Nuenen

The municipality of Nuenen c.a. is situated in rural countryside between the cities of Eindhoven and Helmond. The municipality comprises three parishes: Nuenen, Gerwen and Nederwetten and a number of hamlets, of which Eeneind is the largest.

Nuenen is located in surroundings with beautiful woodland and meadows. Vincent van Gogh was inspired by this when he lived and worked in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885. It was here that he produced his world famous painting 'The Potato Eaters'.

Nuenen can justifiably describe itself as an outdoor museum. There are 21 sites dating from the time of Vincent van Gogh which still remain. You can see the buildings and landscapes exactly as they were when they inspired Vincent van Gogh around 125 years ago.

Nuenen also has several recreational possibilities. There is the Dierenrijk Animal Kingdom, the Strandbad Nuenen lido, plenty of catering facilities on the Park and in the delightful surroundings of Nederwetten and Gerwen. for more information: Tourist attractions.

Discover the centuries old history

The names Nuenen and Gerwen have Frankish origins and date back to the so-called 'heim' names. Nuenen - Nuenheim, new town; Gerwen - Gerwin's heim, the residence of an old Germanic chieftain. Both villages date back to between the fifth and eighth centuries, with Gerwen being the older of the two. The axes and urns which were discovered in 1863 and 1915 show that the Germanic descendants had settled on the land which now forms the parish. New excavations were undertaken during the construction of the Langakker-Tomakker development in Nuenen East. Utensils from the 'urn-field' period (8th century) were unearthed. We can deduce from this that these were Nuenen's first inhabitants.

The municipality of Nuenen dates back to the year 1300. On Saint Barbara's Day in 1300 Duke Jan of Brabant issued a declaration in which land provided by him was handed over for common use to the residents of Nuenen-Gerwen. The village of Nederwetten originated in the twelfth century as a settlement of the Hooidonk Priory. This was founded in 1146. There are several remains near the Hooidonk watermill. In 1810 Nederwetten, under the rule of the Franks was combined with the former estate of Eckart to become one single parish. The parish of Nederwetten-Eckart existed until 1 January 1821. Eckart was then combined with the parish of Woensel, while Nederwetten formed part of the newly established municipality of Nuenen, Gerwen and Nederwetten.