The enchanting and historic fortified town of Heusden
This charming, medieval fortress town, Heusden, dates back to 1200, when an urban settlement was established beside the River Maas. A golden age dawned with the arrival of the fortifications: from the end of the 16th century the garrison town of Heusden was home to thousands of soldiers. Then, mostly as now, the town resembled the 17th century drawings made by the Amsterdam cartographer Joan Blaeu; a fortification surrounded by sturdy earthwork ramparts, bastions, ditches and ravelins. When the town was fully restored in the 1970’s, Heusden was honoured with the highest European award, the ‘Europa Nostra’ prize for restoration.
Experience the fortified city of Heusden!
Heusden is a ‘hidden gem’ not widely known to foreign visitors. During your visit, you will see many historical houses, the harbour and fish market square, the museum and gardens, the defensive walls and the three windmills on the riverside (which can also be visited by appointment). In the visitors centre where the Tourist Office of Heusden is located in the old town hall, there is also a scale model of the fortified town and a model of the old castle. Wander through its picturesque streets and alleyways and discover numerous buildings dating back centuries. This historic setting is home to galleries, speciality shops, culinary standard restaurants and pavement cafes. There are two well-equipped harbours for tourists arriving by water, and there are lovely views of the town, the river and the surrounding countryside, from the ramparts. A great destination for lovers of art, culture, history and good cuisine.
Discover the Loonse and Drunen Dunes
This beautiful National Park is located 8 km to the south of the fortress Heusden. The countryside is very varied, with high dunes formed by shifting sand, heathland, coniferous and deciduous woods, beautiful meadows and pools. This is a good location to discover nature, relax or be active outside, with hiking, cycling, mountain biking or horse riding. The choice is yours!