’s-Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch, is a city overflowing with festivals and events. It has a versatile cultural-historical city centre offering churches, museums, sailing trips, guides tours, and many other fascinating places of interest. Moreover, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the place to be for Burgundians thanks to its centre packed with unique restaurants and lively cafés. Additionally, a wide variety of activities for children is available. Or go on a shopping spree in one of the many shopping areas throughout the city.
No idea where to start? To help you out, we have compiled a list with our top 10 must sees in and around ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Being a national monument, St. Johns Cathedral is 's-Hertogenbosch' pride and joy. This majestic church, built between 1370 and 1529, expresses the wealth of 's-Hertogenbosch in the late Middle Ages. St. Johns Cathedral is luxuriously decorated with statues, pointed arches, figurines, and large windows. The tower, which is 43 metres high, is open to the public. St. Johns Cathedral is located at the Parade.
One of the biggest tourist attractions of 's-Hertogenbosch. The river Binnendieze is a century-old system consisting of all waterways within the city walls. Visitors can sail through 's-Hertogenbosch in a distinctive open-topped boat. They can enjoy various monuments, characteristic ancient and modern buildings, the waterways, and the magnificent fortifications. The Binnendieze is protected city area since 1972.
The Museum Quarter consists of two museums: the renewed Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch and Het Noordbrabants Museum. Both offer a wide range of art and culture. With over 5000 m2, this is one of the largest museums of the Netherlands. The art pieces vary from contemporary to historical. The garden, lunch room, museum shop, and library can be visited without a ticket during opening hours.
The Jheronimus Bosch Art Center (JBAC), located in an old church, displays all master pieces by Jheronimus Bosch. Even though the pieces in the tower are replicas, they are displayed in their original size and framed as originals. Do not forget to climb the tower: you will have an excellent view of the city of Bosch.
Zoete Lieve Gerritje is a statue in the oldest part of 's-Hertogenbosch. It represents the kind heart and cheerfulness of the city and its surroundings. 's-Hertogenbosch' national anthem is inspired by Zoete Lieve Gerritje.
By tradition, the City Hall, located at De Markt, has been the official setting for festivities. The present City Hall dates from 1670, and is in actual fact three connected residential housed. The interior of the City Hall is greatly decorated, and furnished in several historic styles. Interested in visiting this spectaculair building? Book a guided tour!
One of the unique undiscoverd areas in 's-Hertogenbosch. The Minderbroeders square [Minderbroedersplein] is home to several attractive restaurants and shops.
It is the oldest brick house of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and some even say it is the oldest brick house in the Netherlands. De Moriaan is recognized as a national monument, and is one of the highlights of 's-Hertogenbosch. It was built in the 13th century and is nowadays used by VVV 's-Hertogenbosch. Come inside and let the employees of VVV 's-Hertogenbosch tell you all about the city and its cultural-historical city centre.
In 1528 Bastion St. John was constructed. The city wall used to have an entrance gate, Koepoort, which at the time was a fragile point at 's-Hertogenbosch' defense. Therefore, Bastion St. John was built. In 2015 the fortification is expanded, and is now home to a brand new information point. Bastion St. John is located next to St. Johns canal.
At the Zwanenbroedershuis you can experience the rich history of the Illustrious Lieve Vrouwe Society, and discover its museum with historical key items.