Welcome to ’s-Hertogenbosch

The capital of the province of Noord-Brabant


The townsfolk of ’s-Hertogenbosch always welcome visitors to their city with open arms and not surprisingly, ’s-Hertogenbosch has been awarded the title of “Most Welcoming City in the Netherlands” for four times in a row (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)! This city is famed for its charm and hospitality.

Although often referred to as Den Bosch, the official name of the city is 's-Hertogenbosch. 's-Hertogenbosch, originally constructed as a fortress for the Duke Hendrik the First, is now known as the capital of the province of Brabant. The name 's-Hertogenbosch means "The forest of the Duke". A name well chosen, given the fact that it was located in one of the Duke's favourite hunting grounds.

's-Hertogenbosch received its city rights and trading privileges in 1185. To keep looters and invading armies out, the city walls were constructed and later fortified by earthen ramparts and bastions. The first walls were built around the city's centre; the Market Square (Markt). A large part of the city's walls can still be found today.

Within the walls of 's-Hertogenbosch, the rich history of lost ages is still well preserved. The late Gothic St. John's Cathedral, the classical city hall and the oldest brick house 'The Moor' recall times gone by. Apart from these historical structures, the many winding, staggered streets with warehouses and merchant houses are another representation of the city's well preserved history.

Visit 's-Hertogenbosch and be surprised in the city of Hieronymus Bosch!

Read more here on the site from VVV Den Bosch.
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