Hike or cycle through nature, visit (exotic) animals or travel back in time at an open-air museum all of it is possible in North Brabant. In and around Eindhoven there are tons of possibilities for activities in the fresh air. We’re happy to share our favourite outdoor highlights in and around Eindhoven with you.

Visit an Animal Kingdom

At Dierenrijk zoo you will find 96 different animal species and 400 birds flying around. Visit with remarkable animal species like the red panda, collar bear or Siberian tiger.  Or join the buffet swing for the chimpanzees. The park invites you to discover your inner beast and offers activities for all ages.

Strabrechtse Heide

Discover the largest fen in The Netherlands on the Strabrechtse Heide. A must-visit for nature lovers. Special plants such as marsh seedbox and carnivorous sundew grow around the fens. You might also see one of the many dragonfly species here, a moor frog or maybe even a natterjack toad. Also walk on the hiking trails that Staatsbosbeheer has mapped out in this beautiful nature reserve.

Discover a prehistoric village

Experience the past with a walk through the preHistorisch Dorp. During your tour you will meet the historic inhabitants from the stone ages to the middle ages. Listen to their exciting stories, learn their trade and acquire the skills that shaped our world.

Het Groene Woud

One day in nature reserve Het Groene Woud , because it is such an extensive area. There are a total of 21 reserves within Het Groene Woud. You can enjoy various types of nature, valuable cultural history and authentic villages here. The large bio-diversity is typical for Het Groene Woud. There are hundreds different kinds of mammals, birds, butterflies and beetles living here. Bring your camera and take beautiful pictures.

De Karpendonkse plas

You will find the perfect spot for a picnic at De Karpendonkse plas. The various woods around Eindhoven were the inspiration for the design of this recreational area. You will find a lot of native trees here like oak, poplars, alder, raw birch and coniferous forest, including rhododendrons and junipers. Check out the waterfowl or sail to the island in the lake.

Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path

For his design of the bicycle path Daan Roosegaarde drew his inspiration from the painting A Starry Night. The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is covered in thousands of twinkly stones that draw energy from the sun during the day and therefore light up at night. It is part of the Van Gogh cycling route which was named European bicycle route of the year in 2016. The route is divided in five unique routes past areas that are connected to the world-famous painter.

An overnight stay in Eindhoven

The perfect ending to a day in the outdoors is an overnight stay at Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven. Be surprised by a delicious dish made by the chefs at Brasserie Lumen, relax further in Spa Lux and sleep comfortably in one of the unique rooms.

Check out our new Culinary Delights special for an overnight stay in an Art Room including a 3-course dinner and international breakfast buffet with bubbles.

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These were some of our favourite outdoor highlights in and around Eindhoven. Curious what kind of cultural possibilities Eindhoven has to offer? Also read our Museum Special: Eindhoven.