‘s Hertogenbosch, or Den Bosch as it is colloquially known, is located in the south of the Netherlands in the province of North Brabant. Around 153,000 people live there. The city's official name is a contraction of the Dutch “des Hertogen bosch” = "the Duke's forest".
The city is home to two universities: Avans University of Applied Sciences and HAS University of Applied Sciences and hosts a substantial international student population.
Den Bosch is a historical city and one of the oldest in the Netherlands as it obtained city rights in 1185. A sparkling lively town, with a cheerful “southern” personality, that’s Den Bosch. The south of Holland “below the big rivers”, is generally regarded as a region with a more “loose” lifestyle than the north of the country. Historically this can be explained by the fact that the south of the Netherlands uses to be predominantly Catholic, whereas the north had a Protestant majority. The city is overflowing with festivals and events all year round. Carnival for instance is a big thing here and every year in February, the city transforms into the “Carnival Capital” of the Netherlands.
Discover the real “Bossche” southern hospitality and enjoy its unique Burgundian lifestyle ! Visit one of the popular restaurant areas in 's-Hertogenbosch' city centre: the Uilenburg, the Korte Putstraat and the Parade; in fact the city centre is packed with lively bars, and unique restaurants. Whether you go for drinks, have some snacks, or go for a real unforgettable dinner, 's-Hertogenbosch has it all. With a wide array of cuisines, there is something for everyone.
Go on a shopping spree in one of the many shopping areas throughout the city. Fancy concept stores, trendy fashion shops, and beautiful boutiques. Shopping in 's-Hertogenbosch is shopping in a unique cultural-historical ambiance, whether you go to one of the larger shopping streets, or discover the small attractive alleys.