My hometown Tilburg is known for its 10-day-long funfair, the largest in the Benelux, held in July each year. The funfair boasts some 250 attractions and rides ranging from rollercoasters and catapults to bumper cars spread across 4.5 kilometres in the city centre. Every year over 1.5 million people visit the fair, making it the most popular event in the Netherlands. The monday during the funfair is called Pink Monday and is one of the biggest gay and emancipation events in the Netherlands.
My hometown Tilburg is located in the southern province of Noord-Brabant. With a population of over 200,000, it is the second largest city of Noord-Brabant, and the sixth largest city of the Netherlands.
Tilburg already existed in the late medieval period In 1809, Louis Napoleon gave Tilburg city rights, after centuries of neglecting by the Dutch politics due to the catholic background of the city. However, the King William II, had found his nice place in Tilburg, and gave the mission to build a palace. Sadly, three weeks before completion in 1849, William II died. The palace is still standing and the city started to grow during the Industrial Revolution, when wool factories were set up.
I moved to Tilburg to study at Tilburg University in 1997. Though Tilburg might not be as charming as nearby 's Hertogenbosch or Breda, it certainly has its own identity and atmosphere. Following pictures were taken on a snowy day in winter 2009 near City Hall (former palace of King William II), Heuvelplein, Piusplein and the Oude Markt.