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One Day Itinerary In Den Bosch: Discover The Best Things To Do In ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

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Walking through the bustling Dutch city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch with cobblestoned streets, terraces and restaurants, is one of the things you need to do in this destination inNoord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands
Whether you’re looking things to do and see in winter, spring, summer, or autumn in Den Bosch: This city guide will show you exactly what you need to do in one day in Den Bosch. You can even add several days to your itinerary for Den Bosch with the extra suggestions that I’m giving you.

One of the best day trips from Utrecht and Amsterdam is the city of Den Bosch. I can guarantee that with just spending one day in Den Bosch, you will fall in love. There are endless of things to do and see in Den Bosch, which also makes it easier to stay a bit longer in one of the cities to visit in Noord (North) – Brabant and it’s beautiful surroundings.

Whether you want to stay 24 hours in Den Bosch or wish to travel here a bit longer, this travel blog about Den Bosch will show you precisely what you need to see. I know, you’re ready to continue, discover the amazing things to do in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, below.

One perfect day in Den Bosch: Explore what to do in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

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You might say: ‘Cool intro Manon. But where is Den Bosch, The Netherlands?’ You’re right, I went a bit overboard with my excitement. Den Bosch is a city that is found in the southern province of Noord (North)- Brabant in The Netherlands. This Dutch province is one of the bigger provinces in The Netherlands. Noord- Brabant borders the province of Limburg on the east and Zeeland on the west, and a few others in the North, plus it borders Belgium in the south.

In this city blog about Den Bosch, you will explore all the cool things to do in this town. There are countless places to see in Den Bosch, and its surroundings, so I will be showing you where you need to go in Den Bosch. Tourism exists in Den Bosch, but tourists do not overrun it. It’s mainly Dutch people that like to visit this city. Do remember though, that Den Bosch is not found in the Holland region, that’s a different part of The Netherlands.

‘Is Den Bosch worth visiting?’ Of course. Would I be writing you a travel guide about Den Bosch, with the best things to do, if it wasn’t? Exactly. I hope you will enjoy this article with one of the destinations you need to visit in Noord (North)- Brabant.

The modern plant and trees bridge in the city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands

The official name of Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which is correct?

Before I’m talking to you about the history and facts about Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch, I’m going to tell you about why this Dutch city has two names and why I’m using both of them. This city in the province of Noord- Brabant, is not the only place in The Netherlands that has several names. Den Haag (or The Hague) is also called ‘s-Gravenhage and was inspired by the two names of Den Bosch.

The name Den Bosch is older than the official name of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. And most people would say that they are from Den Bosch, or visiting Den Bosch, and not ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In 1996, the municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch officially chose that name for their city. Researchers think that the name of ‘s-Hertogenbosch comes from a forest (bos in Dutch). On the current location of Den Bosch, there was a swampy forest, with hunting grounds of the first Duke of Brabant. This is where the name comes from Des Hertogen Bosch or the Duke Forest.

Fun fact: The city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch is translated to Bois-le-Duc in French, Boscoducale in Italian, Bolduque in Spanish and the German language turns it to Herzogenbusch.

One of the beautiful streets with old historic buildings and museums in the Dutch city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands One of the beautiful streets with old historic buildings in the Dutch city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands

History & facts about Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Den Bosch is the capital of the Dutch province of Noord- Brabant and has around 110.000 inhabitants, which makes is the fourth city of Noord- Brabant (after Eindhoven, Tilburg & Breda).

It is said that ‘s-Hertogenbosch obtained its city rights from count Godfried III of Leuven, who was also the duke of Neder- Lotharingen as Godfried VII, around 1184. It’s one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands, and archaeological findings show that habitation in the area has existed for thousands of years. A Neanderthal settlement that dates back to 40-70.000 years B.C. was found in 2013. At that time the area of current Noord- Brabant wasn’t more than a bare, sandy tundra during the Würm glaciation.

The city of Den Bosch was founded as a trading post, which was very rare during that time as most cities came forth from a monastery or agricultural settlement. Soon after this settlement was found, the count already gave Den Bosch city rights. This shaped ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the city it is today, as it has to become the military pillar in the region. The creation of fortifications in Den Bosch started shortly after the town was founded and construction has been finished in around 1225.

The time after that ‘s-Hertogenbosch became the fourth capital of the Duchy of Brabant, and it governed the area of the entire Eastern part of the city of the current province of Noord- Brabant. Den Bosch continued to grow, so soon after the fortifications weren’t big enough and the city needed more space. Then new fortifications were built. Construction started in 1318, but it was only finished fifty years later. This changed the city of Den Bosch from nine to more than 100 hectares. Later on, two other areas were added to the city: one at the end of the 14th century (eight hectares) and another one around 1540 (4,5 hectares).

Just like almost any Dutch city, city fires also made their way to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In 1419 and 1463, massive city fires took places in Den Bosch.

‘s- Hertogenbosch was a famous city for the Duchy of Brabant in their battle against Gelre. Den Bosch was flourishing, both economically as culturally, during the 1540s. Famous people like painter Jeroen Bosch and playwright Macropedius were living and working in the city. Not long after this significant period, the 80-year-war was knocking on the door of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In 1579, the Prince of Parma was looking to conquer the Southern Netherlands (at that time Belgium, Luxembourg and the Dutch provinces of Noord- Brabant & Limburg). The people from Den Bosch had two choices, or they became a part of the Habsburgers or to fight. They chose to be a part of the Habsburgers. In the years after that, Den Bosch was attacked six times. Mostly by Prince Maurits of Orange of the new Dutch Republic, but unfortunately not successful. However, that changed not long after.

In 1629, the brother of Prince Maurits of Orange (Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange) created the siege of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. With 30.000 men he surrounded the city. At first, the people in Den Bosch weren’t anxious, as the swampy land and rivers have been very hard to cross. But they didn’t expect what Frederik Hendrik had in store for them.

One of the beautiful, picturesque streets with old historic buildings in the Dutch city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands

With the second army of thousands of farmworkers from the Holland, Utrecht and Gelderland region, they changed the direction of the rivers that surrounded the city. And they created dykes along with this new land, to remove the final water with hundreds of horse mills. The people of ‘s-Hertogenbosch didn’t know what happened and had to give up their city to the new Dutch Republic after three months.

At the beginning of the 19th century, The Netherlands was occupied by the French. Napoleon travelled trough the area of Noord- Brabant when he also visited Den Bosch. He was very interested in the infrastructure, churches, culture and crafts.

In the second half of the 19th century ‘s-Hertogenbosch was the second biggest city (after Utrecht) in The Netherlands. The river, the Dieze that flows through the city of Den Bosch became slowly closed off from above. A lot of houses and other buildings were built over this open sewage ‘system’, and there wasn’t enough space for new inhabitants. In 1900, Den Bosch had the highest child mortality in The Netherlands.

During the Second World War, Den Bosch was liberated by allied forces in October 1944. The city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch was ignored by the allied forces earlier during Operation Market Garden in September 1944. During that battle Eindhoven, Nijmegen and the towns in this region were all liberated, but not Den Bosch. On the 22nd of October, the British Second Army arrived in the city of Den Bosch, the fighting lasted until the 27th of October.

Den Bosch suffered a lot under the Second World War, just like the rest of The Netherlands. But in this Dutch city, there were essential departments of the Nazis located, which increased the number of Nazis in the town. There was also a strong resistance movement in Den Bosch which launched quite a few attacks on the Nazis, robbed their weapon storages, etc. Both bishops, as well as ‘regular’ people, were part of this movement.

Currently, the population in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch is around 150.000 inhabitants.

Where to stay in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Finding accommodation in Den Bosch is relatively easy. There are quite a few bigger hotels in the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, as well as small boutique hotels, B&B’s and apartments for rent. I always recommend you to spend a night in any city that you visit, and it’s the same for Den Bosch. Find the best hotels in Den Bosch below.

Boutique Hotel Nieuw Uilenburg: Check prices via Booking.com

de Soete Moeder: Check prices via Booking.com

Best Western Plus City Centre Hotel Den Bosch: Check prices via Booking.com

And if you’re searching for unique and interesting accommodation in The Netherlands, then I have an extra surprise for you. You can sleep in a cabin that is attached to a crane in Den Bosch (it’s called De Bossche Kraan). It’s pretty cool!

Best breakfast restaurants in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

You cannot start your 24 hours in Den Bosch without breakfast. You need to have the energy to do all the activities in ‘s-Hertogenbosch that I’ve listed below. What I love is that Den Bosch is filled with great breakfast cafes, you can discover some of my favourites here.

At Creme Den Bosch you can find everything from incredible pancakes to tasty smoothie bowls. And from the best granola ever to delicious scrambled eggs on sourdough bread. It’s a great breakfast restaurant for vegans in Den Bosch, as well as for non-vegans.

Snellestraat 47, 5211 EM ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Doppio Espresso has some of the best coffee in Den Bosch, so if you need (vegan and non-vegan) coffee in the morning, then I would recommend you to go here.

Visstraat 46, 5211 DN ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Nomnom is also an excellent vegan breakfast restaurant in Den Bosch and also has a lot of gluten-free options.

One of the many streets that is filled with restaurants and terraces in the Dutch city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands

Self-guided & free walking tour in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

One of the best ways to explore a city is on a walking tour; it’s simply the best way to do some sightseeing. It’s the same in Den Bosch. And because not everyone wants to go on a guided tour through Den Bosch, nor has the budget for that, I’ve created my very own self-guided and free walking tour for ‘s-Hertogenbosch. All you have to do is follow the map and the street names, and you’re settled. Take it easy and walk through Den Bosch like a champion.

You will discover everything from sights and attractions in Den Bosch to landmarks. And from beautiful streets in Den Bosch to instagrammable spots. This tour in Den Bosch will show you all the beautiful buildings, hidden gems and unusual places in one of the places to visit in Noord (North)- Brabant.

This Den Bosch walking tour is around 12 kilometres long, so wear some comfortable shoes. 

Get the full free walking tour of Den Bosch 

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The old harbour and canals in the Dutch city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands

Visit the best lunch cafes in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

After walking those 12 kilometres on your Den Bosch walking tour, it’s time to get some food in that hungry stomach of yours. It’s time to eat some of the best food found in the town of Den Bosch.

Nomnom is a great lunch restaurant in Den Bosch for my vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free peeps and anyone who simply wants to eat some delicious food. Trust me; you won’t regret your choice of eating here.

Postelstraat 79, 5211 DX ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Vegan Health Cafe Oerwoud is another perfect lunch spot in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The food is delicious and suits everyone. The only thing is that it’s not the cheapest option, so if you’re on a low budget when travelling to Den Bosch, then I would recommend the restaurant above.

Vughterstraat 84, 5211 GL ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Other great lunch restaurant options in Den Bosch are Mariapaviljoen, Cafe Bar Le Duc and Restaurant Cafe Garage Pompen en Verlouw.

Discover Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch by canal tour

One of the best things to do in Den Bosch is to go on a canal tour. And it’s not just any boat tour. This is not any ordinary canal tour in The Netherlands, because you will be touring through the canals of the Binnendieze in Den Bosch. Many houses were built over the Binnendieze, which makes it seem like you’re travelling through an entirely different world. It’s truly spectacular to see Den Bosch from its canals as it gives you such a different perspective. The Binnendieze was also used as a sewage system, but don’t worry, you’re safe from poop particles nowadays. You will love this boat trip in Den Bosch.

The starting point of the boat tour through the Binnendieze in the Dutch historic city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands The Binnedieze canal in Den Bosch, or 's-Hertogenbosch,is partly open and parts of it are covered by historic houses. This happened when the fortified city in the south of The Netherlands didn't have any room

Enjoy the best museums in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

The province of Noord (North)- Brabant is filled with incredible museums, and the city of Den Bosch is no stranger when it comes to museums. When you visit Den Bosch, you cannot miss out on one of them. Whether you want to learn about the fortifications of Den Bosch, the Carnaval tradition, or about art from painters from Noord- Brabant, you can find those museums (and more) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Yes, there are a lot of them. No, you won’t be able to visit them all in one day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. But you can choose whichever museum speaks to you the most. Or simply stay a weekend, or week, in Den Bosch to explore everything.

Design Museum Den Bosch

If you’re interested in learning more about the influence of design in your day-to-day life, as well as the story behind them, then this Dutch museum is a must-visit in Den Bosch. With every changing exhibitions, you will never get bored at this museum. Explore the cultural meaning of design in the past, present and the future.

Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum

If you’re looking to learn more about the Carnival tradition in The Netherlands, then this Carnival Museum in Den Bosch is the perfect way to do so. Most information in the museum itself is in Dutch, but as you can’t wander around the museum by yourself, you have to get a guided tour through this museum in Den Bosch where the guide will tell you everything in English. They are usually opened from Tuesday until Sunday from 13:11- 17:11 (I swear I’m not making up the precise opening times).

Museum Het Zwanenbroedershuis

Here you can discover everything about the domicile of the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap, which was founded in Den Bosch in 1318. It’s fascinating to learn about the Confraternity and the way it was formed.

Museum Bastionder

This museum is housed in a bastion in Den Bosch and will show you everything about the history of the fortifications of Den Bosch. It’s free to visit and is opened on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11:00- 15:00.

Museum Slager

Art lovers, this one is for you. Museum Slager is an art museum in Den Bosch. It is dedicated to eight painters from three generations of one family: the family named Slager. Beyond that, there are also very interesting exhibitions.

Noordbrabants Museum

In this museum, you will discover everything you want to know about the Dutch province of Noord (North)- Brabant. This museum shows you the art, culture and history about one of The Netherlands most spectacular regions. It’s truly worth a visit. This is one of the things you have to do in the province of Noord (North) – Brabant.

The entry to the Noordbrabants Museum in the town of Den Bosch, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Eat a regional ‘dessert’ in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

If you ask me: ‘Manon, what do I absolutely have to do in Den Bosch?’ Then I would tell you about this place to visit in Den Bosch. So that’s what I’m going to do. Your stomach and taste buds can thank me later.

Confectioner’s shop Jan De Groot is famous for its delicious food not only in Den Bosch but in the entire country of The Netherlands. The regional food that you can get here is called a ‘Bossche Bol’. Some people call this treat from Den Bosch a dessert, but it’s not. It’s something you usually eat with your coffee, or at birthdays, etc.

I’m not going to show you what it looks like, this way it stays a little surprise. But all you need to know is if you love, and can handle, chocolate, some gluten and whipped cream then you will love this. So, order a ‘Bossche Bol’ at Jan De Groot, and you can continue to explore more things to see in Den Bosch. Don’t forget to buy a ‘Bossche Kus’ at Jan de Groot either!

Jan De Groot is found at the following address: Stationsweg 24, 5211 TW ‘s-Hertogenbosch

The most famous bakery in Den Bosch and the province of Noord (North)- Brabant is Jan De Groot, famous for his Bossche Bol

Do some local shopping in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

I hate to leave a new city, or town, without some local souvenirs, it’s one of my favourite activities to do. Luckily, Den Bosch makes it very easy to buy some regional and local products from this part of Noord (North)- Brabant. I’m making shopping in Den Bosch easy for you with my recommendations below.

Fun shops in Den Bosch are:

  • Koekwaus: For beautiful women’s clothing and more
  • VVV (tourist office) Den Bosch: for souvenirs
  • Hint & Tint: For fun gifts
  • Snoeperij Tum Tum ‘s-Hertogenbosch: The oldest candy shop in Den Bosch
  • Bottle Shop Den Bosch: For regional Dutch craft beers from Den Bosch
  • Boergondisch Streekproducten: For regional products from Den Bosch and its surroundings (it’s also a great lunchspot)

Local and regional foods from Den Bosch to buy:

  • Buy Bossche Koek & Bossche Lulkoek at De Broodspecialist at Hinthamerstraat 89 in Den Bosch
  • Get yourself an original ‘worstenbroodje’ at Boergondisch Streekproducten, or at Brabantsche Worstenbroodjes, in Den Bosch. It’s sort of a sausage bread so this one is usually not suitable for vegans or vegetarians. However, at Brabantsche Worstenbroodjes you can also score yourself a vegan ‘worstenbroodje’ in Den Bosch.

The best shopping streets in Den Bosch are: Kruisstraat, Vughterstraat, Snellestraat, Fonteinstraat, Krullartstraat and Schapenmarkt.

Cyclists and pedestrians in the shopping streets and areas and monumental buildings of the Dutch historic city of Den Bosch/ 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands

Eat at the best restaurants in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

After a long, but beautiful, day in Den Bosch it’s time for some food. You cannot leave Den Bosch without enjoying great food at one of the many excellent restaurants in this city.

I’ve already told you about Nomnom, which is a great vegan and non-vegan restaurant in Den Bosch. Then you also have the Restaurant van Aken, which is found in Werkwarenhuis in Den Bosch. And lastly, I would recommend Cafe Bar Le Duc for some delicious food in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, don’t forget to try their craft beer either.

Main square in Den Bosch called Markt, which is filled with restaurants

Go for drinks in the best bars and pubs in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

One of the things you have to do in the evening in Den Bosch is to discover its pubs. Den Bosch is filled with great pubs and bars, so if you’re looking where to go for a drink in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you drink alcohol, or not, these places are fun for everyone.

Bobby’s Bar and FF Swanjee are two of the best places in Den Bosch for cocktails. Stadsbrouwerij ’t Kolleke and Tapperij Het Veulen (an old Dutch brown cafe) in Den Bosch are the best locations to get great Dutch craft beers.

Discover things to do at night in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

The nightlife in Den Bosch is pretty fun! One of the most popular cafes to go dancing is Cafe De Unie, and in the Karrenstraat you can find many other great bars in Den Bosch. Cafe Reinders is a bar that many 30+ people go to on a Friday night, plus they often have live- music on Thursday in this cafe in Den Bosch.

Something else that I always recommend people to do is to walk through the city centre of Den Bosch in the evening or at night. It’s calm, quiet (except for a drunk local now and then) and gives you a completely different perspective of the city. The best time would be around sunset, but after that, the town is also charming. It’s always interesting to see how a city can change so rapidly when it goes from day to night.

If you’re interested in going to the cinema in Den Bosch, then I would recommend you to visit Verkadefabriek. Their movies are usually different from the ones that you can find in big cinemas. Now, of course, the subtitles of the film will be in Dutch. But no movie is dubbed in The Netherlands (unless it’s an animation movie), so choose an English movie (or another language you’re comfortable with if they show these movies), sit back and enjoy a movie in Den Bosch.

Other things to do in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch & its surroundings

Celebrate carnaval in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Carnaval in The Netherlands is not like Carnaval in other countries, especially not if you expect it to be the same as in Brazil. There’s a big parade with incredibly stunning floats or figures that fit that years theme, the name of cities change (Den Bosch turns to Oeteldonk), they have Prince Carnaval, the official colours of Oetendonk are red, white and yellow, and there are so many more changes from how you might perceive Carnaval. Dutch Carnaval is mostly celebrated in the south of The Netherlands and going to Den Bosch for Carnaval is one of the best decisions you could make.

Here you can see the upcoming starting dates of carnaval in The Netherlands. Keep in mind that traditionally it’s only celebrated from Sunday until Tuesday (which is why the starting date is on Sunday), but nowadays Carnaval celebrations already start on Friday.

The official flag of Carnaval in Den Bosch (red, white and yellow) hanging in the sky during celebrations in the south of The Netherlands

Enjoy street art in Den Bosch

It’s very easy only to see one part of a city such as Den Bosch: The pretty, old part. But there’s also a new part of the town of Den Bosch, which has a lot of street art. And trust me when I say that you wouldn’t want to miss this when you visit and travel to Den Bosch.

You can find street art in Den Bosch at least at the following locations:

  • Tramkade
  • Schildersstraat
  • Triniteitsstraat
  • Havendijk
  • Dieze
  • Diezebrug

Visit the best markets in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

I don’t know about you, but I love to wander around markets in cities and places that I’ve never visited before. Not only will you discover local products here, but the atmosphere of markets is something that I simply love. I would recommend you to visit the weekly markets in Den Bosch; it’s one of the free things you need to do. And when you’re there, eat some fish from Zeevisgroothandel Gebr. Krol at the market, literally everyone will tell you to do that, with a good reason.

The general market in Den Bosch with vegetables, fruits, flowers, cheese, fabrics, and more takes place on Markt Square on Wednesday until 15:00 and on Saturday until 17:00.

The organic farmers market in Den Bosch, which has a lot of local products, is found on Markt square every Friday until 14:00.

Enjoy Huis ten Bosch in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Okay, you cannot visit this museum in Den Bosch yet. However, you should put it on your The Netherlands and Den Bosch bucket list, if you are planning on visiting this country in 2021 or later. In 2021, Huis ten Bosch will open its door. In the basement, which dates back to centuries ago, it will showcase the Bosch archives. The most famous painter of Den Bosch: Jeroen Bosch, will come to life here with the help of multimedia design.

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Visit Dutch castles nearby Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

I bet you didn’t know that a few castles are a perfect day trip from Den Bosch. There are two Dutch castles nearby ‘s-Hertogenbosch that are easy to visit.

Castle Heeswijk is the first castle that you must visit in Noord (North) – Brabant, and it’s only a 30-minute bus ride from Den Bosch. Kasteel Heeswijk has existed for almost 1000 years. And in its castle, you go back to hundreds of years ago. Don’t forget to visit the rest of the estate and it’s surrounding forest because they are a dream.

Castle Ammersoyen is the next Dutch castle that is also very near ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Ammersoyen castle is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in The Netherlands. It was built in the 1300s and is only around a 25-minute bus ride from Den Bosch.

Aerial view of Ammersoyen Castle in the village Ammerzoden in the Netherlands.
Photo by vverve / Deposit Photos

Learn everything about the most famous painter from Den Bosch

Jeroen Bosch is the most famous Dutch painter from the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. And in the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre you can learn about this painter, see his work and experience his life. There is not only information about Jeroen Bosch, but there’s also a podium for concerts and performances, a library and more.

Learn about WW2 in The Netherlands at Kamp Vught

Camp Vught National Memorial is found near the town of Vught and is located on the part of the former SS camp from Nazi Germany. Camp Vught was in use from January 1943- September 1944. Nowadays you can find a memorial centre and museum here. The museum is spread out over several buildings and outdoor areas, which includes a crematorium where bodies of prisoners who died or were executed at the camp were burned. The barrack and watchtowers have been reconstructed to make sure that people never forget what atrocities happened here. This is not the lightest and airy day trip from Den Bosch, but definitely, one that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Explore one of The Netherlands National Parks near ‘s-Hertogenbosch

The Sahara of The Netherlands is found near Den Bosch. National Park Loonse en Drunense Duinen is famous for having some of the largest sand drifts in Europe. It is 3500 hectares big and has been a national park in The Netherlands since 2002. The wind makes this area look different every, single time. To get to the Loonse and Drunense Dunes National Park you need to take the bus to ‘Loon op Zand’, check 9292.nl/en for the current routes.

Sand drifts and heather in national park the Loonse and Drunense duinen in the province of Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands, which is a perfect day trip from Den Bosch

Discover nature reserves near Den Bosch/ ‘s- Hertogenbosch

What has surprised me over the years is that the surroundings of Den Bosch are incredibly green. You can walk into nature reserves when you reach the end of the fortifications, as well as within the city itself there are a lot of calm and relaxing places to find. All these places I will list below are either on a walkable distance or easily reachable with public transport. Don’t forget to use 9292.nl/en for public transportation within The Netherlands; we all use it here.

Visiting nature reserves is one of the cheap things to do in Den Bosch and its surroundings. Of course, you should always keep it clean from trash. So take it with you, or pick up some garbage, that’s the only way how we can all keep enjoying the beautiful Dutch nature.

My favourite nature reserves near, and in, Den Bosch are the following:

  • Natuurgebied Het Bossche Broek
  • Ijzeren Man (near the town of Vught)
  • Zuiderplas
  • De Ijzeren vrouw
  • Moerputten (I would recommend you to navigate to Moerputten Bridge, shown on the photo below)
  • Maasuiterwaarden (For this region you have to go up North from the centre of Den Bosch until you see a big river, this is the Meuse or Maas in Dutch, this area is also beautiful and reachable by foot, bike and partly by public transportation)

Moerbruggen nature reserve is found nearby the city of Den Bosch, or 's-Hertogenbosch, in the south of The Netherlands. Its famous for an old yellow train bridge, which is seen here in the middle surrounded with trees

Get to know Den Bosch by sup

Going with on a paddle board through the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch gives you an entirely different perspective from this beautiful city in Noord (North) – Brabant, even different than when you’re exploring it by canal tour. Also, it’s a pretty darn good workout. It’s especially lovely during the beautiful spring, summer and autumn days in The Netherlands.

The city of Den Bosch, or 's-Hertogenbosch, in the province of Noord (North)- Brabant, The Netherlands seen from it's canals

Enjoy the festivals in Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

There are tons of (free) festivals to find in Den Bosch. Most of them are summer festivals, but spring, autumn and even winter also have quite some to offer in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. From the biggest free Jazz festival in The Netherlands to theatre and food truck festivals. Den Bosch has it all. You can find my favourite festivals in Den Bosch below.

How to get to Den Bosch/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Getting to the city of Den Bosch with public transportation is very easy. For the latest updates, routes and prices I would recommend you to look at 9292.nl/en . We all use this website and app for public transportation in The Netherlands.

From Amsterdam: It’s straightforward to get to Den Bosch from Amsterdam by train. There are around three direct trains every hour from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Den Bosch. It will take you around one hour to arrive from Amsterdam to Den Bosch.

From Rotterdam: To get from the modern city of Rotterdam to Den Bosch by train, you have to transfer once. The transfers are either at Breda Station or Utrecht Centraal. From there you can take a train to Den Bosch. It will take you around 1 hour and 10 minutes to arrive at Den Bosch from Rotterdam Centraal Station.

From Utrecht: When you want to travel to Den Bosch from Utrecht Centraal Station is very easy. There are at least six-hourly direct trains to Den Bosch. To take the train from Utrecht Centraal Station to Den Bosch takes you around 30 minutes.

From Eindhoven: If you want to visit Den Bosch from the city of Eindhoven, then there are around five direct trains every hour to Den Bosch. It will take you about 20 minutes to get from Eindhoven Centraal to Den Bosch train station.

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I hope that this Den Bosch itinerary has shown you everything from unusual things to do, to why you should go on a day trip to Den Bosch. As you’ve seen, there are many fun things to do in Den Bosch. But don’t forget to visit one of the small towns in Noord (North)- Brabant, that I’ve linked above, either.

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