Welcome to Tilburg
'Jug city' Tilburg could never be described as pretty, but dig a little and you'll find a lot of spirit, superb beer and an impressive attempt at regeneration. An award-winning textiles museum remembers Tilburg's proud industrial heritage, the once-derelict Spoorzone northeast of the station is now a crucible of creativity (www.spoorzone013.nl) and the Dwaalgebied's few streets of 19th-century brick houses are dotted with delightful eateries and a cool hostel. A joyful carnival, huge annual street fair and substantial student presence keep Tilburg humming. And in the contrastingly contemplative leafy confines of Koenigshoeven Abbey, monks brew what were (until 2012) the Netherlands' only Trappist beers.