Where and how did Vincent van Gogh live? The Van Gogh Cycle Route takes you on a journey through the Brabant countryside to find out more about the places the famous Dutch painter loved and was inspired by.
Van Goghplein in Zundert where the artist was born. Photo © Holland-Cycling.comVan Goghplein in Zundert where the artist was born. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is now a world famous painter, but during his lifetime few people knew or appreciated his work. For much of his life he lived in the province of Brabant, drawing and painting everyday people and objects.

From Van Gogh’s house of birth in Zundert to where the The Potato Eaters lived and the old watermill in Nuenen - along this route you can find out more about Van Gogh’s life and work. You can also enjoy the Brabant countryside he loved so much and see different locations which inspired him. In 2014 part of the cycle route near Nuenen has been turned into the world's first glow-in-the-dark cycle path, inspired by Van Gogh's painting The Starry Night. For more about this go to our Blog story: Cycling through a Van Gogh painting

The Van Gogh Cycle Route, which follows the numbered cycle network, is signposted. The brochure Fiets door de wereld van Vincent van Gogh (in Dutch) gives you maps and information on the highlights along the route. There are also downloadable GPS tracks available.

Are you thinking of cycling this route? Then take a look at our review: Cycling in the footsteps of Van Gogh.

For Van Gogh themed cycling holidays, go to our holidays section.

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Van Gogh Cycle Route (Van Gogh Fietsroute)

Route: Round trip starting in: Nuenen, Zundert, Etten-Leur, Tilburg or ’s Hertogenbosch. The long-distance cycle route has been conceived around 5 individual round trips, which can be cycled in a day.
Distance: 335 km
Day trips from Nuenen (56 km), Zundert (65 km), Etten-Leur (32 km), Tilburg (50 km), ’s-Hertogenbosch (30 km).
Maps: Download the PDF Fiets door de wereld van Vincent Van Gogh. Guide of the route available at tourist offices along the route.
GPS tracks: Download from RoutesinBrabant.nl