Walking along the canal in Helmond

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Helmond
  • 4.69 km (Approximately 01:10 u)
  • Hiking route 337916

Walking along the canal in Helmond

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Helmond
  • 4.69 km (Approximately 01:10 u)
  • Hiking route 337916

History and industry go hand and hand in this route along the Helmond canal. The canal, the Zuid Willemsvaart, flows right through Helmond and divides the center into east and west.

Industry in Helmond
The starting point of the route is at the Cacaofabriek in the center of Helmond. From here you can walk past striking commercial buildings, manufacturers' villas and various structures and works of art built on both sides of the canal in the 19th and 20th centuries. A surprising amount of Helmond history has been preserved and you can see that during this tour. You are constantly torn between the past and the present. This gives you a good idea of the fascinating industry in Helmond.

Activity along the canal
At the cocoa factory you will see the first historical sight: a crane track from 1928, which has not been used for years. On the other side you will also see industrial activity along the canal. The dyeing machines of textile factories Vlisco and Raymakers, for example, are running at full speed and Nederschroef, producer of fasteners, is also still in operation on the canal. You also walk past a medieval castle with a beautiful sculpture park and the bustling Havenplein with many cozy terraces to eat or drink something.

Helmond's history explained
Helmond is bursting with sights that teach you more about the city's history. Visit the Edah Museum where you can learn everything about food production and distribution. For example, colonial goods used to be brought in via the canal from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. You can no longer imagine that at a time when all foodstuffs are freely available in the supermarket. You can visit the Industrial Atrium to learn more about Helmond's industrial heritage or, for example, the textile or metal industry.


# Description Distance
Cacaofabriek (Cacaofabriek, 5705 LA, Helmond, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Industrieel Atrium (5707 LA , Helmond, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 1.75 km
71 (5707BZ, Helmond, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 1.91 km
Edah museum (5701 SM , Helmond, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 2.88 km
47 (5701PP, Helmond, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.76 km
72 (Binnen Parallelweg, 5701PH, Helmond, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.21 km



Cacaofabriek 1
5705 LA Helmond

Helm cocoa was produced in this factory. The cocoa was transported to Russia via the canal. It now houses a pop stage, a film house, an exhibition space, a chocolate shop and catering establishments.

Industrieel Atrium

5707 LA Helmond

The industrial Atrium is a knowledge center for Helmond's industrial heritage. A foundation was established in 1996 to collect and store information and documents about the industrial heritage in one place. The collection continued to grow and in 2008 this led to a real Heritage House. This house is decorated in the style and atmosphere of the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Nowadays you will find various rooms with exhibitions in the knowledge center. For example, you can visit an exhibition with objects that were used in the basic industries: textile, metal, printing and energy. You will also find a room that is decorated as a boardroom from the 19th century, a cinema where you can view corporate history documentaries, a machine park with machines and hand tools that were used in the past and a fully equipped commercial printing house from the beginning of the 20th century. This way you can get acquainted with the industry of the past in different ways. The perfect place to learn more about Helmond's industrial past.

Edah museum

5701 SM Helmond

In the Edah Museum you learn more about the history of supermarkets. The production and distribution of food has undergone great development over the centuries. Colonial goods used to be transported from Amsterdam and Rotterdam over canals to the rest of the Netherlands. Today, products take a completely different route to the local supermarket due to the emergence of new means of transport, but the shops and the products themselves have also undergone major developments. In the Edah Museum you can view all kinds of products from the past that are no longer available in the shops and you can see what a supermarket looked like in the past. You will also learn more about food of the future in the museum. What can we expect from the food that we will eat in, say, 50 years? The museum is open every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and every first Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m.

Provided by:

VVV Helmond