5. Eindhoven: Self-Guided Vincent van Gogh Bicycle Tour
Follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh as you ride between Eindhoven to Nuenen on a self-guided bicycle tour that visits locations that were significant for the famous Dutch artist. Visit the Vincente Museum in Nuenen and discover even more about the painter.
The tour starts in the center of Eindhoven at the historic NRE site where the pickup is for the bike rental if rented. Follow the route that Vincent walked from the station in Eindhoven to his parents in Nuenen. The route is available in a specially designed web app (Dutch and automatically translated into 8 languages) to be followed on your phone.
Experience the places (visible and invisible) where his painter friends Antoon Hermans, Anton Kerssemakers, Willem van de Wakker, and Dimmen Gestel lived and where he bought his painting supplies.
You can see the house of his friend Anton Hermans and the Catharina church that Van Gogh sketched from Hermans' backyard, but also the Tongelre district with the Collse watermill and the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path.
Then you cycle into Nuenen and drink coffee/tea with cake at the Watermolen van Opwetten, which was painted by van Gogh. Via the Clemenskerk, windmill de Roosdonck, the place where the potato eaters' house stood, the Van Gogh church, andthe Vincente museum.
Part of this tour is the Vincentre museum, where you can catch your breath in the coffee corner after cycling. After the rest, you have the opportunity to visit the museum including an audio system (with the same languages as the web app).
There is no other place in the Netherlands where you can get so close to the painter. Nuenen alone has 14 locations painted or sketched by Vincent van Gogh and Eindhoven has 4 official locations.
After the visit to the museum, you'll cycle past a number of important points such as the vicar's house, Nune Ville, the Begemann factory, the Broek nature reserve, and some monuments. Cycle back to Eindhoven via a beautiful rural route and look back on a beautiful tour where you really came closer to Van Gogh.