We welcome you to the website of the municipality of Laarbeek! Whether you are planning to visit Laarbeek or whether you are already here, a visit to our beautiful municipality will certainly be worth your time! On this site you will find a short review of what our municipality has to offer as well as some practical information.
We hope you enjoy our website and hope to welcome you to Laarbeek soon!
Welcom to Laarbeek
The municipality of Laarbeek was formed January 1, 1997 and is made up of former municipalities of Aarle-Rixtel, Beek en Donk and Lieshout with its parish Mariahout. The municipality has 22,000 inhabitants. Laarbeek is situated in beautifully green surroundings in the province of North Brabant. The municipality is located within a stone's throw from Helmond and Eindhoven. Within its boundaries, Laarbeek has four beautiful town centers: Aarle-Rixtel, Beek en Donk, Lieshout and Mariahout. Each more rural, small-scale, pleasant and attractive than the last. And yet, every center has its very own characteristics.
Aarle-Rixtel is an especially attractive, characteristic village with many monumental elements, a transient harbor for pleasure crafts and off course Castle Croy, situated in the homonymic estate.
Beek en Donk has a beautiful park – the Green Lung – and an extensive level of facilities divided between two enjoyable shopping districts. In Beek en Donk you can also find a relic of the blessed Father Eustachius of Lieshout in the Eustachius Chapel, in the Church of Michael. Father Eustachius is loved by many thousands of people in Brazil, where this Saint did a lot of good deeds in the first half of the previous century.
Lieshout is known, among other things, for its mills and also, the widely known Bavaria beer is brewed on the spot, from Lieshout's primal water. Trough its tours, the brewery offers visitors the opportunity to witness the brewing process up close.
Mariahout is the smallest and youngest of the villages. The parish was founded less than 100 years ago for the pioneers who settled there to reclaim the moorlands and prepare the soil for agriculture.
As the 'Water gate of the Peel', Laarbeek is the pre-eminent water community of the region, both for pleasure trips as well as for nature lovers. The Zuid-Willems Waterway, the Wilhelmina Canal, the Aa, the Goorloop and many other waterways, meres, pools, ponds and water works are what make Laarbeek into such a watery community.
Recreation and tourism
People who like to promenade or cycle can really let themselves go in the woody surroundings of Laarbeek. The region has excellent cycle tracks. Take for example the recreational tourist cycle track along the Wilhelmina Canal in Lieshout, which connects to the national LF13 (Long distance-Cycle track) which runs through The Netherlands from the north to the south and vice versa. But a promenade through the four characteristic, green town centers will also definitely be worth your while. Lieshout and Aarle-Rixtel have pleasant main streets with many small shops, Beek en Donk has beautiful parks and Mariahout is surrounded by its many forests and a magnificent mere. Laarbeek has many tourist attractions worth your time. You can go for a cycling trip along the canals or through the nature reserves The Eeuwsels in Lieshout and The Biezen in Aarle-Rixtel, or past the old mission, the nineteenth-century farms or the bell-foundry in Aarle-Rixtel. And then there are the beautiful, old Castle Croy in Aarle-Rixtel and, hidden between the magnificent trees, Castle Eyckenlust in Beek en Donk. Laarbeek is also the place to be for pleasure cruise enthusiasts. The transient harbor in Aarle-Rixtel, constructed in 2003, sees many pleasure crafts mooring in summer.
Tourist information office
You can get a lot of tourist information at the tourist information at Parkpaviljoen Laarbeek, Parklaan 3 in Beek en Donk, www.parkpaviljoen.nl.
Do you come here to work or to live?
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Town Hall Laarbeek
Monday to Friday
From 09:00 to 12:30 (all departments)
From 14:00 to 17:00 (only civic department) and from 18:00 to 19:30 (only civic department and building & living department)
Koppelstraat 37, 5741 GA Beek en Donk
PO Box 190, 5740 AD Beek en Donk
+31 (0) 492 469 700
+31 (0) 492 469 701