This website attempts to provide as complete an overview as possible of the rivers, streams and other water features in Eindhoven and surrounding places, such as Son en Breugel, Nuenen, Veldhoven, Aast-Waalre and Geldrop.
The photos were taken during walks and bike rides, including an ATB, to get as close to the water as possible.
During these explorations and after studying various maps and plans, it can be concluded that Eindhoven and the surrounding area has a surprising amount of water, sometimes with an interesting history.
The rivers De Dommel, Tongelreep and De Kleine Dommel have almost retained their original course all this time, but many streams have been changed, canalized or even completely or partially disappeared.

The image below shows the rivers, streams, canals and lakes that you can see on this website.

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De Dommel is the main river in Eindhoven and surroudings.

It starts south of Peer in Belgium as a small stream and it ends, after 120 km in 's-Hertogenbosch.

In Dutch Brabant it goes through Valkenswaard, Eindhoven, Son en Breugel, Sint-Oedenrode, Liempde Boxtel, Sint-Michielsgestel and ends in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

The river winds about seventeen kilometers through Eindhoven and has a historical significance for the city. The river was primarily important as a source of drinking water, although early on certain craft activities polluted the water. In addition, the river had an important function in the field of city defense. In the Middle Ages, the river fed the city moat and was therefore part of Eindhoven's defenses.

We follow De Dommel, with the help of photo's and a single map, from the south in Waalre, north through the different parts of Eindhoven and end by following the river near Nijnsel (St. Oedenrode)

This little river arises from the confluence of the Groote Aa with the Sterkselse Aa at Heeze Castle and then flows through Geldrop and forms the border between Nuenen and Eindhoven when it passed the Eindhovensch Kanaal.

At Eckart Castle, the Kleine Dommel flows into De Dommel.

There are three watermills along the Kleine Dommel: the Weverijmolen in the Weverijmuseum on the Molenstraat in Geldrop and on Eindhoven territory, the Collse Watermolen and in Nuenen the Opwettense Watermolen.

De Tongelreep  starts in Belgium on the Kempen Plateau. During its 25 km on Belgian territory, the stream is called Warmbeek.

Then the Warmbeek runs due north, approximately parallel with the Dommel. Across the national border in the Netherlands, the stream has become a wider river and is called Tongelreep.

The Tongelreep flows past the Achelse Kluis, goes on the east side of Valkenswaard to Aalst and enters the city Eindhoven at Motel Eindhoven.

The river goes through the Genneper Parks and finally streams in De Dommel in the Dommelplantsoen.

De Gender is approximately 15 km long, rises near Steensel and flows via Veldhoven to Eindhoven.

The little river flows under the Poot van Metz at the Veldhoven Zuid exit into Eindhoven.

In the 20th century, the lower reaches of the Gender changed dramatically and now end at the pond on Willem de Rijkelaan, before going underground.

The Municipality of Eindhoven has plans to make De Gender (partially) visible in the center again.

The course of De Groote Beek in Eindhoven in 2024 is not entirely clear. I'm trying to get some clarity with the photos.

De Groote Beek now starts, visibly, on the grounds of GGzE De Grote Beek.

After this, the stream passes under the Boschdijk and then surfaces again. The question is when the stream will go underground towards the Achtse Barrier. In the Aanschotse Beemden the stream is visible again and joins the Ekkersrijt stream and continues as De Groote Beek, then through De Aanschotse Beemden and under the highway.

Then at the Ekkersrijt industrial estate there is a junction with ponds on the left and right.

The original course of De Groote Beek, as shown on the map, turns right, past the Ikea and then joins the main branch of the De Ekkersrijt stream.

Passes under the Wilhelmina Canal, meanders through Son and flows east of the Petrus Bandenkerk in De Dommel.

This stream has its source south of the hamlet of Halfmile between Oerle and Vessem. The 19 km long river is called Bruggenrijt here. From the Oirschotsedijk the name changes to Ekkersrijt and passes under the Beatrix Canal and enters Eindhoven. In the Achtse Barrier, a side branch dug in the 1950s goes to the large water feature in the district and joins the Groote Beek further on. The main branch of the Ekkersrijt passes under the A50 and then flows along the De Ekkersweijer lake, and then continues, channeled, through the industrial estate and returns to De Groote Beek near the bridge over the Wilhelmina Canal.

This is a stream that starts in Oerle (Veldhoven) and eventually ends in Eindhoven in the Beatrix Canal.

The stream originally flowed into the Gender, but the stream has been largely relocated and has been re-constructed, mainly in a straight line, between the residential areas of (mainly) Veldhoven and Eindhoven.

Ultimately, the stream reaches Eindhoven, runs through the new Meerhoven district and flows, just north of the marina, into the Beatrix Canal.

This stream is almost impossible to find on current maps.

Now the stream starts next to the railway line and after some time under the railway, towards the Collse Watermolen  and flows into De Kleine Dommel.

This stream used to originate at the Wasven and drained the rainwater to the Dommel.  The original Wasven and the Karpendonkse Loop disappeared over time. A new Wasven has now been set up, which functions as a water storage pond. In 2011, work began on reviving the Karpendonkse Loop. The stream starts at the Wasven, goes under the Celebeslaan and via a second storage pond (Lorentzvijver) towards Eisenhowerlaan. The stream then passes under that road and goes around the Koudenhoven district. At the Van Oldenbarneveltlaan the stream flows past the water treatment plant (waterzuiveringsinstallatie) and after a few hundred meters into De Dommel.

It starts at the railway line, goes through Acht and ends in a big pond near the Boschdijk.

This stream rises near the village of Weebosch as the Aa and then continues at Eersel as De Run to Veldhoven.

It goes nearby the buildings of ASML and at the Philips fishing pond, the stream flows into the Dommel.

The stream starts in the meadows of the former Groot Huisven in the Leenderheide.

The first 2 km it is a typical hedgerow stream: a stream between two high hedgerows.

At the end is goes along the DAF Factory and near the Eindhovensch Kanaal in Geldrop the stream flows into the Kleine Dommel.

Approximately where the Luchense Wetering ends, in  Vaarle (Nuenen), the Hooidonkse Beek begins about 100 meters next to it.
The stream runs through Nuenen , flows between Nuenen and Son and Breugel and streams into De Dommel at the Hooydonkse watermill.

The stream starts in the Luchen district of Mierlo, passes under the Eindhovensch Kanaal along the Gulbergen golf course  and ends in Vaarle (Nuenen), where it (almost) becomes the Hooidonkse Beek

The Keersop starts as the Elsenloop north of Lommel, passes the Dutch border east of Luyksgestel, flows along Bergeijk, Westerhoven and Dommelen and flows into the Dommel on the border of Valkenswaard and Waalre.

The Goorloop is located in the north of Aalst and used to form the border between the former municipalities of Stratum and Aalst. The stream starts in the Moerputten, flows along the Voorbeeklaan, goes under the Eindhovenseweg and finally ends in De Tongelreep.

This stream starts in the south-east of Mierlo, flows through Helmond and Beek en Donk and ends in the Aa.

The stream starts in Son,100 meters from the Wilhelmina Canal on the edge of Rendac (carcass processing company).

As you will see at the photo's, in the beginning the water in the stream is not very clear.

Then it goes under the Bestseweg , along and under the A50 and flows between Son and Nijnsel into De Dommel.

The Breugelse Beek starts east of Son and Breugel from a number of drainage ditches and flows in a south-westerly direction and after about two kilometers it enters the Dommel in Son.

De Herpenbeek is nowadays a very small stream, located in the hamlet of De Driehoek in Son and it ends there in De Dommel. Before the expansion of the urban area of ​​Eindhoven, the Herpenbeek originated on the higher grounds between Son and Woensel.

On this page you will see the other (little) lakes and canals in Eindhoven.

On this page the channels in Eindhoven and surroundings.

Several streams in Eindhoven have disappeared from the map and are no longer visible. This is mainly due to the expansion of the city and the associated buildings.

A short history is also mentioned for some waters.

With thanks to Bauke Husken of the Cultuurhistorisch Bureau for some historical maps.

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