Staying at Dunez is of course fun in itself, but there is also plenty to see, do and experience in the area.
what to do in the Dunez area
MOUNTAIN BIKING A few steps from Dunez are several mountain bike trails that lead you through the national park Loonse and Drunense dunes. The routes lead you through all kinds of nature that this area has to offer: shifting sand, coniferous and deciduous forests and heather. On the mountain bike route there are some beautiful panoramas from which you can enjoy the beautiful expansive nature in between cycling. The track The major part of the mountain bike route consists of well-maintained single track. No matter how often you drive the route, the influences of the environment and the weather ensure that it is never exactly the same. Sometimes some parts of the track are a bit more difficult because of loose sand, but advanced riders see this as a challenge. The major part of the route, however, is located in the woods where the single track is almost always passable. In fact; rainwater is absorbed quickly due to the nature of the subsoil. So you can enjoy a dry route pretty quickly after a rainy period. In places where puddles remain, you can usually cycle around them. On the mountain bike route through the Loonse and Drunense dunes you will not find parts where you can cycle straight for more than a minute without encountering obstacles. You are constantly estimating distance, speed and curves while you will have to switch regularly due to the constantly changing surface. This makes the route quite technical, although beginners will also be able to ride the mountain bike route at a slower pace. Height difference The mountain bike route in the Loonse and Drunense dunes contains relatively little height difference. Make no mistake in the tough climbs that exist: try them all, even if the surface is not ideal, without having to get off. On some climbs there are rubber mats that prevent you from losing grip in loose sand. Mountain bike permit The Loonse en Drunense duinen is a national park, or a protected nature reserve. So you need a permit to be able to mountain bike in the Loonse and Drunense dunes. The standard MTB permit consists of a sticker (a new one every year) that you can stick on your helmet or bicycle, for example, or which you can carry with you. You must be able to show this permit to the forester or other BOA if you are on the mountain bike route. Not being able to show the permit can result in a fine. You must of course also be able to identify yourself at all times. Cost of the permit A permit is available at various starting points and costs € 12 per calendar year or € 5 for a day permit. Now also available online at Natuurmonumenten (source: mountain biking loonse and drunese dunes)
Beautiful nature reserve the Drunense dunes
National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen is also called the Brabant Sahara! You will find large sandy plains, heaths and forests here. Come here to stroll through the drifting sand, take a bike ride through extensive forests or come horseback riding or mountain biking over sand hills. Around this Brabant desert you will find plenty of catering to quench your thirst! You can stroll everywhere in the drifting sand. Enjoy the many birds, insects and deer during your walk or bike ride!
Heusden Vesting is a beautifully restored fortified town. You will find nice shops, beautiful galleries, spacious harbors and cozy terraces. The shops are open every Sunday afternoon and you can take part in an interesting city walk at 2.30 pm with a guide. The fortified city of Heusden has completely restored fortifications and 134 buildings on the List of Monuments. The town originated around one of the oldest moated castles in northwestern Europe and was one of the first Dutch cities to be surrounded by a wall. After 1968 the fortified city was thoroughly restored. The basis for the restoration of this cultural heritage was the map of Blaeu from 1649. In 1980 Heusden obtained the highest European restoration prize "Urbes Nostrae". Visitors to Heusden Vesting can take advantage of the opportunity every Sunday afternoon to join a city guide as a passer-by. It is a walk that gives you a good idea of the most beautiful and interesting places in the city. In five quarters of an hour the guide will tell you about the history, the fortifications, the restoration of the city and striking buildings. The start is always at 2.30 pm at the Visitor Center at 17 Pelsestraat in Heusden Vesting.
Walking in the Moerputten nature reserve
In 1890 the Langstraatspoorlijn 's-Hertogenbosch-Lage Zwaluwe became operational. The track ran through the wet peat area of the Moerputten and therefore two bridges were built: the Moerputtenbrug and the Venkantbrug. The 600 meter long railway bridge is a wonderful example of industrial heritage from the 19th century. The enormous, stately colossus consists of a riveted iron construction resting on 35 brick pillars. In 2011, the bridge's long-term renovation was completed and today the bridge is again accessible to walkers. At the foot of the Moerputtenbrug is a floating pontoon from where you can see the famous side view of the bridge. The bridge heads provide information about the history of the two bridges. (source Staatsbosbeheer)
There is a lot to do and experience in 's-Hertogenbosch. Due to its versatility, the city does not disappoint. For the avid culture sniffers there are the museums, boat trips and city walks. The shopaholics can go crazy in the various shopping streets. The children will have a great time during the various activities. What should not be forgotten between the companies is to have a snack and a drink at one of the cozy cafes and restaurants in the city center. What is really for you? We are happy to make some proposals! Visit the square De Markt Of all the squares, the Markt is the oldest square in the city. To this day, the square is still the bustling center of the city. The Binnendieze has meant a lot to the city over the years. 'S-Hertogenbosch was created as a small walled city, the size of the Markt and a number of other streets. Later the city was walled again, this time the size of the current city center. The rivers within the walls were named De Binnendieze. The Binnendieze was used as a water supply, washing place and fishing place, but also as a waste dump. Until about 40 years ago, the water was still an open sewer. The Binnendieze slowly disappeared due to the construction of a sewer system in the city. In 1972, a stop was put to this. The waterway became a protected urban area. The water below the city is now truly one of the historical attractions of 's-Hertogenbosch! visit the cathedral St. John Built between 1370 and 1529, this majestic church has a tower that dates partly from the 13th century and is the pride of the city. St. John's Cathedral was built in Brabant Gothic and radiates the prosperity of 's-Hertogenbosch in the late Middle Ages. (source: visitdenbosch.nl)
Enjoy the most beautiful moments together in Efteling. There is a place where you forget about the world around you for a moment. Where one moment you float between trolls and elves in Dream Flight and the next you go to battle against the dragon in the double wooden racing roller coaster Joris and the Dragon. Where the littlest ones travel with Jokie and Jet at Carnival Festival and daredevils collapse the Baron 1898 gold mine at 90 km / h. Experience the most beautiful moments in Efteling together. A place where young and old have enjoyed countless fairy tales, exciting attractions and enchanting shows for 65 years. This summer, visit the new indoor family attraction Symbolica! Let yourself be carried away through magical rooms in this Palace of Fantasy and fall from one surprise to another. In this World of Miracles, you can enjoy every moment of the year together. Be enchanted by beautiful blossoms in the spring and enjoy the extra long days in the summer. In autumn, let yourself be blown away by the many colors in the Fairytale Forest and see the Efteling transform in winter into a fairytale world full of twinkling lights, ice fun and warm Bonfires. Efteling. World full of Miracles. (Source: country of ANWB)
The Noordbrabants museum
The museum shows art, culture and history of North Brabant. The government palace has been restored to its original state, modern extensions provide an exciting new environment. Sparkling presentations provide a picture of the richness of Brabant art, history and culture. Source: museum card
As you can see there is plenty to do. Cities such as' s-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg, Eindhoven and Waalwijk are a short distance from Dunez. National Monument Camp Vught and the Iron Man Nature Reserve are within cycling distance. The village of Oisterwijk is also nearby. Here are beautiful forests and fens and a cozy center with terraces. The shoe museum in Waalwijk. The Visit brabant website has even more ideas for going out.