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Loonse and Drunense Dunes - Heusden

Loonse and Drunense Dunes - Heusden

Cyclists are welcome in these inland sand dunes, on the beautiful wide cycle paths or on the mountain bike trail, but the park is especially suitable to explore on foot or with a dog, if kept on a leash. With the help of the marked hiking routes you can explore the area on your own. It is advisable to bring a walking map so that you do not get lost! For mountain bikers, unpaved bike paths and routes have been set out and horse riding is possible on the marked riding trails (and free riding over the sand). Mountain bikers and riders need a permit, available at Natuurmonumenten, the surrounding catering establishments and riding schools.
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Heusden’s ice cream parlour – Heusden

Heusden’s ice cream parlour – Heusden

Just repeat: “I want ice-cream!” A visit to 't Heusden's IJshuys in the fully restored 17th century trading town of Heusden should definitely be on your bucket list! The ice cream parlor is known for its traditional, freshly homemade ice cream. The showcase is bursting with quality artisanal ice cream in many delicious flavors. You can also enjoy exclusive chocolates, fresh waffles, worstenbroodje, the local treat of bread wrapped sausages, and homemade cakes with coffee or hot chocolate. Come in, come and taste, come and enjoy the famous Brabant hospitality at it`s best.
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General shopping - Heusden

General shopping - Heusden

In the beautifully restored fortified town of Heusden you will find delightful shops, selling all kinds of merchandise, wonderful trinkets and gifts. The shops are also open in the afternoon on Sundays. During your city stroll through Heusden’s pretty streets, why not visit the liquor store called the Water Carrier (Waterdrager) on Engstraat, where you can sample several of their own home made liquors – one favourite is the mocha favoured ‘A Taste of Heusden’ - Smaak van Heusden. You can also purchase local Dutch craft beers and famous Dutch Ginevers (the origin of Gin) as well as a great selection of international spirits and Scotch whiskies.
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Boat tour Wiljo - Heusden

Boat tour Wiljo - Heusden

In July and August you can make boat tours on the Maas River, from the fortified town of Heusden. The tour boat, Wiljo, departs from the Molensteiger, the windmill base at the harbor at 13.30 and 15.00. The route runs along the Maas River and passes through the Heusden Canal (a man-made section of the river), past the village of Wijk & Aalburg and into the “dead end“ of the original Maas River and, after an hour of sailing, the boat returns to Heusden. Various drinks can be bought on board, both on the upper deck and in the cozy room below deck.
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Bed and Breakfast Bed&Brood&Zo - Heusden

Bed and Breakfast Bed&Brood&Zo - Heusden

Situated as it is, in the heart of the fortified town of Heusden, means all the historical attractions are within walking distance from Bed&Brood&Zo. This bed and breakfast has two luxurious rooms with comfortable electric beds. The rooms are equipped with a lavish bathroom, with a walk-in “rain shower”, a toilet and washbasin. There are also bathrobes available to borrow for your comfort. Illy coffee, tea, snacks and juice are available in your room.
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The Three Linden - Giersbergen

The Three Linden - Giersbergen

The characteristic atmosphere of the hamlet of Giersbergen and the warm welcome provided at the restaurant of the Herberg de Drie Linden deliver what the Dutch like to call a “Burgundian” ambiance. Quality fresh products are the focus of the lunch menu. You can also go for mountain bike rides here (bike rental is available), walking tours and there is a nice playground for the children. Having a picnic is great fun in the nearby inland dune area of the National Park Loonse en Drunense Duinen, and you can purchase a ready made picnic box for the event at the restaurant.
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City walks - Heusden

City walks - Heusden

In the booklet 'Dagje Heusden' there are two self-guided city walks including a map of the fortress. The booklet gives you information about the history of the fortress and the historic buildings that you will pass along the way. The two routes can be walked independently. Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours. The 'Through The City' (Door de Stad) walk starts at the Visitor Centre, taking you past the historic Catharijnekerk, by national monuments and beautiful old buildings in the town, alongside windmills and over the towns ramparts. The second walk, 'Fortifications' (Vestingwerken) also starts at the Visitor Centre and goes along the bastions and fortifications, past the historic cannons, the windmills and the marinas. Every Sunday afternoon you have the option to go on a guided tour with a “City Guide”. The guide will tell you about the town’s history, the fortifications, about the restoration of the city and the striking buildings. The start is always at 14.30 pm at the Visitor Centre at Pelsestraat 17 in Heusden, and takes around 75 minutes.
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Antique market - Heusden

Antique market - Heusden

When you visit the charming Brocantemarkt in the fortified town of Heusden it is wonderful to walk around and look at fine antiques and curios. More than fifty top dealers show their most extraordinary finds from the Netherlands, France and Belgium. Silver and glassware, crockery, vintage, bottles, industrial items, mannequins and small furniture is all there for visitors to enjoy or purchase, often at very reasonable prices. The Brocantmarkt on the Burchtplein can be visited every first Saturday of the month. For € 1.00 you can ride with the Brocante bus from the parking Vestingstraat (P Heusden Centrum Zuid) to the Burchtplein.
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Brouwcafé Kareltje - Heusden

Brouwcafé Kareltje - Heusden

In the picturesque fortified town of Heusden traditional beer has been brewed since 2001, with the brand name 'Kareltje'. In addition to 35 types of specialty beer, Brouwcafé Kareltje has three home-brewed Kareltje beers on tap. The brewing café also has a small lunch menu. Enjoy your home brewed beer on the (heated) terrace or in the delightful interior of the café, where you can request music with the jukebox app. Brouwcafé Kareltje is rightly included in the Café Top 100 Misset Horeca!
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