Den Bosch

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

On the road behind the building's far less interesting south flank (Achter Het Stadhuis), a strip of apparently uninteresting black boarding is in fact the cover to a 'secret' stairway that leads down to one of the subterranean canals. The stairs are opened specially for wedding couples who exit from the Stadhuis' rear door to access their flower-filled wedding barge.

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Nearby Den Bosch attractions

1. Hieronymus Bosch Statue

0.06 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…

2. Noordbrabants Museum

0.16 MILES

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

3. Design Museum Den Bosch

0.17 MILES

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

4. St Janskathedraal

0.23 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…

5. Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

0.39 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…

6. Kamp Vught National Monument

2.45 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…

7. Heusden

7.77 MILES

Picture-postcard little Heusden features antique tile-roofed houses, post-mills, minibridge and lovely inner yacht-harbour all wrapped in a fortified…

8. Textile Museum

12.59 MILES

Winner of the Netherlands' 2017 'museum of the year' award, this innovative place celebrates, and continues the production of, original textiles – an…