Strolling through little Italy, simply in Oudenbosch
Soaking up culture while hearing more about the special buildings you pass? Then book a walking tour with one of our enthusiastic guides. Book a private guide for your party.
The Italian influences of Pastor Hellemons
Pastor Willem Hellemons is an important character in the story that is told during the city walk. This man grew up in Roosendaal but later studied in Rome, where he became fond of Roman Italian life. You can read more about how that happened here..
Upon returning to the Netherlands, he settled in Oudenbosch, but he kept dreaming about Italy. Inspired by Italian architecture and lifestyle, he commissioned the construction of some impressive buildings. The Basilica is the most well-known. This copy of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is much smaller than the original, but all the more impressive for a small town like Oudenbosch. The various schools and institutions of which pastor Hellemans commissioned the construction as well, are also built in this style. All this activity gave the economy of Oudenbosch a huge boost. Stately mansions arose and the harbour and station were thriving. The influence the pastor had in the 19th century, makes Oudenbosch to what it is today.
The various buildings have been well preserved and form the highlight of the city walk.
Are you walking along?
Discover Oudenbosch's hidden gems.
Until Sunday 26 March free city walks will be given every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am from Jan Gielenplein (square next to the Basilica).
The guides will lead you along the unique cultural and religious heritage from Oudenbosch in 1.5 hours.
From 1 April it is possible to take part in a public city walk Oudenbosch on Thursday to Sunday. Tickets can be booked via the button below.
Prefer a private guide? Book your private guide via the button below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio tour: Free
City walk public Thursday to Sunday from 1 April: €5.00 p.p.
City walk with private guide: €40.00 per guide (maximum 10 people)
* A city walk with private guide is bookable from 8 people. Book a private guide for fewer people? That is possible, the cost will then be the same as the price for 8 people.
The Audio Tour City Walk Oudenbosch was compiled and developed by Visit Halderberge, city guide Mark Buijs and regional broadcaster Ons West Brabant. For questions or more information, contact email@example.com
Audio tour City walk
Do you prefer to discover Oudenbosch and all its stories by yourself? With our audio tour you can stroll along 10 extraordinary locations in Oudenbosch without a personal guide. Audio guide Mark will tell you all about the highlights. Just like the city walk, the audio tour starts from Oudenbosch station. Just scan the QR code that can be found there or use the one on this page.
About the audio tour
- Follow the city walk audio tour for free with Izi Travel
- Bring a headset or use the speaker option on your phone.
- Switch on location recognition to get the best experience from the city walk.
- The Oudenbosch City Walk Audio Tour takes about 1.5 hours.
- You follow the Audio Tour in Dutch, English or German.