing calls, text messages, mms and internet. Depending on your phone usage, it’s well worth considering buying a local SIM card that you simply use in your own phone. A prepaid account starts from around €10. To purchase one you need to show your passport.

Money Since 2002, a large part of the European Union has adopted the euro as its local currency and the Netherlands is no exception. One euro contains 100 eurocents. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 eurocents, and also of 1 and 2 euro. Banknotes are available with the following values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500. Although a collection of €200 and €500 bills in your wallet might make you feel like Bill Gates or some Russian tycoon bear in mind that they’re almost never accepted in shops or restaurants. You can exchange and withdraw money at most large banks; there are a few in the centre of Tilburg. All Dutch banks accept Visa and MasterCard at their cash dispensers. At the train station (Stationsplein) you can find a GWK Travelex shop (open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00). Many restaurants, hotels, and shops accept Visa and MasterCard, but to avoid disappointment, be sure to carry some cash with you.

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Snow covered bicycles

National holidays There are a number of public holidays in the Netherlands. On these days shops, museums and attractions often close earlier and some stay closed the whole day.Schools, city councils, post offices and banks are closed and some shops and restaurants may also close. Those still open will have abbreviated opening hours.It’s also worth saying that the Easter holidays and subsequent Pentecostal holidays are popular times for Dutch families (and those from many other European countries) to travel, so if you’re plans include a road trip to several destinations, be prepared for plenty of fellow drivers and book your accommodation in advance. Queen’s Day on 30 April is a big celebration in all of the Netherlands and the night before even bigger in Tilburg. Sinterklaas on 5 December is also a typical feast day when everyone celebrates at home. There are a few regional variations with carnavallen (carnival) celebrated in February and March in Catholic areas. Of course, Budget Day also has its charms! January 1 New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag) April 6, 2012 Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag) April 8 - 9, 2012 Easter (Pasen) April 30 Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) May 1 Labour Day (Dag van de Arbeid) May 4 Remembrance of the Dead (Nationale Herdenking) May 5 Liberation Day (Dag van de Vrijheid) May 9 Mother’s Day (Moederdag) May 13 Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag) May 23 - 24 Whitsun (Pinksteren) June 20 Father’s Day (Vaderdag) June 26 Veterans’ Day (Veteranendag) September 21 Budget Day (Prinsjesdag) December 5 St. Nicolas (Sinterklaas) December 25 - 26 Christmas (Kerstmis) December 31 New Year’s Eve (Oudejaarsdag)

Market values McDonald’s Big Mac €3.25 $4.58 £2.85 Loaf of white bread €0.55 $0.77 £0.48 Snickers bar €0.75 $1.07 £0.66 0.7L of vodka €7.99 $11.25 £7.01 0.5L bottle of local beer €0.54 $0.76 £0.47 20 Marlboros €4.80 $6.76 £4.21 Public transport ticket €1.60 $2.25 £1.40 Cinema ticket €9.00 $12.68 £7.89 1l of petrol €1.55 $2.18 £1.36 Exchange rates (as of 06.09.2011) US$1 - €0.71, £1 - €1.14, ¥100 - €0.92, AUD$1 - €0.75

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Basics Useful phrases Useful phrases How are you? Hoe gaat het met je? Pleased to meet you Leuk kennis met je te maken. Do you speak English? Spreek je Engels? Where is the nearest shop, hotel, restaurant, café, bar or toilet? Waar is de dichtstbijzijnde winkel, hotel, restaurant, café, bar of toilet? What’s your name? Hoe heet je? My name is … Ik heet ... What time is it? Hoe laat is het? How much? Hoe veel kost dit? This costs too much! Dit is veel te duur! Hello Hallo Hi Hoi Good morning Goedemorgen Good evening Goedenavond Goodnight (greeting) Goedenacht Goodnight (sleeping) Welterusten Goodbye (Dutch) Tot ziens Bye (Dutch) Dag Bye (in Tilburg) Halleee! Yes Ja No Nee Maybe Misschien Cheers! (as a toast) Proost! All the best! Het beste! Thank you Dank je wel Days of the week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Numbers 1 een 3 drie 5 vijf 7 zeven 9 negen 11 elf 20 twintig 21 eenentwintig 50 vijftig 100 honderd 1000 duizend

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Street smarts Street straat Road weg Lane laan Highway snelweg Boulevard boulevard Square plein Market markt Airport vliegveld Bus station busstation Train station treinstation Taxi taxi

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Get in line at ski school

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A typical family outing in Tilburg

Take a seat on one of Tilburg’s funky sofas

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Phone numbers All In Your Pocket guides in its European publishing empire list country codes before all telephone numbers. The Dutch country code is (+31), but of course, you only have to use this if you’re dialling from abroad. If you’re already in the Netherlands and want to call one of the numbers in this guide, just ignore the (+31) prefix and dial the ten-digit number.

Post The Dutch postal system works more or less infallibly. Letters and parcels are sent without ado across the whole world. At post offices and post agencies (store-in-store, for example at supermarkets) you can buy stamps and drop off parcels. Any Dutch street is incomplete without the orange or red TNT post-boxes. You can drop off your postcards in the slit labelled overige postcodes (other postcodes). Posting a letter or a postcard within the Netherlands will cost you €0.44, within Europe €0.77 and for the rest of the world you pay €0.95. For parcel shipping prices and the most up-todate postage rates check www.tntpost.nl

Religion According to a recent survey, fewer than 20% of Dutch people attend church regularly, but historically the Netherlands has been home to a multitude of religions. Since the middle ages, and until the late 20th century, the Netherlands was a predominantly Christian country. The largest group (26.6%) is Roman Catholic and most live in the southern provinces of North Brabant and Limburg where they make up the majority of the population. The rest of the ‘believers’ are distributed over a multitude of Protestant churches. Since the 1970s these protestant churches have also seen a major decline in adherents and have begun to work together. Islam is a relatively new and fast-growing religion in the Netherlands, and according to recent (CBS) statistics about 944,000 or 6% of the Dutch population are Muslims. Islam’s numbers began to rise after the 1970s as a result of immigration. These numbers are the main reason for the populairty of the Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders. The remaining 10% of the population is a member of another religion, including Hinduism and Buddhism. Judaism has been present in the Netherlands for much of the country’s history and several sources claim Judaism arrived in the Netherlands before Christianity. During World War II a large majority of Jews were deported and murdered in the Holocaust. Today, Tilburg’s Jews are so small in number that they attend religious services with the even smaller community of Jews in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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Basics Roads For a country as small as the Netherlands, there are a ridiculously high number of asphalt roads and motorways. Every town, village or hamlet can be reached from the black ribbon that never seems to be more than a few kilometres away. Despite the excellent state of Dutch roads (and cars - it is compulsory in the Netherlands that your car is checked for faults at least once every two years) traffic quite frequently jams at a large number of bottlenecks. This is not very strange if you consider that there are, on average, two vehicles per household. And there are 7 million households! The majority of Dutch drivers never break the speed limit, and considering the severity of traffic fines, this seems wise enough. Driving through a red light? This will cost you €160. Driving too fast within city limits? Be prepared to pay €180! And as soon as you exceed the maximum speed by 50km/h you’ll lose your driving licence and be fined. Just a few rules: within city limits you must drive 50km/h, outside city limits 80 and on motorways 100 or 120 (check the road signs!). In the Netherlands you must drive on the right side of the road, and you are not allowed to cycle on motorways! You don’t want to know how many tourists are plucked off the road by police each year, happily pedalling to their next destination. In Tilburg you get rewarded for driving 50 km/h within the city limits. When driving constantly according to the speed limit on the cityring the odds for getting a green light gets higher. We call it the Groene Golf (Green wave).

Little known Netherlands facts - People eat raw herring with onions on top. - Holland is 6.7 meters below sea level at its lowest point. About 20% of the country of The Netherlands is below sea level. The rest is above it and wouldn’t go under if the dikes gave way. - There are around 16 million bicycles in Holland, which supposedly means almost one for every inhabitant. - Holland has the highest museum density in the world, with almost 1000 museums. - The landscape of Holland is dotted with around 1000 windmills, which have become its hallmark. - The world’s largest flower auction is located in the Netherlands with 12.7 billion flowers and plants auctioned off in the past year. - With a gross domestic product of over €768 billion, the Netherlands is the 16th-largest economy in the world. - The Netherlands is the world’s second biggest exporter of agricultural goods after the United States. It’s also the world’s sixth-biggest exporter of goods. - Seven Dutch universities feauture in the European list of Top 50 academic institutes. - Home to a wide range of multinational companies from Heineken to Philips, the Netherlands is the word’s sixthlargest foreign investor.

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Until recently, smoking was very common in the Netherlands. Since the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places on 1 July 2008, smoking has become a lot less common. This is partially because the government started a huge campaign to make people aware of the effects of smoking on their health. Nowadays you can have a wild night out and come home without your hair and your clothes reeking of cigarette smoke. For some this is an enormous benefit, and others (read: smokers) find it a pain, and banish themselves to the many smoker’s rooms in the country. Moreover, thanks to unclear rules you may suddenly find yourself in a pub where there are people smoking. This is usually in pubs with just a single staff member: the boss. Or you may find yourself in a pub that flouts the ban on smoking. This will not have any consequences for you: if you light a cigarette in a pub and the manager tolerates this, then the manager will receive a fine upon inspection. Next to cigarette smoke, the Netherlands is of course also known for its wafts of marijuana. For more information see ‘Drugs’.

In the Netherlands, the rules and regulations for visitors from abroad are contained in the Aliens Law. Whether a prospective visitor requires a visa depends on his nationality and how long he intends to stay in the Netherlands. Nationals of many countries require a visa for an uninterrupted stay of up to three months. Countries whose nationals do not require a visa for a stay of three months or less include: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (Federal Republic), Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela. For an overview of all regulations visit www.learn4good. com/travel/nl_regulations.

Tipping Tipping, if deserved, is up to the diner, with 10 percent or a rounding up of the bill both being acceptable.

Toilets There are few public toilets in the Netherlands, but if you’re lucky enough to find one you can recognise if it’s for Ladies (Dames) or Gents (Heren) by a symbol or a word on the door. When you have to go badly, it’s not generally accepted to simply barge into a café or restaurant. If you do, staff will appreciate if you ask in advance if you may use the toilet. If you see a saucer by the toilets, then you’re expected to donate a small amount of money for toilet maintenance; 20 or 50 cents is fine. Tip: Hema, a chain of shops which has branches in almost every town, has a paid public toilet. If you see a large, red sign with HEMA on it, then deliverance may be near!

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history Tilburg’s long history stretches back to the 8th century.

709 - First mention of Tilburg A document from the Liber Aereus Epternacensis includes a mention of Tiliburgis. On 21May, the priest Vigilius writes a document in Tiliburgis, in which the nobleman Aengilbertus donates a farm to the Bishop of Utrecht, Wilibrord. Tiliburgis is most likely a name for a collection of settlements.

1232 - First mention of the church

1500 - A centre for textiles At this time Tilburg consists of the villages of Goirke, Heike, Heuvel, Hasselt and Heikant. Many sheep are kept on the vast heaths surrounding these villages. The large quantities of wool generated through this are ideal for the emerging of Tilburg’s textile industry. Many people in Tilburg find work as sheep shearers, spinners or weavers. As time passes Tilburg grows to become the Netherlands’ largest centre for textiles.

1570 - The Tilburg Fair

Duke Hendrik I of Brabant grants patronage rights to the church of West Tilburg at the abbey of Tongerlo. The church had Saint Dionysius, the first bishop of Paris, as its patron. It’s unknown when Tilburg’s first church was built, but it was erected at the location of the current Heike Church.

1387 - Lord of Tilburg Duchess Johanna van Brabant is in need of money. Knight Paulus van Haestrecht, high sheriff of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, is willing to lend the Duchess a sum of money. Johanna van Brabant gives him the villages of Tilburg, Drunen and Goirle as collateral for the loan. Hereby Paulus van Haestrecht becomes lord of Tilburg.

1453 - Philip’s own aldermen

The first written mention of the Tilburg Fair, which is held in August, is made in a custody account. In 1575, King Philip II grants Tilburg permission to hold three annual fairs. The Fun Fair of Tilburg, which has been held each last week of July since 1939, has now grown into an event which draws over one million visitors.

1746 - Painter Gérard van Spaendonck is born Th e painter G érard van Spaendonck is born. This son of a future mayor of Tilburg receives his training as a painter in Antwerp from Guillaume-Jacques Herreyns. In 1769 he leaves for Paris where he makes a name for himself as a painter of flowers. Claude-Henri Watelet vouches for him and he is appointed as a miniature painter at the court of Louis XVI. In 1808 Napoleon grants him the title of Count. When he dies in 1822, he is buried at the Parisian cemetery Père Lachaise.

Philip the Good of Burgundy and the Duke of Brabant grants Paulus van Haestrecht the authority to annually appoint seven aldermen to oversee the administration of justice in his villages of Tilburg and Goirle. From now on justice will be meted out according to the code of justice of ‘sHertogenbosch.

1809 - Tilburg becomes a city

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King Louis Napoleon visits Tilburg during a tour of the Netherlands. By royal decree the king grants Tilburg the rights of a city on 18 April 1809. An earlier census showed that Tilburg had 9465 inhabitants.

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history 1840 - Crowning of King Willem II

1809 - Petrus Donders is born

On 7 October King Willem II is crowned. This member of the royal family enjoyed his stay in Tilburg commenting “Here I can breathe freely.” In 1847 he commissioned a palace to be built here, which was to serve as a country residence. It was in this beloved city that King Willem II passed away on 17 March 1849 after a brief illness.

O n 27 O c t o b e r P e t r u s Donders is born in Tilburg. Peerke, as he is called by l o c al s, gra d u a te s fro m seminary and leaves for Suriname in 1842. Initially he works as a chaplain in Paramaribo. In 1855 h e b e c om es th e pri est in a leper colony on the Coppename river. Peerke dies in 1887 and is later buried in the Cathedral in Paramaribo. After his death, several miraculous healings are attributed to him and the house where he was born becomes a place of pilgrimage. In 1982 he was beatified in Rome and and in 2009 a museum was opened in his honour in Tilburg: Peerke Donders Paviljoen, Museum voor naastenliefde.

1927 - Tilburg University

1827 - The first steam engine arrives in Tilburg

On 8 July 1944, Coba Pulskens, who had already provided a hiding place for Jews, is requested to arrange a place to stay for five Allied pilots. While three of the pilots are already ensconced in a house on Diepenstraat, the car containing the two remaining pilots is stopped by German soldiers. During the interrogation, the Germans find out the hiding place of the other pilots. During the subsequent house raid, the three pilots, of Canadian, British and Australian nationality, are killed. Coba is arrested and dies in February 1945 in the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

Pieter van Dooren uses Tilburg’s first steam engine, built in Vervier, in the wool mill which he opened in 1825. Protests erupt among local textile workers, who fear that the machine will make them obsolete and Pieter van Doren’s windows are smashed. In 1975 his wool mill is demolished after heated debates in the Tilburg city council.

The Roman Catholic Trade Academy is founded. The school opens with 28 economics students. From 1963, several departments are added to the academy, among others the faculties of Law, Theology and Literature. In 1986, the name of the academy is changed to the Catholic University of Brabant, but since 2002 its official name is Tilburg University.

1944 - Resistance by Coba Pulskens

1992 - Museum De Pont is opened

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The De Pont centre for modern art is opened in a former wool mill, which was remodelled by the architects Bethem and Crouwel. The museum for national and international visual art was named after lawyer and businessman Mr J.H. de Pont (1915 - 1987), whose will stipulates the creation of a foundation ‘ fo r t h e s ti m u l a ti o n o f contemporary art’.

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Culture & Events When the Dutch think of Tilburg and events, the annual Tilburgse Kermis fair immediately comes to mind and as far as culture is concerned the city has a lot to offer. A great theatre and one of the Netherlands’ better concert halls are both available in Tilburg. Any true music fan would be happy to pay a visit to 013, which has gained worldwide recognition as the venue for the Roadburn Festival. Check venue websites for more musicals, theatre and concerts.

Cinemas Foreign films are screened in the original language with Dutch subtitles, except for children’s films which are usually dubbed.

Cinecitta C-2, Willem II Straat 29, tel. (+31) 135 42

13 79, cinecitta.tilburg@planet.nl, www.cinecitta.nl. This cinema shows films of completely different calibre than the ones featured at the big multiplexes, hence the absence of youngsters out to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Although the big screen occasionally shows some popular films, most are edgy art-house films. The beautiful building in the heart of the city has three screens, a large reception area and a relaxed atmosphere. Euroscoop I-6, Olympiaplein 2, tel. (+31) 135 81 28 20, info@euroscoop.nl, www.euroscoop.nl. This massive Belgian cinema offers 12 screening rooms and a wide variety of popular current films including some in 3D. Tickets are also a euro cheaper here than at places in the city. QOpen 14:00 - 24:30. TG Pathé C-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 174, tel. (+31) 900 14 58, www.pathe.nl. This cinema boasts seven theatres with a total of 1400 seats. Although virtually every type of film is shown here, it’s a cinema that seems to attract mainly younger people, a fact that’s also reflected in the selection of films. The big theatres are equipped with excellent sound systems and digital projectors and some movies are also shown in 3D. QOpen 13:00 - 24:00. PJUG

Concert halls 013 D-2, Veemarktstraat 44, tel. (+31) 134 60 95 00,

fax (+31) 134 60 95 01, informatie@013.nl, www.013. nl. From Cypress Hill and Robbie Williams to Editors and Moby, the biggest names in pop and alternative music have all played at 013. It’s main room offers a sloped floor like a theatre’s so every spot in the house is good for keeping an eye on the band. Named after the area code of Tilburg, this famous music club draws crowds from all over the Netherlands. QOpen 07:30 - 02:30, Thu, Fri, Sat 07:30 - 04:30. JEGX Paradox C-2, Telegraafstraat 62, beheer@paradoxtilburg.nl, www.paradoxtilburg.nl. Tilburg has a long tradition of Jazz music, but even though several of its pioneers were born here, these days it’s still a genre which is only regularly heard at a place like Paradox. Established long ago by Tilburg Jazz musicians as a place where all artists could play, it still serves that function today. Basically, it’s an old but lively pub with a smoky atmosphere that’s dark, hot and sweaty. In other words, the perfect venue for jazz. Q JEGX

Rock, folk, jazz & More Sept Date Time Event Venue 23 21:00 Claron McFadden meets the PA Artvark Saxophone Quartet: Sly Meets Callas. Jazz. €15 25 15:00 Matilde Santing. After 30 years PA she’s still suprisingly innovative. €15 29 21:00 Rock Academy Music Lab. An PA evening with the students of the Tilburg Rock Academy. Oct 3 20:00 Enter Shikari. A vibrant mix of post-hardcore, metal, trance and rave. Known for the hits Take to The Skies and Common Dreads. €17.50 6 20:00 INCUBATEd10: Male Bonding / True Widow. €7 7 21:00 Trytone’s NL-NY Music Kitchen: Celano Baggiani Group ft. Michael Moore meets Ellery Eskelin, Sylive Courvoisier. €13 8 20:15 1349. A Norwegian band whose music has been described as “a soundscape from hell”. Intense Death Metal. €15 8 21:00 Bunderblues Extra: Ian Parker Solo. €8 9 14:30 Kashba: the whole world in the house. €3 9 20:30 Kayak. Symphonic rock from the band that brought us Wintertime, Starlight Dancer and Ruthless Queen. €22.50 11 20:00 Ghost Brigade with A Storm of Light and Intronaut. Post-metal music concert. €13.50 12 20:15 Israel Nash Gripka. Singersongwriter who mixes rock, country, soul and gospel. €11.50 13 20:30 Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies. Alternative country, rockabilly. €7.50 14 19:45 Exhumed, Cephalic Carnage, Cliteater, Drown the Moth. €16 15 20:30 The Bruceband - Bruce Springsteen Tribute: Clarence Clemons Memorial with special guest Jake Clemons. €15

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Exhibitions Audax Textielmuseum Tilburg I-5, Goirkestraat 96, tel. (+31) 135 36 74 75, info@textielmuseum.nl, www. textielmuseum.nl. The Textile Museum offers insight into the rich textile history of Tilburg. It is housed in a 19th century building and the collection is divided into 4 sections: textile science, design, industrial culture and arts. QOpen 10:00 Air - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00.

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Local boys Golden Earring will play their classic 1980s style pop tunes at 013 on February 10

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15:00 Destine. Known for hits Stars and Stay. Pre-programme by Attack!Attack! and Room94. €12.50 21:00 CD Launch: Melphi. €10 (album included) 21:00 North Atlantic Oscillation. New talent in post-rock/pop 19:30 Saviours. A must-see for fans of Mastodon and Wolfmother. With Anaphylactic Shock, Green & Wood and Your Highness as support acts. €8 19:30 System Divide. Exclusive concert at 013. €13.50 21:00 Jazztown Tilburg Festival 01. €10 19:30 Pete and the Pirates. One of the best never-hyped Britpop bands. €12 19:00 Loungem: Ladies Only. €12.50 19:30 The Joy Formidable. Their only show in Holland! €11 21:00 Paul van Kemenade invites: Cinema Sonore with Sjaak Swinkels and Peter Hofland. €10 20:00 Racoon. A very talented band that needs no introduction in Holland. €20 20:15 Kellermensch. Melancholy rock band with classical influences. €15 20:30 New Morning Trio ft. Tim Lefebvre, Oz noy and Jeroen Vrolijk. €15 22:00 Wonderful Days Vol.3. Back to the golden years of happy hardcore and bouncy techno. €5 20:15 The Ex. Open-minded music with supporting act Cactus Truck. €12 20:15 Wolves in the Throne Room. €15

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20:30 Nuclear Sushi. Heavy trash metal with a capital H. Supported by Ink & Gomorra. €5 21:00 Young VIP Tour 2011: Clemens van der Feen Band & Castel / Van Damme Quartet. €10 20:15 Moke - Till Death Do Us Part. €15 - 25 20:30 Ben Saunders. The Voice of Holland winner Ben Saunders on stage. €19.50 20:15 A Silent Express. An up-andcoming Dutch pop/rock band. €9 19:30 Triggerfinger. The 13th year anniversary of 013 will be celebrated with the Belgian rock monster Triggerfinger. €20 19:15 Wilco. Alternative rock and country anyone? €30 19:00 Opeth. Swedish death metal with supporting act Pain of Salvation. €27.50 20:30 Bush. No intro needed, just brilliant rock music. Supporting act Evaline will also rock. €30 21:00 Othin Spake NY Extende Band. 15 19:00 Hammerfall. Power and heavy metal institution Hammerfall in their only show in Holland with supporting acts Amaranthe and Riot. €22 20:45 The Seatsniffers. International roots rock band from Belgium. €12 21:00 DIME’s Double Bill: Ploctones & Gianluca Petrella’s Tubolibre. €15 21:30 Jungle By Night. Afrobeat band. €10 21:00 Soo Cho Quartet. €10 21:30 La Boutique Fantastique. A mix of soul, chansons, hiphop, gypsy and circusmusci. Both catchy and danceable. €13.50 20:45 Aux Raus. Farewell tour by gabberpunk band Aux Raus together with American hiphopelectro band Bronstibock. €11.50 21:00 Jan van Duikeren’s Fingerprint (album presentation). €15 15:00 De Coronas - Radio Corona. €19 15:00 Jiddisch Festival Extra: Mazzeltov. €10 20:00 Marillion. Billed as a band that really moves the crowd. €19 18:30 In Flames. Metal band supported by Ghost, Rise To Remain and Insense. Their only show in Holland! €30 21:00 Paul van Kemenade invites: Markus Stockhausen, Markku Ounaskari and Stevko Busch. €8

Dec 1 20:00 Selah Sue. A soon to be worldstar and a must see on the stage. €19

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Culture & Events BKKC C-2, Spoorlaan 21 i-k, tel. (+31) 137 50 84 00,

info@bkkc.nl, www.bkkc.nl. BKKC is Brabant’s provincial Knowledge Centre for the Arts. The centre compares itself to a spider, which deserves some explanation. The large space is divided into eight big sections or legs if you will: the arts, film, theatre, dance, music, design and architecture (and one more that we forgot). BKKC’s main objective is to support artists from Brabant in their development as much as possible, but the general public can also benefit from the exhibitions on display here, but entertaining day trippers isn’t its highest priority. QOpen 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. JG De Pont I-5, Tjeuke Timmermansstraat 4, tel. (+31) 135 43 83 00, info@depont.nl, www.depont.nl. De Pont combines the history of Tilburg with contemporary art. It offers both temporary and permanent exhibitions. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Natuurmuseum Brabant B-2, Spoorlaan 434, tel. (+31) 135 35 39 35, fax (+31) 135 35 10 90, info@ natuurmuseumbrabant.nl, www.natuurmuseumbrabant. nl. The magnificent building of the Brabant Museum of Nature is home to thousands of beautiful stuffed animals, fossils, plants and insects. In addition, the museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions and a very creative way marketing them. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. TJAGK

Live music Bolle D-3, Piusplein 8, tel. (+31) 135 81 02 90, info@

cafe-bolle.nl, www.cafebolle.nl. In 2011 this place was named one of the best pubs in the Netherlands. The stage at the back is frequently occupied by live bands and you might just stumble upon a fairly famous group, even on a weekday. QOpen 10:00 - 04:00, Mon, Tue, Wed 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 02:00. (€9 - 14). TJEGBKX Cenakel J-6, Cenakel 1, tel. (+31) 135 81 13 67, fax (+31) 135 81 13 57, info@cenakel.nl, www.cenakel.nl. After a thorough renovation in 1998, the former monastery chapel of the Cenakel has become a popular venue for concerts and exhibitions.

Special events venues Leijpark Ringbaan Zuid. This 30-acre park was built in an

English landscape style as a job creation project prior to World War II. The tiny De Leij stream from which the park derives its name lends it extra allure. In the summer the Mundial Festival takes place here. Muzentuin C-4, Zwijsenplein 1. The Garden Muse is a hidden gem where concerts and theatre events take place on a regular basis. It was formerly the garden of the monastery of the Order of Our Lady of Visitation.

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Oisterwijk Outdoor Theatre (Natuurtheater Oisterwijk) Gemullehoekenweg 147, Oisterwijk, tel. (+31) 617 59 53 68, info@natuurtheater.nl, www.natuurtheater.nl. During the summer months weekly performances take place in this Roman-style amphitheatre. For over half a century local culture-lovers have enjoyed the modern open-air version of ‘Bread & Circuses’. Tivoli Park (Interpolistuin) E-2, Spoorlaan 298. The Tivoli Park is located on the edge of the shopping and entertainment district of the city centre. Its trees and ponds make it the perfect place for a wide variety of cultural events. The name of this green oasis comes from its sponsor, the Interpolis insurance company, which also owns the gigantic futuristic building next door. Wagnerplein Wagnerplein, www.wagnerplein.nl. This completely covered mall is located right in the heart of the Tilburg North multicultural district. It boasts regular appearances by musicians, artists and some small festivals.

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Gabberpunk band Aux Raus will perform on November 25 at 013. Photo by Ruud van der Peijl

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20:15 Crazy Piano’s: Let’s Go Crazy. €16 - 27 21:00 SEEDIII: Tetzepi meets Nils Wogram. €13 21:00 AmRo JazzClash: Tin Man and the Telephone & The Mirror Conspiracy. €15 21:00 Wolfert Brederode Interantional Quartet (ECM album presentation Post Scriptum). €15

Feb 2 21:00 INCUBATEd14. €10 3 21:00 Mathias Eick Quintet. €15 5 19:00 Guano Apes. German rock gods known for their mega hit Open Your Eyes. €27.50 10 19:00 Golden Earring. Probably Holland’s internationally best known band. €33 11 21:00 Vjazz: New Cool Collective ft. Anton Goudsmit. €18 15 21:00 Adventurous Music: Zwarte Vleugels 02 16 21:00 Rock Academy Music Lab 17 21:00 Starvinsky Orchestra. €15 18 21:00 Jazztown Tilburg Festival 02. €10 19 15:30 Folkcafé. €10 22 21:00 Adventurous Music: VLEK 02 24 21:00 Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet. €15 Mar 1 21:00 INCUBATEd15. €10 2 21:00 CD Presentation. Out of The Blues: Pascal Vermeer, Arno Krijger adn the Dick de Graaf Trio. €12 7 21:00 Ruben Hein LOOSE FIT ft. Ernst Glerum & Joost Patocka. €13 9 21:00 Estafest. €15 10 20:30 Epica. Mixed with classical, heavy and death metal music. €25 10 21:00 Vjazz: FULLDUPLEXX. €15 14 21:00 Adventurous Music: Lunapark 01. €8 15 20:00 Nina June - Planet I. The Dutch Dusty Springfield. €18.50 15 21:00 Rock Academy Music Lab 16 21:00 Ben van Gelder Quintet ft. Aaron Parks. €15 17 20:15 Within Temptation - The Unforgiving. €45 18 15:30 Folkcafé. €10 21 21:00 Paul van Kemenade invites… €10 22 20:00 Vocals for Warchild. €10 23 21:00 Rudder ft. Chris Cheek, Henrey Hey, Tim Lefebvre and Keith Carlock. €18

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Sept Date Time Event Venue 30 Opening October Dance Month: Danshuis Station Zuid - Lust 4. A very special location will host the first performances of the Dance Month. Tickets can be bought at Theaters Tilburg. €15 - 20 Oct 1-2 Opening October Dance Month: SZ Danshuis Station Zuid - Lust 4. A very special location will host the first performances of the Dance Month. Tickets can be bought at Theaters Tilburg. €15 - 20 6 - 7 10:00 Playgrounds Festival. NV International festival for innovation and creative audiovisual art 9 15:00 Heidenfest 2011: Finntroll, 13 Wintersun, Turisas, Alestorm, Arkona, Trollfest, Skalmold, Dornenreich, Todtgelichter. Visit the first edition of Heidenfest where the cream of the crop of pagan and folkmetal will perfom. €27.50 Nov 11 18:30 The Eastpak Antidote Tour 13 2011. A hard rock festival with performances by A Day to Remember, August Burns, The Ghost Inside and Living With Lions. €26 13 13:00 The Arrival of Sinterklaas (or PH Santa Claus as he is known throughout the world) Feb 18 Carnival Tilburg. Experience how OT - 21 the Dutch celebrate Carnival. Get your costume together and start drinking and dancing! The whole city of Tilburg will be the centre of the Carnival madness

German rock band Guano Apes will perform their hits at 013 on February 5. Photo by Daniel Cramer

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Sept Date Time Event Venue 23 20:00 Twan van Bragt - Exit the King. A NV musical about the transience of fame. €12.50 23, 20:30 Hans Klok - Circus Hurricane. A SB 24, 14:15 world-class illusionist at work. 25 19:00 €34.50 - 51.50 24 20:00 Tilburg Tigers: Impro with bite! NV €12.50 26 20:00 Kevin Toma & Friends - Häxan SB film concert. €15 29 20:00 World Podium: Eastern Europe NV 30 20:00 Opening of October Dance SZ month: Danshuis Station Zuid - Lust 4 Oct 1 20:00 L’Avventura-avond. An adventurous evening. €14.50 4 20:15 T.r.a.s.h. : Safe Absence (premiere). Explosive and without compromise. €14.50 - 24.50 5 20:15 BLAZE - The Latest Dance Craze. The best of the best in streetand breakdance. €19.50 - 33.50 8 10:30 Dance Month - Kunstbalie: BAD. The best in amateur dancing 12 20:30 Dance Month - Dansacademie FHK Tilburg. A compilation by third-year students at the Fontys Dance academy. €11 12 20:30 The Umbilical Brothers - Heaven by Storm. €19 13 20:30 Dance Month - Nicole Beutler: 3 The Garden. €14.50 13 20:30 Urbania 2011 - Urban Dance from Tilburg. €5 14 20:30 Dance Month - Anoukvandijk dc: Muze. €14.50 16 16:00 Dance Month - Kunstbalie: BLINKERS. €7.50 18 20:15 Isabelle Beernaert - Ne Me Quitte Pas. €27 - 37 27 20:30 Dance Month - Station Zuid/ Frauke Requardt. €12.50 29 19:00 Tilburg Textiles Closing Ceremony Nov 5 20:00 L’Avventura-avond. Adventurous evening at the NWE Vorst. €14.50 23 20:00 Kim Leeuw - Vandaag zon ik in de regen. Dance. €12.50 28 20:15 Boris Eifman Ballet - Anna Karenina. €24 - 42 30 20:00 JP den Tex - Speak Diary - Hollandse Americana, international class. €19.50 30 20:15 Scapino Ballet Rotterdam: Kathleen. Explosive dance to trashrock by Godflesh. €15 - 26 Dec 1, 2 20:15 Daddy Cool - Kim-Lian van der Meij, Jetty Mathurin, Ruben Heerenveen and others. €27 - 47

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16:00 Flamenco Nuevo - Maria Juncal, Manuel Liñan and others. €12.50 20:30 Opera Zuid - Kátja Kabanova (Janácek). €23 - 41 20:30 Daniele Lehmann, Inari Salmivaara, Hans Tuerlings - Simple Questions (première). €14.50 20:15 ISH - MonteverdISH. The So You Think You Can Dance jury. €14 - 22 20:00 L’Avventura-avond. Adventurous evening at the NWE Vorst. €14.50 20:15 Netherlands Dance Theatre I: Arms. €17 - 30 20:30 T.r.a.s.h. - 10 years of T.r.a.s.h. 19:30 Sint Petersburg Ballet - Sleeping Beauty. €27 - 42

Jan 12, Vorst-Vanves - An international 13 encounter 14 20:00 L’Avventura-avond. Adventurous evening at the NWE Vorst. €14.50 19 20:30 Abattoir Fermé - Monkey. €17 27, Gloednieuw. Brand New theatre 28 productions 28 20:00 Tilburg Tigers - Impro with bite! €12.50 Feb 2 20:30 Koen de Preter & Maria Ibarretxe - Whilst Things Can Change. €12.50 4 20:00 L’Avventura-avond. Adventurous evening at the NWE Vorst. €14.50 7 20:15 Beijing Contemporary Dance Theater Haze - Opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. €12 - 30 12 20:15 Balletboyz - theTalent. €12 - 30 13 20:15 Plien & Bianca - Heb je hun weer. €24 - 30 16 20:30 Jefta van Dinther / Minna Tiikkainen - Taking Matter Mar 1 20:15 Netherlands Dance Theatre - Traces. €17 - 30 3 20:00 L’Avventura-avond. An adventurous evening at the NWE Vorst. €14.50 7 14:30 The National Ballet - Hans van Manen 80. €24 - 40 9 14:30 The National Ballet - De kleine grote kist €9.45 9 20:15 The National Ballet - Sterrenstof (premiere). €17 - 40 15 20:30 Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir - Soft Target 29, Jelena Kostic - Yell Penelope. 30 Dance, rock and traditional Serbian singing 31 20:00 Tilburg Tigers - Impro with bite! €12.50

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Culture & Events Sport venues Willem II stadium I-6, Goirleseweg 34, tel. (+31)

135 49 05 90, www.willem-ii.nl. Since the local football club hasn’t had much success recently, most people come to this great stadium for concerts by famous Dutch pop stars.

Theatres Bosvreugd Cultuurbos H-5, Reeshofdijk 12, tel. (+31)

134 63 35 31, info@bosvreugd.nl, www.bosvreugd.nl. Bosvreugd is a multicultural meeting place every Sunday afternoon. Surrounded by two parks, the Wandelbos and the Oude Warande, Bosvreugd is located in the heart of the greenest part of Tilburg. In the summer there’s an outside bar on the large sidewalk where you can order snacks and on weekdays you can hire Bosvreugd for private parties. QOpen , Sun 15:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat. T6EB De NWE Vorst C-3, Willem II straat 49, tel. (+31) 135 32 85 20, info@denwevorst.nl, www.denwevorst. nl. This building has served various functions since it was built in 1872, but today it’s a modern, unusual theatre. It offers two stages, one large and one incredibly small where you’re practically sitting in the laps of the actors. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 15:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Sun. TJHGK Jan van Besouw Goirle Thomas van Diessenstraat 1, tel. (+31) 135 34 34 00, fax (+31) 135 34 76 70, inf o@janvanb esouw.nl, w w w.janvanbesouw. nl. The Jan van Besouw Cultural Centre is located in a former monastery in Goirle. The modern interior instantly catches your attention upon entering, but the theatre with roughly 400 seats is its main attraction. A chapel, a grand café, conference rooms and a library are also at your disposal. Q Open 09:00 - 24:00, Mon 13:00 - 24:00. HLGK Miditheater D-2, Heuvelring 108, tel. (+31) 138 20 00 00, joost@miditheater.nl, www.miditheater.nl. The financial turmoil that surrounds this theatre has given the members of the local city council loads of headaches, but the rest of culture-loving Tilburg come here to enjoy cabaret, comedy and other theatrical arts.

Exhibitions Exhibition Venue David Claerbout - Sunrise. On display until 02.10. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon DP Ronald Noorman - Solace: work on paper. On display until 20.11. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon DP Mark Wallinger - MARK. On display 08.10 - 18.02. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon DP Vanitas: Artworks about transience. €7. On display from 18.10. Open 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon NB Presentation Social Soundtrack: flags and portraits. Check out Tilburg Textiles’ custom soundtrack. On display until 28.10. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00 TM Lelies en Distels. An exhibition of flower motifs, especially in damask tables. On display until 06.11. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00 TM Timetables. An exhibition about tables, cups and dishes. On display from 19.11. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00 TM Expo A. van Campenhout. On display from 26.11 22.01. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon DP i Fabric. European Talent: Young and promising designers from Europe active in fashion, interior and design. On display until 29.01. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00 TM Solo exhibition with work by designer Christien Meindertsma. On display from 11.02. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00 TM Hot Hearts - Cool Heads. See how Tilburg’s workers got around 100 years ago. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00 TM Wollendekenfabriek. A peek at the textile factory from 1900 - 1940. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00 TM Anish Kapoor - Vertigo. Open 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon DP

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isbouwmeesterplein 1, tel. (+13) 135 43 22 20, fax (+31) 135 43 95 53, ticketservice@theaterstilburg. nl, www.theaterstilburg.nl. Many Dutch musicals have premiered at De Tilburgse Schouwburg (The Tilburg Theatre) and young talents from the neighbouring Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Art College) regularly perform here. It also hosts a wide variety of events from comedy nights and cabaret to dance performances. The theatre is divided into several parts. Downstairs you’ll find a café/restaurant called Lucebert as well as ‘the studio’ with a separate entrance. QOpen 12:00 - 01:00. GBK

Tickets Tickets for events (music, sports, arts and theatre, family fun and festivals) are best bought at the venue itself or from TicketMaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.nl). You can buy tickets by phone or pick up reserved tickets from selected VVV Outlets and TicketShops and the Free Record Shop at Heuvelstraat 111.

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Oct Date Time Event Venue 2 14:30 Carmina Burana - O Fortuna by SB the Foundation of International Opera productions 2 18:30 Musical Dinner Sensation SB - Lucebert & Fontys Muziektheater. Menu: €66.50 - 82.50 3 20:30 Chamber music Souvenir by Vilde SB Frang & Michail Lifits 4 25 years of De Link. Chamber HC music 6 20:15 Aïda - Tatarstan State Opera. SB €23.50 - 41.50 6 20:30 Nederlands Blazers Ensemble SB - Paradise. €16.50 - 28.50 13 20:30 Amsterdam Sinfonietta - Elegy SB for a Rose 14 20:30 Zwita Swoon Group - Wait for Me. SB €17 - 30 15 20:30 Wibi Soerjadi - Piano recital. SB €18 - 30 18 Chamber music concert by De HC Link 27 20:30 Akademie für Alte Musik - Vivaldi SB by Jean Guihen Queyras. €19 - 32 Nov 5 20:30 Magogo Chamber Orchestra: Poetry on a String. €12 - 29 6 14:30 Surprising encounters at an autumn concert. €15 7 20:30 Souvenir chamber music series: Altenberg Trio €30 9 20:30 North Netherlands Orchestra & Owen Pallett - Heartland. €15 - 26 11 20:30 Orchestra of the 18th Century & Capella Amsterdam : Mozarts Entfürhung €19 - 33 16 20:30 Combattimento Consort Amsterdam: Dance, danca, DANSEZ €15 - 25 19 20:30 L’Orchestre d’HommesOrchestres. €12.25 25 20:30 Conservatoria Tilburg, Gent and Maastricht Concert. €15 Dec 1 20:30 Magogo Chamber Orchestra: Carmen - In vuur en vlam. €16 - 29 2 20:30 The Brabant Orchestra - Grootse Romantiek. Classical music from Brabant’s most active orchestra. €19 - 33 3 13:00 Dinner Chantant - EetTheater. Dine and enjoy! Menu: €60 3 20:30 Izaline Calister, Julya Lo’ko & Lilian Vieira: Nomads €15 - 26 8 20:30 Cappella Pratensis, Paul van Kemenade, El Periquin & Serigne Gueye - Fantasy Colours. €12 - 21 10 20:00 Lolly Jane Blue - The Odyssey of Lolly Jane Blue. €19.50

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14:30 The Brabant Orchestra - Everything you need to know about Mozart (age 7+). €13 - 18 14 20:00 Charlie Dée - If I look Back on Yesterday. €19.50 15 20:00 Margriet Eshuijs Present… €22.50 15 20:30 Ghalia Benali sings Oum Kalthoum. €16 - 26 16 20:30 The Brabant Orchestra Christmas concert. €19 - 33 17 20:30 Orchestra Zuid - A musical Christmas tale. €20 18 14:30 De Nederlandse Bachvereniging - Hohe Messe. The Dutch Bach Ensemble. €24 - 42 18 20:15 Rob de Nijs - Eindelijk Vrij. The Dutch grand master at his best. €21 - 36 19 20:30 St. Jacobs Kammarkör Stockholm - Folkjul: a Swedish Folk Christmas. €12 - 29 25, 18:30 Christmas Dinner Sensation 26 €82.50 Jan 5 20:15 Gerard van Maasakkers - Lijflied. Songs about Brabant Life. €15 - 25 7 20:00 Fernando Lameirinhas - E Terno. €22.50 11 20:30 Souvenir chamber music series - Cuarteto Casals. €20 - 30 12 20:30 Dutch Swing College Band & the Marine Choir of the Royal Navy - When The Swing Comes Marching In! €17 - 30 14 20:30 Amsterdam Sinfonietta - Ellen ten Damme. €21 - 37 15 11:30 Netherlands Bach Ensemble - Sunday morning lounge 15 18:30 Musical Dinner Sensation - Lucebert & the Fontys Muziektheater. Menu: €66.50 - 82.50 19 20:30 Petra Berger - Touched by Streisand. €16 - 27 23 20:30 Souvenir chamber music series - International Storioni Chamber Music Festival. €22 27 20:30 Magogo Chamber Orchestra - The 8 Seasons: Vivaldi & Piazzolla 29 14:30 Khayelitsha United Mambazo Choir - Celebrating South Africa. €18 - 31 29 20:30 Baroque Lounge - Hamburgs Barok Orchestra Elbipolis & DJ Brezel Göring. €12.50 Feb 2 20:30 Savannah - Back to The Country. €17 - 25 3 20:30 The Brabant Orchestra - Yossif Ivanov. €19 - 33 4 13:00 Lunch break concert in the Foyer - By the Fontys Conservatory

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20:00 Chris Chameleon - Theatre Concert. €21 14:30 Wij Nederlanders. A tribute to Jules de Corte. €16 - 28 20:30 Gare Du Nord - Lilywhite Soul Tour. €15 - 25 20:30 Ogham - A Celtic Trip. €12 - 19 20:30 Souvenir chamber music series: Viviane Hagner & Robert Kulek. €22 20:30 Ensemble Amarcord - Vocal cream of the crop. €12 - 26 18:30 Musical Dinner Sensation. €66.50 20:30 Holland Baroque Society & Eric Vloeimans. €12.50 20:00 Marike Jager - Here Comes the Night. €22.50

Mar 1 20:30 Magogo Chamber Orchestra & Sven Ratzke - Berlin Cabaret. €16 - 29 2 20:00 Fred Delfgaauw & Bert van de Brink - Vliegen met één vleugel. A master storyteller meets piano virtuoso. €21 2 20:15 Liesbeth List - 70 jaar Liesbeth List. €22 - 37 3 13:00 Lunch break concert in the Foyer - By the Fontys Conservatory 3 20:30 Under African Skies - Party South African style! €18 - 31 6 20:30 Souvenir chamber music series. Francois-Frédéric Guy. €30.50 13 20:15 Opera Zuid - Mozart’s The Magic Flute. €23 - 41 17 20:30 The Brabant Orchestra. €19 - 33 18 14:30 Magogo for Kids. €10 - 15 20 20:30 Souvenir chamber music series. Trio Wanderer. €20 - 30 22 20:30 Eric Vaarzon Morel - The New World of Don Quichot. €16 - 26 23 20:15 Scapino Ballet & Combattimento Consort PEARL. €16 - 26 23 20:30 Kim Hoorweg & The Houdinis. Fever: A Tribute to Peggy Lee. €12 - 21

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Tilburg is a true student city. Foreign ‘scholars’ from all corners of the globe have travelled to this beautiful provincial town to attend Tilburg University or one of many other colleges available here. But industry also ensures a steady influx of foreigners in Tilburg and with this in mind Theaters Tilburg has capitalised on the fact that it can provide these visitors with entertainment of a more highbrow variety that has nothing to do with pubs, clubs and other assorted nightlife for which the city is so famous. The theatre offers a wide variety of performances for non-Dutch speakers from dance and cabaret to music and drama. O b v i o u s l y, t h i s doesn’t mean that the per formance will be available in English, Italian or Swahili, but the entertainment on offer is often of a type where language isn’t necessary, such as dance. No other city in the Netherlands is so actively involved in the genre of dance and four exciting dance performances are scheduled later this year beginning with the Danish dance company Granhøj Dance on October 7. The most surprising performance, which will take place on February 7, will be performed by the Beijing Contemporary Dance Theatre. A huge spongy mat will serve as their dance floor, so the performers’ movements will be distorted on the one hand, but they’ll also be able to do flips, rolls and other acrobatic manoeuvres on the unique surface. And choreographer Wang Yuanyuan is hardly a newcomer as he was also responsible for the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. The unpolished Nouveau Cirque from Finland will take to the stage on April 12 and the Belgian-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui promises many wonderful things to be seen on May 7. Comedy fans will no doubt be amused by the bone-dry humour of the Australian Kransky Sisters on February 12. The three eccentric sisters Mourne, Eve and Dawn from Esk, located in the Australian outback, were a huge hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006. Dressed in their famous long black pleated skirts with white blouses, the bizarre Australian Kransky Sisters will play the tuba, musical saw, keyboards and even toiletries and kitchen utensils. You too can watch what critics have called ‘a well-oiled comic machine.’ Music lovers should take advantage of a unique concert on March 3 and enjoy a mix of South Africa’s best vocal talents in Under African Skies. This vibrant act proves that apartheid is a thing of the past, as performers from of all colours, creeds and races illustrate the best that the Rainbow Nation has to offer. The visitor is magically transported to a club in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, a multicultural neighbourhood that was demolished by the old apartheid regime. Finally, on March 24, British actor Pip Utton, known for his ability to recreate uncanny images of historical figures and events, crawls Winston Churchill’s skin. A beacon in time of war, a writer, an historian and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Pip Utton looks back on this iconic statesman’s triumphs, disappointments and his place in history. In short, there’s plenty going on at Theaters Tilburg so enjoy a brilliant performance and remember that talent and humour know no linguistic boundaries.

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Where to stay Finding a place to stay in Tilburg takes some planning. There are few low budget hotels and hostels, so, unfortunately, most options are more expensive accommodations. If you’re a business traveller who can abuse the company’s expense account, then you’re in luck. All prices listed below include VAT and many offer breakfast, but often for a hefty fee.

Upmarket Auberge Du Bonheur H-5, Bredaseweg 441, tel.

(+31) 134 68 69 42, fax (+31) 135 81 27 46, www. bonheurhorecagroep.nl. The small Auberge du Bonheur hotel has a beautiful, classic Jaguar parked in the driveway, which is characteristic of the luxury and style you can expect here. Auberge du Bonheurs is, after all, the most chic hotel in Tilburg and each of its 26 rooms is uniquely designed with rural themes. The villa in which the hotel is housed is just outside the city centre, but there’s enough to do close by. The hotel has an outstanding restaurant and hikers can take advantage of the nearby woods, de Oude Warande, where you can go on long walks. The hotel is a short distance from Tilburg University and it’s suitable for bon vivants as well as for hardworking businesspeople. Q 26 rooms (doubles €129). POHALGBKXW

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Mid-range Bastion Hotel Tilburg J-6, Kempenbaan 2, tel. (+31)

135 44 19 99, fax (+31) 135 43 89 10, www.bastionhotelgroep.nl. Bastion is the Netherlands’ only national hotel chain of Dutch origin. It’s situated on the edge of Tilburg, ideally located between the Beekse Bergen and Efteling amusement parks. The rooms and bathrooms are simple and equipped with modern conveniences like electric kettles and free internet. This unpretentious hotel also serves the best breakfast in town where everything is fresh and you can eat as much as your stomach permits. Q40 rooms (40 doubles €36). THALKXW

134 63 63 35, fax (+31) 134 63 93 90, www.depostelsehoeve.nl. De Postelse Hoeve is located on the edge of the city near many motorways, so it’s ideal for business travellers and free parking is another perk. It looks more like an American motel, however, than a Dutch four-star hotel, because of its layered architecture. Despite the fact that the interior is somewhat dated, it still has plenty to offer. The dark rooms and corridors give the complex a 1970s look, but all have been upgraded with modern conveniences like wireless internet. The hotel’s restaurant, which happens to serve the best lobster in the Tilburg area, is reason enough to spend a cosy night here. Q PTHALGBKXW

City Hotel Tilburg D-3, Heuvelring 126, tel. (+31)

Mercure Hotel Tilburg Centrum D-3, Heuvelpoort 300,

De Rooi Pannen I-5, Dr. Ahausstraat 1, tel. (+31) 135

tel. (+31) 135 35 46 75, fax (+31) 135 35 58 75www. mercure-tilburg.nl. The biggest advantage of this four-star hotel is also its biggest drawback. Because it’s so centrally located in the heart of the bustling inner city near all of the pubs, clubs and nightlife, early sleepers might be bothered by the commotion outside. If, however, you don’t mind sleeping with your window closed, you’ll be fine. The staff is friendly and the rooms are spacious, but bear in mind that the best rooms are in the new extension of the hotel. The Taste restaurant in the cellar is excellent and well worth a try. Q 91 rooms (2 singles €128, 79 doubles €128, 4 triples €128, 2 suites €134, 4 apartments €140). PTJHAULGBKXW

135 35 13 55, www.cityhoteltilburg.nl. People who just see their hotel room as a place to sleep could hardly find a better place than the City Hotel, which is located in the heart of the city centre. But if you’re a light sleeper, this might not be the best place for you. Not everyone would be thrilled by the corny name and dull exterior, but no one could possibly complain about the comfortable beds in this small hotel. Modern amenities like flat screen TVs and recently renovated shower/bathrooms all come standard. Unfortunately you have to pay an absurd amount of money (€16) for internet. Q PJHAGXW 95 56 50, www.derooipannen.nl. The unsuspecting tourist who happens across this former convent will no doubt be surprised by the relatively low prices of its rooms. All of its accommodation from standard to super deluxe rooms are modern, comfortable, incredibly clean and are equipped with excellent beds. The reason for all this quality is that De Rooi Pannen is an educational institution for HoReCa students learning the hospitality trade in a practical setting. So don’t be surprised if an instructor openly discusses a mistake made by the receptionist. The rooms on the ground level have been furnished by the large, well-known hotel chains, while the rooms above are designed to look like luxurious five-star rooms. The hotel is closed during school holidays. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00. Closed Sat, Sun. 19 rooms (3-star €49, 4-star €59, 5-star €74). PTHALGKXW

Ibis Tilburg H-6, Dr. Hub Van Doorneweg 105, tel. (+31)

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134 63 64 65, fax (+31) 134 68 16 24, www.ibishotel. com. Wedged between an industrial estate and a stately neighbourhood of villas, at first glance Ibis doesn’t seem like an attractive option for spending the night in Tilburg. Yet, things are seldom what they seem. Its 72 rooms may be somewhat small, but they are incredibly clean, comfortable and the beds have great mattresses. The staff is friendly and parking is free. Unfortunately wi-fi is only free in the lobby, but double rooms with dividing doors are ideal for families. The bus will take you to the centre in eight minutes and a taxi ride will cost you €15. Q72 rooms (68 doubles €65 - 75, 4 family rooms €65 - 75). PHALBKXW

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Where to stay Budget Central Tilburg B-1, Spoorlaan 422, tel. (+31) 135 43

62 34, fax (+31) 135 44 11 01, info@hotelcentraltilburg. nl, www.hotelcentraltilburg.nl. The 22 rooms of this hotel are situated in an historic building from the 1930s. Few hotels in the inner city have a better price/quality ratio (especially according to backpackers) than this cheap hotel, although the interior hasn’t changed much since the war. The location, however, is perfect if you need to travel somewhere by train as the Central Station is right across the street. In every way, Hotel Central is a step back in time, with beds that aren’t the most comfortable, dated curtains, a shared toilet and stained carpets. If you have trouble walking you may want to skip the free breakfast, as you have to climb some very steep stairs to get there. This would be a shame, however, as the assorted buffet is actually quite good. The rooms vary greatly in size and quality, so use your best bargaining techniques. The ground floor restaurant serves the best spareribs and mussels! Q JHALGBKXW

Gastenverblijf Koningshoeven M-8, Eindhovenseweg 3, Berkel-Enschot, tel. (+31) 135 40 85 08, info@koningshoeven.nl, www.koningshoeven.nl. In these hectic times it’s great to get some proper rest now and again. One of the most beautiful places in Brabant, the Trappist monastery of Koningshoeven Abbey, is therefore an ideal location to spend the night. Peace reigns supreme in the charming monastery gardens as well as the library. For €40 per day you can catch a glimpse of modern monastic life, although the 18 resident monks live separate from their guests. Two of the three communal meals are eaten in silence, an atmosphere that these clergymen seem perfectly at ease with. Visitors must comply with the house rules, as well as the Golden Rule that nobody may speak after 21:00. The guest quarters include 29 sober one person rooms. If you feel like an even more ecclesiastical experience you can receive the sacrament of penance or have a personal talk with one of the monks. Q 29 singles (€40/room). Tours: 09:00 - 10:30 & 15:00 - 16:30. Closed Mon. LG

Het Wapen van Tilburg C-1, Spoorlaan 362, tel. (+31) 135 42 26 92, fax (+31) 135 35 18 68, info@ hetwapenvantilburg.nl, www.hetwapenvantilburg.nl. Het Wapen van Tilburg is a backpackers’ hostel rather than a budget hotel. It’s located diagonally opposite the railway station and next door to hash paradise The Grass Company. The very basic furnishings are almost spartan, with beds from IKEA and very little else. Five of the seven rooms are doubles and two can be reserved by groups. The communal showers and toilets are in the corridor. If you don’t mind all this, you’ve found one of the cheapest ways to experience Tilburg. And the bar is very cosy. QOpen 11:30 - 00:30, Thu 11:30 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 11:30 - 02:00. (7 suites L, 8 apartments L). (€22.50/person). JG

Bed & Breakfast Appartement Henk Perdijk B-2, Noordstraat 97, tel.

(+31) 135 35 76 20. On the top floor of the Viva Vintage second hand shop you’ll find Henk Perdijk’s apartment. The studio is very spacious and clean and, naturally, decorated with second hand goods that may strike you as a bit artistic. The owners are incredibly hospitable exceeding all expectations and are at your constant beck and call. As soon as you exit the front door you’re in a beautiful old street on the edge of the city centre surrounded by pubs, shops and restaurants. The station and the bus stop are within walking distance and a beautiful garden is also at your disposal. Q 1 room (€65/person). JLGBX

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Een der Koningshoeven Torentjeshoeve 7, tel. (+31) 651 99 19 52, www.eenderkoningshoeven.nl. The beautiful Een Der Koningshoeven farm is situated near a forest on a country estate that, as the name suggests, used to be part of one of the five farms that King William II had built in 1832. Many of these buildings have been used by the Cistercian Order, otherwise known as Trappist monks, since 1881. However, two of the holdings were sold to random buyers and one has been converted into lovely accommodation. There is space enough for two people in this little house, which has been designed with natural materials, but if you’re with a large group you can make use of the dormitory in the attic. Q (€40/person). LGB Gust van Dijk E-2, Tivolistraat 22, tel. (+31) 135 44 44 95, www.bedandbreakfasttilburg.nl. In the middle of the inner city of Tilburg you’ll find B&B Gust van Dijk that offers two rooms. These are both designed by artists and therefore look super hip. One is called the ‘Orange Submarine’ because of the overpowering colour scheme and the ‘City Park Greens’ offers a beautiful view of the lovely Tivoli Park. The B&B is located above a former shop that was built in 1937 based on drawings by architect Frans Ruts, who helped a lot of Brabant residents create their dream homes. In short, staying the night at Gust van Dijk is an inspiring, artistic and, best of all, restful experience. Q 2 rooms (doubles €90). JGBXW

Lelia en Michel Bakker J-5, Gildebroederstraat 60, tel.

(+31) 132 11 48 23. In the middle of a residential area that borders the busy centre of Tilburg is a friendly-looking house where three ordinary rooms have been turned into accommodation: two double rooms and a small single room. Due to the residential surroundings, you may feel like you’re staying the night with friends. The house is spic and span and you can contribute to this by only wearing the coloured slippers that are placed in front of you. If the owners of this friendly B&B ever go bankrupt, they’ll still be able to find work as translators as this hospitable duo speaks seven languages fluently. Q 3 rooms (singles and doubles €35/person). JB

Pinos B-1, Stationsstraat 8, tel. (+31) 135 42 55 23, fax (+31) 135 32 16 80. Pino’s bed and breakfast consists of three double rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The building is located directly opposite the railway station and it’s about a five-minute walk from the centre of town near the city’s best pubs, shops and restaurants. The B&B is housed above the Pino’s restaurant, which offers great atmosphere and international cuisine. Q 3 rooms (doubles €60). JGK

The Mystery of Tilburg If you’d like to discover Tilburg’s deepest secrets you can buy a city guide called Mystery of Tilburg for only €1 from the VVV Tilburg tourist information office at Nieuwlandstraat 34. The Tilburg City Museum designed a special walking route that includes a treasure hunt. The object of the game/tour is to solve a difficult riddle using a number of questions and cryptic clues, while get acquainted with Tilburg’s colourful history. The booklet and treasure hunt are also suitable for kids, as well as adults, and the route can be followed on a bike. Autumn 2011 - Winter 2012

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Out of town: Bed and Breakfast De 2 Linden I-5, Kerkstraat 122, Oisterwijk, tel. (+31)

135 21 70 68, www.de2linden.nl. This well-appointed accommodation offers the atmosphere of a five-star hotel, but without the stuffiness. The 2 Linden only has one apartment for a maximum of two people, but it has its own entrance, a bedroom, sitting room and small kitchenette. It’s also possible to have your breakfast served in your sitting room, which we highly recommend, as the breakfast is quite good. The monumental square leads directly to the oldest part of Oisterwijk and it’s only a couple of minutes’ walk to the main street with its many pleasant terraces. Q 1 room (apartments €95). G

De Keer Bossche weg 60, Den Dungen, tel. (+31)

736 13 40 54, achtvan@xs4all.nl, www.bbdekeer.nl. If you’ve spent any time travelling around the Netherlands you’ll have noticed that the Dutch keep their yards in immaculate condition and this B&B is no exception. De Keer, which dates back to 1720, has high bushes all around a spacious lawn and a beautiful sitting terrace where you can just make out the sounds of traffic going past. The apartment is equally spacious and just like the yard is in great condition. It’s in the middle of the Dutch heartland so bring your running shoes or rent a cycle from the B&B to explore the countryside. Q 1 appartment (1 person €80, two persons €90). TB

Hoeve de Mertel Biezenmortelsestraat 8, Biezenmor-

tel, tel. (+31) 135 11 17 64, www.hoevedemertel.nl. In the middle of Dutch countryside you’ll find one of the many long farms which are characteristic of the rural landscape. At Hoeve De Mertel you can stay the night in a former granary or a hay loft. Breakfast is included and this B&B also offers an extensive lunch or dinner with local produce, so your stay will be completely hassle-free. If you prefer to do your own cooking in the large kitchen, that’s also possible. The eight rooms differ in size and the bathrooms and toilets are communal. As you might expect, there are quite a few animals around. Cats roam freely and Swifter sheep can be admired on the meadows. Q 8 rooms (€29 - 34/person). TGBKW

‘t Vaticaan D-3, Koestraat 23, Hilvarenbeek, tel. (+31)

135 05 40 29, www.vgestel.nl. On the second floor of the old rectory named The Vatican you’ll find this B&B with two rooms. The breakfast is extensive and filling and in the room there’s even a well-stocked fridge for the guest’s convenience. A coffee maker, to help you get started in the morning is also a nice touch. The terrace and sauna are communal and children’s facilities sufficient. The premises are only a short walk away from the best pubs and restaurants on the historic Vrijthof square in Hilvarenbeek. Q 2 rooms (€35). TLGB

Out of town: Hotels De Druiventros M-8, Bosscheweg 11, Berkel-Enschot,

tel. (+31) 347 75 04 38, www.hoteldedruiventros.nl. This authentic family hotel offers plenty of the friendliness which is typical of the province of Brabant. Some would say the dated decor has seen better days, others will be impressed with the traditional hospitality, the comfortable bathrooms and unfailingly friendly staff. Whichever way you look at it, De Druiventros got its name in Napoleonic times, when there was a guesthouse at this very spot and a wine depot across the road. These days you’re better off with a room at the back of this large hotel, as the horse-drawn carts have been replaced by fairly heavy traffic. Modern conveniences include a restaurant, bar, free parking at the back, wireless internet access and laundry service.Q (€97.50). PTH6ULGBKXW

Hotel Gilze-Rijen L-8, Klein Zwitserland 8, Gilze, tel.

(+31) 161 45 49 51, www.hotelgilzerijen.nl. The fourstar hotel Van der Valk Gilze-Rijen is exactly halfway between Tilburg and Breda, which means that each of these Brabant towns is only a 15-minute drive away. The hotel was built in a country house style, which is typical of Van der Valk hotels, not to mention the enormous toucan on the roof. The majority of the 210 rooms have been furnished according to the latest fashion, although guests who enjoy a bit more luxury can use their credit cards to gain access to an even more luxurious suite. The hotel also boasts a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath and in-house casino - a major bonus in our estimation. Q 210 rooms (standard, comfort and luxury suites €79 - €149). POTHUFLGBKDXCW

Waalwijk Hotel Burg van de Klokkenlaan 15, Waal-

wijk, tel. (+31) 416 33 60 45, www.hotelwaalwijk.nl. This multifunctional hotel in the centre of Waalwijk caters to businesspeople and the primarily Dutch visitors of the nearby amusement park. The spacious family rooms provide added value to this hotel, which is nevertheless in dire need of a redecoration. The rather shabby and dated exterior isn’t exactly encouraging and the sagging mattresses will cause you to roll to the middle of your bed. Q (€64). LBK

Ruys Willem Ruysstraat 9, Goirle, tel. (+31) 135 34

76 83, www.gastenverblijfruys.nl. Guest house Ruys is located about five minutes outside of Tilburg. This means you’re close to the comforts of the town, yet the house is surrounded by greenery. This apartment measures at least 40m2 and consists of a bedroom, living room, bathroom and small kitchen and is suitable for day-trippers as well as businessmen looking for a quiet environment and personal service. Q 1 apartment (€44 - 50). GBW

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Restaurants With a population of thousands of international students, Tilburg isn’t exactly a Mecca for foodies and gourmets, but local restaurants do cater to pretty much every ethnic taste. It’s possible to sip margaritas at siesta time and savour souvlaki for supper. And compared to other European cities, typical tourist traps are relatively rare. By the way, tipping isn’t mandatory, but it’s a nice gesture to leave 10% for good service. Prices in parentheses indicate the average cost of a main course only.

Arabic Sarban I-5, Besterdring 2, tel. (+31) 135 35 35 67,

www.sarban.nl. Even if Afghan cuisine doesn’t ring any bells, anyone who has enjoyed a meal at Sarban will leave the restaurant full of praise and admiration. The starters and mains consist of several dishes with a variety of appetisers. The service is very friendly and the staff is keen to explain what’s on offer. The Sarban logo depicts camels and they’re also to be found in photographs and statues all over the restaurant. Strangely enough it’s main table is at the back and is typically Afghan. Think of a raised stage with gorgeous cushions on which guests sit cross-legged. Diners remove their shoes and beach wraps are available for women wearing short skirts. Also a perfect place to smoke a water pipe. QOpen 16:30 - 22:00. (€27). TGK

Symbol key P Air conditioning

A Credit cards accepted

E Live music

S Take away

T Child friendly

I Fireplace

X Smoking section

U Facilities for the disabled

W Free wireless internet 6 Pets allowed

Child friendly Etenstijd J-6, Professor van Buchemlaan 4, tel. (+31)

135 37 26 50, info@etenstijd.nl, www.etenstijd.nl. From the outside this restaurant looks like an English mansion, yet the interior is reminiscent of an old-fashioned ocean liner. In the middle there’s an enormous clock which you can walk through to access the balcony. This may sound romantic like a scene from Titanic, but Etenstijd is hardly a suitable location for an intimate dinner for two. It is, however, ideal for families and groups who can get stuck into an all you can eat offer for a set price within a two-hour time frame. The cellar also houses a playground. QOpen 17:00 - 22:30, Fri 17:00 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 23:00. (€25). PTAGBKXW

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Jade C-2, Spoorlaan 406-408, tel. (+31) 135 42 31

I Pin Ke H-5, Bredaseweg 105, tel. (+31) 135 43 41

81, info@restaurantjade.com, www.restaurantjade. com. This Asian restaurant has a large menu with Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes. While it isn’t cheap, the pricequality ratio is quite good at Jade. The interior is a different matter. Jade has held onto the standard Asian restaurant interior design of the 1980s with a lot of rubbish on the walls and shoddy use of colours. However, the varied cuisine largely makes up for that and it also offers take away. You can watch the tasty lobsters in the tank while you wait. QOpen 16:00 - 22:30, Fri 12:00 - 22:30, Sun 13:00 - 22:30. (€25 - 30). PAGKS

Belgian Anvers B-3, Oude Markt 8, tel. (+31) 135 83 35 33,

info@oudemarkt.nl, www.oudemarkt.nl. The row of restaurants on this square is often called Antwerp on the Oude Markt. Café Anvers is the largest bar-restaurant of the bunch and with some imagination it might just put one in mind of Antwerp. The outdoor seating area is almost always full and inside you’ll discover an exuberant atmosphere. The terrace affords diners a great view of the Jugendstil buildings by architects Jan van der Valk and Jos Donders. Q Open 10:00 - 24:00, Mon, Sun 12:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 01:00. (€13 - 18). PTJABKW

De Sinjoor B-3, Oude Markt 8, tel. (+31) 135 83 35

30, info@oudemarkt.nl, www.oudemarkt.nl. The name of this restaurant refers to the moniker by which the residents of Antwerp are known. De Sinjoor can be reached from the Oude Markt as well as via a short-cut from Café Anvers. The menu is extensive with many dishes from the grill like the honey-glazed spareribs, which are excellent and you can wash them down with a ‘bolleke’ from the tap or one of the other 15 Belgian brews on draught. Don’t miss Den Ouden Apotheek (The Old Pharmacy) in the rear of the establishment. This is a well-preserved original pharmacy from the last century. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30. (€18 - 23). TJAGBKX

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05. This isn’t just the best Chinese restaurant in Tilburg, but probably one of the best in the Netherlands. The location isn’t the greatest, but it’s more than worth the detour. Put aside the horrible, typically Chinese kitschy interior and get ready to feast. Although some people swear by the egg rolls, our favourites have to be the Peking duck, Tipan dishes and crab cocktail with, yes, real crab. Q TLGKS

Kin Wah I-5, Besterdring 82, tel. (+31) 135 42 03

91. Roughly 100 years ago the first Chinese people arrived on Holland’s shores. After a slow start, many eventually opened restaurants even if they had been trained as builders or engineers. At Kin Wah even the chef is redundant as the majority of the dishes seem to come straight from the microwave. Q JKS

New China Crown I-5, Wandelboslaan 40, tel. (+31)

134 67 30 55. Not unlike students the world over, Holland’s young ‘scholars’ don’t have a reputation as being good cooks. This Chinese restaurant cleverly uses this fact having established itself at a strategic distance from the University. Takeaway dishes are the most popular, which is hardly surprising considering that a graveyard at midnight exudes more atmosphere than this place. The food, however, is delicious. Q (€10 - 15). KS

Dutch Boerke Mutsaers H-5, Vijverlaan 2, tel. (+31) 135 90 08 08, www.boerkemutsaers.nl. Although this restaurant has been owned by the Mutsaers family since 1644 you shouldn’t expect antique furnishings in this modern multi-functional building. The restaurant part is not particularly large, but has a cosy, nostalgic atmosphere and puts one more in mind of the English countryside than a location near the Tilburg West train station. The unusual menu covers many regional dishes, including the popular peppered hare, which has been prepared here according to the same secret family recipe for four centuries. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:30 - 21:00. Closed Mon. (€19). PTHAULGBKXW tilburg.inyourpocket.com


Restaurants De Bisschop C-3, Heuvelstraat 122, tel. (+31) 135 44 21 03, info@restaurantdebisschop.nl, www.restaurantdebisschop.nl. Named after Monseigneur Zwijssen, this restaurant is managed by the descendants of this famous Tilburg bishop. Zwijssen enjoyed life thoroughly and local lore has it that this round-bellied man loved food, drink and the carnival celebrations. Thankfully, these values have been passed down to the current owner. The menu is rather daring listing such dishes as butterfish with smoked salmon and foamed cucumber and the terrace, which borders one of the city’s quiet squares offers a great view of the one and only real Kruikenzeiker. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. (€18 - 23). JABK

Het Huys van Voskens D-3, Heuvel 5, tel. (+31) 135 43

98 18, www.huysvanvoskens.nl. If you have a bit of cash to spend and enjoy culinary perfection then pay a visit to Het Huys van Voskens. Everything here is slightly different from typical restaurants and the stylish entrance alone is more reminiscent of a five-star hotel than a multi-functional building. Seasonal dishes like venison make this place particularly attractive and the freshness of the food is illustrated by the oysters bathing in the hallway. The sommelier is also eager to help you choose the proper bottle of wine with your meal. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Sat 10:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€20 - 25). JAUGBK

Humphrey’s D-3, Heuvel 34a, tel. (+31) 135 81 01

46, info@humphreys.nl, www.humphreys.nl. Humphrey’s three floors are very modern, yet still classical in keeping with the successful formula employed by this Dutch chain of restaurants. You’ll come across large, fully-stocked bookcases and glass jars filled with grains and beans. From the first floor you have a great view of the recently renovated Heuvelplein, where you can sit and watch children play in the fountain in summer. Order a set three-course menu for a fixed price, but don’t forget to ask for a traditional Dutch baguette with herb butter to start. Humphrey’s menu changes every month. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 22:30. (€23.50). JABK

Klein Tilburg I-5, Beukenstraat 40, tel. (+31) 134 68

30 12, info@kleintilburg.nl, www.kleintilburg.nl. This restaurant is located in a quiet residential area just outside the city centre. The name Klein Tilburg is appropriate because once you’re inside you’ll encounter an atmosphere that evokes the city’s heydays. The owner is obviously proud of his town as old newspapers adorn the walls and tables are cut in the shape of well-known Tilburg buildings. You can have lunch, dinner or high tea and on warmer days you can even have a barbecue outside. QOpen , Wed, Thu 16:30 - 24:00, Fri 12:00 - 01:00, Sat 16:30 - 01:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€12 - 16). PTUBKS

Langeboom B-2, Nieuwlandstraat 1, tel. (+31) 135 44

14 26, info@langeboom.nl, www.langeboom.nl. Café Langeboom is located at beautiful intersection in Tilburg where you can stretch out and enjoy some people watching as soon as the sun comes out . You can however also take advantage of the garden behind the building, which also serves as a terrace. Family-run Langeboom has a lovely lunch menu and we highly recommend the carpaccio roll. Classic Dutch dishes are on the menu in the evening and even a dish like mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts, that makes most local children gag unreservedly, tastes heavenly here. QOpen 11:45 - 24:00. Closed Mon. (€9 - 14). JGBK

Roefus B-4, Schouwburgring 190, tel. (+31) 135 45 12 60, info@roefus.nl, www.roefus.nl. If you’re looking for a restaurant popular with Tilburg’s student population, Roefus is a good choice. Many students and people who live in the centre of town frequent this restaurant and beer pub. The atmosphere is informal and the food is excellent, yet cheap, especially the spareribs. Roefus has a beer garden, but its view isn’t the best. On a summer’s day you’ll just have to console yourself with one of the menu’s 33 special beers. QOpen 17:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 01:00. JABKS

‘t Pakhuys C-2, Telegraafstraat 1, tel. (+31) 135 42

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72 03 , www.restaurantpakhuys.com. This former leather warehouse from 1896 now houses a cosy restaurant. At the gate you can still see the original pulley that was used all those years ago. The interior with its antique oil lamps and deliciously kitsch paintings is very Dutch and will put any local in mind of his grandmother’s home. Order á la carte or choose from an all-inclusive menu, where drinks are also part of the deal. QOpen 16:30 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€16 - 21). JAK

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Restaurants European Bij Wijze van Klijsen D-3, Heuvel 43, tel. (+31) 135

43 33 86, info@restaurantbijwijzevanklijsen.nl, www. restaurantbijwijzevanklijsen.nl. The name of this restaurant refers to the chef who governs the kitchen. All culinary fireworks are prepared exactly as he wants them, which is why this is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Tilburg. Its size and interior are reminiscent of a large living room with a fireplace and a sitting corner. The tables are set with chic linen and each wine has its own glass, the way it should be. If you want a complete food experience this is the place to go as a full meal with different starters and dessert can take up to three hours to enjoy. Reservations recommended. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. (€30 - 35). PTJLBK

L’Orangerie D-3, Heuvel 39, tel. (+31) 135 43 11 32,

lorangerie@live.nl, www.lorangerietilburg.nl. L’Orangerie offers a diverse menu in combination with a domesticallyinspired interior. Here you’ll find dishes such as bitterballen (a type of local croquette) with salmon, a fisherman’s catch of the day or stuffed peppers. The oak cupboards against the wall, the buzz of guests talking and the warm colours all make this place a fine choice for a meal. The fully-stocked wine racks are also impressive. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 13:00 - 22:00. (€18 - 23). ZTJULBK

Puur Mercure D-3, Heuvelpoort 300, tel. (+31) 135

35 46 75, info@puur-mercure.nl, www.puur-mercure. nl. If you’re looking for a modern, trendy restaurant with a matching menu, this is the place. The businesslike interior where white, brown and dark grey tones prevail make for a calm, yet refined atmosphere. The menu lists such dishes as corn chicken fillet, jumbo shrimp and salads, all for affordable prices. Because this restaurant is connected to the hotel of the same name, you’ll find plenty of business travellers and tourists here. If you’re into the brown stuff, sample a dram of single malt from the bar’s extensive collection of whiskeys. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00. (€13 - 18). JABK

Senseless slaughter Anyone who thinks that the Dutch are a politically correct, peace-loving people may want to revise their opinion after reading the following sentences. As it turns out, every year more than half a million animals are slaughtered needlessly in the Netherlands and the lucrative breeding industry is in large part to blame. Many animals are simply killed because they are no longer useful in breeding schemes. In addition to mice, rats, rabbits and pigs, hundreds of monkeys, dogs, cats, horses, birds and even lamas are killed simply because they are no longer useful as sperm donors or receptacles. This senseless slaughter is not only inhumane and unworthy of a First World country, it also costs the companies roughly €2 million a year carry out. All that cash to kill Porky Pig and not even a slab of bacon to show for it? It certainly sounds senseless to us. Tilburg In Your Pocket

Taste! D-3, Heuvelpoort 300, tel. (+31) 135 35 32 96,

info@taste-tilburg.nl, www.taste-tilburg.nl. ‘Hier adem ik vrij en voel ik mij gelukkig’ (or ‘here I can breathe freely and I feel happy’), is written on the wall of Taste. It’s actually a quote that King William II once made about Tilburg. This restaurant, which can be reached through Hotel Mercure, only serves the crème de la crème of the culinary spectrum. The interior is modern and you can see exactly what the chefs are doing in the open plan kitchen. The wines are perfectly suited to the dishes served and each plate is a feast for the eyes and a surprise for your taste buds. In short, this is one of Tilburg’s best restaurants. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. (€21 - 26). JABKW

Fast food & Delivery New York Pizza H-5, Wandelboslaan 36, tel. (+31)

135 90 09 58, www.newyorkpizza.nl. Don’t expect the legendary pizzas served in Manhattan. New York Pizza is a large chain that offers a variety of large American-style pizzas for affordable prices and you can even create your own pizza on its website. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00. (€7 - 12). AVKS

French Hofstede De Blaak H-6, Dussenpad 1 - 3, tel. (+31)

134 63 88 99, info@hofstededeblaak.nl, www.hofstededeblaak.nl. Some secrets you don’t really want to share. Hofstede De Blaak, an authentic English-style manor house, is one such a secret, but we’ll share it anyway at the risk of inspiring hundreds of hungry tourists moving en masse to this hidden treasure located in a rather boring suburb. Free parking at the entrance, a large terrace, pleasant furnishings and a staff that fully understands its profession. A great variety of extraordinary dishes are on offer, a number of which can be sampled in a reasonably priced set menu. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. (€23 - 28). TALGBKX

Le Bistro C-3, Juliana van Stolbergstraat 6, tel. (+31)

135 35 13 42 ‎, lebistro@planet.nl, www.lebistro.nl. Le Bistro is a small and cosy restaurant as the name would suggest. Each dish is a feast for the eyes and thanks to the open-plan kitchen you can see exactly how the chef prepares the coquilles, foie gras or sweetbread. If you have the time make sure to check out the restaurant’s website where the chef gives cooking tips in an amusing short video. Tilburg doesn’t have many restaurants with unusual menus, but Le Bistro is a great exception to the rule. Food is not cheap, but very tasty. QOpen 17:30 - 22:30. Closed Mon, Tue. (€25 - 30). PJALBK

Lucebert B-4, Schouwburgring, tel. (+31) 135 43 25

15, lucebert@theaterstilburg.nl, www.theaterstilburg. nl/lucebert. if you’re indecisive about going out for a posh meal or a bite to eat in a more casual café, you can satisfy both options at Lucebert. To the left of the entrance you’ll find a chic restaurant and to the right a cosy bistro. Its location next to the main entrance of Theaters Tilburg means that many a culture vulture, including posh folk over 60, can be spotted here before or after a play. The well off won’t regret the three-course menu in the restaurant with its linen covered tables and beautiful décor, while the budgetminded will be happy with the cheap dish of the day in the relaxed bistro. From the elaborately decorated walls, the deceased poet and painter Lucebert observes the goings on here, but bear in mind that the establishment named in his honour is only open on nights when performances are scheduled in the theatre. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. (€24 - 28). PJAULGBKX

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Restaurants Noir B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 51, tel. (+31) 135 36 70 47, www.noir.nl. Although it has a logo of a little man with a distinctly French appearance tasting wine, you won’t find much with a French flair here with perhaps the exception of the tastefully decorated terrace. The owners Bert and Ineke have run this place for years. They serve your coffee with an original little milk jug and a Delft blue sugar bowl and the chicken ragout is prepared according to an old recipe. The older generation also clearly enjoys their jenever here. QOpen 11:30 - 22:00, Sun 15:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€15 - 20). JGK

Riddershoeve M-7, ‘t Zwaantje 1, tel. (+31) 135 33

12 39, info@riddershoeve.nl, www.riddershoeve.nl. This former inn is now a restaurant where dining is a pleasure. It’s situated on the town square of the small village of BerkelEnschot, which is cycling-distance from the centre of Tilburg. A dinner here isn’t complete without a so-called wine-deal, which will ensure that each dish is served with the proper wine. Although the old inn has received a 21st-century upgrade, the red tiled floor still reminds one of the distant past. If you want to truly enjoy traditional Brabant cuisine, then be sure to try the foie gras. QOpen 17:30 - 23:00. (€15 - 20). AB

Greek Minos Pallas D-3, Heuvelring 224, tel. (+31) 135 35

00 35, info@minospallas.net, www.minospallas.net. You’ll find everything you expect from a Greek restaurant here including a bit of kitsch and a lot of Greek décor like faux columns, wall paintings, ceramic pots and wooden furniture. The menu however, is quite surprising. The Greek dishes are authentic and the seafood, like the swordfish, is excellent. There’s also an outdoor terrace at Minas Palas, which reinforces its Mediterranean atmosphere when knocking back an ouzo or two. Unfortunately, its only view is of a busy motorway. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00. (€19 - 24). ABK

Zorba de Griek D-2, Heuvelring 33, tel. (+31) 135 35 86

96, www.zorbadegriektilburg.nl. In contrast to the current turmoil in Greece, Zorba the Greek exudes an atmosphere of peace and calm and although the name doesn’t suggest a high level of creativity, the chefs confound this premise. As soon as you enter you’ll be greeted warm-heartedly with a glass of ouzo that they’ve been serving to all new customers ever since the restaurant was established in 1985. Try the traditional giouvarlakia meatball soup. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00, Sun 16:30 - 23:00. Closed Tue. (€15 - 19). TJALK

Grill Bosporus A-4, Korvelseweg 188, tel. (+31) 135 35 90

20. Bosporus’ motto is ‘something for everyone’ and rarely has a slogan been more on the mark than at this place that offers a simple interior. This upmarket snack shack practises European integration by serving Turkish and Greek as well as Italian and Dutch food. Make sure to try the deep fried ‘fire-eater’, although we’re not quite sure yet what the exact ingredients are. Q JALVKS

Health food Tuinhuis Culinair H-5, Westermarkt 5, tel. (+31) 134

63 48 68, info@tuinhuisculinair.nl, www.tuinhuisculinair.nl. You’ll find ‘t Tuinhuis (the Garden House) at the fringe of a not particularly appealing shopping centre. As the name suggests, the owners enjoy outdoor living and the menu they’ve created from candied steak and teriyaki dishes to steamed duck breast and tempura fried Dutch herring reflect their travels around the globe. All of these eclectic dishes are prepared with dedication and love in an open-plan kitchen. Unfortunately, the junior staff could benefit from a kick to their respective backsides. QOpen , Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Tue, Wed 11:00 - 20:30, Thu 10:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€18 - 23). ZTULBKSW

Yammie C-2, Telegraafstraat 1a, tel. (+31) 135 80 29 23, info@yammietilburg.nl, www.yammietilburg.nl. This tiny establishment is tucked away on Telegraafstraat, but worth the effort to find especially if you like a trendy atmosphere and healthy meals that you can take away in a card board box with chop sticks. Yammie’s menu is hardly spectacular, but the food tastes good. This little take-away restaurant also has a lounge corner where you can wait while your meal is being prepared. Yammie also delivers. QOpen 16:00 - 21:30. (€6 - 9). JVGS

Historic taverns St. Petrus M-8, Gelderstraat 1, Hilvarenbeek, tel. (+31)

135 05 21 66, www.petrus-paulus.nl. Next to the Church of Saint Peter you’ll find the comfortable terrace of Saint Peter’s Inn. The fitting name as well as the furnishings seem to have borrowed much from the church next door, but in a modern fashion. A priest delivers a sermon from his pulpit in the middle of the room and on the left hand side of the restaurant you could confess to the greed which is bound to overwhelm you when looking at the excellent menu. The same owner runs Taverne Paulus next door, which is more popular with the younger generation. QOpen 08:00 - 22:00. (€25 - 30). AUBW

Ice cream Australian Homemade D-3, Heuvelstraat 1, tel. (+31)

135 35 16 79, info@australianhomemade.com, www. australianhomemade.com. The ice cream and bonbon chain with branches in various countries also has an outlet in Tilburg. The ice cream is prepared with fresh ingredients and has, despite its name, no connection to Australia. In addition to the ice cream, a variety of delicious bonbons are also sold here. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 17:00. (€3 - 6). J

The 7 Hillranch H-4, Zevenheuvelenweg 30, tel. (+31)

134 68 45 40, www.7hillranch.nl. If this restaurant ever goes broke, it could immediately re-open as a kids’ playground or as a wild west museum. After all, no cost has been spared to appropriate the perfect knick-knacks for this Americanstyle restaurant. The idea is very simple. Wagonloads of food, particularly meat dishes, are set out in a buffet for all the hungry cowboys and Indians. The all-you-can-eat spread will cost you around €24. QOpen , Thu 12:00 - 23:00, Fri 12:00 - 24:00, Sat 17:00 - 24:00, Sun 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. PTA6UKS

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Restaurants Indonesian

De Rooi Pannen I-5, Dr. Ahausstraat 1, tel. (+31) 135

135 81 29 90, www.dekleine-indo.nl. This small Indonesian restaurant is hidden behind Ringbaan Oost, but is well worth the hike. The décor borrows heavily from traditional Indonesian furnishings, but with a modern twist. The window sills are covered in Wajang dolls, the tables are set with bamboo placemats and, true to tradition, the staff wear sarongs. The food’s authentically Indonesian, prepared the way old Javan women might, but in a professional manner. Several types of satay form the core of this traditional menu and typically Indonesian drinks like klappa muda (rose syrup) and tjendol (coconut milk) are also served here. QOpen 16:00 - 21:30, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€11 - 16). TUKS

95 56 50, www.derooipannen.nl. There are nearly 8,000 students at De Rooij Pannen, one of the largest education centres for the hospitality industry in Holland. No less than five different restaurants as well as a hotel have been established in a distinctive old convent, where the students learn the skills of their professions in a practical setting. Don’t worry therefore, if a teacher turns up to correct your waiter if he makes a mistake. Fortunately the food that reaches your table has already been deemed fit for human consumption in the kitchen and everything that ends up on your plate tastes superb. All of this is available for only a fraction of the price you’d pay in a comparable restaurant. It is, however, closed during school holidays. Q Open 12:00 - 13:30, 17:30 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€15 - 20). THAULGKW

Gember & Sereh D-3, Heuvel 3, tel. (+31) 135 36 05

De Spaarbank B-2, Noordstraat 125, tel. (+31) 135

De Kleine Indo I-5, Professor Romeinstraat 19, tel. (+31)

85, www.gember-sereh.nl. You can order your food as spicy as you like it at the Gember & Sereh Indonesian speciality restaurant, but you’re personally responsible for any pain and discomfort should your burning tongue and watering eyes cause you any problems. The tables aren’t pushed together due to lack of space like at many restaurants. Instead, a large room full of tables and chairs with high backs help keep your conversations private. Recommended. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00. (€17 - 22). JGBKS

International Aan Tafel! J-5, J.P. Coenstraat 71, tel. (+31) 135 77

11 37, www.allemaalaantafel.nl. Every Dutch child has heard their mother call out aan tafel! which literally means ‘to the table’ and that’s the concept of this restaurant: an eating establishment for families. There’s a special children’s corner, a changing room and an elaborate children’s menu. Even the seating area looks like an original Tilburg living room, which is perhaps fitting as Aan Tafel! is located in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. The food is prepared as lovingly as it is at home, but with the professional skills of a top-notch chef. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. (€13 - 17). TLGBK

Blend C-2, Spoorlaan 346, tel. (+31) 135 81 25 16,

www.restaurantblend.nl. Blend is located on a hideous property on the Spoorlaan, yet it appeals to pretty much anyone. You can’t miss it, if only for the multi-cultural graffiti scribbled on the wall next to the enormous building. Immediately upon entering you’ll smell incense and, surprisingly enough by Dutch cultural standards, you’ll run into a wash basin. As the name Blend suggests, the interior is a melting pot of innumerable cultures, which express themselves in various styles. Both the kitchen and the restaurant are run by employees from all over the world, which greatly contributes to the atmosphere. Come here for a traditional FaFa soup, a kangaroo fillet or maybe some red snapper. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Sun. (€15 - 20). JGK

43 83 31, info@stadscafedespaarbank.nl, www.stadscafedespaarbank.nl. This historic art nouveau national monument from 1910 is an ode to architecturally better times. Today people can enjoy it with lunch or dinner at De Spaarbank which is decorated by historic details like a bank vault, a period chandelier, a fire place, a nostalgic train seat and, best of all, many wonderful stained-glass windows. The bar/restaurant has a good menu for those with a healthy appetite and we recommend the duck or rack of lamb. There’s also a large selection of expensive wines and the menu makes suggestions on how to pair your meal with a good vintage. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 24:00. (€16 - 21). TJ6UEGBKW

Jack’s Cuisine D-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 176, tel. (+31)

135 42 57 80, info@jackscuisine.nl, www.jackscuisine. nl. Fancy a stroll down the Las Vegas strip? That’s what it feels like when you enter Jack’s Cuisine. Expect separate seats along the wall, many dark tones and the sound of slot machines in the background. The restaurant is situated in the same building as a casino, so the atmosphere is almost American, but with less kitsch and more style. The menu is actually quite impressive and offers such dishes as bass, duck and pork tenderloin. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€18 - 23). ABK

Prise d’Eau F-6, Gilzerbaan 400, tel. (+31) 134 67 23

32, receptie@prisedeau-golf.nl, www.prisedeau-golf.nl. As far as the surroundings are concerned, there are few more attractive places in Tilburg for lunch or dinner than Prise d’Eau. This restaurant is full of ambience and its staff know how to pamper their patrons. The only disadvantage is that you are supposed to be a member of the golf club to enjoy a meal here. But considering that nobody checks for an ID badge or a secret handshake, you can put on your glad rags and enjoy the Veluwe duck breast with citrus oil and moscato sauce even if you’re not sure what that means. QOpen 10:00 - 21:30. (€13 - 20). TALGBKXW

De Kievitshoeve F-4, Nijkerkstraat 1, tel. (+31) 135 70

51 05, www.dekievitshoeve.nl. More than a century ago farmer Peerke van de Staak established a pub miles from the city centre of Tilburg. A hundred year later this establishment is now called ‘Reeshof’s Livingroom’ after the surrounding estate. Some of the main courses sound a bit pretentious like the caramelized duck breast and Iberico pork roulaux (rolls) and the chef hasn’t put much effort into the kids’ menu. Unfortunately, the staff aren’t very capable either and our food was served lukewarm. All told, in spite of its excellent location, the beautiful building and terrace, this place could use some improvement. QOpen 14:00 - 21:30, Sun 12:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon. (€18 - 22). TBK

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Restaurants Japanese & Sushi Enjoii D-1, NS-Plein 38, tel. (+31) 135 42 11 75, enjoii@

The Talk D-2, Heuvel 20, tel. (+31) 135 81 02 23, bestelling@thetalk.nl, www.thetalk.nl. Do not be discouraged by the semi-philosophical aphorisms on the wall, such as: ‘Two monologues don’t make a dialogue’. The Talk will keep you guessing with its multi-functionality. This is a colourful place not only for a lovely lunch or dinner, but also the right address for an affordable drink. You can even ask the staff for a (simple) cocktail. The open kitchen, the mixture of architectural styles and the variety on the menu will put even the greatest pessimist at ease. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 24:00. (€11 - 16). PTJVGBKX

Italian Eataly D-3, St. Josephstraat 136, tel. (+31) 135 44 28

44, www.eataly-tilburg.nl. The name Eataly pokes a little fun at Italians, but in truth, you’d have a hard time finding a more authentic place. Beautiful modern leather chairs adorn every table in the colours of the Italian flag and the warm welcome you’ll receive is Italian hospitality at its best. Andrea Bocelli sings to the guests via the sound system and of course there are plenty of pizzas and pastas on the very extensive traditional menu. The knowledgeable staff kindly squat down to talk to their guests and a large garden with a sizable terrace is available behind the restaurant.QOpen 12:00 - 22:30. Closed Mon. (€17 - 22). JAGKW

Fanelli’s D-3, St. Josephstraat 136, tel. (+31) 135 44 28

44. This has been a Tilburg institution for two decades, but we’d recommend a complete renovation if Fanelli’s would like to stay in business for another 20 years. As it stands today, the words ‘faded glory’ come to mind. The menu features standard Italian fare along with dozens of cheap pizzas and the chatty and friendly staff will make you feel like a regular from the moment you enter. It’s popular with locals for its cheap food, but don’t expect anything fancy or modern. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€15 - 20). JBKS NEW

Il Calatino D-3, Piusplein 74, tel. (+31) 135 35 44 73,

info@il-calatino.nl, www.il-calatino.nl. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? You start a restaurant that uses only fresh produce, all your patrons praise the beautiful dishes and tell their friends and acquaintances, which earns you a reputation in no time as the place to go. This is exactly what Il Calatino has done since it opened its doors in the spring of 2011. Affordable house wines, tender meat, a varied menu with good sized portions and perfect service make this restaurant a must. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€20 - 25). JAK

L’Olivo D-2, Heuvel 41, tel. (+31) 135 42 67 31, www.

lolivo.nl. L’Olivo combines one of the world’s best-loved cuisines - Italian - with one that rarely ends up on anyone’s radar - Swiss. Even after a number of visits to this cosy, romantic restaurant, we’re still not sure how to judge the place. You might praise the most expensive meal on the menu, Livornese fish, yet be annoyed by the burnt rosti, one of the simplest and least complicated dishes it offers. In short, when the staff and chef are on their game, this is a brilliant place to be. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue. (€24 - 28). JABK

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tasteofjoii.nl, www.tasteofjoii.nl. You’ll find Enjoii at the NS Plein (Railway Square) not far from the centre of town. It’s the latest in a long line of sushi restaurants that have recently sprung up all over Tilburg. The restaurant consists of a sushi section, a buffet area and a place where you can sit together around the grill while your food is being juggled right before your eyes. The buffet menu is very straightforward, but the sushi offers more than a few surprises. For example, you can order frushi (sushi with bits of fruit), which has just blown over from the United States. The restaurant also offers an interesting view of the old rail yard. QOpen 13:00 - 22:00. (€21). JGK NEW

Koi D-3, Heuvelring 126, tel. (+31) 135 45 10 00, info@

sushi-koi.nl, www.sushi-koi.nl. Sushi Koi is a roaring success in Tilburg, and not just because of the Japanese plum wine. At the weekend the queue of people waiting for a highly prized spot in this sushi and grill restaurant extends all the way outside. The disadvantage of these throngs of patrons is that once inside the din from chatty diners is amplified. So why is this place so popular in a student town like Tilburg? Sushi Koi employs an all-you-can-eat concept which allows you to sample as much as you can stomach for two and a half hours by filling out an order list on your table. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Mon 13:00 - 22:00. (€22). PTJALGBK

Shinzo E-4, Piushaven 17, tel. (+31) 135 81 28 17,

www.shinzolounge.nl. At Shinzo sushi, lounge and grill, you can eat all you like for a fixed sum of money, just like at many of the other sushi restaurants in Tilburg. Free ice cream, good choices of sashimi and a special price for children are small differences that set it apart from the rest. Downstairs you’ll find a lounge area with sofas, wonderful broad chairs and ambient lights. The dining area upstairs is like a refurbished farm attic, but in Japanese style. The decorations of enormous vases, gigantic lion statues and geishas will keep you occupied between bites. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. (€23). TJLGKX

Suki D-3, Piusplein 55, tel. (+31) 135 44 91 28, fax

(+31) 135 44 77 44, info@sushisuki.nl, www.sushisuki. nl. Sushi Suki is a kind of square cafeteria that desperately tries to imitate Japanese style with four rice paper columns. The menu offers more than 100 types of sushi and the food is quite tasty. In contrast to the country of the Rising Sun, tea here is served in enormous pitchers and during the week you can order all-you-can-eat for a fixed price. The friendly staff will also welcome you if you simply want a few small appetisers, for which you won’t have to pay the full price. The chefs also give you as much wasabi as you can handle with your sushi. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Mon, Sun 16:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 22:30. (€23). PTJALGKSW

Sushi Koi D-2, Heuvelring 126, tel. (+31) 135 45 10

00, info@sushi-koi.nl. ‘A lot for a little’ is the maxim here in every respect. An all-you-can-eat meal can be had for a set price of €23.50 provided you finish within 2.5 hours. It’s obvious there are several seatings a night, because the wait staff work so fast that your order slip has disappeared before you realise it. Although the uninviting arrangement of tables at the back can be annoying, the cheerful and cosy area near the large windows at the front is excellent and the sushi and grill specialities are finger-licking good and as fresh as can be! QOpen 17:00 - 22:30. TJAK

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Restaurants Mediterranean

De Eetkamer M-8, Tilburgseweg 34, tel. (+31) 135 34

Given the often dreary weather in the Netherlands, the Dutch enjoy escaping to warmer climates. The Mañana tapas bar fills this niche perfectly with tasty Spanish mini dishes. Although the restaurant is located in a rather gloomy alley, locals know where to find it because it’s always busy here. With a wall to wall canopy and flamenco dancers on the canvasses on the walls, the atmosphere is definitely Iberian. In summer the barbecue is lit every day and everyone sits outside. QOpen 16:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 01:00. Closed Tue. (€3 - 8). JUGBK

49 00, www.eetkamergoirle.nl. In a distinctive villa in the centre of Goirle you’ll find this tribute to luxurious simplicity. De Eetkamer has been on the Michelin list of recommended restaurants for years and is distinguished, yet surprisingly affordable. All of the tables have already been set for lunch or dinner, but don’t let that deter you from sitting down for just a cup a coffee. Anybody is welcome here and the service is very friendly. Although there are some elaborate dishes on the dinner menu, the lunch specials include simple Dutch food like a roll with kroket, which is a kind of local sausage. Live lobsters and oysters float in a bath on top of the bar. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00, Sat 17:00 - 24:00. (€20 - 25). GBK

MeesterS C-3, Monumentstraat 6, tel. (+31) 135 36 29

Lieve Lente M-8, De Lind 59, tel. (+31) 135 28 44 10,

Mañana D-3, Zwaanstraat 18, tel. (+31) 135 45 34 37.

87, fax (+31) 135 44 29 39, info@stadscafemeesters.nl, www.stadscafemeesters.nl. This place is Mediterranean and a tad exclusive, but despite the expensive exterior and typical hors d’oeuvre before dinner, MeesterS is absolutely affordable for the middle class. The restaurant is divided into multiple rooms with different ceiling heights, so the bustle is never overwhelming. A lot of the building’s original details have survived renovations such as leaded glass, the high wooden doors between the rooms and the elegantly decorated ceiling. A lot more can be seen on the terrace including the highlight - an abstract fountain from 1972. QOpen 10:30 - 22:00, Sun 14:00 - 22:00. (€18 - 23). TJHA6GBK

Mexican Tortilla’s D-3, Heuvel 47, tel. (+31) 135 45 41 55,

tilburg@tortillas.nl, www.tortillas.nl. Close the front door and you’ll think you’re in a tropical paradise surrounded by decorations with strong and vibrant colours like parrots, traditional dishes, Mexican rugs and all kinds of bits and pieces which contribute to the restaurant’s atmosphere. The menu is good and affordable and all the dishes are mouthwatering including the Cocoloco dessert. The restaurant boasts a big, beautiful courtyard garden which provides lots of privacy from the city in summer. If you prefer people watching take a seat on the terrace. Mind you, it gets busy - so don’t be late. Make sure to try the fruity sangria, guaranteed to put you in a good mood. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00. (€13 - 18). JABK

Out of town Boslust M-7, Schoorstraat 37, Udenhout, tel. (+31) 135 11 18 72, www.brasserieboslust.nl. In the wooded area surrounding Udenhout you’ll find Boslust, a café that was founded in1897, which is now a real tourist attraction. Play mini-golf, visit the playground with your children or take a bike ride through the Loonse and Drunense Duinen (natural dunes). The menu has something for everyone including food for kids and vegetarians. Boslust is also an ideal point of departure for anyone who wants to explore the city’s rural surroundings. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. (€14 - 18). TUGBKX

De Druiventros M-8, Bosscheweg 11, Berkel-Enschot,

tel. (+31) 347 75 04 38, info@druiventros.nl, www. hoteldedruiventros.nl. In contrast to the hotel’s rather dated accommodation, its restaurant, De Druiventros (Bunch of Grapes), is surprisingly contemporary. Although not exactly haute cuisine, you’ll get good value for money at this French/Dutch inspired restaurant. The corny furnishings may make the place look a bit chaotic, but families with kids will feel very much at home here. The genuinely friendly staff are also a definite plus. QOpen 11:30 - 21:00. (€16 - 21). PTA6ULGBKXW

Tilburg In Your Pocket

www.lievelente.nl. The small, idyllic village of Oisterwijk is located about 10km outside of Tilburg. Although it only has 25,000 residents, Oisterwijk boasts a very attractive main street with several bars. The highlight of this street is Lieve Lente, a pub which looks like an old-fashioned English hunting lodge. In the morning coffee and cake are available, in the afternoon there’s lunch and for dinner it serves plenty of other tasty dishes. You can also sit outside and listen to music and enjoy the gorgeous view of the beautiful town hall and the park. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00. (€15 - 20). GBK

Pancakes De Pannekoekenbakker C-3, Heuvelstraat 40, tel.

(+31) 135 36 14 26, www.pannekoekenbakker-tilburg.nl. Tilburg’s city centre is full of ultra modern buildings, but halfway down the busiest shopping street is a narrow alley which leads to a coach house from 1897. It’s nothing short of a miracle that these premises survived the forces of modernisation that altered neighbouring buildings forever. This amazing place serves 250 different kinds of pancakes including our favourite: chicken satay pancakes! QOpen 12:00 - 19:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. (€8 - 13). TJGBK

Quick eats Broodje Jantje D-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 2, tel. (+31) 135

49 96 00, www.broodjejantje.nl. If you’re looking for an authentic snack from Tilburg, you have to taste Broodje Jantje. It’s a kind of hamburger with sauce that’s made according to a local recipe and it has been eaten in the city for generations by people of all ages. In addition to the roll, you can also buy fries, croquettes and frikandellen to truly experience Dutch fast food culture. QOpen 12:00 - 20:00, Thu, Fri 12:00 - 04:00, Sat 15:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€2 - 5). JS

Ho Ho I-5, Pieter Postplein 33, tel. (+31) 135 36 58

86. If there was a reward for best takeaway in town, Hoho would be a strong contender. Although the inside is ready for a thorough make-over, the food certainly isn’t. Large portions of food are made fresh right in front of your eyes and it’s also a safe place to hang out as the tough men and women of the Tilburg police are often spotted here grabbing a quick bite. Q TKS

Lucky Hill C-2, Heuvel 21, tel. (+31) 135 36 52 42. For anyone looking for a quick snack while shopping or having a night out, Lucky Hill is a good choice. For years this has been a favourite for many Tilburgers after a drinking session, although it’s not quite clear why this snack bar is so popular. Ii certainly has nothing to do with the interior that looks like a glorified bathroom. It must be the frites, which are served the proper Dutch way: with plenty of mayonnaise. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Thu 12:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon. (€2 - 6). JS

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Restaurants Snitz I-6, Nieuwstraat 124, tel. (+31) 624 88 26 60.

This place is a must for frites fanatics. You’ll find this chip shop par excellence in one of the working class areas just outside the city centre. The cheerful owner fries the best chips for miles around with a sense of humour, pride and craftsmanship. Avoid Sundays or queue up behind the last local around 18:00 as it’s rush hour at Snitz! Q TLKS

Seafood Kok Verhoeven D-1, NS Plein 32, tel. (+31) 135 45

10 88, fax (+31) 135 45 10 89, info@kokverhoeven. nl, w w w.kokverhoeven.nl. Al though you can enjoy meat courses like duck at Kok Verhoeven, the restaurant specialises in fish dishes and this is evident as the aroma of delicious seafood greets you when you walk in. The restaurant is rather small, but has a lovely terrace with an awning and a long white sofa and lovely little braziers that provide it with extra class. Judging from the mountain of champagne corks in the silver wine cooler visitors must order bubbly in large quantities. Q Open 12:00 - 22:00, Sat 17:00 - 22:00, Sun 17:00 - 02:00. (€24 - 29). JAUGBKW

Steak De Reünie D-3, Heuvelring 220, tel. (+31) 135 36 35

Más Tapas Y Vinos B-3, Oude Markt 14, tel. (+31)

135 36 07 00, www.mas-tapas.nl. Tapas bar Mas Tapas Y Vinos offers an extensive list of Spanish wines, which is surprisingly exceptional for a tapas bar in Tilburg. Unfortunately, diners are seated on low white stools, which may cause a lack of legroom for many men. Part of the restaurant is a raised area, separated by a typically Spanish partition. Fortunately the stools in this area are a bit higher. The menu is impressive, with no less than three types of jambon and four kinds of Spanish cheese. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00, Sat 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€5 - 10). JABK

Thai Jasmine I-5, Molenstraat 136, tel. (+31) 135 81 07 66, www.jasminethai.nl. The restaurant is decorated haphazardly with an excess of Thai frills, but the menu is attractive and organised very clearly by the type of meat on offer: chicken, beef, pork or fish. For added clarity there’s an indication of how spicy each meal is. When you see three red peppers there’s a danger of combustion and tears, whereas a dish with no peppers is even safe enough for children. Daredevils who order spicy courses can douse the fire with real Thai beer: Singha. The music provided is no doubt popular in Thailand.QOpen 15:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€8 - 13). GK

Turkish

35, info@reunietilburg.nl, www.reunietilburg.nl. De Reünie has the robust appearance of a steakhouse, while at the same time exuding the trendiness of a cocktail bar. The wooden beams look like they’ve been nicked from a Burgundian farmhouse and against the walls you’ll find sofas with enough room to seat an entire football team. For those who prefer a more intimate meal there are plenty of small tables in the centre of the room. Men go all out here with T-bone steaks and 9% Straffe Hendrik beer, while women enjoy a fish dish and sip of a Strawberry Collins. The more adventurous can even try the local spirit jenever in a Dutch Mojito. QOpen 16:30 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 16:30 - 03:00. (€18 - 23). JGBK

Melisa F-4, Dalempromenade 70, tel. (+31) 135 70 47

Surinamese

29, www.immetilburg.nl. Vegetarian, gourmet and organic, that about sums up the food on offer at De Imme. Many of its products are even raised locally and only available in season. De Imme’s aim is to create an ecologically sustainable restaurant and to convince meat-eaters that healthy, vegetarian cuisine doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless. It seems to succeed as most of what’s served here tastes pretty good. It does however go slightly overboard on the eco-friendly angle, offering organic cola as the only choice of soda. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00. (€12 - 17). TJUGKS

Faja Lobi B-3, Oude Markt 9, tel. (+31) 135 44 96

66, info@fajalobi-tilburg.nl, www.fajalobi-tilburg.nl. These small, narrow premises with only a couple of tables have the look and feel of a Surinamese bar, but it actually has much more to offer. Faja Lobi is the only Surinamese restaurant in Tilburg, so if you’re craving roti or catjang this is the place to go. The menu is excellent for both lunch and dinner and if you just need to cool down after an exhausting afternoon try the Surinamese Djogo beer. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30, Sun 16:00 - 20:30. Closed Mon. (€5 - 10). JUBKS

70, www.restaurantmelisa.nl. For several years Turkey has been holiday destination number 1 for the Dutch and this is partly due to the all-inclusive all-you-can-eat packages that are often offered. However, if you expect to be served the same processed Western trash in Melisa that these holiday factories spew out three times a day, you’re mistaken. Meilsa’s brilliant food matches the view of the Donge Valley, one of Tilburg’s most attractive areas. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€16 - 20). TALBKS

Vegetarian De Imme C-3, Willem II straat 52a, tel. (+31) 135 42 52

Tapas La Cabaña H-5, Academielaan 73, tel. (+31) 134 67

33 84, info@lacabanatilburg.nl, www.lacabanatilburg. nl. If you’re looking for a bit of sunny Spain in Tilburg, this is the place to go. Order tapas with wine here in the proper Spanish way. The sheer number of tapas, including vegetarian appetisers, is impressive and a lot of thought has been put into restaurant’s interior design, especially the sophisticated garden. The only drawback is the location on the outskirts of town. Be that as it may, this is definitely the best tapas bar in Tilburg. QOpen 17:00 - 23:45. (€3 - 6). PTUGBKS

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Cafés The Dutch share a love of espresso and cappuccino with the Italians. Cafés in Tilburg quite often offer much more than just a cup of coffee with pastry or a cup of tea. Most of them have soups, salads and sandwiches on their menus, so the border between restaurants, pubs and cafés is very thin. But have a look over our carefully selected cafés and pick the one that is just right for your mood or occasion, Eet smakelijk (bon apetit)! During the colder months things move indoors, but thanks to the national smoking ban you’re still likely to find a fair amount of patrons huddled outside under heat lamps and blankets puffing away on coffee’s significant other.

De Serre J-6, Prof van Buchemlaan 4, tel. (+31) 135

Bakeries

Kras2 C-3, Willem II straat 27, tel. (+31) 135 44

Bakeries have always held an elevated position in Dutch society. These places sell a good range of breads and pastries in different styles from home and abroad. Some of them provide coffee and tables to let you indulge on the spot, while others are only shops offering takeaway.

Sissy Boy C-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 43 & 50, tel. (+31)

135 82 14 18, www.sissy-boy.nl. The Sissy Boy chain is both a clothing and an interior design shop, but you can drink all sorts of coffees and teas in a coffee house with a somewhat industrial, but stylish interior in the adjacent building. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:30. Closed Sun. PJGB

Soups & Shakes B-2, Tuinstraat 114, tel. (+31) 135 45

16 97, info@soupsandshakes.nl, www.soupsandshakes. nl. Soups & Shakes is essentially a sandwich shop where you can create your own lunch with a variety of toppings for a fair price. The small, flowery room exudes a friendly atmosphere, you can make your own coffee if you like and the owner is always up for a chat. The place is popular with local shoppers in need of an energy boost, but students also seem to congregate here after classes. QOpen 11:30 - 19:00, Thu 11:30 - 20:00. Closed Sun. (€3 - 8). JGBS

Classic cafés Breexz B-1, Spoorlaan 47, tel. (+31) 135 42 52 55, www.breexz.nl. One of the of Breexz’s best features is the incredible view. You’re basically floating above the busy Spoorlaan, where traffic rushes by beneath. Breexz is situated at the Central Station and the moment you close the door behind you the sounds of arriving and departing trains disappear. Inside you’ll hear relaxing lounge music as a backdrop for lunch or dinner. You won’t find lukewarm sausages or weak coffee here, rather caffiato, mojitos and Atlantic sole rolls that will make you want to miss your next train. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:00 - 21:00. (€8 - 13). PTJAGK

Tilburg In Your Pocket

37 26 58, www.deserrevoorelkaar.nl. On the outside, De Serre, or The Sun Lounge, looks like an English mansion and it offers a view over the largest park in Tilburg: the Leypark. The yellow leather seats create a spring-like atmosphere and the British style extends to the interior too. It has a traditional lunch menu which lists, among other things, a twaalfuurtje (12 o’clock snack), uitsmijter (fried egg sandwich), club sandwich and a roll with croquette. All these dishes are served by people with mental disabilities who take their jobs at De Serre very seriously. QOpen 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€5 - 10). TAGB 40 42, fax (+31) 135 77 16 92, contact@kras2.nl, www.kras2.nl. You can’t walk past this sandwich shop without noticing it. The enormous ILLY coffee cup and the memorable delivery bicycles that stand outside the door will definitely grab your attention. The room smells of super simple, yet delicious sandwiches, whose fillings are often of Italian origin. Your order will be prepared right in front of you in the open kitchen, but you could always try a fresh piece of pie or buy something to prepare at home. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€2 - 7). JGS

Prins Heerlijk B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 16, tel. (+31)

135 42 16 18, info@prinsheerlijktilburg.nl, www. prinsheerlijktilburg.nl. Mentally challenged youngsters and school drop-outs are trained to cook and serve here by professional catering staff. Prins Heerlijk serves gorgeous soups, big salads and fresh rolls or thick, hand-cut sandwiches. Many products are fair trade and organic and most of them even come from Tilburg or its surroundings. QOpen 12:00 - 17:30, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 17:30. Closed Sun. (€3 - 8). JG

High tea Mugs & Muffins Willem II straat 57, tel. (+31) 135 90 45 85, info@mugsandmuffins.nl, www.mugsandmuffins.nl. ‘A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand’ is its motto and Mugs & Muffins lives by it. Shoppers come here by the bucket load to enjoy hot drinks and home made pastries. Starbucks pales by comparison with this Tilburg favourite. Take a seat near the front window for people watching or in the back for a view of a well-maintained city garden. If you’re in luck, you might find a seat in one of the two wonderful arm-chairs. Every season three new drinks appear on the menu, which are perfectly in tune with the winter chill or a summer breeze. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Mon 13:00 - 19:00, Thu 08:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. (€2 - 7). JG

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Nightlife Tilburg’s brilliant nightlife scene has dimly lit jazz and blues bars, groovy strip clubs, cosy pubs and a vibrant underground music scene. Although closing times are strictly regulated, some bars and pubs stay open until the last group of customers have stumbled out. Most night spots are concentrated around the area by Old Town square, with the Korte Heuvel and the nearby Piusplein being alltime favourites of locals and students. The town is small enough to cover on foot, though as the night gets longer, so does the distance between places. Some places refuse entrance to anyone in scruffy jeans and trainers, so make a bit of an effort before going out to the glitzier venues.

Bars Clancy’s D-3, Heuvel 44-45, tel. (+31) 135 45 18 37,

info@clancystilburg.com, www.clancystilburg.com. Every self-respecting city has an Irish pub and Tilburg is no exception. Among this randomly put together collection of stools, chairs, tables and benches, you can order your Guinness in English, or even better, in Irish as Clancy’s staff and owner all come from the Emerald Isle. Tilburg’s huge student population descend on this place every week for a good glass of whiskey or a pint of Snake Bite (beer with cider) a good old meal of fish and chips. Sports fans can enjoy live broadcasts of the English Premier League, French rugby or even American football on the big screen. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00, Mon 18:00 - 02:00, Thu 16:00 - 03:00, Fri 16:00 - 04:00, Sat 12:00 - 04:00, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. JGBX

De Korenbloem H-5, Bredaseweg 261, tel. (+31) 134

63 39 80, www.stapperijdekorenbloem.nl. De Korenbloem is located at Tilburg’s busiest intersection and yet you hear little of the traffic rushing by on its spacious terrace. Due to the many offices and businesses located in the vicinity, the crowds mostly come in for lunch or after work. Suits, ties and scarfs of both genders come to this old-fashioned cocktail bar to unwind, especially at the end of their exhausting week. The evening menu will definitely fill you up, especially the tasty Argentinian steak, but there’s limited seating inside. Fortunately, in summer the sliding doors are opened up and the terrace tempts hungry or thirsty passers-by. QOpen 12:00 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 15:00 - 01:00. (€11 - 16). LGBKX

De Lamme Goedzak D-2, Heuvelring 104, tel. (+31)

628 23 65 48. Both drunk and sober pub lovers often literally fall into this pub, thanks to the steep steps leading down from the street level entrance. Although the facade of the building on the Heuvelring is pleasing to the eye, once inside the interior seems to be on the decline and in dire need of a fresh layer of paint. De Lamme Goedzak is frequently the last stop for the regiment of inebriated locals looking for another drink after most other pubs have closed their doors. QOpen 21:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 21:00 - 04:00. JGX

Adult entertainment De Nacht Heuvel 47a, tel. (+31) 135 44 94 25,

www.de-nacht.nl. This is basically the only night club in the centre of Tilburg and many a students’ night out, bachelor party or night on the town has ended here. The numerous men (and one or two ladies) have excellent views of the women working the pole from the bar and the staff even give lessons should you want to give your significant other the perfect birthday gift. Drinks aren’t cheap, but given the form of entertainment on offer here, no one seems to mind. QOpen 22:00 - 06:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. X

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Symbol key P Air conditioning

A Credit cards accepted

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U Facilities for the disabled

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W Free wireless internet 6 Pets allowed

De Prins C-3, Paleisring 15, tel. (+31) 135 44 50 77,

info@deprinsvan.nl, www.deprinsvan.nl. Party-pub De Prins is everything you might expect of an Après-ski cabin. On the inside it looks like a log cabin with coarse wooden planks for walls and tables made of wooden beams. In Tilburg, which is relatively warm and lacks skiing opportunities, this place is certainly unusual. The music is invariably very loud, so a party is quickly on hand. QOpen 19:00 - 04:00, Sun 18:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. JG

De Slijterij D-3, Heuvel 42, tel. (+31) 135 36 22 46,

Michel@cafedeslijterij.nl, www.cafedeslijterij.nl. On the way to the toilet you’ll pass images of Dolly, Aretha and Miss Ross at least four times so you can probably guess what the DJs play here. De Slijterij is a pub of contradictions. While you can still smell the freshly papered walls, the clientele look like they’ve been dancing here since the beginning of time. The imposing display of spirits and expensive champagnes is in stark contrast to the minimalist style of the pub. De Slijterij is a favourite among the older generations who dance their weekly waltz on the spotless floor. QOpen 17:00 - 01:00, Thu, Sun 17:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 03:00. Closed Tue. JGBX

Extase D-2, Heuvelring 112, tel. (+31) 135 42 25

67, info@cafe-extase.nl, www.cafe-extase.nl. Extase is known throughout Tilburg for its casual attitude toward opening hours on Wednesday nights. When all other bars have closed their doors, you can continue the party here for a short while. Young and old go wild to popular beats from the 1980s and 90s in a large shed of sorts behind the bar. Everyone drinks Jupiler beer and the bar staff can therefore easily return a full crate of 26 empties each time they make the rounds. But there’s also plenty to keep you occupied on other nights. Tuesdays are popular with people who play Settlers of Catan and Thursdays host ‘I Love Electronics’ nights. QOpen 19:00 - 04:00, Tue 19:00 - 02:00, Wed 19:00 - 03:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JGX

Havana D-2, Heuvel 22, tel. (+31) 135 36 53 24,

info@havana-tilburg.nl, www.havana-tilburg.nl. ‘Hasta la victoria siempre’ is painted in large letters on the wall of Havana, which has been the city’s best cocktail bar for years now. These are the legendary words of Argentinian Marxist Che Guevara written in a letter to Fidel Castro. They mean ‘forever on the road to victory’. As soon as you set foot in this delightful establishment you leave Tilburg and you’re engulfed by the swinging Central American atmosphere of Cuba. This is best illustrated by the menu. Order amazing fajitas, nachos and sopas instead of deep fried local snacks like bitterballen and vlammetjes (Indonesian meat filled snacks). At the weekend the room is cleared in the evenings to make space for resident DJs who know how to make people move. A favourite among 30-somethings. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. (€15 - 22). JGBKX

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Nightlife Hoppie D-3, Piusplein 3, tel. (+31) 622 51 75 82, www.

cafehoppie.nl. At Carnival each year this place is positively bursting with patrons, but this nostalgic pub can get busy on other nights too with a clientele of mainly older regulars who put away quite a few drinks. The bar isn’t big, but there’s enough space for a dance floor and local artists perform here often, although you probably won’t miss much if you stay home on those nights. In a nutshell, it’s the atmosphere where everyone knows one another that sets Hoppie apart from many other Tilburg pubs. QOpen 18:00 - 04:00, Wed 18:00 - 02:00, Sat 14:00 - 04:00, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue. J

Jack’s C-2, Tuinstraat 81, tel. (+31) 135 42 63 22,

info@cafejacks.nl, www.cafejacks.nl. Although this place won’t win any awards for interior design, there’s no other place in Tilburg’s inner city where you can eat as cheaply as here. For only €6 you’ll get a delicious seasonal daily special. If it’s snowing you’ll get real Dutch boerenkool (kale and sausage), but if it’s sunny out you can probably expect a large salad. Even big eaters will have trouble finishing the enormous servings here and you also get a huge basket of bread and herb butter for free that could feed a whole refugee camp. Drinks are also incredibly cheap, but the real fun starts when the plates are cleared from the tables and the bar is transformed into a board game room. QOpen 17:00 - 02:00, Mon 20:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri 17:00 - 03:00, Sat 20:00 - 03:00. (€6 - 10). JGKX

Karel D-2, Heuvel 24, tel. (+31) 135 36 92 24, info@

cafekarel.nl, www.cafekarel.nl. Drop by Karel to read a newspaper with a cup of coffee or to strike up a conversation with people on shopping breaks and business types in suits. The menu offers typical international food like steaks, spareribs and pasta, but it’s one of the few pubs in Tilburg that has a smoking room at the front. The sun room affords you great views of the Heuvel and in spring and summer there’s a large outdoor seating area that’s perfect for people watching. QOpen 10:30 - 24:00. (€15 - 25). TJGBKX

Le Clochard C-3, Heuvel 16, tel. (+31) 135 35 76 60, www.leclochard.nl. You don’t need to wander around Tilburg long to find a party pub but if you want to find one of the best then head over to Le Clochard. It’s always busy here, and if it isn’t, that means it’s closed. There’s nothing in between. On Friday afternoon you’ll find a queue of about 50 teenagers outside and all the local students come here for shelter. The walls of Le Clochard curve inward with an occasional porthole so it feels like you’re dancing in a submarine, which can of course lead to seasickness. Or was it just too many drinks? QOpen 20:00 - 02:00, Thu 16:00 - 04:00, Fri 14:00 - 04:00, Sat 15:00 - 04:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon. JGX

Polly Maggoo D-3, Heuvel 10, tel. (+31) 135 45 67 30, pollymaggoo1@home.nl, www.pollymaggoo.nl. The model Polly Maggoo has been a phenomenon in art houses since the late 1960s and the pub located in the centre of Tilburg that bears her name is also an institution. Whole generations of students grew up here. Even today the French starlet looks down on everyone who enters with her bedroom eyes from a life size film poster. Inside the staff is friendly, you can have an affordable lunch or dinner, like the undisputed favourites of uitsmijter - a meat sandwich with eggs - and homemade pizza, and you can let your hair down to some great dance music. That is if you can tear yourself away from Polly as even the glasses here are decorated with the femme fatale’s piercing gaze. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Mon 12:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. (€11 - 17). PJEGBKX Studio Tilburg D-3, Heuvel 7 - 9, tel. (+31) 135 43 60

16, info@studio-tilburg.com, www.studio-tilburg.com. What came first: modern man in Tilburg or a pub in Tilburg for modern people? Nobody knew that Tilburg could be so trendy until Studio opened its doors. It has been a catwalk for fashion-conscious people in their twenties and thirties, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night ever since. Of course this is supported by the trendy - and really good - music played by the DJ. Nowhere else in the city do people dance so well as here, but this is no surprise considering the many dance academy students in attendance. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Mon, Sun 12:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. (€14 - 19). JGBKX

Tribunaal D-3, Heuvel 14, tel. (+31) 135 42 52 90, www.tribunaal.nl. The famous Tribunaal in Tilburg is a pub on Korte Heuvel and is probably the largest one in the inner city. It’s a place where young professionals have been coming for 28 years to unwind after a busy day at work. There’s always something going on: people playing darts, cards or shooting pool and they regularly organise poker tournaments. QOpen 13:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri 13:00 - 03:00, Sat 13:00 - 04:00. JGBX

‘t Vaticaan D-3, Heuvel 2, tel. (+31) 135 35 79 47,

info@cafevaticaan.nl, www.cafevaticaan.nl. In the middle of Rome you’ll find the enclave of Vatican City, but since 1994, this vibrant pub with a similar name has been an enclave of fun in the centre of Tilburg. On Friday nights, young and old rock the place to great beats and twice a week (on Mondays and Wednesdays) you can sit down to dinner. There’s no menu so you just choose whatever’s on offer that day. In summer, the wonderful, spacious terrace beneath an ancient tree is the place to be. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 04:00. PJGBX

Little Devil B-2, Stationsstraat 27, tel. (+31) 135 45

21 40, info@littledevil.nl, www.littledevil.nl. Little Devil is Tilburg’s best rock café. If you love rock, metal, trash metal, heavy metal, garage, punk and similar music than this is the place to go. Prepare to enter a dark cave with a lot of headbanging regulars who attempt to destroy the place brick by brick with often insanely loud guitar music. Definitely an acquired taste for Europeans accustomed to techno and Top 40. QOpen 17:00 - 02:00, Fri 17:00 - 03:00, Sat 15:00 - 03:00, Sun 13:30 - 02:00. Closed Mon. (€2 - 5). EGX

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Beer bars

De Lollipop D-3, Paleisring 25,

66, kafeebuitenbeentje@mac.com, www.kafeebuitenbeentje.nl. ‘t Buitenbeentje is truly deserving of its name if only due to the beer that’s sold here for only €1.30 - almost a euro cheaper than anywhere else on the Heuvel. The interior is, to put it mildly, also rather remarkable and unconventional. You won’t find expensive paintings or something remotely trendy, but rather empty beer crates and whisky boxes lining the walls. Moreover, sitting at the bar is a completely different experience than in standard pubs. At ‘t Buitenbeentje drinkers sit on low stools and the barman stands in a pit beneath you. Your tab is kept on a beer mat and any money that changes hands is literally put in a drawer. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 03:00. JGBX

‘t BuitenBeentje D-3, Heuvel 15a, tel. (+31) 135 36 04

tel. (+31) 135 35 52 38, Info@ delollipop.nl, www.delollipop.nl. De Lollipop is the gay bar in Tilburg. It’s been there for over a decade now, which by local standards is an eternity. Men, women, young, old, gay, straight and everything in between go wild on the dance floor at the back of the establishment, making it a fabulous party. Countless disco lights and glitter balls surround you and shine on you highlighting all of your moves. The pub seems enormous, which is an optical illusion created by its mirrored walls. It also lets you check out your neighbours and vice versa. QOpen Mon 17:00 - 01:00, Thu 19:00 - 04:00, Fri 18:00 - 04:00, Sat 14:00 - 04:00, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue, Wed. JGBX

De Popcorn D-3, Paleisring 19, tel. (+31) 135 43 32 18, info@depopcorn.nl, www.depopcorn.nl. No matter what type of music the DJ plays, it’s always time to dance at De Popcorn. Although technically a pub, it feels more like a mini disco with its large lamps and fluorescent disco balls. The rear bar even has two seductive poles going up to the ceiling, but most regulars seem to be a little old to work it properly without hurting themselves or traumatising younger spectators. QOpen 14:00 - 04:00, Mon, Tue 19:00 - 02:00, Wed, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. JGBX

De Wijn C-3, Stadhuisstraat 17, tel. (+31) 135 44

51 18, info@dewijn.nl, www.dewijn.nl. As the owners of De Wijn are lesbians, this pub has been labelled a lesbian bar. However, while there are many lesbian customers, everyone is welcome here. To describe its interior just think of Moulin Rouge with lots of glitter and glamour, frills, and the well-known red and black colour scheme. Unlike many other pubs, beer isn’t the beverage of choice here. You’ll notice this instantly by the strong liquor hanging behind the bar and the subtle sweet scent in the air. QOpen Thu, Fri 20:00 - 04:00, Sat 16:00 - 04:00, Sun 16:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed.

Casinos & Gaming halls Jack’s Casino C-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 172, tel. (+31)

135 42 58 80, info@jackscasino.nl, www.jackscasino. nl. As a consequence of strict Dutch gambling laws, there’s only one official chain of casinos in The Netherlands, the government-run Holland Casino. Unfortunately there is no Holland Casino in Tilburg, but we think that the Jack’s Casino gambling hall is an excellent alternative. The gambling laws prohibit the sale of alcohol and there are no croupiers at the tables. Therefore you can’t play proper roulette, poker or blackjack, but the computerised versions are available and there are plenty of slot machines to offer an evening’s entertainment. The service is quick and the impressive restaurant isn’t just for fortune seekers. QOpen 09:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. O

Live music Cul de Sac D-3, Heuvel 48, tel. (+31) 135 81 01 10,

algemeen@culdesac.nl, www.culdesac.nl. Cul de Sac has established itself as a lounge for an alternative crowd with a more evolved taste in music. It’s the place to be for ‘new hippies’ and young artists, musicians and other creative minds who like to have a beer or a Jack Daniel’s in the pub area. Students from the Rock Academy show off their newly learned skills in the dance pit at the back of the room, while the crowds go wild on a wide selection of music, as this is what separates Cul de Sac from other pubs in Tilburg. ‘Look Out! Dancing in Progress!’ is written above the pit. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 04:00. JGBX NEW

L!ve Music Bar D-2, Heuvelring 90, tel. (+31) 135 42

65 92, info@livemusicbar.nl, www.livemusicbar.nl. The whole weekend is one big party Tilburg’s only proper piano bar. As soon as you cross the threshold there’s no other option but to swing along with the rest of the crowd. Only a few meters from the front door you’ll find a stage with a white piano, a drum kit and - with a bit of luck - a saxophone played by professionals and the incredibly long bar is also designed to like a keyboard. The toilets are located in an enormous vault, which isn’t that surprising when one considers that this building was once used as a bank. QOpen 16:00 - 04:00, Sun 16:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. PJUEGBKX

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Babbus D-3, Heuvel 46, tel. (+31) 135 45 35 39, info@

T Kwadraat I-6, Marathonpromenade 383, tel. (+31)

135 81 28 84, info@horecatkwadraat.nl, www.horecatkwadraat.nl. Tilburg has recently become a real sports town and the opening of the ‘T Kwadraat sports centre is a perfect example of this trend. No less than three different pubs and restaurants are housed in this industrial-style facility including the Eatery (Het eetcafé), the Après-ski bar and the Lounge. All three are decent enough places to eat a burger or schnitzel or to drink a glass of wine, but they’re not exactly the height of fashion (especially the Lounge) and are better suited as places to enjoy a Wieckse Witte draught beer with friends after a hard workout. Q THAUFLGKXW

Midnight munchies Karnak Heuvel 6, tel. (+31) 135 44 13 96. Once you

arrive on Tilburg’s main pub street, Korte Heuvel, Karnak will lure you in. The strip light over the electrical sliding doors, the camp neon lights in the windows and the loud slogans on the façade are like a siren’s song. It’s not the best kebab we’ve had, but no one, especially after a dozen beers, complains about the quality of the greasy Turkish pizza. Everyone’s just happy that it’s open so late and is located so centrally. Ideal for getting a head start on doing something about tomorrow’s hangover. QOpen 16:00 - 02:15, Thu, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 04:15. JVGBS

Out of town Het Dorstige Her t H-5, Bredaseweg 397, tel.

(+31) 134 67 10 85, info@dorstigehert-tilburg.nl, www.dorstigehert-tilburg.nl. After a walk or a cycle through the wooded area of Waranda, you can have an intimate drink at Het Dorstige Hert (The Thirsty Deer), which is incredibly popular with day trippers, locals and university students. The staff are a little older than the average employee of an inner city pub, but this does nothing to lessen the atmosphere here. Quite the opposite actually. The interior, on the other hand, is definitely of an antique variety and is decorated like our grandma’s living room with a sturdy wooden cabinet and a traditional wooden chandelier. However, grandma, it seems, throws excellent parties. Q Open 15:00 - 24:00. Closed Sat. LGBX

Pool & Billiards Poolcentrum 4 Friends H-5, Koestraat 144, tel.

(+31) 135 44 22 81, info@poolcentrum4friends.nl, www.poolcentrum4friends.nl. This is a classic pool hall with lots of pool and snooker tables, dart boards, good background music and room enough for both amateurs and sharks. You can also take lessons here. Q Open 12:00 - 01:00, Fri 12:00 - 02:00, Sat 13:00 - 02:00, Sun 13:00 - 01:00. JU

Saints D-3, Heuvelring 222, tel. (+31) 135 36 77

11, info@saints.nl, www.saints.nl. The entrance is hard to find, but once upstairs pool enthusiasts won’t be disappointed. Although there are plenty of tables for everyone, there’s not much in the way of atmosphere, which could be due to the fact that the drinks here are just as expensive as in the city centre. At least there you might have a chance of being served by an attractive waitress. QOpen 19:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 02:00, Sun 14:00 - 24:00. JGX

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babbus.nl, http://cafebabbus.wordpress.com. On weekdays you usually find students in this pub on de Korte Heuvel, but at the weekend the high bar stools are occupied by a somewhat older crowd. In both cases the atmosphere remains free and relaxed with experienced staff that know what a properly poured beer is supposed to look like. The regulars welcome newcomers with sincere smiles and expensive marketing concepts aren’t employed at Babbus. You can make your own night here by requesting a song and shaking your stuff on the tiny dance floor. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 04:00. PJGBX

Bolle D-3, Piusplein 8, tel. (+31) 135 81 02 90, info@

cafe-bolle.nl, www.cafebolle.nl. In 2011 this place was named one of the best pubs in the Netherlands. During the day you’ll encounter families with children as well as businesspeople enjoying lunch and in the evening students cram into this familiar building on the Piusplein. The stage at the back is frequently occupied by live bands and you may just happen upon a famous band on a weekday. You’ll definitely notice all of the muppets that decorate the pub and the menu offers affordable student bites as well as extensive three-course meals. Q Open 10:00 - 04:00, Mon, Tue, Wed 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 02:00. (€9 - 14). TJAUGBKW

Brandpunt D-3, Piusplein 7, tel. (+31) 135 35 96 49, info@cafebrandpunt.nl, www.cafebrandpunt.nl. Brandpunt has been making students happy for decades. It’s one of the few real student pubs in town where you can spend an evening drinking special beers on draught. Other draws include the large outdoor terrace and its affordable food, not to mention cheap specials and good offers like ‘steak Tuesday’ and ‘spare-rib Wednesday’. But five nights a week the place is cleared and the stage is littered with boasting, slurring students and the air-conditioning seems to be out of order, which means that the clammy air quickly reeks of beer and sweat. On Friday night the average age drops so drastically that if you’re 21 you’re already a walking fossil. On Sunday nights hockey players and their beautiful fans take control of the dance floor. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. JGBK

Who wants to be a trillionaire? Re c ent research h as determined that the total value of all property in the Netherlands is over €3.5 trillion. Those who can’t really fathom the astronomic figure of 3,500 billion might be better able to wrap their heads around it if it’s written out in full: 3,500,000,000,000. Think that’s crazy? This sum has actually doubled since 1996! The bulk of this money is rooted in private homes, government buildings, roads, dikes and other infrastructure. Calculated per capita this means that every Dutch person is blessed with a fortune of €210,000. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to the hungry, hard-working writers of this guide. Autumn 2011 - Winter 2012

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Nightlife for young and old

Burgemeester Jansen E-4, Piushaven 22, tel. (+31)

135 45 10 08, info@burgemeesterjansen.nl, www. burgemeesterjansen.nl. Johannes Franciscus Jansen was the longest serving mayor of Tilburg (1869 - 1901) and thereby practically solely responsible for the construction of the Wilhelmina canal which flows into the Pius harbour. This is also the exact place where the Burgemeester Jansen pub was established in 2005. You have to stray off the beaten path to get a beer here, but it’s definitely worth the trek. The large interior is decorated sparingly with austere tables, yellowing maps and wooden beer crates as the only embellishments. Roughly a dozen different beers are available on draught and the service is friendly. It’s also the only pub in Tilburg with a terrace by the water. QOpen 15:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon. GB

De Heeren Van Tilburg C-3, Stadhuisstraat 21, tel. (+31) 135 82 03 16, info@deheerenvantilburg.nl, www. deheerenvantilburg.nl. Insiders know that you can eat truly delicious food for relatively low prices at this lovely pub that’s a mixture of old-fashioned elegance and modern nonchalance. The menu offers plenty of variety and we highly recommend the pot of mussels or the suckling pig. Big steaks and enormous schnitzels also get a thumbs up. In summer you can sit outside with a view of the old Heiken Church that dates back to 1829. For those who’d like to learn some Dutch, an afternoon at De Heeren Van Tilburg might be a good start. QOpen 12:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon. JAUBKW

De Plaats D-3, Piusplein 61, tel. (+31) 135 36 91 54,

jouwplaats@hotmail.com, www.deplaats.nl. On Sundays crowds of people dance to jazzy tunes played by live bands at De Plaats, but on most other days the pub usually caters to a local group of regulars despite its central location in the heart of the city. You won’t find dirty, grubby Persian rugs on the tables or a smoky pool table in the centre of the room here. Instead you can expect a bright and fresh décor. QOpen 11:00 - 03:00, Mon 20:00 - 02:00, Tue, Wed 11:00 - 02:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. J6GBKX

Het Elfde Gebod D-3, Paleisring 23, tel. (+31) 135

36 68 69, www.hetelfdegebod.eu. Jews and Christians have the Ten Commandments, but Tilburgers have added their own. The eleventh commandment (Het Elfde Gebod or thou shalt enjoy) is the focal point of this pub where you can eat very well. The comprehensive menu is a cut above the rest and offers such local delicacies as venison. Guests also come here for the large variety of beer that flows from the tap. The entire pub is decorated with Catholic paraphernalia such as scenes from the Crusades and statues of Christ on the cross. The large terrace is also popular and it provides comfortable chairs and blankets in case it gets chilly, not to mention a place to have a smoke. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. (€16 - 21). TJ6GBK

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cafe@heuvel15.nl, www.heuvel15.nl. Heuvel 15 has been around for 30 years making it the oldest pub on Korte Heuvel. The owner has such a good time at his pub that he never skips a day and happily keeps the Hertog Jan beer flowing from the large Delft blue tap. Although the spirits are lined up gracefully behind the bar, Heuvel 15 calls itself a wine bar as well as a pub. This isn’t surprising in view of the large variety of wines on offer, which is unusual for such a small place. Interior design isn’t Heuvel 15’s strong suit, but who says that a bar has to be stylish when you’re just out for an evening of fun? QOpen 14:00 - 02:00, Thu 14:00 - 03:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 04:00, Sun 14:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. JGBX

Kandinsky C-2, Telegraafstraat 58, tel. (+31) 135 44

49 24, kandinsky@home.nl, www.biercafe-kandinsky. nl. Every pub in Tilburg offers beer, but only one can call itself Tilburg’s best beer lovers bar. The menu boasts no less than 200 different brews, many of which flow freshly from the taps. Unfortunately it’s a bit too much to try them all in one go, although we certainly tried our best. The relaxed staff, the greatly varied clientele, every beer served in its own branded glass and music that’s not turned up too loud make this the ideal place to sit and chat with friends. Hundreds of enamel beer platters also adorn its walls. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 03:00, Sun 15:00 - 24:00. GBX

Peanuts C-3, Stadhuisstraat 19, tel. (+31) 135

90 52 17, www.cafe-peanuts.nl. Nobody knows why Peanuts is called Peanuts. There are no nuts on the bar and the pub doesn’t have any Charlie Brown memorabilia. Peanuts is actually a really modern, tidy version of a garden shed with lots of things that sparkle, including neon lights, which makes it the perfect location for a camp disco night. With a light screen over the stage, which constantly changes colours, you can relive the golden era of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Q Open 19:00 - 04:00, Sat 15:00 - 04:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. J

Stoffel D-3, Heuvel 13, tel. (+31) 135 45 72 17, fax (+31) 135 45 72 18, stoffel@stoffel.nl, www.stoffel. nl. If there were an election for the cleanest establishment in the restaurant business in Tilburg, Café Stoffel would win by a landslide. Over the years the management has placed an emphasis on its food and a child-friendly atmosphere. You can have a great lunch or dinner here for a reasonable price, but it’s definitely not the place to go dancing. The café is better suited to a lazy afternoon playing games. In fact, there are shelves loaded with board games and you can play scrabble, chess and even Risk on specially painted tables. When the weather is nice the sliding doors are opened bringing the outdoor terrace and the pub together. If, however, we were to choose one thing that we’d like to change here it would have to be the ghastly wall paper! QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. (€15 - 20). PTJ6EGBKW

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Nightlife Van Horen Zeggen C-3, Stadhuisstraat 15, tel.

(+31) 135 23 43 14, fax (+31) 135 23 43 15, info@ cafevanhorenzeggen.nl, www.cafevanhorenzeggen. nl. Many events and celebrities from Tilburg’s long and storied past have been immortalised on the wallpaper at Van Horen Zeggen, which means ‘hearsay’ in English. This includes local folk hero, and Holland’s most famous singer, Guus Meeuwis, who still regularly comes in for a beer and a chat. You can expect a big party here every weekend and as far as we’re concerned that’s the best reason to come. In fact, the name ‘hearsay’ doesn’t seem at all appropriate. ‘Much talked about’ would be more suitable. See for yourself. QOpen 14:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 04:00. JGBX

Weemoed D-3, Heuvel 12, tel. (+31) 135 36 88 20.

Weemoed has many regulars who were born and raised in Tilburg. Although they might look back on the old days with a touch of melancholy (weemoed), they seem to clearly enjoy the present. But it appears that some things are hard to let go of. The wall at Weemoed is adorned with a cigarette vending machine rarely seen at Dutch bars anymore. The drinks prices are also somewhat nostalgic: €1.70 for a beer. With antique cabinets for the glassware, a real CD cupboard, dogs in residence and nuts on the bar, the pub is a bit like an old-fashioned Dutch living room. The toilets bear the scars of creative spirits that went wild with pens and markers. QOpen 12:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 04:00. J6GBX

Student clubs Boekanier C-3, Stadhuisstraat 11, tel. (+31) 135 43

19 03, www.cafedeboekanier.nl. The ambiguous slogan ‘Pijpen? Een Euro!’ has put De Boekanier on the map among students. ‘Pijpen’ for which one euro is charged could refer to anything from pipes, narrow glasses or bottles of beer to a blow job. In this case, it’s not the latter, so don’t expect any oral sex on the menu. The slogan in fact refers to a narrow glass of Jupiler beer which can be purchased for only €1.10 on Thursdays. Other slogans include ‘geen kakje zonder zakje’ near the toilets (which refers to scooping up dog crap) and ‘No Feeding, Please’ above the DJ booth. QOpen 19:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri 15:00 - 04:00, Sat 14:00 - 04:00. Closed Sun. JGBX

Miller Time D-3, Piusplein 6, tel. (+31) 135 44 27 07. Miller Time has undergone a large metamorphosis with a new owner and a new look, but it still caters to the same target audience as before: students. The staff try to make a spectacle of every night and live by the club’s the motto: ‘Forget the old times, Feel the new times!’. Unfortunately they haven’t quite succeeded. Thankfully you can settle down on the enormous terrace, weather permitting, and get a nice tan while enjoying a cool refreshment. QOpen 19:00 - 04:00, Tue, Wed 19:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JGB

Philip D-3, Heuvel 38, tel. (+31) 135 80 03 61, info@

cafephilip.nl, www.cafephilip.nl. To many students in Tilburg, Café Philip is like a second living room. On the ground floor the bookworms dance like sardines in a tin to Top 40 beats, which can be requested through an English pay phone booth. One floor down you’ll find a pub where you can be your own DJ, but nothing beats the top floor. When you have danced yourself into a sweat and have loaded up on beer, you can stagger upstairs to get your coat and a greasy snack from the wall. There’s nothing like a Dutch croquette at 04:00! QOpen 20:00 - 04:00, Tue 19:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JGBX

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Traditional bars Alt Wien I-5, Wilhelminapark 40, tel. (+31) 135 36 92

80. Opposite the attractive Wilhelminapark you’ll find Alt Wien, an authentic local pub with Tiffany lamps and a live grey parrot with a red tail keeping a close eye on the guests. Local artists are honoured here with scarves on the wall and their records are played from time to time. The lady behind the bar may look like a rough pub-crawler, but her bark’s worse than her bite. Invariably newcomers are greeted in a friendly manner and before you know it the bar flies will be joining you at your table. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00. JGX

Bet Kolen I-6, Broekhovenseweg 111, tel. (+31) 135

42 28 60, www.betkolen.nl. Everyone in Tilburg knows this 100-year-old bar whose founder, Bet Kolen, was born in 1896. Although it was unusual for a woman to start a pub at that time, everybody used to visit Bet’s and she offered many drinkers a home away from home. In 2011 the pub still has the same name and the same values: pay attention to the guests and make sure everybody has a good time. The building consists of three parts. Up front there’s a bar, next a large room which functions as a party centre followed by a busy hall where men play darts and billiards. QOpen 12:30 - 02:00, Tue 17:00 - 02:00, Fri 12:30 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 02:00. GX

Lambiek I-5, Wilhelminapark 66, tel. (+31) 135 36 43 51, www.kaffeelambiek.nl. What makes this pub named after a popular Belgian comic strip character so special, apart from its excellent location directly opposite the Wilhelmina Park, is that there’s always something going on. Lambiek organises live acts, jam sessions or workshops on an almost daily basis and it’s an ideal place to go after a visit to Tilburg’s two largest museums only a stone’s throw away. We personally keep coming back for the 40 or more speciality beers it serves. QOpen 19:00 - 01:00, Fri 16:00 - 02:00, Sat, Sun 19:00 - 02:00. EG

Sticks and stones In some countries, the mere mumbling of swear words like klootzakken, kankerlijers, losers and sukkels (all of which are sadly impossible to translate) to a police officer would be sufficient grounds for at least a night in jail not to mention a sound beating. But things are different in the Netherlands. A female student from Groningen was acquitted recently after she had uttered these offensive words to an officer of the law during a night out on the town. However, the highest legal body in the Netherlands, the Hoge Raad (the High Council), didn’t agree with the verdict given at a lower level of the justice system and decreed that ‘police officers should not be overly sensitive’. But in yet another odd twist, they decided to punish the student anyway. This seemingly arbitrary approach to law enforcement and jurisprudence is odd, to say the least, so if you want to play it safe, it’s probably best to keep any negative opinions of the cops to yourself while in Holland. They may not be as thick-skinned as you might expect. Autumn 2011 - Winter 2012

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high times in holland The Dutch people’s laid back liberal attitude is perhaps best illustrated by its very reasonable and unprejudiced drug policy. The Netherlands has been recognised as an excellent example in drug control matters. By decriminalising the consumption of some soft drugs it has successfully reduced soft drug abuse and relieved its justice and penal systems - as well as created an exceptional, unmatched party scene. In fact, the English word ‘drug’ even comes from the Dutch ‘drouge’ or ‘droge-vate’, which meant dry [-barrels] (as barrels of dried herbs used to be imported by the Dutch and were intended for medicinal use). The most famous soft drugs available in the Netherlands (to over-18s of course) are weed and magic mushrooms, as well as other legal highs. The questionable content of legal highs and recent criticism of the ingredients and manufacturing standards will mean that this guide will not cover this type of soft-drug. Naturally, we believe natural highs to be the only safe high. Despite recent legal changes due to pressure from the European Union, the Netherlands is still the best place for dabbling with new experiences. All types of weed, hash and skuff can be found at very good prices if you look hard enough, but decent stuff by world standards can usually be found around the corner. Look out for busy shops with little or no front decor, as well as the pungent aroma of cannabis smoke wafting from the entrance. Of course, this type of soft drug can be consumed in many different ways. Smoking is the most class mode of administration, however, eating is also commonplace, particularly in the new tobacco-free world which is coming into being. It is also possible to smoke cannabis without using tobacco, by using tobacco alternatives - pure cannabis or a vaporiser (available for use in only the best coffee shops). It may be important to note for cost-effectiveness in your partying that for a first-timer, eating cannabis can have a strong and sometimes unpleasant effect, so small quantities are advised. For regular smokers, however, they may be disappointed to hear that in our opinion, eating cannabis is a much less efficient way to get high, therefore the effect may be very much reduced. Also for cannabis food (also known as space food) it’s important for the THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) to be cooked into fat or dissolved in alcohol for the effect to be felt. A sprinkle of hash on a muffin or in a hot chocolate will most likely have no effect, as one’s stomach acids destroy the THC without absorbing it.

If it’s your first time sampling nature’s gifts, it’s important not to underestimate Mother Nature’s power and potential. They can be very potent and end up giving you a bad time if one doesn’t follow a few simple rules: keep something sweet with you, in case you start seeing stars; keep something to drink with you, as a good smoke will completely dry out your mouth; keep someone with you, in case you fall over (or worse, particularly in the case of mushrooms). You’ll be glad to know that the only known death from cannabis was in the United Kingdom, as a result of an illegal market which ‘cuts’ cannabis with other substances to increase its weight. This hazardous concoction briefly appeared in the Netherlands, but quickly disappeared as people could easily avoid it. For mushrooms, some recent changes may put a damper on your party plans, as psilocybin-based mushrooms are no longer legal. This came about as a result of excessive mushroom use by tourists. Despite this change in the law, magic mushrooms which do not contain the illegal active chemicals, are still sold in some smart shops. The most common types are philosophers stones and Mexicans. Peyote, or cactus, can also be purchased dried and gives a very strong trip which can cause strong nausea, so you might want to stick with more traditional soft drugs should you be inclined to experience high times in Holland. Remember to get rid of all these natural highs before leaving the Netherlands as the possession of these substances is illegal pretty much everywhere. In the case of weed, try to keep a separate change of clothes to travel home in, as sniffer dogs can even react to strong aromas left behind by cannabis such as smoky jeans. The main thing to remember is to be educated about the drugs you use so as not to be taken by surprise.

Embracing the haze

No smoking in the car please!

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You should also bear in mind that there are usually two types of weed sold; haze, which has high THC content and creates a strong stoned or high feeling; and non-haze which has a somewhat milder effect. The price difference may sometimes be quite substantial between these two types, as haze weed plants (usually strong sativas - for those in the know) are bigger and harder to grow properly than non-haze (usually strong indicas) plants. If you’re a non-regular smoker, or even a regular hashish smoker, start with non-haze, and then perhaps try a haze joint to see how you feel. For regular (weed) smokers (close to daily), haze weed will show you how truly stoned you can get, but beware as some types may stick you to your chair, and you may drool (well, maybe not the second part). tilburg.inyourpocket.com


High times in holland Coffeeshops in Tilburg are much less of a touristy affair than in most large cities in the Netherlands, probably due to the fact that few tourists visit this former textile manufacturing hub. It does, however, have some of the most genuine coffeeshops, again probably due to the fact that a successful coffeeshop in this city will need to attract a more permanent, local crowd. As a result, coffeeshops here tend to be surprisingly welcoming, although, as always, there are some exceptions. The city’s coffeeshop business suffers most importantly from smuggling day-trippers from neighbouring Belgium, Germany, and even France and Luxemburg, so it’s fairly obvious that the authorities and coffeeshops are cracking down on selling herb that may be destined for export. Another reason why this city suffers from the threat of a meddling central government is simply due to the fact that the weed itself is of the highest quality and on offer for a reasonable price, more so than in most cities in the Netherlands. Having said this, while it’s probably not the most scenic city in the Netherlands to wander around in while having a smoke, you can feel more comfortable here than in other Dutch cities as a result of Tilburg’s laid-back, working-class liberal attitude. It does after all have a substantial student population and their experimental approach to life seems to have rubbed off on the rest of the population. In terms of herb, as well as coffeeshops, Tilburg definitely has a few gems to be discovered, as you’ll certainly find out.

Coffeeshops Crackers A-3, Bredaseweg 165, tel. (+31) 135 43 22

39. This coffeeshop with a welcoming, colourful exterior will ensure that you have a pleasant, relaxing and possibly trippy time. Friendly staff, multi-coloured stools, a good selection of reading materials, chilled music and a light and airy vibe are all there to make you feel at home. Local customers appreciate the honesty of this coffeeshop that’s both stylish and cool without trying to be. Q P

Level A-4, St. Annaplein 13, tel. (+31) 135 43 31 83.

Although it doesn’t look like much from the outside, you’ll be surprised by the amount of light inside as well as the shiny and stylish interior. The friendly staff here are happy to offer you a good selection of toasties, snacks and drinks such as milkshakes and tea while you play a game or two of baby football or, for the calmer types, a board game or two. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 24:00.

Maximillian A-4, Korvelseweg 192, tel. (+31) 135 35

21 89. Maximillian caters to a local middle-aged crowd and isn’t what we’d consider a cosy place to sit and chill. It is, however, modern and clean and sells exceptional herb at decent prices. It’s probably just a place to pop in for a purchase while wandering around the city and maybe not the ideal coffeeshop for a longer smoking session. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 23:00.

Pasja A-3, Bredaseweg 123, tel. (+31) 135 44 29 18. With red leather armchairs, a dark smoking room and tiny proportions, Pasja attracts an image-driven local crowd. Drinks machines are provided, as well as toilets, but it pretty much stops there in terms of amenities. Rif D-1, Besterdring 157, tel. (+31) 135 44 32 89. With

a dark wood interior that one could almost describe as North African, some music and a rather standard selection of herb this place hasn’t taken its endeavour very seriously. It appears to sell to tourists, who don’t stay that long, so maybe give it a pass and head down the street for better options, unless, of course, you just want a quick toke.

Shiva Koestraat 12, tel. (+31) 135 42 16 16, info@ shiva.nl, www.coffeeshopshiva.nl. This coffeeshop’s popularity seems to lie in its good deals which is supported by the many ‘export forbidden’ signs. With a black and red theme, provided by comfy leather armchairs and wooden tables, this place is a little on the dark side, but the lamps that are present are ornate and worth a longer look, especially when high. Interestingly, Chinese steamed rolls are available to satisfy your munchies and should you wish to trip out on flashing colourful images, a television is also available.

The Grass Company C-1, Spoorlaan 360, tel. (+31)

135 82 14 20, spoorlaan@grasscompany.nl, www.thegrasscompany.nl. If you want to find the best coffeeshop that’s closest to the station, this Grass Company establishment is probably the largest it owns and is only a few steps away from your train. A large room with high ceilings provides plenty of space for seating groups as well as any luggage you might have. Providing restaurant calibre food, drink and herb all in one place, this is definitely the best one-stop shop for any departing or arriving visitor with herb in mind. The alwaysfriendly Grass Company staff serves you at your table, which is a nice change from the usual coffeeshop self-service and the original music selection is also a major plus. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 24:00. PGKW

Toermalijn D-1, Besterdring 187, tel. (+31) 135 35

75 36. With a beautiful garden, particularly friendly local customers and a very good and even friendlier staff, this is our favourite coffeeshop in Tilburg and perhaps even the entire Netherlands. The pastel yellow colour creates a bright but pleasant atmosphere and a good choice of drinks and snacks are available to accompany the interesting, hard to grow, 100% sativa strains on offer here. QOpen 10:30 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 10:30 - 24:00. B

Ochtendgloren D-4, Piusstraat 124. This place looks like

an old English public house with stained wood panelling and wooden chairs, tables and bar. It’s a little dark, but the large floor to ceiling windows create a light and airy atmosphere. A pleasant outdoor area is also available on sunny days, a feature all too rare in coffeeshops. As part of the Grass Company chain, Ochtendgloren serves a large selection of food in addition to the usual offer of simple drinks and toasties. This does tend to be slightly expensive, but then you do have to pay for the benefit of herb smoking and eating. Pleasant lighting as well as pictures on the wall succeed in providing this coffeeshop with a slightly more sophisticated feel. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 24:00. PBKW

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What to see Tilburg has more history and picturesque buildings than most Dutch people are aware of. Indeed, there may not be any canals with accompanying houses like in Utrecht or Amsterdam, and no prehistoric megaliths like in Drenthe, but Tilburg does have enough interesting architecture and history to keep you satisfied. We have King William II and Pater Donders to thank for many of the attractions left behind. There are also plenty of amusement parks in the area including the famous Efteling as well as Beekse Bergen, Oliemeulen and Dierenpark Nuenen.

Essential Tilburg Abdij Koningshoeven J-5, Eindhovenseweg 3, tel.

(+31) 135 40 85 08, info@koningshoeven.nl, www. koningshoeven.nl. If you think that only monks live in silence and spend the whole day praying, take a look at the Trappist farm Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven. Here they’ve been working hard every day brewing one of Europe’s best beers since 1884. This is still the most important source of income for the monastery, partially thanks to exports to the United States where the beer is sold under the name of ‘Koningshoeven Trappist Ale’. Nine special beers are brewed here under the close supervision of the clergymen themselves. Visitors will get a great impression of the whole brewing process in an audiovisual tour or a proper guided tour of the abbey where 16 monks between the ages of 24 to 81 live and work. Even if you don’t like beer, you’ll still enjoy a visit, as the peaceful surroundings and the impressive complex with its characteristic towers are certainly worth a look. QOpen 11:00 - 19:00. K

Buildings & Squares 013 D-2, Veemarktstraat 44, tel. (+31) 134 60 95 00,

informatie@013.nl, www.013.nl. Pop Stage 013 is a combination of three concert halls and is the largest music temple in southern Holland. The large Dommelsch Hall alone can offer space for at least 2,200 visitors. The building itself stands out because of the round shapes on its exterior that make it look like it’s covered with hundreds of CDs. 013 is conveniently located right on Korte Heuvel, which means that many of the bands that play here have a beer or whisky in one of the nearby cafés after a gig. The Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Moby and members of Faithless have all been spotted at pubs and clubs not far from here. Q PJUEGX

De Watertoren I-6, Bredaseweg 207. Since 1897, Tilburg

has proudly possessed a water tower that still supplies the cleanest spring water in the Netherlands. The construction of the water tower was a positive development for the textile industry as well as public health, as the quality of city water improved by leaps and bounds. The tower is 50m high and built of brick. The entrance is characterised by a frame decorated in a neo-Renaissance style. The tower initially remained intact during WWII because the Germans used it to gain healthy drinking water and also as a watchtower over Tilburg. Unfortunately, it was damaged when the Nazis were driven out of Tilburg. Q Y

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Tilburg’s forbidden city Although Beijing’s gets more publicity, Tilburg has its very own version of a ‘Forbidden City’ – even if it is only virtual. Visit www.virtueeltilburg.nl and follow a digital walking route along the Spoorlaan, Paleisring, Heuvelring or through the rail zone. Just click on a building for more information. You will, however, need a powerful PC, because the programme doesn’t run that well on all computers. The tour and the technology are impressive, but you can probably do the actual tour quicker on foot and get better photos too! King Willem II Barracks/Tilburg Prison (Koning Willem II kazerne/PI Tilburg) I-6, Ringbaan Zuid 500,

www.jeoudekazernenu.nl. The King William II barracks were built just before WWII to house an infantry battalion. Before this the Netherlands had always lagged behind its neighbours with the expansion of its army, but due to the danger of war with Germany, the year 1939 saw the building of no less than 24 groups of barracks throughout the country. After the liberation of Tilburg in 1944 the barracks were used for various purposes until in 1993 it was finally handed over to the Ministry of Justice to remedy a shortage of prisons in the Netherlands. The barracks became a penal institution, but when it was no longer needed the Ministry of Justice decided to rent out the prison to Belgium that had a prison shortage of its own.

Paleis-Raadhuis (Palace-Town Hall) C-4, Stadhuis-

plein 130. Many Tilburg wedding photos have been taken on the stairs of the Palace-Town Hall. King William II had the place built in 1847 as a country retreat in his favourite town, but he died in 1849 only 22 days before its completion. In 1864 the Rijks Hogere Burger school was established in the palace and its most famous student was none other than Vincent van Gogh, who studied there for two years. In the south wing of the palace you’ll find a reconstruction of Vincent’s art room. Between the years 1934 and 1936 it was converted into the Town Hall. As the building had several purposes throughout the years, there’s not much left of the original design. Windows were replaced and the entrance has been decorated in Art Deco style. Today it’s part of the Town Hall and it’s connected by a footbridge to the black box. A marble statue of King William II is located in the main entrance hall and an Art Deco staircase with stained windows can also be seen. A large book market is held on the square in front of the palace each year on the last Sunday of August. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. J

Theatres Tilburg (Schouwburg) B-4, Louisbouw-

meesterplein 1, tel. (+31) 135 43 22 20, fax (+31) 135 43 95 53, www.theaterstilburg.nl. Voted one of the most beautiful buildings in the Netherlands by a group of four leading Dutch architects in 2009, this theatre is literally ‘a brick ode to the sixties’. The edifice perfectly fits its surroundings and still has a modern look despite its age. Naturally a lot of rebuilding and renovating has taken place throughout the years, but much of the decor is still from the 1960s, such as the benches that were designed by the architect Bijvoet. Even the chairs inside the theatre are originals. Q J

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What to see Tilburg University H-5, Warandelaan 2, tel. (+31) 134

66 91 11, info@tilburguniversity.edu, www.tilburguniversity.edu. The University of Tilburg was established in 1927 as a Catholic business school. Now, many years later, it’s the leading university in the Netherlands in business studies and its Faculty of Economics is the third most renowned in Europe. Its many high-rise university buildings are surrounded by woodland so the higher floors offer superb views of the greenery outside and the Tilburg skyline. Roughly 12,000 students study here at six different faculties every day, or at least the ones that aren’t hungover from the often exhausting student lifestyle. Student housing surrounds the hundreds of square meters of university buildings and there’s even a supermarket and a student pub on the premises. An amusing piece of trivia: In the 1980s all higher vocational education institutes received permission to call themselves universities. This caused a problem for the Katholieke Hogeschool Tilburg, as it was called then. Because Catholic University Tilburg would stand for a rather inappropriate abbreviation (kut, a very rude Dutch word for the female genitalia) for a while the University opted to call itself Catholic University Brabant. In 2001 the university received the name it now carries, but in international circles it’s often known as Tilburg University. QOpen 07:30 - 18:30. Closed Sat, Sun. GKW

Westpoint I-5, Hart van Brabantlaan. The sixth tallest

building in Holland was built in Tilburg in 2004. Westpoint measures an impressive 143m in height, which is less than 22 meters shorter than the Maastoren in Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ tallest edifice. Hundreds of people live and work in this colourful concrete colossus, which can be seen from several kilometres away due to its frequent use of distinctive light sources. The 47m-tower contains 154 apartments.

William II Stadium I-6, Goirleseweg 34, tel. (+31) 135

49 05 90, www.willem-ii.nl. The stadium of the Tilburg Wiliam II professional football club has only existed in its current form since 1995. At the time it was a state of the art building, as most Dutch stadia were standing room only prior to its completion. The club itself was founded 100 years earlier and was once quite prestigious. In fact, William II was the first Dutch professional club and it won the league in the first year, a feat they only managed on two other occasions. 10 years ago Willem II’s players even faced the best of European football in the Champions League, but, unfortunately, since then things have gone from bad to worse. Relegation is on the cards and the stadium is now considered to be rather outdated, but it’s still worth a visit if you’re in town and into the beautiful game. A number of exhibitions detail the glory days of old and if you ask the right person, you’ll be able to have a look inside the stadium. QOpen 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. HL

Churches Hasseltse Kapel H-5, Hasseltplein, tel. (+31) 134 68

10 89, www.hasseltsekapel.nl. This chapel is located on a small square and dates back to 1536. The statue of Mary was added to the chapel in 1796 and now the church organises an open day during celebrations honouring Mary. This small house of prayer has had several functions over the years from a weaver’s house and a guest house to an emergency hospital. These days the charming chapel is mainly used as a place to get married, although a prayer service is held once a month. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00.

Pauluskerk B-3, Heuvelstraat 141, www.pkn-tilburg.nl.

This neoclassical style octagonal St. Paul’s Church was originally built in 1822 as a protestant house of worship. A much older pipe organ from 1765 was later placed in the church and is still there to be admired. King William I of Holland visited the church only once, but King Willem ll of Holland visited the church whenever he stayed in Tilburg. In 2004 it was thoroughly renovated and both the church and the organ are now considered to be national monuments. These days St. Paul’s belongs to an Indonesian-Dutch congregation. Q J

St. Dionysiuskerk C-3, Stadhuisstraat 370. The present

Church of St. Dionysius, popularly known as Heikese Church, was completed in 1826. Its style is neoclassical and inside you’ll find pillars with Ionian capitals. The tower is the only remaining authentic part of the original 15th-century Gothic church, which makes it the oldest church in Tilburg. Due to the ‘new’ bricks that were added in 1895, the tower actually seems to be newer than the rest of the building. The Heikese Church also has two 15th-century candleholders and a 17th-century painting in its possession. QOpen Sat 18:30 - 20:00, Sun 10:30 - 12:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri. J

St. Jozefkerk D-2, Heuvelring 122. St. Joseph’s Church, which people in Tilburg often refer to as Heuvelse Church, is a neo-Gothic cross-shaped basilica with three transepts. The church, which was designed by Hendrik van Tulder, was built between 1872 and 1889. The two octagonal 72m-high towers at the front stand out and make this church the fourth highest building in Tilburg. The church displays many influences from the French Gothic period as well as St. John’s Cathedral in Den Bosch. In the 1950s the transept was extended. The main organ as well as the choir organ and the church itself are national monuments. QOpen 08:00 - 18:30. J

Süleymanìye Moskee (Süleymanìye Mosque) I-5,

Wandelboslaan 2, tel. (+31) 135 35 03 92, www.suleymaniye.nl. The architecture of Tilburg’s biggest mosque is a combination of modern and Islamic styles. The roof of the building resembles a half moon, with a star on top, but this isn’t really visible from the ground. The star protrudes slightly to indicate the direction of Mecca. If you’d like to see the interior you have to make an appointment . Q G

Monuments De Wasknijper (The Clothes-Pin) C-1, Spoorlaan.

This monument in remembrance of the victims of World War II can be found to the right of the Central Station. It’s a bell tower with 12 small clocks, but due to its shape it’s popularly known as the ‘clothes-pin’.

Monument to the 15th Scottish Division) C-4, StadHasseltsekerk Tilburg In Your Pocket

huisplein. This monument was erected in honour of the 15th Scottish Division. This division of the Scottish army liberated Tilburg from German occupation on the October 27, 1944. The sculpture represents a bagpipe player. Q J

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What to see Museums Audax Textielmuseum (Audax Textile Museum)

I-5, Goirkestraat 96, tel. (+31) 135 36 74 75, info@ textielmuseum.nl, www.textielmuseum.nl. The Textile Museum offers insight into the rich history of the textile industry in Tilburg. It’s housed in a 19th-century building and the collection is divided into four sections: textile science, design, industrial culture and arts. One of the most impressive exhibits which every visitor to Tilburg should see is the display of textile machines. You’ll be transported to a time when steam-powered machines ran continually to provide Europe with textiles. The place still smells of wool and oil. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €7, children 13 - 18 years €3, children 7 - 12 years €1.75, children 6 and under free. TUK

De Pont I-5, Wilhelminapark 1, tel. (+31) 135 43 83

00, info@depont.nl, www.depont.nl. De Pont combines the history of Tilburg with art. Since 1992 this former wool mill has served as an exhibition space for numerous works by contemporary artists. The natural light in the large hall illuminates the pieces in all their glory. The so-called wool cages house small rooms where you can see even more works of art. There are temporary exhibitions and the permanent exhibition contains works by Charlotte Dumas, Anton Henning, Wolfgang Laib, Steve McQueen and Giuseppe Penone.

Het Peerke Donders Paviljoen, Museum voor Naastenliefde (The Peerke Donders Pavilion: Museum for Compassion) J-4, Pater Dondersstraat

20, tel. (+31) 134 55 72 45, www.peerkedonders.nl. A modern museum was erected next to a tiny house in Tilburg where the beatified friar and missionary Peerke Donders used to live with his parents. The Peerke Donders Pavilion and Museum for Compassion is divided into three rooms. The first one offers information about the life and work of Peerke, the second displays a permanent exhibition about charity and mercy and the third room is for temporary exhibitions. Next to the museum, you can enter Peerke’s old home where you’ll discover how he lived in a building about the size of a postage stamp. On the other side of the house you can take a look at the little church that was built in Surinamese style after Peerke’s death to honour the priest and his charitable work in that nation. QOpen 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. K

Natuurmuseum Brabant (Brabant Museum of Nature) B-2, Spoorlaan 434, tel. (+31) 135 35 39 35,

fax (+31) 135 35 10 90, info@natuurmuseumbrabant.nl, www.natuurmuseumbrabant.nl. The magnificent building of Natuurmuseum Brabant houses thousands of beautiful stuffed animals, fossils, plants and insects. Although the entire museum is so child-friendly that it almost seems like it was built solely for kids, this isn’t the case. Adults will find plenty of interesting exhibits to keep them occupied. In the new OO-zone, the Ontdek en Onderzoek (Discover and Research) part of the museum, you can explore nature yourself. Compare bones or browse through one of the hundreds of books about flora and fauna. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful animals behind the glass of the high display cabinets. In addition to all this, the museum also has temporary exhibitions like ‘Moeder’s Mooiste’ (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder), where you can learn about exotic animals. Discover how a humming bird uses its beak as a pipette and how a giraffe can have a neck of up to 160cm in length. One of the permanent exhibitions is ‘Brabant in de Ban van Buiten’ (Brabant under the spell of the outdoors). Here you explore the diverse flora and fauna that make the Brabant region so special. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Adults: €7, children 4 - 17: €5. TJAGK

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Medieval times today Holland’s largest theme park, the Efteling in Kaatsheuvel near Tilburg, opened a new theme park show in the middle of 2011. At least five times a day visitors can enjoy the 30-minute medieval enter tainment programme called Raveleijn that features horses, maidens, knights, dragons and even a variety of birds such as owls, falcons and ravens. All this old world pageantry takes places in an open air arena specially built for the show which can seat up to 1200 visitors. Vincents Tekenlokaal C-4, Stadhuisplein 128, tel. (+31) 135 42 91 97, www.vincents-tekenlokaal.nl. King William II had this beautiful residence built for himself in the centre of Tilburg, but he passed away just before the it was completed. The Royal Family donated the palace to the city and it was turned into the so-called ‘Higher Citizens School’. Hidden beneath the palace you’ll find Vincent’s Tekenlokaal (Vincent’s Drawing Room). This space is named after the most famous person to have lived in the city. One of the first students to study here was the now world-famous Vincent van Gogh. In 1886 he took classes here at the age of 13. The renowned painter received four or five hours of drawing lessons a week in the classroom of C.C. Huijsmans. Vincent’s Tekenlokaal can be viewed again via an exact reconstruction that’s decorated with a modern touch. Compu ters teach you ab ou t the illustrious painter and his experiences in school. Along the staircase to the drawing room, Van Gogh’s wandering existence is clarified with a time line of his turbulent life. Other than that, pieces of text from letters that he wrote to his brother Theo are on display. Historical images also illustrate how beautiful Tilburg must have looked in Van Gogh’s time. This was long before mayor Cees Becht (aka Demolition Man) ‘rid’ Tilburg of its beautiful architecture. You can also see a class photo of Van Gogh, although even experts still argue over which child is actually Vincent. The photo is very valiable, as only four other photographs are known to exist of the eccentric genius. Still, Vincent’s Tekenlokaal is more of an actual drawing room than a museum. QOpen 13:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon, Sun. TJ

Parks & Cemeteries Begraafplaats Bredaseweg (Cemetery Bredaseweg) A-3, Bredaseweg 45. The best-known cemetery in

Tilburg is Roman Catholic and dates from 1828. A number of distinct, white cast-iron statues seem to guard the graveyard on the side facing the street. You’ll also find a remarkable work of illumination art, which is directed at one of the statues. Many special tombstones can be found in the cemetery itself, like Marietje Kessels’. She was murdered in 1900, aged 11. Her body was found in the archway of the Sacred Heart Church which was demolished in 1975. The murderer was never found, but many people suspect it must have been somebody associated with the church. QOpen 09:00 - 21:30.

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What to see Helga Deen Tuin en Tilburgse Synagoge (Helga Deen Garden & Tilburgse Synagogue) C-2, Willem II straat 20. Helga Deen is essentially the Tilburg version of Anne Frank. There’s a little park in the centre of town named after this Jewish girl who kept a diary during her incarceration in an SS-concentration camp (National Monument Camp Vught). There are only a few bushes, some shrubbery, nine small chairs and several Stars of David in the paving stones, but this 16m2 park wasn’t created at random. The little park was named after the 18-year-old Helga who later died in the Sobibór concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Whoever comes here can have a moment of silence to contemplate a dark chapter in Dutch history. Q J

Muzentuin (Muse Garden) C-4, Zwijsenplein 1.

Since there’s little greenery to be found in Tilburg, sitting in this city park is like a breath of fresh air. Although there are only eight trees in the garden, it seems like more. The garden is located beside a little old church, which has been integrated among the new buildings of the dance academy. Traffic noise is dampened by the walls of the school and other city sounds can barely be heard here. On a sunny day you can enjoy the grassy surroundings, which include statues as well as the architectural tangle of the new school buildings that surround the little church. If you’re in luck, you might even see a live performance by students practising their newly acquired dance moves or hear a violin or an opera singer trying to hit the right note at a rehearsal. Q TJ

Oude Warande H-5, Warandelaan. This is the only remain-

ing ‘star forest’ and one of the oldest baroque forests in The Netherlands. The German prince Wilhelm Von Hessen-Kassel had it designed in 1712. The lanes crossing the forest come together in the centre forming a star pattern. The four different parts each have their own pattern: square, circular, diamond shape and octagonal. The forest covers 60 hectares and it boasts several works of art, including one by Rien Claessen called Inanitas, which means ‘open space’. The latest addition is Pavilion Grotto, designed by Australian artist Callum Morton. The Old Waranda is a relaxing place that’s ideal for running and you’ll see many people doing just that.

Wilhelminapark I-5, Wilhelminapark. The Wilhelmina Park is one of the oldest parks in Tilburg. It was designed in 1898 in romantic fashion by Leonard Springer who also designed the Wandelbos and Leijpark in the city. There’s a duck pond, open pastures and winding paths between the trees. Many students from the surrounding dorms move their books and other vital learning materials (like bottles of beer) to the park on sunny days. Q TJ6

Places of interest Old Town Square D-2/3, Heuvelplein. De Heuvel is the

central square in Tilburg and the most important shopping street, de Heuvelstraat, leads up to it. In 1419 ‘den Hoevel’ was named for the first time. Until the water tower on Bredaseweg was built in 1898, Tilburgers could only get water from de Heuvel as it was the only place with a water pump. A replica of this pump can still be found on the Oude Markt. Until 1994 the square boasted an old lime tree, but despite major protests, the dead tree was finally uprooted. Wood from the tree has since been used to create the mayor’s gavel and in a tableau in the city hall. The square was completely rebuilt in 2008 and three descendants of the old lime tree were planted in prominent places in the middle of the square. De Heuvel also boasts a statue of King William II, who proudly looks over the city he loved so much.

Regionaal Archief Tilburg (Tilburg Regional Archives) E-3, Kazernehof 75, tel. (+31) 135 49 45 70, info@regionaalarchieftilburg.nl, www.regionaalarchieftilburg.nl. Do you really want to know everything about Tilburg? As early as AD 709, the year that Tilburg was first mentioned, documents and files were kept about its residents, districts, streets and important events. At the Tilburg Regional Archives you can see how Tilburg evolved over the centuries. It’s not a museum, but of course it’s fun to have a look at the old books yourself. With a bit of effort you’ll find the most extraordinary facts about the town and its past. Besides, the building itself is worth a visit because it’s housed in King Willem II’s old stables. QOpen , Tue, Fri 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun. J

Walk of Fame C-3, Alexanderstraat. Tilburg has its

own Walk of Fame. This was created in 2009 to honour the bicentennial of Tilburg’s gaining the right to become a city. On the Alexanderstraat you can find tiles with signatures of famous and not-so-famous Tilburgers. Singer Guus Meeuwis, Pater Poels, writer Kluun, break dancer Menno van Gorp and many volunteers that are important to Tilburg have all been given their own tile. Don’t expect any Hollywood stars or throngs of fans though as most Tilburgers don’t even know where the Walk of Fame is located or whose honoured there. Q J

Sightseeing tours Stadsgidserij www.stadsgidserij.nl. If you want to dis-

cover Tilburg with a professional guide, you can sign up for a tour from the Stadsgidserij. You can book various walks, such as the centre walk, the centre west walk (which includes a visit to the cemetery on the Bredaseweg), the hasselt walk (where the Tilburg Castle once stood), the art walk, the architecture walk and the culinary walk. Walks in various other neighbourhoods of Tilburg that have rich histories are also possible. Whichever route you choose you’re guaranteed a fun, informative walk and you’ll discover places that you would have never found by yourself. The walks don’t take place every day so visit its website for exact times and dates.

Statues De Kruikenzeiker (The Jug Pisser) B-3, Nieuwland-

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straat. This small statue was designed by Henk Smulders and erected in 1986. The sculptor is also known for the many statues he created for The Efteling theme park. The sculpture honours Tilburg’s past textile industry. The residents of Tilburg used to save their urine in jugs, which was then used to wash wool in the factories, hence the Jug Pisser. Q J

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What to see Gedenknaald Koning Willem II (King Willem II Needle) C-4, Stadhuisplein. King William II died in his

home in Tilburg at the very place where this obelisk, which was erected in 1874, now stands. In 1968 the monument was moved to make room for the construction of a motorway. After years of storage, it appeared to be too heavily damaged to restore so a new one was made. The medallion with the portrait of William II is the only remaining piece of the original obelisk.

Peerke Donders I-5, Wilhelminapark. Petrus Norbertus

Donders, affectionately known as Peerke Donders, is one of Tilburg’s most famous personalities. He was born in 1809 as the son of a domestic weaver in this town known for its textile industry and after a few detours he ended up studying to be a priest. After becoming a member of the clergy he left for Paramaribo in Suriname to work with lepers. A bronze statue was erected at the edge of the attractive Wilhelmina Park in 1926 in remembrance and honour of Donders, the priest from Tilburg who was later beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Peerke Donder’s position on his pedestal symbolises his work. The raised cross in his right hand refers to his conversion work and his left hand on the head of the second person represents his caring for the sick. On the right side of the concrete pedestal you’ll find the coat of arms of Tilburg to indicate his place of birth and the other side is decorated with a ship at sea which pays homage to Suriname, the country where Peerke Donders eventually died and in whose capital he was buried. Q J

Standbeeld Koning Willem II (Willem II Statue) D-2,

Heuvel. The municipality of Tilburg bought this statue in 1924 from The Hague and gave it a prominent place on De Heuvel. The statue represents King William II as commander-in-chief of the army. On the pedestal beneath the royal there are four figures. The woman with a crown and sceptre represents the monarchy. To her right sits Law. On the backside there is Prosperity, complete with the Horn of Plenty and coins. The last figure originally held a palladium, a figurine of the deity of ancient Troy. This refers to the role of William II as patron of the Netherlands. On the right side of the pedestal is a lion with a sword between his front paws, which represents the battles in which William II took part.

Zoos & Animals parks De Oliemeulen H-5, Reitse Hoevenstraat 30, tel. (+31)

134 63 00 26, www.oliemeulen.nl. This house of reptiles isn’t for the faint hearted. You’ll see tarantulas, piranhas, tiger pythons and crocodiles. It’s a large building with a number of departments and the front section of the farmhouse displays all kinds of special frogs in bright colours. A little further on, you’ll arrive at the chameleons, adders and snapping turtles and spiders and snakes can be found in the attic. Monkeys, meerkats and parrots are housed in the enormous garden and on busy days and on weekends there’s an impressive presentation of birds of prey. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. B

De Zeven Geitjes G-4/5, Reeshofdijk 18, tel. (+31)

134 68 04 41, www.zevengeitjes.nl. Several animals will greet you as soon as you enter such as Rosa the goat, Lilo the pony and Geertje the Scottish Highlander. De Zeven Geitjes (The Seven Little Goats) is a children’s paradise and this glorified petting zoo has much more than just animals on offer. You can practise ‘laser tag’ in the woods outside, bow and arrow shooting on the grounds or play miniature golf. There are various special events for children (e.g. birthday parties) and there’s a pancake restaurant that looks like someting from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00 - 22:00. TBK

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Out of town Beekse Bergen Safari Park M-8, Beekse Bergen 31,

Hilvarenbeek, tel. (+31) 135 49 12 00, www.safaripark. nl. De Beekse Bergen is the biggest and most popular zoo/ safari park in the Netherlands. More than 1500 animals live here in a relatively large area. One of its main attractions is the many ways in which you can view the creatures. Most visitors drive around the park in large safari vans, but visitors with their own cars can also drive past the lions, giraffes and rhinos very slowly. A rest area with plenty of goodies is available halfway through the park near the tigers, penguins and flamingos. Here you can also switch to a safari boat. It’s also possible to explore the park on foot as a path a few miles long leads you past monkeys, elephants, bears and many other animals. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €19.95, children 3 - 11 years €17.95. TULBK

Dierenrijk Nuenen (Nuenen Animal Park) Baroni-

ehei, Nuenen, tel. (+31) 492 66 82 40, info@dierenrijk. nl, www.dierenrijk.nl. Dierenpark Nuenen near Eindhoven offers polar bears, elephants, tigers, Barbary macaques, seals and lots of other animals as well as children’s attractions. Apart from the feeding presentations and musical shows, the park also illustrates how animals live and what they can do. The park gained international attention when 24-year-old Beja, the oldest captive polar bear in the world, gave birth to a cub. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. (€15.50). TAULG

Museum voor Religieuze kunst Vorstenburg 1, Uden,

tel. (+31) 413 26 34 31, www.museumvoorreligieuzekunst.nl. The province of Brabant used to be full of monasteries. One of the few still active (women’s) convents is located in Uden, southeast of Tilburg. Six sisters of the Bridgettine Order devoted to the Passion of Jesus Christ united in the Abbey Maria Refugie, maintain age-old traditions here. Isolated from the outside world and still behind thick bars. Living an austere life serving God and wearing rather odd caps. For Holland this is a first class cultural document in which medieval thinking, Bridgettine spirituality and the twenty-first century harmoniously come together. Particularly now the old wings of the abbey have been renovated for use as a museum. This Museum of Religious Art, which was founded in 1973, serves enthusiasts of religious art and church artifacts. The small but excellent museum houses a large number of medieval sculptures, a group of very rare monstrance dated around 1500, a large collection of popular devotional objects (including tens of thousands of In Memoriam cards) and numerous papers and documents illustrating the history of the abbey and the region. The collections of icons and modern religious art are exceptional. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. (€5). TULG

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Getting around Getting around Tilburg is pretty simple, but here are a few tips and suggestions. The old town is in fact so small, that you can easily get everywhere you need to go on foot. If you have to go a bit further, we recommend renting a bike. Travelling to farther destinations by bus or train requires an OV-chipkaart.

Getting around The OV-chipkaart is the new means of payment for the entire public transport system in the Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within the country, or with another travel product such as a single or season ticket. You can also choose a personal, anonymous or disposable card. The personal OV-chipkaart can be purchased online or from the city public transport company. The anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought at the ticket office and vending machines at the station. The disposable card can be purchased at the station vending machine. This card allows the holder to travel immediately, but it can’t be re-charged with another than the original travel product. You have to check in at the gate of the tram or bus by holding your OV-chipkaart up to the screen. The sound and light signal indicates your card has been read. The credit on your OV-chipkaart should be enough to cover the boarding rate or you won’t be allowed to go through the gate. At that end of your journey, you check out by holding your card up to the gate screen.

Bikes You can rent a bicycle at the central station at Fietspoint Derks for €7.50/day. The bicycles have handbrakes and gears which allows you to decide how hard you want to pedal. Taking a bike on the train will cost you €6 for the whole day. In Tilburg you can reach almost anywhere by bicycle. This is why the local town council has built many large bicycle parks where you can park your bike safely. The city has five free guarded indoor bicycle ‘parks’: Heuvel, Concertzaal, Katterug, Pieter Vreedeplein and Stappegoor. We do not recommend the bicycle parking at the central train station. Not only is it always filled to bursting, it is not guarded, and city workers are not the only people confiscating bicycles.

Buses Tilburg has eight city buses, two district buses and various regional buses that will transport you to various places. At night there are two ‘nightliners’ going through Tilburg from the Spoorlaan, which deposit people, more or less drunk, as the case may be, safely at various stops. Bus transportation is managed by Veolia Transport Brabant which is available to the right of the central train station. A large sign with place names and departure times can be found at the edge of the bus station and the service office is located on the other side of the bus station in the Tilburion apartment complex. You can pay using an ov chipkaart or you can buy a day ticket from the bus driver good for the whole province of Brabant for €3/person and use it all day long. If you are in Tilburg for more than a day, you can purchase a strippenkaart (a zone card, where a stamp by the bus driver indicates how many zones you have paid for) with 15 (€7.50) or 45 (€22.50) strippen (zones) at the Bruna bookshop at the train station. Smaller zone cards can be bought on the bus, but again, these are more expensive than those purchased in the shop. The bus driver marks the zone card depending on your final destination. Within Tilburg you pay two ‘strippen’ per journey. For more information visit www.9292ov.nl.

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Taxi Ordering a taxi by phone will get you better service and lower rates for longer distances. The great majority of Dutch taxidrivers are honest and hard working people like everybody else in this country. But essentially you are at the mercy of the driver as once you’ve shut the door. Just make sure that the meter is running before you set off. The following companies are among the most reliable of the bunch. And please note that all licensed cabs in all of the Netherlands have special licenseplates. In contrary with normal license plates (who are yellow with black), all taxi’s must wear blue numberplates with black letters on it. Also a pricelist and the starting rate should be clearly visible behind the window. And in case if you have a terrible or rude driver, it’s easy to pinpoint him, cause his personal license should be near the radio as well.

Algemene Taxi Service (General Taxi Service) Tel. (+31) 135 42 08 00. Stationtaxi Tel. (+31) 135 43 21 00. Taxi Baron Tel. (+31) 135 32 18 38.

Taxicentrale Midden Brabant (Taxi Company Midden Brabant) Tel. (+31) 135 83 83 83. Taxi Reeshof Tel. (+31) 138 50 11 11.

Train Train travel in the Netherlands is easy. In the city you won’t need a train to travel anywhere, everything in the city centre is walkable on foot. If you wanna go to a different city, look at www.nl.nl for the timetables. You can also travel at night on Fridays and Saturdays between Tilburg and Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Breda and Dordrecht. Tilburg has three train stations: Central station, Tilburg Universiteit, and Tilburg Reeshof. The central station, with its three tracks, is a dwarf compared to the train stations in Utrecht, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Amsterdam. The front of the train station faces right onto the city centre, and to get to where you want to go, all you need to do is cross the street. For waiting travellers there are two kiosks, a shop with coffee and cake, a bookshop and a Sushi restaurant within the station. Outside you’ll also find a kebab shop and a tiny supermarket. You can purchase train tickets at the service desk in the hall or at one of the ticket dispensers. Unfortunately, the ticket dispensers do not always accept foreign bank cards, so make sure you have plenty of coins with you to operate them. Close to the entrance you can change foreign currencies into euros and vice versa.Tilburg Universiteit and Tilburg Reeshof can only be reached by ‘stoptrein’ (a train which stops at all of the small stations along the way). Tilburg Universiteit is a small station with three tracks and is located close to Tilburg University. Tilburg Reeshof has two tracks and connects to the most westerly part of Tilburg, the new estate called Reeshof. If you stay a longer period in the Netherlands, you might consider buying a Voordeelurenabonnement Off-peak Discount Pass. On weekdays you receive a 40% discount on train fare for journeys made after 09:00 in the morning. The card costs €55/year. And it’s not only you who can benefit from this discount, because holders of this card can travel with up to three people and get the same 40% discount on the full fare. For more information visit www.ns.nl. Taking a bike on the train will cost you €6 for the whole day.

Central Station (Centraal Station) B-1. Although

smaller than some of its larger sister stations Tilburg central station seems better equipped and easier to navigate. The station has a comfortable atmosphere that stems from the many amenities it offers.

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Shopping While Tilburg isn’t exactly a shopper’s paradise in the traditional sense, its arty reputation makes it a great place to pick up antiques, artwork and jewellery. Tilburg’s most popular shopping area is the pedestrian street of De Heuvel. The city’s main department stores are also located here. Enough patisseries and delicatessens are available along the way to recharge from any shopping spree.

Antiques De Refter B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 23 - 25, tel. (+31) 135

43 12 29, derefter@home.nl, www.refter.nl. If you’re in the market for religious art, furniture, religious books or antique monastic objects, than this is the place for you. QOpen Fri 12:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun.

Bookshops & Media De Zevensprong B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 37, tel. (+31)

135 44 37 81, dezevensprong@zonnet.nl, w w w. dezevensprong.net. This cheerful children’s bookshop offers a book crossing zone. The idea is to pick up a book for free, finish reading it and then put it down again in a random Book crossing spot somewhere else in the world. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Livius B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 56, tel. (+31) 135 43 59 44, boekhandellivius@planet.nl, www.boekhandellivius.nl. Livius doesn’t just offer the current Top Ten, but also interesting stories about the city and region and, of course, Tilburg In Your Pocket. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Selexyz Gianotten C-3, Emmapassage 17, tel. (+31) 134 65 11 11, www.selexyz.nl. This bookshop, which is one of the largest in Tilburg, has a great selection of books of all genres. It also hosts a big collection of travel guides and books about Tilburg. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:30. Closed Sun. J

Ethnic food & Delicatessens Slagerij Kees van Hest B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 47-A,

tel. (+31) 135 42 22 16. This is a butcher’s shop with an old-fashioned look, but the meat of course is fresh. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Fashion Denada B-4, Schouwburgring 3, tel. (+31) 135 80 28

11. This small, trendy boutique offers pricey clothes that are a bit different from what you’d find at the major chain stores. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Gimbrère D-3, Heuvelstraat 41, tel. (+31) 135 43 52 50, www.gimbreremode.nl. This is one of the oldest fashion houses in Tilburg. The founder opened the place in 1836 as an umbrella factory, but it has since expanded to become a chain of 12 clothing shops. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Guten Appetit C-3, Willem II straat 49, tel. (+31) 135 42 03 79, www.gutenappetit.nl. Guten Appetit sells clothes by new and up-and-coming designers. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Jan De Cock Mode D-1, NS Plein 45, tel. (+31) 135 42 16 62, www.jandecockmode.nl. Jan De Cock Mode is an exclusive fashion shop with well-known brands and very friendly staff. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 17:00.

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Tilburg: Capital of Europe? Tilburg is, together with four other Brabant region cities, a candidate to become cultural capital of Europe. In 2018 the Netherlands (and Malta) may nominate one of two cities. The other Dutch cities which have become candidates are Almere, the Hague, Utrecht and Maastricht. The official appointment by the European Union will only occur in 2014, but preparations have already been made by candidate cities and by 2012 these cost on average between €2 - 4 million. After a city becomes an official culture capital these costs can rise to around €80 million, of which the city needs to raise at least €20 million itself. The rest of the money comes from the province, private sponsors and the state. Jimmy’s C-3, Stadhuisstraat 9, tel. (+31) 135 43 44

86, www.jimmysmode.nl. This enormous clothing shop may be for people in a higher tax bracket, but it’s still worth a peek if only to pretend that you can afford something here. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J Leuq I-6, Groenstraat 161, tel. (+31) 641 55 81 54, www.ikkleedjeaan.nl. Fashion, accessories and a nail studio are all available in this tiny shop that sells clothing with a modern twist that’s not much more expensive than the stuff sold at the big chains like H&M. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

Flowers Bloom! B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 5, tel. (+31) 135 81 21

23, www.bloomflowers.nl. The most beautiful flower shop in Tilburg is situated in a stunning building. In short, this is a florist with good taste. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J ‘t Boeketje C-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 178, tel. (+31) 134 56 22 26, www.tboeketje.nl. Even on grey rainy days this place has a colorful and fragrant feeling. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 20:00, Sat 09.30 - 17.00. Closed Sun. J

Games & Toys Het Zingende Nijlpaard C-3, Willem II straat 88, tel.

(+31) 135 35 38 29, www.hetzingendenijlpaard.com. This place only sells nostalgic wooden and tin toys. Neglected old toys are also patched up by the owner of the shop, such as spinning tops that have been fabricated in the same way since 1880. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Intertoys C-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 155, www.intertoys. nl. One of the largest toy shops in Tilburg is situated in the cellar of the Pieter Vreedeplein. This shop doesn’t place a big emphasis on modern video games and DVDs, but rather on ‘real’ toys. The large collection of Legos is especially impressive. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

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Shopping Gifts & Souvenirs

Specialty shops

PickAlily B-2, Tuinstraat 106, tel. (+31) 135 35 68 88,

De Feestspecialist B-3, Schouwburgring 157, tel.

www.pickalily.nl. This lovely knick-knack shop will cheer you up if only because birds start to sing when anyone walks through the door. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. J Tijd voor 3 B-3, Langestraat 65, tel. (+31) 137 50 58 89, www.tijdvoor3.nl. Buy functional art and vintage jewellery, CDs, biscuit tins and even antique comics and magazines in good condition. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. J

Jewellery & Watches Ocho B-3, Schouwburgring 5, tel. (+31) 135 45 50 62,

info@ocho8.nl, www.ocho8.nl. Beautiful, affordable jewellery and watches, but also bags, belts and buckles. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Secondhand shops La Poubelle J-6, Havendijk 20, tel. (+31) 135 43 92

22, www.poubelle.nl. Keen on retro style? Then the largest second-hand shop in Tilburg is the place to go, but watch your step as every last square meter of the shop is covered in merchandise. For authentic and slightly more expensive interior design items you can check out Het Domein next door. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat 10:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. TJL Vincentshop D-2, Veemarktstraat 37, tel. (+31) 135 42 04 21, www.vincentiustilburg.nl. Come here for used clothing and furniture for really affordable prices. With a little luck you’ll even find an excellent book for around €2. All proceeds help alleviate poverty in Tilburg. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J Viva Vintage B-2, Noordstraat 97, tel. (+31) 619 62 88 54, www.vivavintage.nl. This is the most orderly second-hand shop in Tilburg. It sells ladies clothing and bags, but also quintessentially Dutch china such as vermicelli and sugar jars. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. J

Shopping centres Emmapassage C/D-3, Emmapassage, www.emma-

passage.nl. This is a rather chic, indoor mall with a wide range of shops and there’s always plenty of natural light provided by the glass ceiling. Among the 22 shops are a very large bookstore, fashion and shoe shops, travel agencies, a jewelry boutique and a restaurant. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. PTJ6ULGK Heuvelpoort D-3, Heuvelpoort, info@heuvelpoort.nl. This shopping centre houses two floors of stores. The ground floor has 12 shops selling a variety of items, not to mention a hotel and a restaurant. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. TJUFLBKD Schouwburg Promenade B-4, Schouwburgpromenade, www.schouwburgpromenade.nl. This partially covered shopping centre houses over 35 shops. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. TJ6UB Wagnerplein I-4, Wagnerplein, www.wagnerplein.nl. This is the largest shopping centre in Tilburg Noord. Musicians and artists frequently perform here and sometimes it hosts small-scale festivals. There are a handful of shops that are also open on Friday nights. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Fri 09:30 - 20:00. TU

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(+31) 135 43 08 81, info@defeestspecialist.nl, www. defeestspecialist.nl. You can count on this place for any theme party you might want to throw. Buy festive costumes and strange outfits for any occasion. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Sigarenspeciaalzaak Havana D-3, Piusplein 4, tel. (+31) 135 42 54 28, m.v.outheusden@home.nl. This has been a Valhalla for Tilburg’s tobacco users since 1916. During the Tilburg fair you can admire a miniature fairground in their shop window. QOpen 08:45 - 18:15, Mon 12:00 - 18:15, Thu 08:45 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. PJ Simon Lévelt B-3, Heuvelstraat 114, tel. (+31) 135 42 00 07, tilburg.hs@simonlevelt.nl, www.simonlevelt. nl. Simon Lévelt sells the best coffee beans and tea herbs in town. The tea pots in the shape of a piano or a coach are quite amazing. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Sports & Outdoor Shops Sportief Tilburg I-6, Professor Goossenslaan 26, tel. (+31) 135 43 39 60, www.sportieftilburg.nl. Sportief Tilburg has been an expert on everything related to outdoor sports and travel for over 30 years.QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu, Fri 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. AU

Sweets De Soete Inval B-3, Nieuwlandstraat 58a, tel. (+31) 135 43 36 71, info@desoeteinval.com, www.desoeteinval.com. De Soete Inval sells 700 different kinds of both traditional Dutch and modern sweets. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J

Wine & Liquor shops T Drinks D-3, Heuvelpoort 318, tel. (+31) 135 80 11

26, www.tilburgdrinkt.nl. This tiny liquor shop is the only place to go for local specialities like praotwater (talking water), knipoogske (a wink), and Hullie Gullie, a unique liqour based on the Tilburg fair. The enormous whisky collection is an eyecatcher. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Van Bilsen I-6, Korvelseweg 45, tel. (+31) 135 32 12 01, www.wijnkoperijvanbilsen.nl. You can find a gorgeous wine for as little as €5 here although the Moet for €495 is no doubt also quite good. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

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Sports & Leisure Dance schools Factorium C-4, Koningsplein 11A, tel. (+31) 135 35 40

55, info@factorium.nl, www.factorium.nl. The Factorium is a beautiful building with modern facilities where classes, workshops and lessons are given in the field of performing arts. You can watch all of the action from the comfort of a beanbag before you decide which course to take. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. J Van Opstal I-5, Koestraat 28, tel. (+31) 135 42 20 68, www.dansvanopstal.nl. This is one of the oldest dance schools in Tilburg, where many of its residents learned their first cha-cha-cha or rumba. The owner was one of the judges at the Dutch version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Call to reserve an appointment. Q J

Diving D-Diving L-7, Raadhuisplein 47, Rijen, tel. (+31) 682 04 71 20, www.d-diving.nl. This experienced dive team will teach you how to appreciate life under water in a variety of pools.

Fitness & Gyms Health City D-3, Heuvelpoort 380, tel. (+31) 135 32 51

00, www.healthcity.nl. This gym is located in the basement of the Heuvelpoort shopping centre. At first glance it doesn’t seem that big, but once inside you’ll quickly come the the conclusion that it’s actually a veritable work-out paradise. Exercising here isn’t cheap, but it does have some fringe benefits like a pool and a sauna. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri 07:00 - 23:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00, Sun 09:00 - 18:00. JFD Kwidam I-5, Cornelis de Vriendtstr 39, tel. (+31) 135 43 98 40, www.kwidam.nl. Only women are allowed to work out at Kwidam, a gym that specialises in spinning, zumba and pilates. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. GD PUUR fitness H-5, Artemisstraat 6, tel. (+31) 135 90 01 40, www.puur-fitness.nl. This is by far the cheapest option for fitness aficionados in Tilburg. QOpen 08:30 - 22:30, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 16:00. PTFL

Karting De Voltage I-6, Groenstraat 139-391, tel. (+31) 135

80 00 07, www.devoltage.nl. De Voltage was originally a part of the Volt factory, nowadays it serves as an indoor entertainment centre where you can have fun go-karting, playing laser tag or paintball, try a rodeo or sumo wrestling or even play bungee football. QOpen 15:00 - 23:00, Wed 14:00 - 23:00, Fri 15:00 - 24:00, Sat 12:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. THEKW

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Sports centres Dolfijn I-5, Ringbaan Oost 2a, tel. (+31) 135 42 43 80,

www.tilburg-dolfijnbowling.nl. The Dolphin has 10 bowling alleys, but air hockey and billiard enthusiasts can also have a great time here. Its shop offers all the professional equipment you could possibly need to bowl a strike and kids will have the time of their lives at its disco parties where you can bowl under flashing lights. QOpen 14:00 - 24:00, Sat 12:00 - 01:00, Sun 13:00 - 23:00. GK Montana Snowcenter Kempervennendreef 4, Westerhoven, tel. (+31) 402 07 18 88, www.montana-snowcenter.nl. Montana Snowcenter is an indoor ski park south of Eindhoven. The centre provides skiing and snowboarding on real snow all year long. The 7,000m2 of snow offers experienced skiers challenging slopes, a mogul field and a big jump. There’s also a separate run for beginners. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:00 - 22:00. Admission: day ticket €31. Skish Indoor Ski + Squash M-7, Gen. Eisenhowerweg 7, Berkel-Enschot, tel. (+31) 135 33 90 88, www.skish. nl. If you’ve never skiiied before, this is an ideal way to learn. You can pick up the basics on two small tracks, each 6m-wide and 10m-long. Due to the large mirrored wall you’ll be able to copy the movements of the instructors quickly and be ready for the real slopes in no time. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00, Wed 10:00 - 23:00, Fri 14:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00, Sun 10:00 - 14:00. Introductory lessons: €18. TJL Squashcentrum De T A-2, Boomstraat 85, tel. (+31) 135 36 39 39. You’ll find this sports centre with four squash courts along the picturesque Boomstraat. QOpen 09:45 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 09:45 - 18:00, Sun 09:45 - 13:00. J The Gym4U M-8, Olympiaplein 385, tel. (+31) 135 45 00 85, www.thegym4u.nl. Gym4U is a modern fitness and squash centre in the T-Kwadraat sports complex.

Water parks Recreatiebad Stappegoor (Swimming pool Stappegoor) I-6, Stappegoorweg 1, tel. (+31) 135

Less traditional sports are also popular in Tilburg

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32 59 00, sport@tilburg.nl, www.sportintilburg.nl. The Stappegoor swimming pool is small for a city like Tilburg, but children want for nothing here with whirlpools, steam cabins and and the wild rapids slide, which is fun for adults, too. It offers a pool for competitions, one for recreation and a small outdoor pool. QOpen 07:00 - 21:30. TGBKC

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Health & Lifestyle Suffering a spontaneous allergy attack, a broken tooth or a bad hair day? For doctors, dentists, hairdressers and many more handy addresses read on.

Dentists G.H.M. van der Zand B-2, Spoorlaan 378, tel. (+31) 135 80 18 88. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Fri 13:00 - 17:00.

Massage Pure L C-2, IJzerstraat 15, tel. (+31) 135 42 14 61,

info@pure-l.nl, www.pure-l.nl. This ayurvedic massagesalon has the perfect city centre location when the daily workload becomes pure stress. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00. Closed Wed, Sun. J

Closed Sat, Sun. J

Medical & Wellness

Doctors

Bella Nuova B-1, Spoorlaan 378, tel. (+31) 651 24 16

Brands en Taminiau D-3, Heuvelring 138, tel. (+31) 135 42 37 34. Q J

DVD rental Cinematheek C-2, Willem II straat 6-A, tel. (+31) 135

43 26 79, balietilburg@cinematheek.nl, www.cinematheek.nl. For those who have trouble choosing, the Top100 wall is a great source of inspiration and the staff are like walking film-encyclopaedias. QOpen 14:00 - 22:30. J

Hospitals St. Elisabeth Ziekenhuis J-6, Hilvarenbeekseweg 60,

tel. (+31) 135 39 13 13, www.elisabeth.nl. This hospital is the place to go in an emergency. Q PTULGK TweeSteden Ziekenhuis H-4, Dr. Deelenlaan 5, tel. (+31) 134 65 56 55, , www.tweestedenziekenhuis.nl. This hospital specialises in many fields of medicine, but it’s best known for its cancer ward. Q PTULK

Hairdressers & Barbers Hardy’s E-4, Piushaven 1-D, tel. (+31) 135 36 52 00,

www.hardys.nl. Having your hair cut here might be more expensive than in similar places, but the stunning views of the Tilburg Piushaven are worth the extra cash. Call for an appointment. QOpen 08:30 - 19:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 08:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:30 - 16:00. Closed Sun. J

Kids’ stuff Speelboerderij de Vossenberg F-6, Tilburgsebaan 42,

tel. (+31) 161 45 32 18, www.devossenberg.net. This indoor children’s paradise located on the edge of Tilburg has a gigantic climbing attraction that’s four storeys high and the outside playground is completely self-contained so kids can safely run around to their heart’s content. Parents can enjoy a drink while blissfully watching their offspring. QOpen Wed, Fri 09:30 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu. Strand & Speelland Beekse Bergen M-8, Beekse Bergen 1, tel. (+31) 135 43 58 94, www.speelland.nl. Come here for trampolines and water slides, bumper boats, water bikes and pony rides. Most of attractions are included in the admission fee, but you’ll have to pay extra for a few of the rides, such as the bumper cars, mini cars and the carousel. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. HALBKC

68, www.bellanuova.nl. Sugar was already used in ancient Egypt to remove excess hair and the people at Bella Nuova still use this time-honoured tradition. By appointment only. GGD H-6, Ringbaan West 227, tel. (+31) 900 463 64 43, www.ggdhvb.nl. The address for vaccinations for long trips (and STDs). QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Mediq Apotheek Julianastaete D-3, Heuvelring 212, tel. (+31) 135 42 63 52. A centrally located pharmacy with all the medicine and vitamins you might need. QOpen 08:00 - 17:30. Closed Sat, Sun. PJA

Spas & Beauty SummerTan C-2, Telegraafstraat 13 - 15, tel. (+31) 135 42 47 09, info@summertan.nl, www.summertan. nl. You don’t need an appointment to take advantage of this state-of-the-art tanning salon. QOpen 08:00 - 22:00, Sat 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:00 - 21:00. (€4 - 9). PJG

Useful addresses GWK Travelex B-1, Spoorlaan 39, tel. (+31) 900 05

66, www.travelex.com. This is a handy address to buy or cash traveller’s cheques, exchange foreign currency, send and receive money from abroad or purchase calling cards. Q Open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00. JA Lowie Kopie B-3, Schouwburgring 18 - 20, tel. (+31) 135 43 70 31, www.lowiekopie.nl. Printed textiles and mugs, as well as photocopying and printing. Unfortunately, it’s rather pricey if you only want one sheet printed. QOpen 09:15 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. J Wasknijper I-6, Korvelseweg 132, info@wasknijper. com, www.wasknijper.com. Six washing machines, four dryers and a selection of magazines is all you need to get the laundry done. And 45 minutes of your precious time. QOpen 08:00 - 21:00. J Was Me Groen ECOstomerij I-6, Broekhovenseweg 73, tel. (+31) 135 43 24 80, www.wasmegroen.nl. Eco-friendly steam and dry cleaning services. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Libraries Openbare Bibliotheek Tilburg C-4, Koningsplein 10, tel. (+31) 134 64 85 00, www.bibliotheekmb.nl. The Tilburg Public Library has two floors of books, DVDs, CDs, videos and computer games that you can borrow for up to six weeks. You do however have to become a subscriber, which costs €30 per year. The large selection of English books and magazines can be very alluring, especially on rainy days. QOpen 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. J

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Loon op Zand / Kaatsheuvel The municipality of Loon consists of three villages, Loon op Zand, Kaatsheuvel and De Moer with a combined population of 22,999 people. The town hall is situated in Kaatsheuvel, but each village has its own unique character. The oldest of the three is Loon op Zand, formerly called Venloon. Loon op Zand got its name from the peat (ven) and forests (loon) that are an integral part of the area. In 1269 the village was lent to William van Horne by the Duke of Brabant and became a so-called heerlijckheid. Because Venloon was located near the shifting sands of the Loonse en Drunense Duinen, or dunes, it was later called Venloon op ‘t Sandt and finally renamed Loon op Zand. The oldest mention of Kaatsheuvel dates from 1506, when it was referred to as Kesthovel. A canal to transport peat from the surrounding area was constructed then to develop the already incredibly lucrative peat trade. After the peat was exhausted, Kaatsheuvel became a centre for the footwear and leather industry, but today it’s mostly known for its famous theme park, The Efteling. De Moer was founded in the 14th century and has never really grown since then. The name of the village refers to its location on a bog. ‘Moer’ simply means peat or boggy land in Dutch. For more information visit www.inyourpocket. com/Netherlands/Tilburg/Loon-op-Zand-Kaatsheuvel.

Arriving Loon op Zand and Kaatsheuvel are located 5 and 11km north of Tilburg, respectively. If travelling by car simply take the A261. Buses No.136, 137 and 205 depart Tilburg Central Station for Loon op Zand, De Moer and Kaatsheuvel almost every half hour. Bus No.169 is an express bus to the Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel. All of the villages are also within cycling distance.

Where to Stay De Joremeinshoeve Lage Zandschel 17, Kaatsheuvel,

tel. (+31) 416 27 45 27, www.delandereije.nl. This cosy hotel has only 11 rooms in a farmhouse built in the late 18th century and some only have a shower, while others have a bath or even a whirlpool. If you’re lucky you might be able to get one of the two rooms with original bedstead. Behind the hotel you’ll find The Landerije restaurant and in summer the big garden is a lovely place to relax. Q 11 rooms (doubles €65). HGBKW

Eating & Drinking De Heeren van Loon M-7, Kerkstraat 64, Loon op

Zand, tel. (+31) 416 36 50 40, www.eetcafedeheerenvanloon.nl. For an affordable lunch or dinner in the heart of Loon op Zand, look no further than this charming place overlooking the church and a busy road. Although not the place for cutting-edge culinary delights, you can enjoy a good steak, spare ribs or a traditional ham here. In short, it’s a good pit stop on your way to the dunes. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Wed, Thu 16:30 - 24:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€14 - 18).

De Molen M-7, Vaartstraat 102, Kaatsheuvel, tel. (+31)

416 53 02 30, www.restaurantdemolen.nl. Housed in an authentic windmill dating back to 1849, this place specialises in the crème de la crème of French cuisine and its unique location only enhances the experience. No only is the food excellent, but the bread you’re served is baked using flour that’s been milled next door. De Molen serves incredible dishes like saddle of lamb fillet, plaice or wild game which comes at a price, but one has to bear in mind that it does have a Michelin star. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30, Sat, Sun 18:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon. (€40 - 45).

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Sightseeing Church of St. John the Beheaded M-7, Oranjeplein

1, Loon op Zand, tel. (+31) 416 36 12 15. Built in 1394, this church was originally designed in Romanesque style, but around 1400 it was extended with a choir in the Gothic style. The tower and transept were added in 1450. In the 17th century it served as stables, then as a fire station and, for a brief amount of time, as a prison, but in 1821 it was reconsecrated as a Catholic church. Don’t forget to take a look at the crypt in the cemetery that dated from 1898. Over 30 members of the local Verheyen family are buried there. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. J

Efteling M-7, Europalaan 1, Kaatsheuvel, tel. 0900-

0161, fax (+31) 416 28 84 88, www.efteling.com. Although the majority of its visitors are Dutch, anyone can enjoy one of the best theme parks in Europe. The park is divided into four sections: the Adventure Realm, the Fairy Realm, the Alternative Realm and the Travel Realm. Start with a map that can be bought at the main entrance souvenir shop for €1.50 as the park is large and can be a little confusing. So give your map a quick look and head right through the middle of the park to the the flying Thai temple where you can get a clear view of what the park has to offer. Another great way to get the lay of the land is to take the train that traverses the park. In the Alternative Realm you’ll find rides with a specific theme. Like most parks this one can get insanely busy so if you want to beat at least some of the crowds go as early as possible and on a weekday. The Veolia bus No.168 from Den Bosch and bus No.169 from Tilburg take you here in less than half an hour. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. One-day ticket: €32, children under 4 free. THAULGBKXS

Estate Huis ter Heide M-7, Middelstraat 1, De Moer,

tel. (+31) 135 15 93 45, www.natuurmonumenten. nl. Between Loon op Zand and De Moer you’ll find the 650-acre Huis ter Heide estate. The area consists chiefly of forests and marshes and it’s home to flora and fauna with exotic names like the klokjesgentiaan, heikikker and the vinpootsalamander, not to mention the Scottish Highland cattle that graze on its fields. Huis ter Heide is a lovely, quiet oasis of nature only 30 minutes away from the city and easily accessible by bicycle.

Nationaal Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen (National Park De Loonse & Drunense dunes) M-7, , www.nationaalpark.nl. The dunes in this national park are unique and not to be found anywhere else in North Western Europe. Its sands are always moving. At the end of the 19th century woodlands were planted around the ‘drifting lands’ to control this unusual movement. On the south side of the park lies the De Brand marshland. Although very beautiful in autumn and winter, the best way to explore the Loonse and Drunense Dunes is on foot or by bike in spring or summer.

The Couwenbergh Windmill M-7, Vaartstraat 102,

Kaatsheuvel, tel. (+31) 416 53 02 30, info@restaurantdemolen.nl, www.restaurantdemolen.nl. This windmill was built in 1849 by Couwenbergh, a local miller. Unfortunately, the mill was severely damaged during World War II. In 1994 it was sold and then completely restored by its new owners, who also converted the neighbouring warehouse building into a restaurant. The mill is still in use, but only for milling flour to bake bread for the restaurant. The windmill is accessible via a small entrance from the restaurant. Take the stairs up three flights for a view of its inner workings. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30. T

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