Flights to Tilburg
The historic city of Tilburg is a university town and a vibrant, culture filled destination. Tilburg is situated in the south of the Netherlands in the province of Noord-Brabant.
The nearest airport for flights to Tilburg is the Eindhoven Airport (airport code: EIN), located 20 kilometres away from Tilburg. There is a train service between Tilburg and Eindhoven. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both offer one-stop flights to Tilburg that transfer in London. You can also fly through Barcelona and London if you book with Iberia instead. Most flights to Eindhoven coming from Johannesburg will take just over 24 hours, including layover times.
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The Tourist Attractions of Tilburg:
While not bursting with tourist attractions Tilburg is heavy in cultural attractions that include museums and a portfolio of annual festivals. It’s a university city so there’s often a large number of students around Tilburg, making it feel youthful and vibrant, and therefore often attracting a fairly young crowd of tourists. If you visit Tilburg for one or more of the annual festivals you could stay on and see some of its museums and landmarks.
Museums in Tilburg
There are two major museums in Tilburg, the Dutch Textile Museum, and the De Pont Museum of Modern Art. The latter is often described as ‘outstanding’ if you enjoy browsing through a modern art gallery.
The Dutch Textile Museum may not be to everybody’s tastes, but if you are interested in industrial revolution history, and seeing how things worked in the past, then it’s an interesting visit. It’s a large museum that’s housed within a former factory, so you not only get to see the old factory itself, but a number of exhibits on textiles, machinery and more.
Festivals in Tilburg
Tilburg has a great selection of festivals taking place across the year, and it’s these events that attract the larger number of tourists to the city. Among these is the largest funfair in Benelux which runs for 10 days in July each year. There’s a funfair but also many other things happening in Tilburg at this time, including Pink Monday, a day for both gays and heterosexuals to enjoy.
Other festivals include several music oriented festivals such as Stranger Than Paranoia, dedicated to jazz, and Roadburn Festival, which is a rock and metal themed music festival in April.
Though not in Tilburg itself, the major theme park called Efteling is within easy reach of the city. Efteling is the largest theme park in Benelux and is themed around fairy tales yet it’s a very popular attraction with young and old alike. There’s a special bus service that runs direct from Tilburg railway station.
When Should You Visit?:
If you want to catch one of Tilburg’s many festivals then you’ll obviously want to time your visit to coincide with them. If you’d rather just come when the weather is warmest then arrange a visit to Tilburg in the summer. July and August are the warmest months with an average high of 22C. Temperatures drop off at the end of October and November and December are the wettest months so may be best avoided.