Places to visit in Den Bosch; exploring its rich history

The city of Den Bosch’s official name is ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It is the capital of North Brabant, a province in the south of The Netherlands, bordering Belgium.

The story about Den Bosch begins at the end of the twelfth century with Duke Hendrik of Brabant at its head who granted the city rights in 1185.

When you visit Den Bosch, you will note that throughout its history it has been a place of art and culture. Read more about the history of Den Bosch and prepare yourself for an encounter with many cultural and art attractions.

St. John Cathedral; the pride of Den Bosch (Sint-Janskathedraal)

This is a beautiful Cathedral built in Brabant Gothic style on the edge of the center of Den Bosch. It has double flying buttresses and nearly 100 “flying buttresses” that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. The sixteenth-century choir stalls and flying buttresses as well as the stained-glass windows are a sight to behold.

A nice modern detail that was added after the last restoration is an image of an angel with pants and a mobile phone in her hands.

St John’s stands at the corner of Parade and Torenstraat, where the main entrance is located,

Even now that we spend more time indoors again, it is still possible to admire the beautiful St. John’s Tower. Through the website of Erfgoed ‘s-Hertogenbosch you can do virtual tour of St. John’s Cathedral, to discover the exterior and interior of the tower. With a drone, the outside and the surroundings of the Saint-John have been visualised in a unique way.

De Uilenburg

The Uilenburg is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in the historical centre of Den Bosch. The district was hopelessly rundown in the 1960s and 1970s. Nowadays, it is the place where the best restaurants and cafés of Den Bosch can be found. The Binnendieze river runs through the district. Most of the streets in the area have been made car-free, so that in the summer you can sit quietly on a terrace at one of the many cafés and restaurants in the area. Besides the many catering establishments in Uilenburg, you will find some of the nicest shops in Den Bosch.

Canal cruise on the river Binnendieze

If you would like to see Den Bosch from a different angle, you can take a boat trip on the Binnendieze. There are two different boarding places: one in the historic Uilenburg district and one near the Parade on the corner of the Zuidwal and the Oude Dieze. During the cruise, the skipper will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Den Bosch and its many sights. The restoration of the Binnendieze took about twenty-five years. The original length of the Binnendieze was approximately twelve kilometres, of which only four kilometres is still intact today. Some bridges and tunnels are quite low, which means that you have to bend over backwards now and then to avoid bumping your head. You can embark on a tour of the Binnendieze on the Molenstraat or on the Zuidwal.

Town Hall (Stadhuis)

The town hall of Den Bosch is located on the main market and was built in the Dutch Classicism style. It is the showpiece of the large market of the city. The town hall of Den Bosch has stood on this spot since the fourteenth century. Throughout the centuries, the building has been extensively renovated several times and largely rebuilt after a major fire. During this rebuilding in the seventeenth century, the town hall got its current appearance. High above the town hall in the belfry is a clock dating from the fourteenth century. The town hall bells are rung every half hour. The clock is dating from the 14th century.

The North Brabant Museum (Het Noordbrabants Museum)

The North Brabant Museum is a contemporary museum devoted entirely to North Brabant, focusing on art, culture and the long and interesting history of the region. In the museum, you will find works of art by Pieter Breughel and Vincent van Gogh, among others. There is also a section dedicated to medieval painters who were inspired by Hieronymus Bosch.

It is located in the middle of the cosy centre of Den Bosch.


Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre

In 2007, the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre opened at about the place where the most famous son of den Bosch was born. The centre is intended as a tribute to Jheronimus Bosch, who spent most of his life in Den Bosch. In the centre, you can find work by artists who were inspired by Bosch, among other things. However, it is more than just a museum; there is also a library, an auditorium and concerts and performances are regularly held in the centre. A visit to the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre should not be missed during a visit to Den Bosch.


Den Bosch has it all; culture, history and gastronomy. It is an excellent place for a weekend or short visit of a few days to have sufficient time to visit all places of interest.

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