"Tilburg - city of the damned?" Top 5 Page for this destination Tilburg by ultchuk

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Several years ago I read an American tourist guide about the Netherlands. It said about my hometown Tilburg that somehow there was no reason to stop and visit Tilburg. Nothing worth to look at. According to the tourist guide it looked a lot like a town in the former German Democratic Republic. I can imagine and most inhabitants from Tilburg sometimes feel the same when it's the scenery concerned. A lot of the older buildings were demolished in the 60s and 70s, because at the time they thought that no one wanted to see those old buildings any more. The same thing happened in some other towns in the Netherlands. So today we can only look at old pictures to be surprised what they took down at the time.
The cultural life in Tilburg at least was and still is great and I will try to put some of it on these pages. Despite the 60s and the 70s there's still something worth to look at it in Tilburg.

Many of you probably never heard about the place before deciding to come and look at this page. For those who have heard about Tilburg, it's mostly known for the university, the popular pop centre 013, the Tilburg Fun Fair (in Dutch: Tilburgse Kermis), considered the be the largest in the Benelux and maybe for it's textile industry in the past.

However the last couple of years my home town is changing rapidly. Allthough it's not a very big town (ca. 200,000) compared with other cities around this globe, however it tends to develop a bit of askyline. It's not much but if you look at those big buildings you would almost believe it's on its way to become a very large town. Tilburg losing its innocence? Who knows. Feelings towards these large building differ between Tilburg's inhabitants. Look a bit further on these pages to see some of those new buildings. What do you think? Is this what you want to see in a town as Tilburg?

A little bit of history

In a manuscript dating back to 709 the name 'Tilliburgis' is mentioned for the first time. Tilburg started out of a couple of settlements of farmers who were raising sheeps. The communities grew and the farmers started to make paths to connect the different communities ('de Herdgangen'). This is how Tilburg became a village and much later a city.

In the 14th century there used to be a castle in Tilburg. However the castle was demolished in 1858.
In 1809 Tilburg was given town rights by its occupier King Louis Napoleon. At the time Tilburg had 9,000 inhabitants.

The wool industry in Tilburg grew fast in the 19th and 20th century and the textile of Tilburg became internationally known. During the 60's the wool industry shifted to third world countries where it was cheaper to produce and the wool industry in Tilburg became less important. Most factories were demolished, and in that way making space for many new areas for people to live.

Memories of the Lind

For those who visited Tilburg in the past must surely remember the old Lind that used to be at the "Heuvel' square. This tree was hundreds of years old, but modern age finally got to this tree. In 1992 the sick tree was cut. At first there was a miracle story about a sapling that had grown just under the old tree. But after nursing for a year the sapling died. There is a new Lind at the Heuvel Square now, but less spectacular as the old one. Memories of the old Lind are the only things that are left.

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  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2005 at 1:03 PM

    Harold, I'm visiting Tilburg next month for a gig and found your pages really useful. Cheers, fergy.

  • egonwegh's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2004 at 1:08 AM

    Great railway station, don't you agree? A masterpiece by Dutch architect Koen van der Gaast (1923-1993)

  • MeZuGa's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2004 at 10:41 AM

    Great pics, thank you...

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2004 at 10:31 PM

    Now I know about a place called Tilburg which I had never heard of before. Good job!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2004 at 1:55 PM

    Great page, good suggestions, interesting opinions, some amazing pictures! Haha, I don't believe in any similarity to GDR's grey, Soviet-style cities neither now nor in the past.

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2004 at 3:27 AM

    wondeful page of hometown. I'm sure there are many places worth to visit!!!

  • Nov 7, 2003 at 5:45 AM

    Some lovely photographs and some fascinating architecture. Thanks for sharing what looks to be a wonderful destination--who believes those guidebook writers, anyway?

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2003 at 12:36 PM

    What a wonderful page Harold. I enjoyed all the photographs and the Hasseltse Kapel would be a pleasure to visit. Thanks!;-)

  • Nov 4, 2003 at 12:29 PM

    hihi, that intro's good ... but your description + pics proove tilburg hasn't much in common with one of those grey GDR towns :-)

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2003 at 7:47 AM

    Seems interesting to visit at least to me :)

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