's-Hertogenbosch



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Sightseeing in 's-Hertogenbosch

St. Jan Cathedral

 St. Jan's Cathedral was built in 1220, during spring and summer it's possible to climb the tower. When on top of the tower you'll have a very nice view over the whole 's-Hertogenbosch and surrounding areas. When you are not interested in a tour you can always walk in to be amazed by this beautiful cathedral. Opening hours
Tours:
mon-sat: 10.00-11.30
13.30-16.00

Binnendiezen boat trip

 's-Hertogenbosch has a large network of small channels which run under the city centre to the surrounding rivers and along the fortress walls.
There are several boat trips with different routes, the guide on the boat tells a lot of interesting facts about 's-Hertogenbosch and takes you to see the large pieces of fortress which are still there in the outer circle of the city centre.

Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre

 Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre is a museum which has a large collection of pieces of art made by Jeroen Bosch.
In this museum visitors can learn about the life and art of Jeroen Bosch.
Besides the art of the medieval artist there is a library, conference rooms, a shop and room for concerts. 
The museum also has a tower which one can climb and enjoy the view over the city and the St. Jan Cathedral.
Opening hours
1-11 - 31-3
tue-fri: 11.00-17.00
sat-sun: 12.00-17.00

1-4 - 31-10
tue-fri: 11.00-17.30
sat-sun: 12.00-17.30

Noordbrabants Museum

 The building at itself is enough reason to visit this museum. The palace was built in the 18th century and has been used for many purposes before it became the palace it is called nowadays.
From the 1980s the palace at the Verwerstraat became the museum it still is. The museum has several expositions and a fixed collection of art from artists from the Southern provinces of the Netherlands.
During the year the museum also has changing exhibitions of art.
Opening hours
tue-fri: 10.00-17.00
sat-sun: 12.00-17.00

Solex Tour to discover Den Bosch

More original than the Solex is impossible!
Start in the town of Den Bosch and go back in time!
Enjoy the most remarkable fortress and its beautiful surroundings of Brabant.
You can choose from 3 different fun routes.

Fixed departures solex drive; 09.30uur-14.30uur-17.00-12.00h.
No helmet needed
Minimum age is 16 years
Valid driver's license or moped license required
Opening hours
Mon-Sat 09.30-12.00.
14.30-17.00

De Moriaan

Roughly half a century ago, De Moriaan, the oldest brick house in the Netherlands, was almost torn down. Today, the inhabitants of ‘s-Hertogenbosch are proud to have this unique building within their city limits. The Gothic house with large rooms and a small round tower is located right in the heart of the city at the Markt.

De Moriaan is the most complete example of a large brick hall in 's-Hertogenbosch, which dates back to the beginning of the 13th century. Although some experts believe that with its robust and defensible appearance, it may have served as a city castle for an aristocratic family, it's known that De Moriaan has been both a Reformed and a Lutheran church, a residence for Bishop Metsius, a concert venue, a military barracks and a warehouse.

During the turbulent times of the iconoclasm in 1566, the building also served as a meeting place for Reformers who hatched plans here to drive all of the Catholics from the city. Despite thorough refurbishing, some original architectural elements have survived, especially in the building's interior. A large part of the walls and wooden support beams still date from the medieval period in which the house was built. De Moriaan now houses the city's tourist information centre and and the underground music club Café Plein '79.

Het Kruithuis

The Kruithuis is a unique historical building unlike any other in the Netherlands. The local town council ordered it to be built in 1621 fearing that the government would exclude the city from the lucrative ammunition storage trade in the future if they didn't. During the Dutch War of Independence between the Netherlands and Spain, weapons and gunpowder were stowed throughout the city, which was far from safe.

Hence Jan van der Weeghen, both engineer and physician, received the assignment to build an ammunition depot. For less than the equivalent of today's €10,000 (an enormous sum back then) this prominent hexagonal building was erected in three years. Today it serves a much different purpose; it functions as a contemporary art museum and gallery. The building houses not only paintings, but also sculpture, video exhibits, ceramics, graphics, photographs and other art installations.

Admission: adults €3, children under 16 free.
Opening hours
Open 12:00-17:00,
Mon Closed,
Tue Closed.

Parade

The cultural centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Parade, will be completed by the end of 2011. The square will most likely have a much different appearance than it does now. The beautiful chestnut trees that encircle the square are, unfortunately, diseased and there are plans in place to cut them all down. On the bright side, the Parade will be much sunnier. There are also ambitious plans to build a fountain with a statue, which will fill a substantial part of the square.

But hundreds of years ago this square was already an important meeting place in the city. Where you now see a posh barrister’s offices, there used to be the Reformed Orphanage, where boys learnt to become carpenters. In fact, they kept themselves busy by building coffins because the Parade was also the location of many executions. Back then, if you were rich enough, you could avoid a public hanging from the gallows and instead be drowned in a large indoor cask. Today the borders of the Parade are flanked by important buildings such as St. John’s Cathedral, the Theatre on the Parade and the residency and office of Bishop Hurkmans. In the summer it's also a great place to enjoy outdoor cafés, pubs and restaurants.

De Leuvense Poort

These days the oldest prison in the Netherlands only hosts voluntary guests. Renamed De Leuvense Poort, the former penitentiary now acts as a place where young, creative entrepreneurs interact.

What used to be work spaces of the doctor, the chaplain, the librarian and the jail keeper now accommodate a colourful mixture of vibrant business professionals. Those who have never done time but are curious to find out what it's like to stay in a prison can drop by and have a look. The impressive inner court looks like the backdrop to Elvis Presley's legendary hit Jailhouse Rock.

Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught [Herzogenbusch Concentration Camp]

A small part of this former SS concentration camp houses the Herzogenbusch Concentration Camp Museum. There is a memorial centre, a preserved part of the old camp that has remained unchanged and the execution grounds where prisoners were shot. The crematorium, the rebuilt barrack and the monument to to the camp's child victim's are especially moving.

In total, at least 31,000 people were imprisoned in the camp between January 1943 and September 1944 for shorter or longer durations. Alongside Jews were other unlucky souls, mostly Roma (Gypsies), resistance activists and Jehovah’s witnesses. Of these people, 421 children, women and men died in the camp from hunger, disease, and maltreatment; 329 prisoners were shot just outside the camp.

But for the majority of the prisoners, Herzogenbusch Concentration Camp was an intermediate stop. From here they were transported to other camps, which, in most cases, meant death. Take a train, taxi or local bus No. 203 from ’s-Hertogenbosch Central Station to the Lunettenlaan stop. The museum is open on Mondays in the months July and August (12.00–17.00).
Admission: donations.
Opening hours
Open 10:00-17.00,
Mon Closed,
Sat 12:00-17:00,
Sun 12:00-17:00.

Zuiderpark

The Zuiderpark measures 10 hectares in size and was created in 1958. For many locals it's the coolest patch of green in the city centre. The northern part of Zuiderpark is occupied by the city’s historic ramparts, while the southern part is a kind of meeting place with a central meadow perfect for strolling. Eight tennis courts are available as well as a rugby field next door and a small skate park.

The park was embellished with bridges, benches, trees and new pavements during renovations in the 1990s, not to mention nine evenly finished, anthracite-coloured columns. One of the entrances is adorned with curved, stainless steel masts topped with weather vanes.The landscape is also dotted with bizarre abstract statues created from the remnants of a destroyed bridge.

Stadhuis (City Hall)

Despite the fact that the gothic city hall dating back to 1629 is still in full use as the office of the mayor and senior civil servants, it's still possible to visit a part of this magnificent historical building. The ‘s-Hertogenbosch city hall, which has a Dutch classicist facade, is a sight to see.

The edifice shows remarkable similarities to St. John’s Cathedral which is only a stone’s throw away and with the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Each half hour, the revolving mechanical horses above the doors play a musical tune, so everybody in the inner city knows what time it is. Once inside, the marble floors and superb tapestries adorned with chivalrous knights and virgins are bound to impress. Genuine cannons, wood carvings and statues complement the impressive interior of the hall.

The so-called wedding room with its gold leather wallpaper, stained-glass windows and enormous chandeliers is a must see. After the gallery, with paintings of the city's former mayors you'll find an imposing upward-leading staircase, where this fascinating building will reveal even more of its secrets. Kring Vrienden van ’s-Hertogenbosch is the only organisation which is allowed to give guided tours in this centuries-old building.

Frustratingly, tours are only in Dutch every Wednesday at 15:00 and Saturdays at 13:00 and take about 90 minutes. For tickets call tel. (+31) 736 13 50 98, or go to the service desk at its sales office at the Parade 23 (open 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday 12:00 - 16:00, Mon 13:30 - 17:00). At the sales desk at the Molenstraat 15a (pick-up point for boat tours) you can also buy tickets for individual tours.

Admission: €4.
Opening hours
open 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
Mon 13:30 - 17:00

Efteling

Although the majority of its visitors are Dutch, anyone can enjoy one of the best theme parks in Europe. The park is divided into four sections: the Adventure Realm, the Fairy Realm, the Alternative Realm and the Travel Realm. Start with a map that can be bought at the main entrance souvenir shop for €1.50 as the park is large and can be a little confusing.

So give your map a quick look and head right through the middle of the park to the the flying Thai temple where you can get a clear view of what the park has to offer. Another great way to get the lay of the land is to take the train that traverses the park. In the Alternative Realm you'll find rides with a specific theme. Like most parks this one can get insanely busy so if you want to beat at least some of the crowds go as early as possible and on a weekday. The Veolia bus No.168 from Den Bosch and bus No.169 from Tilburg take you here in less than half an hour.

One-day ticket: €32, children under 4 free.
Opening hours
Open 10:00-18:00

Ludieke Theatrale Stadswandeling (Playful Theatrical Tour of the Town)

If you’re interested in intriguing stories about the old inner city, but you don’t feel like hearing nothing but dry dates and events, book a theatrical walk with Marcel Koopman and Erik Grootswagens. Jaap and Henk, the alter egos of these two actors, take organised groups (and sometimes individuals) along on a Playful Theatrical Tour of the Town (Ludieke Theatrale Stadswandeling).

In an hour and a half, these two weirdos, dressed in sixties costumes with berets, leather briefcases and indispensable umbrellas, will give a fresh and comical view on the ‘s-Hertogenbosch centre. With absurd humour, these gentlemen create a fantasy world, which is always based on historical facts.

At the end of the walk, which invariably ends around the city market, you'll still have lots to talk about. Which part was fact? And which part was fiction? Because the duo are walking encyclopedias as well as born entertainers, the route is different each time. Ideal as a team outing, family trip or even a bachelor party. The Playful Walk is held from Tue - Sun, by appointment only.

Starting point: banketbakker Jan de Groot – Stationsweg 24.
Opening hours
Tue - Sun, by appointment only