To the southeast of ’s-Hertogenbosch lies the municipality of Sint-Michielsgestel. A unique combination of five villages and two hamlets that together form the so-called Green Open. These small, characteristic Brabant communities are the perfect place for anyone out to enjoy historic mansions, nearly unspoilt nature and the well-known Brabant hospitality.
Since time immemorial city dwellers have enjoyed the natural beauty and peace of this area. De Dieze, which is now the most beautiful city river in the Netherlands (at least when viewed from a distance), was a large, open sewer in the Middle Ages. Wealthy merchants and nobles in the 17th century moved away to the environs of De Heerlickheit in Sint Michielsgestel. There they lived on estates such as Sterrenbos and Gruiterbos, on large farms, or in castles such as Nieuw-Herlaar and Seldensate. Sint Michielsgestel flourished which was a blessing for this region.
Don't forget to sample tasty regional dishes such as kipkap and holepeekes that are on the menu throughout the area. If you’re curious how cheese is made you can take a look at a traditional cheese farm. A somewhat more exotic experience can be had in Berlicum, where a unique dairy called Smits creates creamy camels’ milk and delicious bonbons. On rainy days, culture-lovers can enjoy the archaeology museums of Sint Michielsgestel and Den Dungen. The various mills, churches, castles, German war trenches and mansions are also a major draw. Visit www.hetgroenebuiten.nl to discover many more exciting possibilities.