Geertruidenberg, tourist information

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Coat of arms of Geertruidenberg
Coat of arms of Geertruidenberg

Number of inhabitants: 6.942
Number of national monuments: 90

Summary of Geertruidenberg


The Old Barracks, in the Vennestraat Geertruidenberg
The Old Barracks, in the Vennestraat Geertruidenberg

Geertruidenberg is a cozy old fortified town and is now located in the province of Brabant, which used to be part of the province of Holland. Geertruidenberg is an old town that has been through a lot and is monumentally worth a visit, the city is fairly touristy.


Interesting history of Geertruidenberg


The Vennestraat in Geertruidenberg
The Vennestraat in Geertruidenberg

Geertruidenberg got its name after Gertrudis van Nivelles (early medieval saint and abbess), who is said to have built a monastery on a “Berg” (hill) in the 7th century. However, no traces of this have been found.

Geertruidenberg always belonged to Holland (current provinces of North Holland and South Holland) and was the first place of Holland that received city rights, it became a city in 1213. In the Middle Ages, Geertruidenberg was a good trading town, partly thanks to the Saint Elizabeth flood in 1421, this good trading function of the city came to an end. The Sint-Elisabeth flood is a well-known flood that took place in the year 1421. It was only around the time the Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1813 that the city became part of the province of North Brabant.

The fortifications of Geertruidenberg were modernized in the 16th and 17th centuries, the city was given a place in the Zuidwaterlinie designed by Menno van Coehoorn. This line runs from Sluis to Nijmegen and had to be able to stop an advance of the French. Various bastions and a number of buildings such as the Arsenaal, the Kruitmagazijn (also known as cachot) and the garrison bakery (Bakery for soldiers) still remind us of Geertruidenberg's wartime past.


Geertruidenberg Landmarks


The Market in Geertruidenberg
The Market in Geertruidenberg

The market in particular is very worth seeing and the city has a protected cityscape. The church on the market is a beautiful monument as well as the town hall, the museum and the fish market next to the church should not be missed. The only thing that is a bit of a shame is that from the market you have a view of a large cooling tower of the Amercentrale.


Shopping in Geertruidenberg


The Gasthuisstrarat in Geerertruidenberg
The Gasthuisstrarat in Geerertruidenberg

You don't have to travel to Geertruidenberg for shopping. At the market you will find a number of nice nostalgic shops, furthermore you can cross the bridge over the river Donge to Raamsdonkveer. There are slightly more shops in Raamsdonkveer.

If you really want to shop, you are the fastest in Oosterhout (>9km), after which Breda (>20km), Tilburg (>30km) or 'S-Hertogenbosch (>35km).

Geertruidenberg
Shopping evening: Friday


Things to Do in Geertruidenberg


Museum De Roos in Geerertruidenberg
Museum De Roos in Geerertruidenberg

You can do all kinds of things in Geertruidenberg and the surrounding area, the Biesbosch is highly recommended! You can admire these in many ways. You can also visit a museum, attend a theater performance or watch a movie in the area. Look below in the colored blocks for the possibilities.

MUSEUMS GEERTRUIDENBERGATTRACTIONS GEERTRUIDENBERG
  • Museum de Roos, focuses mainly on the history of Geertruidenberg, which was the first city in Holland to receive city rights in 1213, Klik here for the site.
  • Estate Het Broeck Raamsdonk (>5km), carriage museum with garden and statues. Click here for the site.
  • Discover the Biesbosch by boat, electric scooter, bicycle or tuk-tuk! All kinds of possibilities to admire the Biesbosch in a quiet way. Click here for the website of Bootje Gezond.
CINEMAS GEERTRUIDENBERGTHEATERS GEERTRUIDENBERG

Hollywoud, in Almkerk (>14km), cinema with regular program. Click here for the site.

  • Theater De Schattelijn, click here for the site.

Nature & Parks in Geertruidenberg


The City Walls in Geerertruidenberg
The City Walls in Geerertruidenberg

Apart from the greenery of the city walls, there are relatively few parks in the city, but north of Geertruidenberg there is the Biesbosch against the city. As a nature lover you can indulge yourself here and enjoy the green nature in combination with water.


Steps in Geertruidenberg


The Market in Geerertruidenberg
The Market in Geerertruidenberg


There are a number of cafes in Geertruidenberg, but if you really want to go out, you are the fastest in Oosterhout (>9km), after which Breda (>20km), Tilburg (+/- 30KM) or 'S-Hertogenbosch (>35km).


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