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Interpolis Assurance Building
This building a few years ago was the first large tower to be seen when approaching Tilburg, the red, brown tower of 'Interpolis'. However recently another big tower can be seen as well, 'Westpoint' (see other tip)l. These buildings of Interpolis were built in 1998. The highest tower is ca. 98 metres high.
Directions: Near city centre and train station
There's a large influx of migrants in Tilburg as in most European cities. The first gulf came from the Middle East, mainly Turkey and Marocco. With such large muslim communities eventually it only was a matter of time before a mosque was built. At first there were many protests in the area.
But tell me now, when you look at it doesn't it look beautiful? I always pass it by train when I'm going to work and I must say it looks just great. It gives a bit of an oriental atmosphere in the middle of Tilburg!
The Hasseltse Kapel ('chapel of Hasselt') is the oldest building in Tilburg. It dates from around 1530, but maybe even earlier 15th century. It's located in the very north of Tilburg. After its actual function was outlawed by Calvinist rule it has been a house and a pub and has been used for storage. In 1971-1972 the building was restored. The chapel is consecrated to the virgin Mary. In May there are some special activities around this chapel. Kids can come and buy some candy and people can light a candle for the Virgin Mary.
More large buildings in Tilburg. Near the city centre and near the Central Train Station several new buildings are projected. The highest tower would have been 105 metres, so gradually one more tower giving Tilburg a skyline, ha.
At least that's what I thought when I wrote it last year. They have decided not to build it. So all what is left, is how it would have looked like ;) The buildings around the large tower however are standing now.
Directions: Near Train station/city centre
Fairy Tale Park
Another pic of the amusement parc showing the oldest part, the fairy tale park. That was the only part that existed when I was still a kid, but since the 80s many, many new attractions have been added.
'Fata Morgana' in the Efteling
It's not the same as Disney but for years a visit to the Efteling is the favourite day trip for people from the Benelux and parts of Germany. This parc with all kinds of attractions has something for all ages. Many remember it from when they were a kid, but the amusement parc grew and grew. They come back when they are parents and have kids of their own. And much later when they are grandparents with their grandchildren they still come back. Not something to miss when you are in Tilburg!
But mind you, the Efteling is not in Tilburg but actually in Kaatsheuvel, near to Tilburg.
old and new town hall
This building, that now is in use as a municipal building, was built as a palace for King William II in 1849. Yes, he loved Tilburg (Can you believe it?) and wanted a palace built there. However he died a couple of months before it was completed. The heirs of the King never used the building as a palace. In 1934 it was rebuilt and became the Municipal building/Town Hall. Later (several) large new buildings were built for the Municipality. This 'palace' nowadays is mainly used for ceremonial things and of course it makes nice pictures at weddings (that take place there as well!). Whether you find it beautiful is for you to decide?
wildlife in 'Beekse Bergen'
By boat, by bus, by car or on foot you can explore this wildlife park. The animals are not in cages but can roam free. A tip for a great day out. During your visit you may think you are in Africa, Europe or Asia. It has more than thousand animals of about 100 species.
Directions: Follow the A58/N 269 and you will see signs Beekse Bergen
This neo-gothic church in the centre of Tilburg at the 'Heuvel' square is not as beautiful as the Gothic Cathedral in nearby 's-Hertogenbosch but it's something worth looking at for just a moment of your time. Built in between 1874 and 1889.
Directions: city centre/Heuvel square
Originally the older and lower building was the Academy of Music. The two towers were finished in 1998 and are c. 60 metres and clearly to be seen when approaching Tilburg from the southeast, coming from Eindhoven. Before 9/11 these towers sometimes were called the Tilburg 'Twin Towers'.
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