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DEN BOSCH CITY GUIDE

Set in The Netherlands' Noord Brabant, Den Bosch is a diverse city alive with tree-lined cycle paths, medieval architecture and delicious culinary treats. With roots tracing as far back as the 12th century, it's a place steeped in history, best known for its famous former resident, painter Hieronymus Bosch. Built upon a marshy, wooded terrain, it's formally known as 's-Hertogenbosch (The Duke's Forest), though this title is rarely used today. Named the most hospitable Dutch city for four years in a row, you can always be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. There are plenty of things to do in Den Bosch for people of all interests, so whether you're on a voyage of historical discovery or after the ultimate cultural experience, a visit to this city has it all. Make your escape to this picturesque part of The Netherlands, and discover Den Bosch with P&O Ferries.

The Medieval Architecture of Den Bosch

As well as its original 16th century walls, this fortified city is full of medieval architecture, which act as a constant reminder of Den Bosch's glorious past. Embedded into the city's fortifications is The Citadel, an impressive 17th-century structure with imposing pentagonal ramparts. Now home to the Brabant Historical Information Centre, it's been used as a watchtower, military prison and an artist's workshop, and offers exceptional views of the river Dieze. The Gothic St. Janskathedraall (Saint John's Cathedral) is a must-visit, along with the City Hall, which is actually made up of three buildings – the oldest of which dates back to 1366.

Exciting Canal Tours in Den Bosch

A great way to explore this magnificent city is by boat. Offering wonderful scenery, and a completely new viewpoint, part of the centuries-old canal system actually flows underneath the streets and thoroughfares. Covering some two miles, a river tour will take you past some of Den Bosch's best-known sights, beneath historic buildings and into the Hellegat, a dark subterranean cellar immortalised by revered local artist Hieronymus Bosch.

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Den Bosch: Historical Art Scene

Home to no fewer than seven museums, Den Bosch is brimming with art and culture. Popular draws include the Noordbrabants Museum, which holds popular exhibitions showcasing local art through the ages, as well as the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre, a keystone dedicated to the works of the city's most notable past resident, Hieronymus Bosch. The city is fiercely proud of their link to this artistic stalwart, and rightly so. Head to De Markt, a lively market full of Dutch delights, to see the Hieronymus Bosch statue for yourself. While you're there, be sure to sample the Bossche Bol, a delicious concoction of chocolate, pastry and whipped cream.