"NUENEN, MY HOME TOWN" Nuenen by aspierings

Nuenen Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 63 photos

The only thing Nuenen is (perhaps) famous for is that the painter Vincent van Gogh lived here from 1883 till 1885 and painted several famous pieces of art, including his famous 'Aardappeleters' (potato eaters). He wasn't born here (some people like to think so?!) but he was born in Achtmaal near Breda.
There isn't much to see in Nuenen about van Gogh, except for a statue in the main park (see picture), a monument and a small museum near the City Hall. In this museum there are all replicas, as the original paintings are displayed in Museums mainly in Amsterdam.
Nuenen has about 23000 inhabitants and is mainly a so called 'sleeping town' for people working in Eindhoven or surroundings, as it is on the main road from Eindhoven to Helmond.
On december 4th 2000 Nuenen celebrated it's 700 year existence. This was celebrated with several activities including a 'historisch schouwspel', a play about the History of Nuenen, wich featured many inhabitants of Nuenen. I personally was involved in the play as technician. Just making sure everyone could hear the play properly.
More info about Van Gogh in Nuenen can be found at this site.
Some movies about activities and nature in Nuenen can be found at this (Dutch) site (First film called Omgeving Nuenen shows some footage from a section of Nuenen called Eeneind, a small community in the south of Nuenen)
For a map of Nuenen also see my travelogue. If you plan to go to Nuenen you take the bus from Eindhoven Central Station. You'll have to take bus 6,21 or 121 and get off at busstation "Centrum".
121 will take you to Nijmegen if you don't stop in Nuenen.
Places to stay, to eat or just to enjoy yourself are listed on this DUTCH site

To find your way around in Nuenen, please visit my travelogues

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice nightlife
  • Cons:Cobblestone streets
  • In a nutshell:Van Gogh was here
  • Last visit to Nuenen: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 8, 2005
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