If you are looking for a city break the medieval city of 's- Hertogenbosch also known as Den Bosch might interest you. Situated in the south of Holland, the city’s central location within the Netherlands, and good transport links make it accessible for visitors whether for a short or longer holiday stay. The train station gives you the opportunity to travel to the main places in the Netherlands should you wish to explore more of the country.
Founded in the 12th century by the Duke of Brabant 's- Hertogenbosch was a fortified town, due to its position, the swampy land and towering fortifications made it a difficult place to attack. Some of the original structures of the city inside the city walls are still visible today.
Today’s visitors will find many historic buildings and interesting museums to visit there are picturesque squares little streets and medieval alleys to explore; the old city still retains an ancient air. A must see is St Janskathedraal, the cathedral was built around 1330-1550 it is the finest medieval church in the Netherlands. It is probably best known for its Gothic design and the sculptures. You can admire the richly decorated and very beautiful interior well worth visiting.
In Hinthamerstraat, behind the cathedral you will find a number of old houses, the Tourist Information Office was housed in ‘De Moriaan’ a13th century house the oldest extant brick-built house of the Netherlands. 's- Hertogenbosch was the birthplace of the well-known painter Hieronymus Bosch in Hinthamerstraat you will find the painters former house.
A short walk from the cathedral will bring you to Korte Putstraat where there are plenty of bars/restaurants to try; you will also find cafe terraces where you can have refreshments and watch the world go by. You might want to try a Bossche Bol, a ball shaped pastry filled with whipped cream and covered in chocolate! You will want to spend some time browsing around the small shops you will come across in the little alleys and streets. As you stroll through the city along the narrow winding streets you will see the characteristic house fronts, all adding to the charm of the city.
If you are visiting here in the spring/summer months you should take one of the popular boat trips and view the city a different way, along the underground canal system, many buildings were built over the river as space was very limited within the city walls.
You will find various museums and galleries which may interest some of you, the Provinciehuis houses a collection of modern art and wall coverings while the Noordbrabants Museum has a collection of fine arts including history and culture exhibitions from prehistoric time’s to now.
There are plenty of attractions to keep you occupied the city is a bustling and lively place with a varied nightlife, hotel accommodation on offer varies 1 – 4 stars are available depending what your requirements are and what your budget is 's- Hertogenbosch has a lot to offer its visitors.