Den Bosch is famous for many reasons such as the ‘Bossche Bol’ (large profiterole), the St John’s Cathedral, the Binnendieze river, the famous medieval painter Jheronimus Bosch and, of course, carnival (when the city changes its name to ‘Oeteldonk’). Den Bosch also hosts a number of international festivals such as ‘Theaterfestival Boulevard’, Jazz in Duketown and ‘November Music’.
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Jheronimus Bosch or Jeroen Bosch was famous for his paintings filled with monsters, horrifying scenes and devils. For many years he painted in a studio on the market square. He is regarded as a visionary and a timeless icon.
You will not fail to notice the Golden Dragon fountain (‘Drakenfontein, de Bossche Draak’) in front of the railway station. It was gifted to the city in 1903 by Commissioner Jr. P.J. Bosch of Drakestein.
Carnival is an important feature on the calendar in Den Bosch. During the three days of festivities the city is renamed ‘Oeteldonk’. Although ‘Oeteldonk’ was only created in 1881, carnival as a festival has a much longer history. Oeteldonk is one of the most popular cities in the Netherlands to enjoy carnival.
If you are visiting Den Bosch you should definitely try the local delicacy: the Bossche Bol. A large profiterole filled with whipped cream and coated almost entirely with dark chocolate. Although you can try to eat Bossche Bollen with your fingers, you may find you get into quite a mess. So it is good to know you are allowed to use a knife and fork as well.
You can enjoy a ‘Bossche Bol’ and a cup of coffee in almost any of the city’s cafes or coffee houses.Bossche bol
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Jan Sluijters (1881-1957) was a leading pioneer of Dutch modernism who was born and raised in ’s-Hertogenbosch. It was here that the young Sluijters took his first steps towards becoming an artist. His work is on display in the Noordbrabants Museum.
The Bossche Bol is not the only culinary creation that Den Bosch is famous for. Another is called the 'Bossche Koek'. Did you know that it featured during a dinner of the Illustrious Brotherhood of our Blessed Lady [Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap] as long as five centuries ago? As a consequence, the recipe for this cake is probably the oldest recipe ever created in Den Bosch. For a while it was thought that this cake only lived on in people's memory of how it tasted. However, miracles can still happen!
The Market Place is a central square in the city centre of Den Bosch. The city's market (D’n Bossche Mert) is held there three times a week.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays: from 9.00 - 17.00 there is a general market where you can buy vegetables, fruit, flowers, cheese, fabrics, clothing, etc.
On Fridays from 9.00 - 14.00 there is a farmers' market selling local organic products.
Janus Borghs was a well-known resident of Den Bosch who went under the name of Janus Kiepoog or Janus Kiep. His face was disfigured and one of his eyes was always shut. He was given the nickname Shut-Eye [Kiepoog], which is derived from the Den Bosch word 'kiepen' which means shut.
The Moriaan (Market Place 77) is the oldest brick house in the Netherlands. The building was built in around the 12th and early 13th century. The Moriaan is located in the heart of the city centre.
A short walk from the city centre you will find the Citadel, which is a former fort. This fort was intended to be used to defend the city and was constructed between 1637 and 1645 at the time of 'stadtholder' Frederick Henry.
The 'Bosch Beest' is a twelve metre high metal owl created by a group of young metalworkers based on a design by the artist Marianne van Heeswijk and designer Paul van Dongen in 2016 to mark the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Hieronymus (or Jeroen) Bosch.