The city hall of Den Bosch is located right on the Market (like in many other cities in The Netherlands). It is a very impressive construction with a 35 bells that ring every Wednesday between 10 and 11 am. If you're lucky you can get a free guided tour on Saturdays at 2:30pm. You can also enjoy a meal in a restaurant that is located in the gothic style cellar.
De Moriaan is the oldest brick house of Den Bosch. You won't miss it since it is located right on the market place and serves as a tourist information office. Siply look for a blue sign tha says VVV and you'll find De Moriaan.
If you are coming from the train station make sure you walk to the city centre. It's a great walk and Den Bosch is very much worth it. First stop will have to be on your right, after about 200 metres after leaving the Station, at Bakery 'De Groot' for a real 'Bossche Bol' (see other tip!). If you survived that you can go in a straight line until you can go no further and then turn right and walk to the Central Market. From there you can take great pictures and you will see 'St. Jan's Cathedral protruding above the city centre.
Den Bosch has seen a great increase in its number of bars and restaurants. The city always had a name for relaxed beer boozing, but that wouldn't do its new culinary status much justice!
The Uilenburg area (west from the Markt) and Korte Putstraat are the food hotspots. Bars are everywhere, mainly on and around the Markt and Parade.
All the tips in the 'must see' section were made during the city walk. We used a brochure that we bought at the VVV which is the dutch name for the the tourist information desk. The walk also started at this buidling.
The VVV is housed in the very old building called 'de Moriaan'. It is said to be the first building of the Middle Ages to be built out of bricks. The buiding has recently been restored into its original state.
The old house 'In de Put' is a very nice looking old building. In past times houses didn't have numbers, but names on them. The facade is called a Vingboon facade, named after the Amsterdam architect Philips Vingboon.
The Karrenstraat is the street where all the barrows had to be stationed, because they were not allowed on the Markt. It was a lively street with many pubs and taverns.
I though the name of f this shop was La Casa Maya, but I'm not 100% certain... See the shopping tip for what is for sale in this shop. When you take the steps down you will find yourself in a 15th century basement.
This Maria chapel can be found halfway along the Lepelstraat on the left side. It is here where used to be a brewery. The Maria statue used to be in the courtyard of the brewery. When new houses were build along the Lepelstraat the Maria statue was saved and a chapel was built around it.
From the Wilhelmina bridge you have a nice view from over the Dommel. There are quite some boats here in the summertime and you can also make a boat trip here. The Dommel used to be the canal around the citywalls which gave the city extra protection.
De Draak (the dragon) statue was made by J. Dony in 1903. It was given to the city by Jhr. P.J. Bosch van Drakenstein, who was the Queen's ambassador to Brabant from 1856-1894. At the same time it was meant as a memorial to the deceased daughters and wife.
I think this is one of the most beautiful sculptures of the Netherlands. It is hard to find something so beautiful in the Netherlands on the streets. Most nice items are in museums or something. This probably has to do with the weather. Anyway enjoy the picture of this lovely dragon!
On the St. Janssingel we saw these cardboard or wooden people. We never saw them before so we guessed they belong to some special exposition somewhere in the city. We wondered why they were holding umbrella's since summer was approaching...
From the St. Janssingel turn left into the St. Jansstraat. This street used to be the only entrance into the city centre. On your left at the end of the street you can seethe Keershuis. Look at the facade!! Maybe a few years and then it might fall down, at least that's what it looks like. The building has been standing there since the 15th century so hopefully it remains standing for many years to come. They used to make and sell candles here so departing barrows could be lighted.
At the end of the St. Jansstraat you find yourself at the place where the Binnendieze tour starts. Right above where the boats depart you can find this small statue of Half Pear, a carnaval monument. You don;t really see it on the picture, but the other side of the little man is flat as can be!
When you walk fom here into the Molenstraat you'll find yourself in the oldest part of the city called 'Uilenburg'. This used to be a very lively and busy area where a lot of trade and business was done. In 1975 many parts of the area were renovated and it looks marvelous now.
The markt is the main square of the city. There are many shops all around the square. On one side you can also see the City Hall, but more about that in another tip. Right in the middle of the square you see this little house with under it a well. It is restored just like it was in the Middle Ages. There first was a well here but later it was replaced by a pump.
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