Welcome to Cranendonck
Enjoy the quality of life
The municipality of Cranendonck is located to the east of De Groote Heide and is named after Cranendonck Castle. The original caste dates back to the 13th century and was located centrally between several hamlets. It is now a castle villa, but the outlines of the old castle are still visible.
Cranendonck has few residents, but a lot of nature. It has streams, brooks and rivers, beautiful woodlands and miles and miles of cycling and hiking trails. With nearly 21,000 inhabitants and 80 km2 of surface area it is one of the smaller municipalities of De Groote Heide. But when it comes to space, nature and area, Cranendonck most assuredly belongs to the 'bigger' ones.
Everything for nature lovers
Cranendonck has much to offer to nature lovers, as it is part of both De Groote Heide nature border park and the Kempen-Broek border park.
De municipality of Cranendonck is a combination of the municipalities of Budel and Maarheeze. Cranendonck has several centres: Budel, Budel-Dorplein, Budel-Schoot, Gastel, Maarheeze and Soerendonk. Cranendonck is named after the Cranendock estate and castle (13th century) – that at the time already served as a centre for several hamlets in the region.