What to do and see in Waalwijk, The Netherlands: The Best Places and Tips

August 4, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Waalwijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋaːlʋɛi̯k] ( listen)) is a municipality and a city in the southern Netherlands. It had a population of 47,551 in 2017 and is located near the motorways A59 and N261. The villages of Capelle, Vrijhoeve-Capelle, Sprang (the former municipality of Sprang-Capelle) and Waspik together with the city of Waalwijk form the municipality of Waalwijk. The city has an old town center, which has recently been modernized.
Restaurants in Waalwijk

Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands +31 416 537 777
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Efteling

Discover Holland's hidden gem. Efteling is a unique theme park with a fairytale atmosphere, natural surroundings and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions, making it the ideal family short-break destination!

Reviewed By Malachi D

We visited with a friend from Hilversum during European Winter. They raved about how good Efteling was and we were not disappointed. We stayed all day and went on every ride available (even the kids ones hehe). They had decorated everything in a Winter theme and had a variety of attractions for all ages. My particular favourites was the Old Western rollercoaster and the speed racer rollercoaster - a must see is also the Scary House - be prepared to have your brain & senses spin out. Love it!! Highly recommend it!!! Guarantee - you won't be disappointed.

2. Jump XL Trampoline Park Waalwijk

Bachlaan 10 | Je vindt ons om de hoek bij Piet Klerkx, 5144 HJ, Waalwijk, The Netherlands +31 416 341 943
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4 based on 57 reviews

Jump XL Trampoline Park Waalwijk

Indoor trampoline park Jump XL Waalwijk, jump and exercise in the Jump XL maxi trampoline arena’s. Choose the best trampolines and the most amazing experience. If you like extreme sports or want to do some sporty jumping or are looking for an active children’s activity you will experience the best time at Jump XL Waalwijk. We don’t say this for nothing: Feel Like Flying!

Reviewed By Weernink

During our recent visit, the boys as well as ourselves had a great time. They enjoyed fhe trampolines and we relaxed while having a coffee

3. National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen

Giersbergen 8, 5151 RG Drunen, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen

This is a national park, close to amusementparc de Efteling and the cities Tilburg and 's Hertogenbosch/Den Bosch. This park is like a desert, surrounded by a small forest. There are 6 main entries, and at each entry there's a restaurant and lots of parkingspace available. The "duinen" (in English it's called dunes) is a great area to walk or cycle around (there is a special cycle path) and there are tracks for mountainbiking and horsebackriding. Children can build sandcastles or treehouses, and dogs love the area, because at certain places they can run around loose. It's sort of a beach without the sea! Also great for picknicking, sunbathing, children's parties, groupgames, etc. A real popular NP in our province!

Reviewed By lud s - Oss, The Netherlands

you will experiencing being in a desert when walking acros the sand dunes and plains of this area. Surrounded by treelines and moors the main attraction are the sand plains where the wind moves the sand around. During summer is can be blazing hot when the sun is being reflected and you feel like boiling. There are a number of restaurants nearby and this is a vast area. I grew up here and love the vastness

4. Natuurgebied Langstraat

spoorwegemplacement aan de Julianalaan, Sprang-Capelle, The Netherlands
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Natuurgebied Langstraat

Reviewed By Fernst v - Drunen, The Netherlands

het gebied is een aaneenschakeling van verschillende stukken natuur, grasland, weide, hoog en laagveen, slagenlandschap met slootjes en een stroompje erdoorheen. Kleinere vennetjes larderen het terrein, vele verschillende planten en gras soorten, vele wilde versies waaronder de zonnedauw, lekker dichtbij en je kunt er fijn wandelen en ziet ook op het gebied van fauna vele vogelsoorten van visdief tot ooievaar buizerd etc, hazen reeen , prachtig om er in het weekend of aan het begin van de avond eens doorheen te wandelen

5. Landgoed Huis ter Heide

Middelstraat 1, 5176 NH De Moer, The Netherlands +31 13 515 9345
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Landgoed Huis ter Heide

Reviewed By siejoepuntnl - Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands

Iedereen kent Nationaal Park Loonse en Drunense Duinen, maar weinig mensen kom je tegen in het nabijgelegen Landgoed Huis ter Heide. Heerlijk rustig en zeker de moeite waard. Een mooie afwisselende wandelroute brengt je met een beetje geluk oog in oog met Schotse Hooglanders. Het Vlonderpad geeft je een ander zicht op en vanaf het Leikeven.
Na de wandeling was het goed toeven bij 't Moaske op Middelstraat 24 in De Moer. We hadden een rondleiding in de vroege zondagochtend met gids inclusief ontbijt achteraf.

6. Kasteel Dussen

Binnen 1, 4271 BV Dussen, The Netherlands
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Kasteel Dussen

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dussen castle is not the best-known castle, but it looks quite nice from the outside, and it has some nice stories to tell. On top of that, there are some nice items to be seen inside. A downside is that much of the castle is in use by companies, and not open to the public.
In 1393 the fortified house at this spot was elevated to a castle by Arend II van der Dussen. The Elisabeth flood turned the castle into a ruin in 1421, and in 1456 reconstruction commenced. More damage and reconstruction happened in the war between Brabant and Holland, under Spanish rule during the 80-years war, under Napoleon's rule, and finally in WWII. The gate was guarded by two towers, with a connecting tower in-between. Bormbardments destroyed the left and middle towers. The left tower was re-built in octagonal shape, which makes an interesting contrast with the round shape of the right tower. Inside, one of the highlights is a chest for harnesses, where some pieces of red cloth decorations can still be admired. The guides have some interesting stories to tell, such as the eight sleepers that accompanied the single lady in the castle in the early 20th century.

7. Textile Museum

Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg, The Netherlands +31 13 536 7475
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4.5 based on 192 reviews

Textile Museum

Reviewed By WorldTravelOne - Breukelen Ut

I must admit having been a bit apprehensive going into this place and I was pleasantly surprised. There I found myself amazed of the similarity between street organs with cardboard 'software' and looms that had there 'computer code' also in cardboard form. Amazing. Then there was the central engine with a clever system of transporting that rotating energy to other parts of the factory by way of belts on the same rotating beam. And then there are several Exhibitions of textile/fabric art.

8. Galerie Lilja Zakirova

Engstraat 6, 5256 BD Heusden, The Netherlands +31 416 661 830
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Galerie Lilja Zakirova

Reviewed By 364Jaap_v - Brisbane, Australia

A gem, even in a delightful town which Heusden is. Like Russian contemporary art, or you like to experience it? Then this is the place to go.

9. Theatre De Leest

Vredesplein 12, 5142 RA, Waalwijk, The Netherlands +31 416 33175
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Theatre De Leest

Reviewed By cjac2016 - Waalwijk, The Netherlands

Each year in the month of May, we receive the new gprogram. As an average , we book between six and ten differt evenings.

10. Het Loonsche Land

Eftelingsestraat | Horst, Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands +31 416 537 777
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3.5 based on 36 reviews

Het Loonsche Land

Reviewed By Malibu_Jenny - Reading, United Kingdom

Loonsche land is perfectly located, just a short walk through the woods from the main entrance, in a beautiful setting. And The Efteling is fabulous, so of course you want to stay. However the accommodation isn't quite to the same standard as the rest of the park.
Good points are that it's in lovely surroundings, it's all brand new and only a very short walk from the park through the woods.
Certainly, Loonsche land hotel is much smarter and less tired than the older Efteling hotel (which overlooks a main road and has pot holes)
It was well signposted from the entrance and feels secluded but convenient. There are pretty cabins around a pond and the hotel itself is a towering wooden lodge.
Bad points were that you have to have a slot for breakfast. We had a choice of 7.15 (we're on holiday..) or 8.45 (we would miss the chance to get into the park early).
There's no kettle in the room, so don't plan on having a cup of tea in bed instead. There's also no hairdryer, though the suggestion is made that you can go and stand in the long reception queue and give them a deposit to borrow one. It was the last thing I wanted to do with wet hair, whilst trying to get kids ready in order to get to breakfast at 7.15.
Although the hotel is new, one of the windows in our room had come right out of the frame and with only radiators and no climate control it was quite hard to get the room warm on a cold night. It's not exactly luxury, but then you're there to visit the park.
We managed to get a dinner reservation downstairs, but for much later than we would have liked. This wasn't anywhere near peak season and the restaurant was packed. There weren't any alternative restaurants nearby, so it's probably best to eat in the park or ring ahead and reserve before you stay.
On balance, I would stay again for convenience, but if there was an option with nicer rooms and facilities, more places to eat or good indoor play for the kids, I'd prefer that. This is not a cheap hotel and it needs some work to make it comfortable for guests.

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