Den Bosch by train
The 's Hertogenbosch station is the fourth building at the original Utrecht to Boxel railway from 1868.
The first station was a wooden building, because the city was a fortress and when needed the station building had to be taken apart to defend the town..
In 1893 a permanent stone building was constructed after a design of architect E. Cuypers.
This building was set on fire by dive bombers in 1944 during WWII.
In 1951 the construction of the third building after a design of S. van Ravesteyn started. This much debated building lasted till 1996.
The present station building was completed in 1998. Architect R.M.J.A. Steenhuis added an office building at the front.
In 2011 tracks were being doubled to allow a higher number of Intercity trains.travelling per hour. Platforms were extended.
Address: Stationsplein 147 - 5211 BP 's Hertogenbosch.
Use the P&R
Parking spaces are rare in the centre of Den Bosch, but fortunately the city has got a well-working P&R system. When you come from the highway, signs show the way to the P&R - be careful not to miss them, for they are designed differently than other traffic signs and hence easily to be missed. Leave your car, pay 2 EUR for up to four people and catch the next bus into the centre. Buses run every 20 minutes, and the ride does not take longer than approximately 15 minutes.
We took the Transferium De Vliert P&R, but there are others as well (see website below). De Vliert is open daily (except on Sundays) from 6.30am to 11pm.
The Railway Station
The s'Hertogenbosch (to give it it's proper name) railway station is one of the main junctions in this part of the Netherlands. From here trains go north to Utrecht, south to Maastricht (via Eindhoven), east to Breda and west to Nijmegen (and on to Arnhem).
The station is located about 10 minutes walk from the city centre and is next door to the main bus terminus. Station facilities are pretty comprehensive with several cafes and snack places on the concourse and on the platforms.
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Taxi Den Bosch
If you're looking for a good taxi company in Den Bosch, contact GLOS taxi Den Bosch Jacob van Ruysdaelstraat 35 5212 ER Den Bosch at 073-6446010 0r +31736446010. They'll take you around in a normal way and charge normal prices. Peter
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Getting to and around Den Bosch
Getting to Den Bosch is easy: there are motorways to all directions and the city is well integrated in the Dutch intercity-railway network.
Once you arrive, everything in the inner city is within walking distance. From the railway station, head into town and it shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes to reach the Markt. Here's a map to help you around.
Several years ago they demolished the old train station. Such a pity. I know this station from my youth and I liked the older better. For those who remember a pic from the past. With in front of the station the 'Draak' (Dragon). The Golden Dragon is still there in front of the new train station.
By car? No problem!
Park your car at the Transferium, near the 's-Hertogenbosch-Oost railway-station. Follow the signs 'Sportion' to get there. For 1 euro 50 you can park your car all day. Included in the price is the bus that will take you and up to three passengers straight to the centre in less than 15 minutes. That's a bargain! And of course, the bus will take you back to your car too. Trying to find a parking space in the centre is a waste of time and money.
Den Bosch has a train station. The station is located near the centre of the city. From this station you can travel to every (major) place in the Netherlands. From the central stations you can also take a taxi or a bus to other parts of the city or the surrounding area (such as the popular amusement parks 'the Efteling' and 'Het Land van Ooit').
Behind this train station you will find the new and prestiguous 'Paleiskwartier" Very worthwile looking at!
Take a bicycle on these narrow streets!
Believe it or not, but we saw cars and even a few trucks going down these streets. Not many, but I was amazed when I saw a truck back up into one of these streets to the cafe we were sittting at for our lunch.
Train and automobiles
Den Bosch is a junction of railways that lead to all main winddirections. By road it is on the freeway from Eindhoven to Amsterdam and has an infamous outlet to Waalwijk (WEstwards) and Nijmegen (Eastwards). These roads are unfinished freeways and a bottleneck for the dense Dutch traffic during rushhours. From the ringroad one can see the Saint Jans-cathedral dominating the towns horizon.
Walk the citycentre
The most beautiful sightseeing is done on foot by walking through the streets, squares and alleys of the Bosch centredistrict. Distances are all within a few kilometres and every corner holds a new surprise, that by passing it slowly can be enjoyed fully.
Now this map is not exact...
Now this map is not exact science. It just gives you an idea where Den Bosch is located. I am probably miles of the right location where I put the red dot, so if you plan in going there you better check an official map for the right location. :-)
The other red dot is the town where I live, Oldenzaal.
Ballooning above the city
On the 19th of May in 2014 Marianna and I joined my father in law on a balloon trip over Den Bosch. I was an amazing experiance!
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