Heusden is a small walled town situated on the Bergsche Maas. The town has been completely restored. The walled town Heusden is situated in the middle of The Netherlands in the province of Noord-Brabant.
There are some 1500 inhabitants in the fortified town Heusden. More than 43.000 people live in the community Heusden itself.
The fortress Heusden has been fully restored since 1968, and the restoration was based on a 1649 map of Blaeu . Standing on the fortifications you have a clear view of the Bergsche Maas on one side and on the other side you are able to look at the green hinterland. The centre of Heusden is unique because of the many galleries, art- and antique shops. The sights worth seeing are the fortifications, the ‘Gouvenor’s garden’, the ‘Vismarkt’, the town-harbour, the three standard mills, the ‘visitors centre’ and the Catharijne Church.
History of Heusden
History of the fortress / walled town:
According to written sources the history of Heusden goes back to the beginning of the 12th century. One of the first Lords of Heusden’,
named Baldwin, built a stronghold in Heusden. This stronghold was the biggest waterstronghold in Europe.
Opportunities and challenges
Present city projects
In 2010 a new landing jetty was made for river-cruise vessels and tourist vessels