Map of the Week – Tourist map of Oisterwijk, 1933

This week we are looking at a tourist map of Oisterwijk from 1933. It is a “wandelkaart” [walking map], which highlights various natural features like lakes (blue), forests (green), national forests (orange), swamps (blue horizontal stripes). It features the hotels in the area and places of interest including churches, a swimming pool, and cafes.

The early 1900s saw the rise of tourism for the middle and upper classes. Railroads allowed people to travel across the country affordably and comfortably. Once they arrived, they would often explore the countryside on foot or by bike. Local tourist guides, including the guide that had this map, would inform people about the local sights.

These guides and maps can show you what the town was like when your ancestors lived there. Like this map, you will often find advertisements for local businesses. For example, A.G. van den Boogaard advertised his shop across the railway station on this map. He sold cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, stationary, and cheap magazines.

Tourist map of Oisterwijk, 1933. Credits: tourist guide Schoon Oisterwijk, collection Regionaal Archief Tilburg (public domain)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Je kunt prachtig wandelen bij de Oisterwijkse vennen en Campina.

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