Living in or visiting Den Bosch? Information and useful links for students, locals and tourists.
Information about Den Bosch ('s-Hertogenbosch)
Den Bosch ('s-Hertogenbosch) is the capital of the province of North Brabant. The city's official name is a contraction of des Hertogen bosch (the Duke's forest).
History of Den Bosch
This duke was Henry I, Duke of Brabant, who founded the town on forested dunes in the middle of a marsh and granted 's-Hertogenbosch city rights in 1185.
The city was originally built as a fortress and some early sections of those walls are still there. In the late 15th century, a much greater wall was built as the city flourished and became the second-largest population centre in what is now the Netherlands.
It was also the birthplace of Hieronymus Bosch, one of the great northern Renaissance painters.
After World War II, the government declared the city a protected townscape and much of its historic heritage remains in place. The old city of 's-Hertogenbosch is still almost completely surrounded by continuous ramparts.
Sites & Activities in Den Bosch
There are lots of great walks to take through this picturesque city, including following historical trails, like that of Hieronymous Bosch or around the fortifications.
Or you could walk a foodie trail like the one celebrating the famous Bossche Koek (Bosch cake). There are also lots of boats trips available through the canals and down the river Dommel.
Den Bosch also has a lively town centre with lots of friendly pubs and restaurants, which are particularly lively at the weekend. The city has three nightlife centres: the Uilenburg district, Korte Putstraat and Parade.