Wiljo River Cruises
Travel four centuries back in time at the fortification of Heusden, where you can enjoy the beautifully restored houses, mills and cannons in a truly unforgettable way. Take a boat cruise on the river Maas with Wiljo River Cruises and experience the fortified town of Heusden from the water. On the border between Brabant and Gelderland, you can also enjoy unique views of the historical region of Land van Altena and the river island of Bommelerwaard. Wiljo runs river cruises between April and September, and even six days a week in the months of July and August – with the possibility of longer cruises. For instance, to the unique freshwater area of De Biesbosch or the recently constructed Maxima Canal at ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Heusden is conveniently located between Waalwijk and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. At less than twenty minutes from the province’s capital city, the best place to park is in the spaces outside the fortification. From there it is just a ten-minute walk to the city centre, where the boat is moored. Wiljo River Cruises focuses mainly on elderly visitors and families, who want to enjoy the beautiful environment at their leisure. “Wonderfully relaxing way to enjoy the peace and views,” said one cruise-goer. While another found the information provided so interesting that he insisted on going “around again” on returning to the harbour. There are special packages for groups, with the option to include a buffet or dinner. Wiljo can even tailor packages to meet specific needs and requirements.
A river cruise is great to combine with a visit to the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk, where you can delve even further into history, for example during a workshop on Roman sandal making. Close to Waalwijk also means close to the family park Efteling World of Wonders and the Dunes of Loon and Drunen National Park. A visit to Heusden is thus also ideal for combining with some of the many tourist attractions in the area.