Van Gogh Hiking trails

Vincent van Gogh walked a lot throughout his life. A lot! When he was a child, he took walks with the family in Zundert and its surroundings. Those walks were the basis of Vincent's love of nature. Vincent scoured town and country in Brabant. How special it is to be able to follow in his footsteps in various places. Literally!
Not only in and around Zundert, but also around Breda, Etten-Leur, Helvoirt, Tilburg, 's-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven and of course.... Nuenen as an 'open-air museum'.
On this page we have collected quite a few beautiful Van Gogh walks for you.

"Letter to Theo, 1874 "

"Always keep walking a lot & loving nature a lot, for that is the true way to learn to understand art more & more.─ The painters understand nature & love it, & teach us to see." Vincent

Five unique trails in Brabant: hiking through Van Gogh National Park

Thanks to some 60 organizations working together in the Van Gogh National Park, visitors now and in the future can increasingly enjoy the landscape Vincent loved. Walk in Vincent's footsteps in Zundert, Tilburg, Etten-Leur, Helvoirt and Nuenen. Van Gogh NP is working on a network of 1,000 km of hiking trails on existing and new unpaved paths with special attention to strengthening biodiversity and connecting the Van Gogh heritage with the environment.

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Van Gogh Walking Tour Zundert

The Van Gogh Walking Route Zundert (8 km) starts at the Vincent van GoghHuis. Via the Van Goghplein you walk through the beech hedges towards the Grote Beek (Aa or Weerijs). A beautiful stream landscape. Via the Akkermolen you arrive at the Assortment Garden and landscape zone De Tuinderij. Via the pleasant Molenstraat you arrive back at the Van GoghHuis. The route brochure is available as a paper walking map at the Van GoghHuis. The route can also be viewed online and downloaded as GPX. Watch the video.

Walking Tour Zundert
Van Gogh Walk
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Van Gogh Etten-Leur walking route

The Van Gogh Walking Route Etten-Leur (14 km) starts at De Menmoerhoeve. Through the meadows you walk along fens and over bridges through the Pannenhoef. From this nature reserve you cross over to the Rondgors and via the Schuitvaart you return to the starting location.
The route leaflet is available as a paper walking map at the info point at Markt 4. The route can also be accessed online and downloaded as GPX. Watch the video.

Etten-Leur walking route
Van Gogh Etten-Leur walking route
  • Van Gogh Etten-Leur walking route

Van Gogh Nuenen hiking trail

The Van Gogh Walking Route Nuenen (10 km) starts in the city center. You will pass numerous Van Gogh Monuments and walk through a typical Van Gogh landscape. This is where he found the inspiration for his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters. It is a varied route through Vincent's beloved farmland and the Nuenen Broek nature reserve. The route leaflet can be viewed on the board outside the Van Gogh Village Museum. The route can also be viewed online and downloaded as GPX. Watch the video.

Nuenen hiking trail
VGNP walk Nuenen
  • VGNP walk Nuenen

Van Gogh Walking Tour Tilburg

The Van Gogh Walking Route Tilburg (16 km) takes you through the area where the young Vincent had drawing lessons. Walk out of the city, into the green and discover the cozy Piushaven, watchtower De Nieuwe Herdgang and Landscape Park Moerenburg-Koningshoeven. The route brochure is available as a paper walking map at the VVV, Stadhuisplein 326a. The route can also be accessed online and downloaded as GPX. Watch the video.

Walking Tour Tilburg
Van Gogh Walking Tour Tilburg
  • Van Gogh Walking Tour Tilburg

Van Gogh Helvoirt hiking trail

The Van Gogh NP Walking Route in Helvoirt takes you through the Brabant countryside and the places where the van Gogh family lived and where Vincent felt at home. The 15-kilometer walk begins at St. Nicholas Church and continues through forests, open meadows and past fens. Along the way you will pass historic buildings, such as Zwijnsbergen Castle, and natural attractions, such as the Loonse and Drunense Dunes and the Hengstven.
The route leaflet is available as a paper walking map at the Van GoghHuis. The route can also be accessed online and downloaded as GPX. Watch the video.

Helvoirt hiking trail
Van Gogh NP Hiking Route Helvoirt
  • Van Gogh NP Hiking Route Helvoirt