Discover Benelux, Issue 57, September 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  The Ultimate Autumn & Winter Destination  |  Top Places to Visit in the Netherlands

DISCOVER GOIRLE:

Hidden from the crowd TEXT: BERTHE VAN DEN HURK  |  PHOTOS: GEMEENTE GOIRLE

The Dutch province of Noord-Brabant has a lot to offer; great cities, fun activities and many exciting job opportunities. But once in a while, one needs some peace and quiet. For that, you can head to Goirle, the tranquil destination with beautiful surroundings. Joep Horevoorts, civil servant at the municipality, believes that Goirle is unjustly unknown: “Goirle provides that sometimes much needed peace and quiet in a beautiful setting. The best feature of the region is the perfect combination of tranquility and accessibility to surrounding 34  |  Issue 57  |  September 2018

cities like Tilburg, Breda and Eindhoven, which have two theme parks; the Efteling and safari park Beekse Bergen. Even the Belgium city Turnhout is only a 30-minute drive away.” The municipality consists of two villages; Goirle and Riel, plus the hamlet of Breehees. The surroundings are rich in natural beauty with various walking and bicycle routes in several estates, such as Regte Heide, Riels Hoefke, The Stork’s Nest, Nieuwkerk, The Hoevens and many more. “The area is ideal for people who love history, flora and fauna. Birdwatch-

ers get their money’s worth at the special birdwatching cabin and nature lovers can discover all kinds of plants and animals.”