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Pocket Guide: Waalwijk
Waalwijk is a city in North-Brabant most known for playing an important part in the Dutch shoe history. Aside from learning about that part of history, there is more to do to make your visit to Waalwijk a memorable one. Visit the museum, have a drink at the Raadhuisplein, admire the old buildings and plan a trip to an amusement park in the area.
Hotels near Waalwijk
There are several kinds of hotels that you can pick from if you choose to stay in the city of Waalwijk. Depending on what you are looking for, make sure to book a hotel that fits you and your needs during your stay in Waalwijk.
Popular sights around Waalwijk
The best activity to truly take in Waalwijk is going on a wander around the city centre. Especially when the weather is good, this gives you plenty opportunity to get a feel for the architecture and lay out of the centre. Visit the several churches in the city. The best-known church in Waalwijk is the Sint-Janskerk, situated on the same location as the former convent. Alternate the sightseeing with a drink and maybe a bite to eat on one of the terraces on Raadhuisplein.
Waalwijk played an important role in the leather and shoe industry in the Netherlands. Around 1960, they had over thirty shoe factories! Nowadays, you can visit the Nederlands Leder en Schoenenmuseum (Dutch Leather and Shoes Museum) in the city to see remains of the shoe industry. In the Hooisteeg for example, are several renovated shoemakers houses, dating from the middle of the 19th century. The former Van Haren shoe factory is also located in Waalwijk. Van Haren is a big Dutch shoe brand, but the factory now houses creative businesses, of which you can visit some in the factory.
Waalwijk is surrounded by different kinds of natural landscape; perfect for a day of biking or walking while seeing the different landscapes. Het Hoefsven is a recreational lake in the east of the area, which allows people to go for a swim. This is a popular destination with teens and young families during their summer vacation when the weather is good.
There are also a few amusement parks in the area where you can spend a day (or more) enjoying fairy tales or animals. The Efteling in Kaatsheuvel is the most popular attraction parks in the Netherlands. There are rollercoasters, but also water attractions and attractions for younger kids. If you are more interested in animals and safari, you could visit Safaripark Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek. Here you can go on safari by foot, bus, boat or car, see wild animals up close and attend shows.
Hotel Facilities in Waalwijk
Each hotel in Waalwijk has their own characteristics. Before choosing a hotel, determine what you are looking for during your stay in Waalwijk. Is it relaxation? Is it a base for discovering the surroundings of Waalwijk? Then you can sort the hotels that match your preferences and pick the perfect one for your stay.
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