3x Tilburg hotspots
If you are living in the Netherlands and want to escape from the hustle and bustle or ‘touristsy’ feeling, visiting Tilburg would definitely be a great idea for your chill weekend. If you have not known where to go yet, let's take a look at our recommendations for a day of discovering this city!
#1 Museum De Pont
For big fans of contemporary art, you should not miss De Pont Museum. The museum was named after Jan de Pont (1915-1987) - an attorney and businessman who wished to use his property "to stimulate contemporary art" one year after his death. With his support, De Pont Museum was built on the ground of a former wool-spinning mill called Thomas de Beer in the southern Dutch city of Tilburg.
Since its opening on September 12, 1992, De Pont Museum has owned around 800 artworks by approximately eighty nationally and internationally well-known artists, such as Marlene Dumas, Thomas Schütte, and Bill Viola. This space of 6000 square meters is also where many large and small temporary exhibitions are also held every year.
Museum De Pont: Wilhelminapark 1, 5041 EA Tilburg
Opening hours: From Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00 (Monday: Closed)
Ticket price: Adult: € 12,50 per ticket
Student: € 7,50 per ticket
Tip: If you love visiting museums during your free time, it's highly recommended to purchase a Museum card to save your pocket. For €64.90, you will have unlimited access to more than 400 museums (nearly all museums in the Netherlands!) in a year. Are you 18 or younger? The price is even half-lower!
Located right next to Tilburg Station, LocHal (short for Locomotive Hall) was transformed from a double-bay industrial hall, which was built in 1932, into one of the best libraries in the world. Tilburg’s new ‘living room’ houses public libraries (Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant/Mid North Brabant Library), co-working spaces, and conference rooms (Seats2meet), as well as a large hall for international cultural events and exhibitions (Kunstloc Brabant). This means this 4-unit complex not only welcomes bookaholics coming to visit but also anyone who wants to learn and share knowledge and stories.
Are you are looking for a silent study corner, a place to read, to meet, and to greet at once? Don’t hesitate to put LocHal on your to-go list!
LocHal: Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000, 5041 SG Tilburg
Opening hours: From Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 22:00 (Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00; Sunday: 12:00 – 17:00)
#3 Eetbar De Wagon
After a long day of exploring, what is the most pleasant way to finish an amazing day? Nothing could beat the satisfaction of landing on a unique restaurant with a great atmosphere and amazing food. Therefore, our suggestion is Eetbar De Wagon, which is within walking from LocHal.
The name says it all, the restaurant will get you the feeling of going on an old stationary train with its extraordinary design concept, from the shape of a wagon to how the prices are written on the menu. Moreover, the menu at Eetbar De Wagon is quite diverse. It covers some typical Dutch dishes, as well as several popular Asian specialties, like Poké Bowl or Thai coconut soup. On a sunny day, it would be wise to sit outside on a terrace, enjoy the Dutch bitterballen or randomly pick a dish from their 3-track menu. However, having a meal like a passenger in the train wagon is also a one-of-a-kind experience, since they offer 3 different zones inside, which are: Eetbar for open kitchen view, Coupé for those who love 1930s vibe and Treinstel – a room has a 1900 Dutch train style with the capacity up to 16 people.
Eetbar De Wagon: Mayor Brokxlaan 1041, 5041 RP Tilburg
Opening hours: From Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 00:00