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2024: Experience the Year of the Sunflower in Etten-Leur

In 2024, Van Gogh National Park and Van Gogh Brabant province-wide will pay tribute to the sunflower. And thus to Vincent van Gogh's world-famous paintings.
Etten-Leur will be decking out a blooming version of "Vase with 15 Sunflowers. Of no less than 7,000 square meters!
The Year of the Sunflower is an extra reason to visit Etten-Leur and enjoy nature in the outlying area combined with the Van Gogh heritage in the Center.

Did you know that the North Brabant town of Etten-Leur marked a turning point in Vincent van Gogh's life in 1881? That he began his artistic career here?
That it was here that he registered as a painter for the very first time? That this is where he had his first studio?
That he regularly visited the Reformed church during the seven years his family lived here and that you can follow in his footsteps here?
Stand where Vincent stood and see what he saw. How special is that!


Van Gogh Church: a unique heritage site with a colorful story

In a permanent exhibition at the Van Gogh Church, you will see and hear the story of the importance of Vincent's period in Etten-Leur. This fascinating story is told with a timeline, informative wall panels, display cases, sculptures, colorful windows and a beautiful animation. And what makes it all even more rewarding: there is always a guide present in the church to answer your questions.
Full of passion, just like Vincent!

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Summer 2024: Van Gogh's sunflowers come to life!

In the summer of 2024 something special will happen in Etten-Leur. Then, on a meadow of about 1 hectare near De Menmoerhoeve, Vincent van Gogh's world-famous painting 'Vase with 15 sunflowers' will come to life. Several thousand (solar) flowers will be sown for this purpose this spring. In July and August, the result will be on display. Realization of the immense field painting is part of the 'Year of the Sunflower'.


More Van Gogh Etten-Leur

As an artist, Vincent van Gogh was at the center of his times. What did simple village life in Etten-Leur look like around 1900? What did Van Gogh find so inspiring about it? Museum The Art of Living in the picturesque Sint Paulushofje - just a few hundred meters from the Van Gogh Church - explains it all in detail.

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Take a tour with a local guide!

Van Gogh community of Etten-Leur is enjoying increasing interest from visitors. There is no more fun way to get acquainted with Etten-Leur than to go out with a local guide!

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Hiking tip!

Vincent van Gogh often walked long distances through the Etten-Leur area. How beautiful it is to now be able to walk in his footsteps through Van Gogh National Park. This walking route (14 km) is a pure nature walk that starts and ends at De Menmoerhoeve. The route, like the Van Gogh Bicycle Route, is available at the Etten-Leur City Shop / Tourist Information Point at Markt 4.


See it with your own eyes

It is not The Hague, Brussels, London or Paris, but the North Brabant town of Etten, where Vincent van Gogh makes a serious start to his career as an artist. He is 27 years old when he settles in this village (video) after stalled career attempts as an art dealer, teacher, bookseller and evangelist.

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The Van Gogh triangle Etten-Leur, Zundert and Breda

Etten-Leur, Zundert and Breda. Together they tell a wonderful Van Gogh story!
How special it is that one of the most famous artists in the world - Vincent van Gogh - started his artistic career in Etten-Leur. But also that he was born near here, in Zundert, and that much of his family lived in beautiful Breda. From Etten, Vincent often took walks to Breda (especially the Princenhage district) and towards Zundert. You are guaranteed a fun weekend if you visit these three places in "the Van Gogh triangle" in a few days. For example, using one of our Van Gogh cycling routes.

Experience the Van Gogh triangle

Don't miss "Selfie Wall" in the Inner Garden (back of church)!