"Borkel - Noord Brabant" Borkel by Moneypenny33
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Borkel and Schaft are two (very) small villages in beautiful Brabant, they are a part of the larger village "Valkenswaard" (see below).
Borkel is in the located in the "Malpie", a large area of nature, other nature parks are close by. You can have lovely walks, make bicycle rides or rent a canoe in the area. There is a resting point for the canoes in Borkel (behind café "De Zwaan" (The Swan)).
There are a few campsites in Borkel en Schaft. There is also a bungalowpark very close to Borkel (in Valkenswaard).
Borkel has two nice restaurants (plus a snackbar), not to expensive and the staff is very friendly. Restaurant "De Zwaan" also houses the tourist information office.
Borkel has it's own flag, when you see the plough on the blue flag, you can guess that Borkel was (and more or less is) a village were farmers like to live and grow their crops. In 1865, the mill in Borkel was build to mill the grains from the fields. Altough all the woodwork had to be restored after a fire in 1935, the basic mill is still to see pretty much as it was in 1865.
The entrance is always free of charge. The miller, who is usually at the mill on Saturday's can help you when you have questions, just ask him and he'll love to explain you.
The mill is still used to mill. The mill is owned by the village of Valkenswaard and administered by a foundation, the millers are all volunteers.
Also see website: www.molenborkel.nl (not up to date but has pictures).
As mentioned before, Borkel is a part of Valkenswaard. Valkenswaard has basicly everything you could want, the shops, the restaurants, some culture, nature and a very nice marked sqaure with lots of nice restaurants/bars. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (but mainly Sat) this is a very nice place to go to when you want to have a few drinks and maybe a dance in a bar/disco. Plenty of choice and the atmosphere is more relaxed then in the larger city's.
There are also more places to stay. Valkenswaard also has a Stay okay hostel.
- Pros:relaxed, nature, rest
- Cons:small and no shops or supermarket in Borkel
- In a nutshell:a friendly little village
Entrance is free, there is usually a miller present on Saturdays. The mill was build in 1865, though had to be restored... more travel advice
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