Things to do in Den Bosch

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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,762 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St. John's Cathedral is not only the main attraction of Hertogenbosch, but also the most impressive Gothic church in the Netherlands. As often happens, the cathedral was built on the site of an old Romanesque church. At the same time, the prudent residents of the growing Den Bosch gradually replaced fragments of the Romanesque church with Gothic ones. At the same time, for example, the foundations of the Romanesque towers were preserved, which required a change in the design. Like many cathedrals in Europe, St. John the Baptist Cathedral was built for a long time - from 1340 to 1525. Just in time for the Reformation. The Reformation in the Netherlands overlapped with the war of independence of the northern Protestant provinces from Spain. Den Bosch remained Catholic, but was taken by the Northerners in 1629. Like many Catholic churches in the Netherlands, Germany and France, the cathedral lost its interior decoration as a result of the iconoclastic movement. The cathedral was handed over to Protestants, and Catholic services were banned, although 80% of the population remained Catholic, so the cathedral gradually deteriorated. The French Revolution brought equality to Catholics, and Napoleon generally returned the cathedral to Catholics. The stormy history of the cathedral and two fires (in 1584 and 1830) required constant restoration, the last of which ended relatively recently in 2010. During it, the cathedral received a unique "feature", which now attracts tourists no less than the majestic interior. Sculptor Ton Mooy has created 25 new statues of angels (600 statues in total!) on the roof and facade of the cathedral. Mooy dressed one angel in jeans and gave him a cell phone in his hand. The search for this angel on the facade is a new quest for tourists. For example, they helped me. Although the sculptor said that the phone has only one button and the angel communicates directly with God, the fans have already come up with the number 0900-7668526, and started a Twitter account for him. Interestingly, all this has received the approval of the local clergy. Times have changed...
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • wckp
    Edinburgh, UK18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you choose one museum in Den Bosch, go to this one. A wonderful mixture of art (unlike the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre, this one has real paintings inside rather than reproductions) and history, and the history display is very well done with excellent explanations. The collection of silverware alone shows you what an important place Den Bosch was in the Golden Age.
    Written July 2, 2022
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  • Miguel A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For Bosch admirers… and sometimes has exhibits from other artists, some from current times. I myself enjoy the Bosch world, and if you like Dali surrealism you will see works from many centuries ago… quite more interesting.
    Written November 16, 2023
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  • edmondite
    edmond, oklahoma1,192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I got a city map from the friendly workers here. Nice stop for information/souveniers in a historic building right in the heart of the city.
    Written March 2, 2020
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  • Anna T
    Oss, The Netherlands5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place and very nice views. It’s not hard to find it. There’s also a small parking to leave the car so it’s not necessary to go far. We will back there.
    Written April 14, 2020
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  • elina P
    70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church with an excellent group guided tour!
    Unfortunately the tour was is Dutch but they gave us a leaflet in english with all the details.
    You can book a private tour in english!
    Written September 11, 2022
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,762 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As usual, the dominant feature of the Market Square is the Town Hall, which has been standing here since the 14th century. The building was rebuilt many times, burned down. The current Baroque-classicist look was acquired in 1670. In full accordance with the name, there is a market on the square. But not every day. On Wednesdays and Saturdays from 09.00. fruits, vegetables, flowers, clothes and cheese, so beloved by the Dutch, are sold at the market. The market closes on Wednesday at 15.00., and on Saturday at 17.00. But every Friday from 09.00 to 13.30 there is a market for organic products of local farmers. Holland is obsessed with ecology. I was here on Tuesday, so I didn't find any market. An empty square. The well house on the Hertogenbosch market is a reconstruction of the historic city well. There is a serious struggle going on around the well (or rather its reconstruction). It is then erected, then demolished, then restored, but not in its original form. Hieronymus Bosch, a great native of Hertogenbosch, looks at all this from a pedestal. There is an assumption that the great Dutch painter lived somewhere nearby in the XV century. The bronze statue of Bosch was installed in 1929 at the height of the Great Depression
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • Ana Crete
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Dutch landscape.
    Voor views.
    Just out of the city.
    You can bike nest tothe Canal for 100km!
    Written September 15, 2019
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  • FransAnneke
    Den Bosch, The Netherlands58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult to tell about it .Very historical.
    Our dutch royals are member but Jheronimus Bosch was a member too.
    Written September 13, 2017
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  • Chantal M
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is a hidden gem to learn more about carnaval. Enthusiastically we arrived and it did not disappointed us at all. Learned a lot. Guided tour is a must, these are true oeteldonkers!
    Written March 3, 2020
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  • peterquint
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice and modern architecture in the middle of a medieval city-part. Build next to the Noord-Brabants Museum. Both are connected by a passage.
    This modern part recently has changed its name into: Design Museum. Various contemporary exhibitions and a visit worthwhile.
    Written October 20, 2018
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  • amerikaanse_meid
    CT26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a TREASURE this museum is! Entering through a quiet street that feels like you’re going back in time, this charming museum shows the personal history of 3 generations of painters in their original home.

    The docent Corlique was AMAZING- knew the history & had coffee & Dutch cake ready at the end.

    Don’t miss this ! Need 30 - 45 mins to enjoy at leisure.
    Written July 9, 2022
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