On a cultural tour
in Oudenbosch

Oudenbosch is a village with an ‘urban vibe’ that will get every culture lover’s temperature rising. The history of Oudenbosch is different from that of most West-Brabant villages. Marvellous churches, domes and former boarding schools are combined with a harbour, museums and cosy catering establishments. The perfect destination for a complete day out. 

The Basilica

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Botanical Garden Arboretum

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Zouaves museum

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City walk Oudenbosch

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Tivoli public observatory

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Italian vibes in West-Brabant

You may never have heard of Halderberge, but the name Oudenbosch might ring a bell. Coming from the A17 highway, you can already spot a dome towering over the meadows. And if you look closely, you’ll see a second one right next to it. These are the domes of the Basilica of Oudenbosch and the chapel of St. Louis. Two extraordinary buildings in this typical West-Brabant landscape. Both are the result of the love former Pastor Willem Hellemons had for Roman life, and this love is very much tangible. No matter how Dutch the village is, when you’re strolling over the large Cour at the former St. Louis boys’ home and visit the Basilica, it’ll feel like you’re in Rome.

Visit the Zouaves Museum, where you’ll learn all about the Pope’s army of volunteers, join our guide for a city walk with guide. to discover Oudenbosch’s history, have yourself locked up in the Escape Room at Tivoli Observatory.

Guided tours can be booked at various locations.

If you prefer to get active, West Brabant is the cycling region par excellence! Located on the border of sand and clay, Oudenbosch is the perfect base for a beautiful bike ride , with forests and heaths south of Oudenbosch and polders and rivers in the north. The landscape surrounding Oudenbosch is ideally suited to discover by bike.

History of Oudenbosch

The history of Oudenbosch goes way back, but things start to get really interesting when Willem Hellemons comes to Oudenbosch to work as a pastor. During his period as pastor, he changes Oudenbosch considerably. He enriches the town’s skyline with the domes of the Basilica of Oudenbosch and St. Louis. It’s clear that religion plays an important role in the history of Oudenbosch, but science also provided an enormous boost for Oudenbosch with the public observatory, which is now Tivoli Observatory, and the studies at St. Louis. You’ll learn everything about it in the various museums and monuments.

Holiday in Oudenbosch

If you’re coming to Oudenbosch for a longer stay, like a midweek, week or weekend, various B&B’s, hotels and campsites can be found in and around Oudenbosch. You can spend the night in a monastery, at a campsite in the middle of a forest of with a wide view of the polder. There are various accommodations that offer great packages. View all accommodation options here.

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Frequently asked questions about Oudenbosch

What is there to do in Oudenbosch?

Oudenbosch is best known for its religious and cultural heritage such as Oudenbosch Basilica, Observatory Tivoli and Boys' Boarding School St. Louis. Also for water sports enthusiasts, cyclists and walkers, Oudenbosch is a fine destination with beautiful cycling and hiking routes and wonderful rivers towards Zeeland and Central Brabant

Can I spend the night in Oudenbosch?

Several campsites, B&Bs and hotels can be found in and around Oudenbosch. An up-to-date overview can be found on the website.

Are there any restaurants in Oudenbosch?

Yes, there are several restaurants in Oudenbosch. Especially around the Basilica of Oudenbosch, there are several catering establishments, both for lunch and dinner.