Although the experimental and authentic Tilburg does not win any prizes for beauty, innovation combined with conviviality prevails here. The city became large thanks to sheep farming and the textile industry. That raw, industrial past can be seen in many places in a modern guise.
For example, in the Spoorzone and the adjacent Tilburg Spoorpark, which has been converted into a unique city park. For a long time, this was a neglected industrial area. To throw off the stubborn image of boring, it underwent a metamorphosis. For example, the Spoorzone and library LocHal, the former maintenance yard and locomotive workshop, is now an experimental workshop and a library. This is also a nice place to have a bite to eat or a drink. Tilburg has no lack of museums either. A visit to the Textile Museum or the Nature Museum is worthwhile, just like the city brewery and Doloris' Meta Maze. In this largest art maze in the world, you can wander through some 40 rooms full of surrealist art. If you would like to attend a concert, you can go to one of Tilburg's music venues, such as 013. Furthermore, coffee shops, bookstores and interior design shops alternate in Tilburg city centre. And if you come to Tilburg in July? Then of course you cannot miss the attractions of the famous Tilburg fair!
In and around Tilburg you will find special nature reserves. For example, walk through the Wandelbos in Tilburg-West or in the Oude Warande star forest. At about twenty minutes' drive you can wander through National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen, one of the largest drifting sand areas of Western Europe. For more action, go on a safari in Safaripark De Beekse Bergen, where you can walk, take a boat, bus or car and travel through the habitat of wild animals. Also half an hour's drive from Tilburg is the magical world of De Efteling.
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