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Picture-postcard little Heusden features antique tile-roofed houses, post-mills, minibridge and lovely inner yacht-harbour all wrapped in a fortified river-moat still retaining triangular ravelins (island-bastions).

Its hotel and loveable B&Bs are often used by families heading for Efteling (16km southwest), but Heusden richly warrants a visit in its own right. Take bus 135 from Den Bosch (€3.40, 25 minutes) or better still stop here while cycling between Den Bosch and Woudrichem.

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1. Kamp Vught National Monument

7.05 MILES

Around 6km southwest of Den Bosch, Kamp Vught was a WWII labour and transit camp operated by the Nazi SS. Some 31,000 captives passed through, including…

2. Slot Loevestein

7.54 MILES

Located near the tiny, beautiful little walled town of Woudrichem, this evocative 14th-century keep has functioned as a prison, residence and toll castle;…

3. Stadhuis

7.77 MILES

At the southern edge of Den Bosch's vast, triangular market square, the spired town hall was given its classical baroque appearance in 1670.

4. Hieronymus Bosch Statue

7.79 MILES

In the main market square where he was once thought to have lived, this 1929 bronze statue of 15th-century painter Hieronymous Bosch is based on drawings…

5. Design Museum Den Bosch

7.88 MILES

Opened in 2014 and rebranded in 2018, the museum's two large halls offer changing, interactive exhibitions focusing especially on ceramics and jewellery…

6. Noordbrabants Museum

7.89 MILES

Housed in the 18th-century former governor's residence, this modern museum uses art and several immersive experiences to give interesting if sometimes…

7. St Janskathedraal

7.99 MILES

One of the finest churches in the Netherlands, this cathedral took from 1336 to 1550 to complete. The interior has late-Gothic stained-glass windows, an…

8. Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

8.14 MILES

Housed in the grand, century-old St Jacob's Church, this remarkable museum has reproductions of all 29 known Bosch paintings, brought to life by an…