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E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S

Contents Foreword

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A few words from the editor

Arriving in ’s-Hertogenbosch

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How to get to your hotel

The Basics

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Getting to grips with ’s-Hertogenbosch

Culture & Events 8 Concerts, galleries and events

Where to stay

16 Beds for backpackers and business executives

Restaurants

20 The Dutch have much more than cheese to offer

Cafés

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Classic cafés and high tea

Nightlife 30 Bars, pubs, clubs and cafés

Sightseeing

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Museums, churches and other sights

Whether you like rugby, basketball, ice hockey or football, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Den Bosch. The buff men of The Dukes rugby team and the beautiful women of the ’s-Hertogenbosch Hockey Club are at the top teams of their respective leagues in the Netherlands. Read more about local sports on p.15

Getting around

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Trains, buses and taxis

Directory Shopping Lifestyle directory Sports & Leisure Den Bosch for kids

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List of small features A message from the Mayor ’s-Hertogenbosch or Den Bosch? Sports in Den Bosch Football: FC Den Bosch schedule Boessche koek: a tasty treat

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Maps & Index Old town street register Old town map ’s-Hertogenbosch map Greater ’s-Hertogenbosch map Netherlands map Hotel, restaurant and nightlife index

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Bringing the children to ‘s-Hertogenbosch but not sure what’s on offer? Read our handy guide to the city’s best day trips and attractions that are positively bursting with kids appeal on p.53. Photo by Lya Cattel

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FOREWORD Athens had it first. Paris and Berlin have also has the prestigious title. Now ‘s-Hertogenbosch (together with four other cities from the province of Brabant) is aiming to be a European Capital of Culture. In 2018 the Netherlands has the right, together with Malta, to be the cultural centre of Europe for a whole year. In August 2013 an international jury will make the final choice and we, of course, would like to lend a hand to the cause. Perhaps the jury should take a look ‘s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket to discover what an interesting and unique city this truly is. In the past, the only thing that was missing in the city was a comprehensive, English-language guidebook, a shortcoming that we remedied two years ago. This regularly updated publication produced by natives of the city is packed with everything a visitor might need to know from information on the best restaurants to where to get a new lock for your bike. By the time you read these words autumn, or winter, should be in full swing and despite the unpleasant temperatures, you’ll find a compelling city with a lively dining scene and nightlife not to mention a vibrant calendar of cultural events. This sixth In Your Pocket guide to our favourite Dutch city is, of course, full of independent reviews of restaurants, pubs, hotels and museums. A good way to warm up this season is to infect yourself with all the local sports action available in the city, especially after Holland’s disastrous showing at the European Cup in Poland and Ukraine. On p.15 you can read all about the Holland’s hockey and basketball champions, who hail from ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Although two of the Den Bosch’s best museums will be closed due to renovations until spring of 2013, the city still has a lot to offer. We welcome all correspondence including photos at denbosch@inyourpocket.com. Enjoy!

Cover story This issue’s cover was created by Mattijn Franssen (www.mattijn.com), a talented Dutch artist who specialises in photomontage and photo animation. The image features some of Den Bosch’s most outstanding highlights including the Binnendieze canal, the Golden Dragon and the statue of Jheronimus Bosch.

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ARRIVING IN DEN BOSCH Arriving in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is fairly simple these days. The bus and train stations are located right on the edge of ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s old town and the two main Dutch airports, Eindhoven and Amsterdam Schiphol, are only an hour train ride away. ‘s-Hertogenbosch is easily reached by public transport from any direction. Buses within the city are also simple to use and well-organised. In the city centre you may prefer moving about on foot, as nearly everything is within walking distance.

By bus Because train travel is so fast and efficient in the Netherlands, there aren’t many international bus arrivals in ‘sHertogenbosch. Eurolines is actually the only international bus company that uses Den Bosch as a hub. From here you can depart to a few cities in France and Spain. If, however, you take a train to Utrecht, the whole of Europe is at your feet. Its buses drive to more than 200 cities spread over 35 European countries. Arriva provides most regional and city bus services in and around ‘s-Hertogenbosch. When you leave the central train station in the direction of the city you’ll see the bus station on your right side. If you want to make use of bus services check out the Arriva website at www.arriva.nl.

By car ‘s-Hertogenbosch can be easily reached by car. The inner city is largely a pedestrian zone, but around the centre there are plenty of multi-storey car parks. You only need to follow the parking route directions and electric signs display how many parking spots are available. Pay when you pick up your car. If you park on the street you’ll have to pay in advance when you get a ticket at a ticket machine, which you then place behind your windscreen. But always be sure that you’re back in time as ‘s-Hertogenbosch is known for its strict meter maids. The money you’ll save not paying a fine will easily cover a few delicious beers: alcohol-free if you’re driving, of course!

By plane If you arrive at either Schiphol or Eindhoven airport, ‘sHertogenbosch is only an hour away by public transport. A single trip from Schiphol by train costs about €15 and from Eindhoven Airport the bus followed by the train will cost you about €10. Both routes will take just over an hour of travelling and you’ll arrive at the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Central Station. From Weeze airport in Germany you’ll have to take a bus to Weeze and then take another bus to either Eindhoven or Utrecht to catch a train to Den Bosch. Walk outside past the watchful gaze of the golden dragon fountain and within five minutes you’ll be in the city centre.

Tourist information VVV Den Bosch C-2, Markt 77, tel. (+31) 900 11

22 33 4, www.vvvdenbosch.nl. The ‘s-Hertogenbosch tourist information centre is housed in the oldest stone building in the Netherlands and is well equipped with maps, informative booklets and, of course, copies of this guide. If they try to flog you their own free advertising brochure that they refer to as a guide simply ask for ‘s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket by name (if you can pronounce it)! Also a good place for renting bikes. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 17:00. Closed Sun. JA

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Message from the Mayor Dear Visitor, Welcome to Holland’s Most Hospitable City! We were grateful to receive this title in 2010 and 2011 and we expect to win it in 2012 as well. Irrespective of the title, hospitality is a concept that’s part of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and of the DNA of the people who live in this town. Apart from the hospitable reception you will receive, there’s a lot to discover, explore and enjoy in the town. In an historic setting you will find a diverse selection of shops, including special finds off the main roads in narrow alleyways. The term ‘Burgundian’ is also inextricably linked to this city, with its many bars, outdoor cafés and restaurants. ‘s-Hertogenbosch is also a dynamic and modern city. The many festivals and the diverse cultural events are a testimony to this. Great examples are the Verkadefabriek (site of Verkade Factory) and the events surrounding Jheronimus Bosch. In 2016 we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death in style, with an extensive exhibition of his works. A lot earlier, in the spring of 2013, the new Museum Quarter will open its doors. That is most certainly worth a visit! Finally, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is also an attractive destination for a visit lasting more than one day. Besides the attractive possibilities of the town itself, the whole region has a lot to offer. There are great routes leading you through the gorgeous landscape, whether you are travelling by boat, bike or on foot. Additionally, surrounding towns, villages and several theme parks are more than worth a visit. We hope you have a pleasant stay. Ton Rombouts Mayor Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

By train ‘s-Hertogenbosch has two train stations: the Central Station and ‘s-Hertogenbosch Oost. The Central Station has a front and a rear entrance. If you’re going to the city centre take the one at the front of the building overlooking the golden dragon fountain. From here you can walk straight into the city centre via the double Stationsweg (Station Road). Just before you reach the inner city you cross the Dommel river. Although smaller than some of its larger sister stations, ‘s-Hertogenbosch seems better equipped and easier to navigate. A toilet as well as luggage lockers can be found at gate 1c. For travellers on the go platforms 3 and 4 share a kiosk that sells quick snacks and drinks. The same holds true for platforms 6 and 7. If you have time to spare head up the escalators to the main walkway to find four different places to eat, a Burger King, a small pharmacy, a bookstore and a grocery shop. At many Dutch train stations you can only buy a train ticket outside opening hours with cash from a ticket machine, so make sure to have plenty of coins. For information on schedules and prices check www.9292ov. nl or www.ns.nl.

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BASICS Read on and find out why the Dutch allow people to smoke joints, but not to operate a bicycle while intoxicated. Plenty of other funny facts about the Netherlands are available here.

Alcohol ‘s-Hertogenbosch is famous for its many cafés and restaurants so you’re never far from a glass of wine or a pint of beer. Heineken and Bavaria are the two most popular beers on offer at most places in the inner city. Other tasty brews include Grolsch, Hertog Jan, Amstel and the Belgian Jupiler. Beer is served everywhere, especially Belgian brews, but you must be able to prove that you’re at least 16 years old (to drink beer or wine) or 18 for spirits. If you look too young you’ll be carded, so always bring identification. This holds true for supermarkets and off-licences, too. If you’re a little too tipsy you’ll probably be asked (firmly, yet kindly) to leave the premises and if you don’t cooperate you could end up spending a night sobering up in a police drunk tank, most likely followed by a decent hangover…

’s-Hertogenbosch or Den Bosch? If you’re wondering why the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch seems to have a second name (Den Bosch) it’s rather complicated. In common practice people often refer to ’s-Hertogenbosch as Den Bosch. You may think that the longer name is probably older, but the opposite is true. Interestingly, the longer name of The Hague (Den Haag in Dutch) is ’s-Gravenhage, but the city’s common name is in official use, and you’ll find it on traffic signs and maps. But ’s-Hertogenbosch is a completely different story. Its only official name is ’s-Hertogenbosch, period. Den Bosch, literally The Wood, and its alter ego ’s-Hertogenbosch often cause trouble with alphabetical lists and you’ll come across both city names in this guide and in the city streets. We hope this explanation has enlightened you and not confused you even more.

Climate

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It’s usually cold and wet in winter and often warm and dry in summer, but, unfortunately, you never really know. On the bright side every season has its charms. Try walking across the beach of the North Sea (at low tide!) during a spring or autumn storm. Visit a sunny street market in summer or have a snowball fight in a wintry park. Whatever the weather, the Dutch will always find a reason to complain about it and if you’re ever short on subjects to talk about with a Dutchman, then the rather trivial statement Lekker weer, (nice weather, don’t you think?) is probably sufficient to get him started on a long and wordy rant.

No, the Dutch do not wear clogs en masse, and not everybody cultivates tulips, makes cheese or works in a windmill. That the Dutch are busybodies has been known for centuries. In the Dutch Golden Age, the Dutch East India Company spread its tentacles across the world, and this trading spirit is still a part of the local mentality. The largest part of the population works in (financial) services or (retail) trade. Bargaining when you buy something in a shop or on the market is not customary and you can expect surprised expressions from shop staff if you do. The Dutch are generally friendly, but they may strike you as reserved. When people meet each other, they shake hands; friends kiss each other three times on the cheek: left, right, left. Dutch men are not too attentive, although they may remember to hand you your coat and let ladies go first.

Cycling Being one of the smaller countries in the world and as flat as a pancake, makes this country attractive for cyclists. Add to that an unbelievable amount of criss-crossed cycle paths, and you know why the Dutch love cycling so much. Although cycling in the bigger cities can be - thanks to lots of trafficequal to a premature death certificate, we recommend that you cycle as much as possible. Yes, even in the rain. It seems like all foreigners stop simultaneously when there is only a few drops falling from the sky. So, if you’re up before happy hour and feel like doing something healthy for your body for a change, rent a bike and discover ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Electricity The electrical current is 220V AC, 50Hz. European plugs are a must.

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Language Dutch is an Indo-European Germanic language that is mostly spoken in the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname (South America). It is closely connected to the Low German dialects which by now have largely been flooded by official German. These dialects managed to keep a number of proto-Germanic characteristics, and for this reason, Dutch as a language is a living fossil. It represents a group of important dialects that were spoken by the founders of the Frankish Empire and the Saxons. The latter group were the founders of the English language as it is spoken today, hence Anglo-Saxons. Afrikaans, as it is spoken in South Africa, is descended from the 17th-century version of modern Dutch. To the dismay of language purists, many English words have been integrated into Dutch. Moreover, many youth are responsible for a shift in the language. This is not something recent: in the first half of the 19th century, students already started thinking up their own words, words that have now had a place for decades in the Netherlands’ most renowned dictionary, Dikke van Dale. Recently the ‘Dutch-language’ hip hop band De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig (Today’s Youth) provided a bombardment of words that are hardly ever understood by anyone over the age of 30. Watskeburt? (Dutch slang for ‘what’s happened?’). Most Dutch have a more than fairly healthy command of the English language. Many will also be adept at other European languages with German being the most commonly spoken. Mastering the Dutch language can be a terrifying ordeal, but learning a few key phrases will make things easier and may even win you friends and admirers.

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BASICS BASICS Phone numbers All In Your Pocket guides in its European publishing empire list country codes before all telephone numbers. The Dutch country code is (+31), but of course, you only have to use this if you’re dialling from abroad. If you’re already in the Netherlands and want to call one of the numbers in this guide, just ignore the (+31) prefix and dial the ten-digit number.

Post The Dutch postal system works more or less infallibly. Letters and parcels are sent without ado across the globe. At post offices and post agencies (at supermarkets for example) you can buy stamps and drop off parcels. Any Dutch street is incomplete without the orange or red TNT post-boxes. You can drop off your postcards in the slit labelled overige postcodes (other postcodes). Posting a letter or a postcard within the Netherlands will cost you €0.44, within Europe €0.77 and for the rest of the world you pay €0.95. For up-todate postage rates check www.tntpost.nl

Money Since 2002, a large part of the European Union has adopted the euro as its local currency and the Netherlands is no exception. One euro contains 100 eurocents. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 eurocents, and also of 1 and 2 euro. Banknotes are available with the following values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500. Although a collection of €200 and €500 bills in your wallet might make you feel like Bill Gates, or better yet Steve Jobs, bear in mind that they’re almost never accepted in shops or restaurants. You can exchange and withdraw money at most large banks; there are a few in the centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. All Dutch banks accept Visa and MasterCard at their cash dispensers. At the train station (Stationsplein) you can find a GWK Travelex shop (open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00). Many restaurants, hotels, and shops accept Visa and MasterCard, but to avoid disappointment, be sure to carry some cash with you.

National holidays There are a number of public holidays in the Netherlands. On these days shops, museums and attractions often close earlier and some stay closed the whole day. Schools, city councils, post offices and banks are closed and some shops and restaurants may also close. January 1 New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag) March 29, 2013 Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag) March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday (Pasen) April 1, 2013 Easter Monday (Pasen) April 30 Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) May 1 Labour Day (Dag van de Arbeid) May 4 Remembrance of the Dead (Nationale Herdenking) May 5 Liberation Day (Dag van de Vrijheid) May 9 Mother’s Day (Moederdag) May 13 Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag) May 23 - 24 Whitsun (Pinksteren) June 20 Father’s Day (Vaderdag) June 26 Veterans’ Day (Veteranendag) September 21 Budget Day (Prinsjesdag) December 5 St. Nicolas (Sinterklaas) December 25 - 26 Christmas (Kerstmis) December 31 New Year’s Eve (Oudejaarsdag)

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Religion Almost half of the Dutch population are not members of any religious community. The other 55% are distributed over a number of religions, from which almost half is affiliated with a Christian church. Most Catholics live in the southern provinces of North Brabant and Limburg where they make up the majority of the population. The rest of the ‘believers’ are distributed over a multitude of Protestant churches. Islam is a relatively new and fast-growing religion in the Netherlands, and according to recent (CBS) statistics about 944,000 or 6% of the Dutch population are Muslims. During the World War II the large majority of Jews were deported and murdered in the Holocaust. The Jews of ‘s-Hertogenbosch are so small in number that they travel to the nearby city of Tilburg to attend religious services.

Roads For a country as small as the Netherlands, there are a ridiculously high number of asphalt roads and motorways. The majority of Dutch drivers never break the speed limit, and considering the severity of traffic fines, this seems wise enough. Within city limits you must drive 50km/h, outside city limits 80 and on motorways 100 or 130. You are not allowed to cycle on motorways! You have no idea how many tourists are plucked off the road by police each year!

Smoking Until recently, smoking was very common in the Netherlands. Since the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places on 1 July 2008, smoking has become a lot less common. This is partially because the government started a huge campaign to make people aware of the effects of smoking on their health. Nowadays you can have a wild night out and come home without your hair and your clothes reeking of cigarette smoke. For some this is an enormous benefit, and others (read: smokers) find it a pain, and banish themselves to the many smoker’s rooms in the country. Moreover, thanks to unclear rules you may suddenly find yourself in a pub where there are people smoking. This is usually in pubs with just a single staff member: the boss. Or you may find yourself in a pub that flouts the ban on smoking. This will not have any consequences for you: if you light a cigarette in a pub and the manager tolerates this, then the manager will receive a fine upon inspection. Next to cigarette smoke, the Netherlands is of course also known for its wafts of marijuana. For more information see ‘Drugs’.

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CULTURE & EVENTS For concerts by huge mega-stars you might have to take a train to Amsterdam, but for cool festivals and concerts at cosy local venues, Den Bosch has it covered. The city’s historical legacy as a prominent regional powerhouse has left it well endowned when it comes to cultural sites and events - a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed, as it was recently named as (one of the five) Dutch cities who has been nominated for the EU’s Capital of Culture for 2018. The Dutch government has recently raised the taxes levied on tickets for cultural outings from 6 to 19 percent. Now, many cultural institutions fear a steep decline in visitor numbers. Also the biggest theatre in town, Theater aan de Parade, has reduced lots of productions for the coming season cause big cuts from subsidized funds are in effect now. Festival goers should check out Festival Boulevard, Jazz in Duketown and Bevrijdingsfestival.

Cinemas JT Den Bosch C-1, Jan Heinsstraat 4b, tel. (+31) 736

14 77 55, contact@jt.nl, www.jt.nl. Located in the city centre, five screens show the latest releases. Q Open 12:00 - 22:00, Mon, Tue 17:00 - 22:00, Thu, Fri 14:00 - 22:00. (€9 - 15). PTJU Theater aan de Parade D-2, Parade 23, tel. (+31) 900 33 72 72 33, www.theateraandeparade.nl. Used to be the only venue in ‘s-Hertogenbosch where you can watch 3D movies as they were intended by the production companies. You’ll still have to pay a little extra though. Movies are without breaks. The cinema is situated in a theatre and has a few perks like a café with outside seating. QOpen 13:00 - 20:30, Thu, Fri, Sat 13:00 - 21:30, Sun 13:00 - 14:30, 18:00-20:30. (€9, 3D-surcharge €2). PTJUB Verkadefabriek B-1, Boschdijkstraat 45, tel. (+31) 736 81 81 60, info@verkadefabriek.nl, www.verkadefabriek. nl. A stylish multifunctional theatre housed in an old biscuit factory, about a five-minute walk from the city centre. Arthouse films and smaller productions are usually on offer here, but occasionally it’ll deign to show a Hollywood blockbuster on one of the five screens. Q (€6 - 10). PTULBKX

Classical music Heeswijk Castle (Kasteel Heeswijk) Kasteel 4, Heeswijk Dinther, tel. (+31) 413 29 20 24, info@stichtingkasteelheeswijk.nl, www.kasteelheeswijk.nl. Only 10km away from Den Bosch lies this romantic castle and its De Wapenzaal where concerts are held at 20:00. Podium Azijnfabriek E-3, Bethaniestraat 4, tel. (+31) 736 42 37 36, www.kamermuziekshertogenbosch.nl. Since 1990 this stage for classical music is holding concerts in this historical church. Q TJUEG

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Rock, folk, jazz & More Sept Date Time Event Venue 28 23:00- Electro/House. Threshold VI. P79 04:30 Johnny Digital, Moore & Lezz, Sgt. Einstein & Dick Junge will provide the beats at the 6th edition of Threshold. 29 23:00 Ska/Retro. The Backbeat P79 Collective. Formerly known as The Skarabees, they now perform swing, retro and rock ‚n roll in addition to ska Oct 1 19:30 Metal. Dead By April: European Crossroads Tour. €12.50 4 20:00 Various. Stepping Stone. A music festival for new bands. Line-up: Emmy Eve, Maxime, Mitchel & La Petite Folie. €5 10 20:30 Pop. Marike de Jager - Here Comes the Night. €18.10 12 23:00 House. Minority. The deepest and dirtiest in house and garage. €5 13 22:00 Rock/Punk. The Brave. See The Elephant 14 15:00 Pop/Rock. The Covering & W.(H).A.M. €7.50 16 21:00 Singer/Songwriter. Christina Martin: The Blue Room Sessions. €12 19 20:00 Various. Oktoberfest. You know the deal. Beers, folk music and lots of sausages 19 20:30 Jazz. Spinifex Orchestra Bigger Band. €15.50 20 20:30 Tango. Tango Masivo - Tango Salon. €15.50 Nov 2 23:00 Tech/House. Isis with supporting acts Izaakson, Wikke Wolf & Crozet 3 22:00 Swing. Boortoren Swing. From the 1970s, 1980s & 1990s to Madness and Muse. €10 4 14:30 World music. The Day of the Arab Culture presents Nizar Rohana. €15.50 4 17:30 World music. The Day of the Arab Culture presents Malika al Abdellaoui & Ensemble. €15.50 14 20:00 Pop/Rock. Miss Montreal - S-sssss-sanne! €22.10 21 20:00 Rock/Choir. Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Essential. A unique choir from Belgium plays covers of famous rock songs. Their version of Creep even made it to The Social Network‘s soundtrack. €22.55 23 20:30 Jazz. Amina Figarova Sextet Twelve. €15.50 23 19:00- Folk/Pop. Nacht aan de Maas 02:00 with Jeroen van der boom, Wolter Kroes and Bonnie St. Clair. A fine Dutch music fest. €32.50

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CULTURE & EVENTS Rock, folk, jazz & More 10 11 19 26 26 The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform Joy to the World on December 29 at 20:00 at Theater aan de Parade

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19:00- 1990s/Happy rave. Remember 02:00 the 1990s. 3FM DJ Gerard Ekdom powers the night where the Vengaboys, Mental Theo, 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor, Flamman & Abraxas and many more will have you bouncing around like back in the day. €32.50 23:00 Electro. Threshold - Electro

Dec 2 20:00 Soul/Jazz. Maybe Winehouse tribute band. €22.10 4 21:00 Singer/Songwriter Signe Tollefsen featuring Ralph - The Blue Room Sessions. €12 4 21:00 Pop/Country. Miss Molly & Me Rewind and Say Hello. €14.75 10 20:00 World music. Jambo aan de Parade - Out of Africa. €37.50 11 20:00 Rock. Racoon - Liverpool Rain Theatre Tour. An outstanding band, or should we say singer/ songwriters? €29.20 14 20:30 Jazz. Benjamin Herman & Ruben Heijn - Benjamin‘s Choice. €19.50 15 20:30 Jazz. Levantasy. The Middle East meets jazz. €15.50 28 20:30 Jazz. Duo Archie Schepp featuring Tom McClung, Trio Aki Takase, Han Bennink, Paul van kemenade and Tonbruket. Stranger than Paranoia. €15.50 28 20:00 Various. Top 2000 Live. €23.90 29 20:00 Gospel. Soweto Gospel Choir Joy to the World. They‘re double Grammy winners and world famous for their performances with Bono, Kylie Minogue and Celine Dion. €32.35 Jan 3 20:00 World music. The Don Cossack Choir of Russia performs A Russian Romance. €23.90 4 20:30 Jazz. JazzNu Café. €5 8 21:00 Americana. Shiner Twins - The Blue Room Sessions. €12

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20:00 Soul/R&B. Shirma Rouse sings Aretha. €20.30 20:30 Jazz. Michael Moore Quartet Jazz als een zoete mokerslag. €15.50 20:30 Tango. TangoZZs - Tangosalon. €15.50 20:00 Tribute. Tom Waits by L‘Orchestre d‘Hommes Orchestres. €22.10 20:30 Various. Hans Visser - World Photo Concert. €18.10 20:00 Folk. Frans Bauer Live in Concert IX. Holland’s friendliest singer knows how to throw a party. €38.15

Feb 3 14:30 Various. Erik Bosgraaf, Ernst Reijseger, DJ DNA - Musical Blind Date. €19.50 15 20:30 Chanson/Fado. Lenny Kuhr Liefdeslied. A Eurovision Song Contest winner from back in the day. €18.10 15 20:30 Jazz. Artvark featuring Clarron McFadden - Sly Meets Callas. 15.50 20 20:00 Woodstock - The Story. €23.90 Mar 1 20:15 Musical theatre. Carpenstars: Meet & Greet Karen Carpenter. €18 3 15:00 Fado. Fernando Lameirinhas, Eric Vloeimans and others. Pessoa. €22.10 5 20:30 Tribute. Eric Vaarzon & Carlos Dénia - Inspiración - A Tribute to maestro Paco de Lucia. €18.10 8 20:30 Jazz. Benjamin Herman & Anton Goudsmit - Benjamin’s Choice. €19.50 9 20:30 Rock/Pop. Motel West Coast Coast to Coast (Part IV). Not the era of Dr Dre and his gangstas, a time when The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys put the West on the map. Performed by Syb van der Ploeg, Julian Thomas, Mirjam Timmer and others. €24.75 16 20:30 Tango. Nuevo Nocturna Tangosalon. €15.50 19 21:00 Blues. The Blue Room Sessions - Mathieu Pesqué. €12 21 20:30 Drums. Slagwerk Den Haag & Michael Gordon: Timber. €19.50 22 20:30 Jazz. Yuri Honing Quartet. The winner of the Boy Edgar Prize together with his trusted saxophone live on stage. €15.50

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Sept Date Time Event Venue 22 - 11:00 Classical. IVC Quarter Finals. The TAP 23 49th edition of the International Singing Competition. €7.50 22 10:00 Classical. Master class improv DT for advanced and professionals lead by Erik Bosgraaf. Free admission, but a reservation is required at publiciteit@ detoonzaal.nl 23 20:30 Classical. Amsterdam Sinfonietta DT performs Shostakovich and Brahms. €29.50 24 11:00 Classical. IVC Master Classes TAP presnted by Ioan Holender, Jeppe Moulijn, Nelly Miricioiu, Sergej Leiferkus and Peter Schreier. €5 24 20:00 Classical. The Orchestra of TAP Brabant. Ode aan de stem (An Ode to the Voice). €12.75 25 13:00 Classical. IVC 1/2 Finals. €10 TAP 27 20:30 Classical. Nederlands Blazers DT Ensemble performs Beethoven's symphonies. €29.50 29 19:00 Classical. IVC 2012 Piano Finals. TAP €8.75 30 14:00 Classical. IVC 2012 Orchestra TAP Finals. €12.25 Oct 2, 8 14:00 Classical. Wolfgang Holzmair & Elly Ameling. €17.50 3 20:15 Singer/Songwriter. Marike Jager. Here Comes the Night. €18 4 20:30 Classical. Voyage à Paris with Philip Freriks, Valérie Guillorit & Marcel Worms. €19.50 7 14:15 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Serie de Favorieten: Hoekstenen van de Symfonie. (Cornerstones of the Symphony). €12.75 11 20:30 Classical. Pieter Wispelwey. Cello suites by Bach. €34.50 14 20:30 Classical. Warped Time Ensemble Schönberg & Cabaret. €19.50 17 20:00 Opera. The Tatarstan State Opera performs Puccini's Turandot. €2.75 18 20:30 Classical. Attacca Ensemble perform works by Philip Glass and David Lang. €24.50 26 Classical. The Classical Proms 27 Classical. Bevrijdingsconcert (Liberation Concert) performed by the Mixed Choir of 's-Hertogenbosch 28 14:15 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Matinee Series: Lalo's Masterpiece. €12.75 28 20:30 Classical/Baroque. Eric Bosgraaf, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya and Georg Philip Telemann. €19.50

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Nov 2 20:15 Classical. Pepijn de Bouwer (piano) and a special guest 3 19:00 Classical. Bosch Requiem 4 14:30 Classcial. Choir Albateso presents a jubilee concert: A 15-Year Journey. €7.50 7 12:30 Classical. Minguet Quartett November Music. €11 9 12:30 Classical. Osiris Threesome & Lars Wouters. November Music. €11 10 19:00 Classical. Ragazze Quartet. November Music. €11 13 20:30 Classical. Nederlands Blazers Ensemble & Teitur perform everyday songs. €29.50 18 14:30 Classical. Cecilia Bernardini & Keiko Schicijo. Beethoven's Frühling & Kreutzer Sonates. €25 20 20:00 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Serie Symfonische Beleving: Groots bezet Oorlogsleed. €12.75 27 20:00 Opera. Opera Zuid presents Massenet's Manon. €12.75 29 19:00 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. A family concert. €9.60 Dec 2 20:30 "Classical. Škampa Quartet & Maarten Mostert Haydn perform Beethoven & Schubert. €24,50" 7 20:15 Classical. Maarten van Roozendaal. De Gemene Deler. €16.50 8 20:00 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Series of Favourites: Feast of Recognition. €12.75 13 20:30 Classical. Sinfonia Rotterdam with Carel Kraayenhof. €29.50 20 20:30 Classical. Brodsky Quartet. €24.50 23 14:15 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Matinee Series: A Beautiful Baroque Christmas. €12.75

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CULTURE & EVENTS Classical music Jan 6 20:30 Classical. Finalists from the International Singing Competition 2012. €19.50 15 20:15 Opera. Puccini - La Bohème: Live Display. €22.50 16 20:30 Classical. Finals of the Storioni Competition 2013 19 20:00 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Symphonic Perception Series: soundtracks without film. €12.75 24 20:00 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Series of Favourites: An Underestimated Jewel. €12.75 27 14:30 Classcial/Baroque. Amandine Beyer (violin). €23 31 20:30 Classical. Maarten Koningsberger & Roger Braun perform Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn. €7.50 Feb 3 20:30 Classical. Hans Dagelet, Abbie de Quant and others. €19.50 6 20:30 Classical. Erik Bosgraaf & Cordevento XL perform Vivaldi's 4 Seasons. €24.50 17 20:30 Classical. Van Amsterdam Duo 20 20:15 Opera. Live Feed of the Royal Opera House in London where Kasper Holten will perform Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. €22.50 21 20:30 Classical. Marcel Beekman & Ernst Munneke perform Fauré, Chausson & Debussy. €19.50 24 14:15 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Matinee Series/ Favourites: Beauty, Romance & Swing. €12.75 28 20:30 Classical. Concerto Barocco - Telemann, Bach & Vivaldi. €19.50 Mar 3 19:30 Classical. Wishful Singing A Capella. €19.50 3 21:15 Classical. Frommermann A Capella. €19.50 7 20:30 Classical. Abbie de Quant, Carel Alphenaar and others. €19.50 10 10:00 Classical. Euro Competition: preliminaries. Dutch piano virtuosos battle it out for the European championship. €8.29 10 20:00 Classical. Aquarius Mixed Choir presents Arvo Pärt Kanon Pokajanen. €24.50 17 20:30 Classical. Profeti della Quinta Salomone Rossi - Madrigales. €23 19 20:00 Opera. Opera Zuid presents Leon Cavallo's Pagliacci. €12.75 21 20:00 Classical. The Orchestra of Brabant. Symphonic Perception Series: a bassoon concert as a spiritual experience. €12.75

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11, www.brabanthallen.nl. This former cattle market is now a fair and concert venue. Iron Maiden rocked the stage and Disney on Ice twirled on the same floor where farmers once traded cows and bulls. Q HUL De Toonzaal C-3, Prins Bernhardstraat 4 - 6, tel. (+31) 736 12 21 23, info@detoonzaal.nl, www.detoonzaal.nl. Come to this intimate concert hall for Dutch chamber music and jazz. Roughly 90 concerts are scheduled in this former Jewish synagogue each year. Q JEBX Theater aan de Parade D-2, Parade 23, tel. (+31) 900 33 72 72 33, info@theateraandeparade.nl, www. theateraandeparade.nl. This chic hall offers red plush seats and a vast stage where artists perform. Dates and times can be found here. Q PJUEB W2 Poppodium B-1, Boschdijkstraat 100, tel. (+31) 736 12 34 22, info@w2.nl, www.w2.nl. A famous concert venue, its legendary stage has hosted some truly big names in the past. The venue isn’t too big, which creates a cosy atmosphere where artists and their audience can get up close and personal with one another. Enjoy your favourite band with a cool brew in one hand and the other up in the air. Q JLEG

Exhibitions Grafisch Atelier Den Bosch B-1, Boschveldweg 471,

tel. (+31) 736 13 42 77, info@gadenbosch.nl, www. gadenbosch.nl. Four days a week you can visit this artisty place for professional artists who seek here inspiration and a ideal working environment for their latest creations. QOpen 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. TJ6 Kunstruimte Voltaire C-2, Stoofstraat 6, tel. (+31) 736 13 96 72, riavoltaire@home.nl, www.kunstruimtevoltaire.nl. Between a cup of fresh Mint tea and a healthy lunch, you can enjoy the works from local artists. Q TJNGBS Nova Zembla D-2, St. Josephstraat 20, tel. (+31) 736 21 50 22, www.nzembla.nl. For nearly 10 years this picturesque building has been a venue for both art students and professional artists to exhibit their work. Q TJ Werkplaats Van der Hoeven C-2, Postelstraat 34a, tel. (+31) 622 93 99 99, mail@rietvanderhoeven.nl, www.rietvanderhoeven.nl. Colourful paintings by artist Riet van der Hoeven. QOpen , Fri 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun. TJ

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CULTURE & EVENTS Festivals & Other events Sept Date Time Event Venue 29.09 Week of the Taste (Week van de CC Smaak). Various restaurants and 05.10 chefs will use their cooking skills to satisfy your culinary cravings in and around the city of Den Bosch Oct 03.10 12:00 Bosch Young Talent Show AKV (BYTS). An international art 04.11 17:00 event displaying works from visual artists under 30 years of age. Around 50 artists from Den Bosch, Berlin, Brugge, Frankfurt, Lisbon and many more city‘s will participate. Free admission 12 - 19:00 Festyland. The 5th anniversary LH 14 of one of Holland‘s main festival02:00, season closing parties. Line-up: Sun Go Back to The Zoo, Asteroids 12:00 Galaxy Tour, The Flexican, Lucien Foort, FeestDJRuud 21:00 and many more. A total of 80 acts and 27,000 visitors will participate. Tickets €10 - 48, campsites €15 26 20:30 Boschkilde Festival. Watch young W2 and upcoming bands from the Den Bosch area perform. The afterparty will offer alternative music Dec 14 Fri Disney On Ice - Let‘s Party. BH 16 19:00, Accompany Mickey Mouse and Sat, his homies on their trip on the ice Sun skating rink. The performance 11:00, is suited for youngsters and 14:30, veterans alike. Watch some 18:30 of the latest Disney heroes in action. €17.50 - 42 Feb 9 - 12

Carnival in Oeteldonk. Oeteldonk, the local name for Den Bosch during the crazy days of carnival days has one of the best parades in the country. If you‘ve never visited the carnival before, just wear a costume and walk along drinking, dancing and laughing with the locals

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Galleries Galerie 68 C-2, Postelstraat 68, tel. (+31) 736 14 06

35, info@galerie68.nl, www.galerie68.nl. This place offers quite the eclectic mix of art for sale. You can find everything from extremely abstract pieces to simple portraits. QOpen 12:30 - 17:30, Thu 13:00 - 17:30. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. J Jed Keramiek B-3, Vughterstraat 217, tel. (+31) 736 12 32 42, www.jedkeramiek.nl. Many galleries have a theme that flows from the art work it displays and if this place were to be characterised by one word it would have to be chickens. Cement statues and figurines of chickens cover this shop where you can buy a piece of original art for as little as €25, but other pieces are sold for as much as €400. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Majke Husstege C-3, Verwerstraat 28, tel. (+31) 736 14 28 63, info@majkehusstege.nl, www.majkehusstege. nl. This gallery offers plenty of items to hang on your wall, but they’re not paintings. These wall hangings are more about texture and adding a 3D element to your home. Each work has bold solid colours and an abstract quality to it, but be prepared to part with a large sum of money. QOpen 11:00 - 17:30, Sat 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue. J Microgalerie NewZ D-2, St. Josephstraat 20, evelynemontens@gmail.com, www.microgalerienewz.com. Probably the smallest gallery in the world, Studio complex Nova Zembla is located in the centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Micro-gallery NewZ displays new works by different artists who work here every month. Q Vander ven & Vander ven Oriental Ar t D-3, Nachtegaalslaantje 1, tel. (+31) 736 14 62 51, fax (+31) 736 13 06 62, info@vanderven-vanderven.com, www.vanderven-vanderven.com/. Vanderven & Vanderven Oriental Art is considered to be one of the world’s leading international dealers in early Chinese terracotta and export porcelain. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. J

Musicals The impressive Efteling Theatre is situated next to the entrance to the Efteling Park in Kaatsheuvel. The theatre is used for performances that are suitable for people of all ages, although it is particularly suitable for enchanting musicals. The magnificent building oozes the Efteling’s rich fairytale tradition and is one of the largest theatres in the Netherlands. In addition to the beautiful auditorium there is a large foyer and a red velvet theatre restaurant.

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CULTURE & EVENTS Theatre, dance & Ballet Sept Date Time Event 22 20:30 Dance. Keren Levi: The Dry Piece. €14.75 Oct 4 20:00 Ballet. The National Ballet performs Sterrenstof (Stardust). €12.75 4 13:00 Day of the Arab Culture. Arab Fusion, a film about the crossing of cultures and Arab music 4 16:00 Day of the Arab Cuture. Fairuz: We Loved Each Other So Much. A documentary about the singer from Lebanon 7 14:00 Kids theatre. De Beer die geen Beer was. (The Bear That Wasn‘t a Bear) with music by Anneke van Giersbergen & Martijn Bosman. €12.50 11 21:00 Dance. United-C - Apology. €14.75 11 20:00 Dance. Introdans - Hartslag. €12.75 19 20:30 Dance. Dansgroep Amsterdam Domestica. €17.25 23 20:15 Dance. Live from the Royal Opera House in London: Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake. €22.50 25 - 20:00 Holiday on Ice - Speed. Lifting 28 the ice show to a new level. €29.95 30 20:00 Dance. Nederlands Dans Theater 1 - Programma II. €12.75 30 20:15 Musical. Jeans 22 - Dynamite. €25 Nov 1 20:00 Musical. Aspects of Love. €37 - 41 2 20:30 Dance. Stichting Faya (DND) Get on the Good Food 3 20:30 Dance. T.r.a.s.h. Einbahnstrasse. €14.75 22 20:30 Dance. Emio Greco | PC - Rocco. €17.25 23 20:00 Circus. Family Flöz - Infinita. €22 22 - 16:00- Musical. Annie. €24.75 25 20:00 30 20:30 Dance. Dansgroep Amsterdam TRIP en Masse. €14.75 Dec 13 20:00 Ballet. Scapino Ballet Rotterdam performs Romeo & Julia. €15.85 15 20:30 Cabaret. Sven Ratzke Nachtspiele Christmas Special. €18 19 20:00 Circus. The Peking Acrobats. They gave us a taste of what they can do in Ocean‘s Eleven. Now watch their acrobatic show live. €23

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19:00 Ballet. The St. Petersburg Ballet performs The Nutcracker. €21.65 4 20:15 Musical theatre. Percossa Knock Out. €20.50 8, 9 20:00 Musical. Ashton Brothers Treasures. €22.55 10 20:30 Theatre/Music. CarpenSTARS Meet & Greet Karen Carpenter. €18 12 20:30 Dance. Dance Works Rotterdam featuring André Gingras - Codex. €17.25 14 20:00 Dance. ISH - THIS is ISH. Choreographer/director Marco Gerris and crew break the stage with free running, hip hop, breakdance and house. €17.65 15 20:00 Musical. Jeans 22 - Dynamite. €25 29 20:00 Dance. Compagnie Alias Sideways Rain. €16 31 20:30 Dance. Jelena Kostic - Yell Penelope. €14.75

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Feb 13 - 20:30 Dance. Pia Meuten / Panama VKF 15 Pictures present Ergens; dichtbij. €11.25 19 20:00 Musical. Sissi. €30.55 TAP 27 21:00 Dance. Jan Martens & Frascati VKF Productions - To Love Duets. €14.75 Mar 5 20:00 Ballet. Scapino Ballet Rotterdam TAP - Le Chat Noir. €12.75 6, 7 20:00 Musical. De Jantjes. The most TAP quintessentially Dutch musical is back with Willeke Alberti! €30.55 8 20:30 Dance. Irene Alvarez VKF ZarZamora. €17.25

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Maaspoort Sports & Events K-10, Marathonloop 1,

Sept Date Time Event Venue 30 09:00 Curiosity Market. Get surprised BH at this new event, loaded with 16:30 gadgets, gotta haves and other souvenirs worth spending your change on Oct 13 - 10:00 Rock Around the Jukebox. Relive 14 the 1950s, 60s and 70s at the 17:00 Autotron where the greasers and squares come to life. Expect jukeboxes, pinball machines, period clothing, furniture and typical accessories from the golden ages of rock n roll. €12 20 - 10:00 Mega Snuffelmarkt. Popular 21 market with over 2500 stalls. 17:00 Suitable for the entire family. €8.50 27 - 10:00 Poppen & Berenbeurs. The 28 largest dolls and teddybear 17:00 fair in the world. Stalls will offer merchandise, collectibles, demos, workshops and inspiration. €2 - 10 Nov 3 - 4 10:00 Love & Marriage Fair. Everything you need for the big W including 17:00 a special bridal fashion show. €15 8 10:00 Stoffen Spektakel. A fair for anyone interested in making 17:00 and arranging linen, cloth and other textiles. Get your free consultation from a specialist or watch the masters at work. €15 8 - 11 10:00 Christmas Creations. Need inspiration to decorate your 17:00 home or office for Christmas? Creations for your house & garden, flowers, fashion and cuisine. €15 9 - 11 10:00 Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo 2012. €15 17:00 10 - 09:00 Mega Snuffelmarkt. Fle market 11 & suitable for the whole family. 25 16:30 €8.50 17 - 10:00 Antique Automobile and 18 Hotrodshow 2012. Classic cars 17:00 and hotrods, built, renovated and revised by the best in the business. €12 Dec 26 - 10:00 Trucks Eindejaarfestijn 2012. 27 Truckers rejoice! A fine mix 17:00 between lifestyle, know-how and experience in trucking is at your disposal here. €12.50

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23, www.artemis.nl. More then 20 years already a leading force in the local culturescene. Very picturesque location of the theatre. QOpen 09:00 - 17:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Admission: adults €8, children and students €6. TJEG Perron-3 L-10, Hoff van Hollantlaan 1, Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 738 50 75 50, www.perron-3.nl. This small, cosy theatre fills a certain niche that Den Bosch’s other theatres can’t and it’s beloved by both actors and audiences alike. It’s located close to the train station and free parking is available. Q TJAULEG Theater aan de Parade D-2, Parade 23, tel. (+31) 900 33 72 72 33, www.theateraandeparade.nl. The biggest theatre in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is also the best place to watch a variety of events including dance, music and plays. The Pleinzaal is the cosiest, smallest stage with seats for 220 spectators. Q PTJUEGBX Theater De Speeldoos K-11, Vliertstraat 6, Vught, tel. (+31) 736 56 55 88, www.theaterdespeeldoos.nl. 320 visitors can find a seat in this multifunctional complex. Also a smaller stage for less known productions. Q THULG Verkade fabriek B-1, Boschdijkstraat 45, tel. (+31) 736 81 81 60, www.verkadefabriek.nl. Verkade fabriek is a stylish multifunctional theatre housed in an old biscuit factory about a five-minute walk from the city centre. It offers a year-round theatre and dance and film programmes as well as a restaurant and bar. Q PTULEBKX

Tickets Tickets for events (music, sports, arts and theatre, family fun and festivals) are best bought at the venue itself or from TicketMaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.nl). You can buy tickets by phone or pick up reserved tickets from selected VVV Outlets, TicketShops and the Free Record Shop at Pensmarkt 28.

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tel. (+31) 736 49 42 22, maaspoort.s-hertogenbosch. nl/index.cfm. This large sports and events venue is located roughly seven kilometers from the city centre. It’s also the home of the Eiffel Towers basketball team, Den Bosch’s answer to the Chicago Bulls. Q PHU

If you appreciate the tango then don’t miss Nuevo Nocturna Tangosalon on March 16. Photo by Rob Nijmeijer

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SPORTS IN DEN BOSCH ’s-Hertogenbosch is a true sports city. Whether you like rugby, basketball, ice hockey or football, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Den Bosch. The buff men of The Dukes rugby team and the beautiful women of the ’s-Hertogenbosch Hockey Club are at the top teams of their respective leagues in the Netherlands. The Eiffel Towers basketball club is also among the best in the country and has ranked high in the past in European competitions. Football club FC Den Bosch and ice hockey team Red Star Eagles aren't in the nation's top leagues in their respective sports, but a mere one level lower.

Spectator sports The Dukes rugby club was founded in 1974 and in 2008 they were finally allowed to call themselves Dutch champions. The Dukes usually play their home matches on Sundays at 14:30. The team also boasts a large number of prominent international players, so their matches are never boring. For the past 75 years, Hockey Club s-Hertogenbosch has been one of the most prominent teams in the Netherlands. In the last 15 years the women's team only lost the national title once. Their modern hockey complex draws in crowds of fans for every home game and both the women’s and men’s teams boast a large number of international stars. Five of the HC-players won gold (women) and silver (men) in the last Olympics in London. Basketball isn' t th e most popular spor t in th e Netherlands, but the Eiffel Towers has been one of the biggest teams within the country’s borders since its founding in 1952, when it was called EBBC Den Bosch. Initial triumphs were celebrated in the ‘Vinkenkamp’ sports centre, but since 1982 the ‘Maaspoort’ has been their home court. Last season they even became champions of the Dutch league. With names like Seedorf, Bergkamp, Kluivert, Robben, Van Nistelrooy, Van Basten, Van Persie, Van der Sar and many other Vans, it's no secret that football is king in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, FC Den Bosch currently plays in the second highest division, but that doesn't detract locals from supporting their home team. In the few decades since the club's founding, the team's blue and white have made it to the premier league, but their stay at the highest level has never lasted long. It may, however, interest you to know that ex-Manchester United and ex-Real Madrid superstar Ruud van Nistelrooy began his illustrious career at FC Den Bosch back in 1994. Almost 4,000 spectators visit the fortnightly matches at the cosy 8,500-capacity stadium. The Red Eagles ice hockey club isn't exactly at the top of its game either and its days of glory remain in the distant past when it gained a champions title back in 1967. Club games are held in the beautiful Sportiom arena from October - March.

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Sports halls & Special events In addition to these ‘s-Hertogenbosch sports clubs, the city also regularly organises other sporting events. Indoor Brabant is a large international horse show spanning several days that has taken place at Brabanthallen every March for the past 43 years. The Unicef Open (formerly Ordina Open) is an international grass tennis tournament which is seen by many top tennis players as the ideal leg up to Wimbledon. The centre court is in Rosmalen, a large, nearby village that was annexed by the ’s-Hertogenbosch municipality a few years ago. Furthermore, the city council has worked hard to create the Flik-Flak Hall in 2008, which is a much more serious affair than its name would imply. This multifaceted sports facility at Marathonloop 7 is home to more than 30 different sporting disciplines. Each sport has its own hall within the building, which has been designed especially for the sport concerned.

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Football: FC Den Bosch Sept Date Time Match 29 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. FC Emmen. €13 - 22.50 Oct 19 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. SC Cambuur Leeuwarden €13 - 22.50 Nov 2 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. Fortuna Sittard. €13 - 22.50 16 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. Almere City FC. €13 - 22.50 23 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. Telstar. €13 - 22.50 Dec 7 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. FC Eindhoven. €13 - 22.50 23 14:30 FC Den Bosch vs. FC Oss. €13 - 22.50 Feb 1 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. Go Ahead Eagles. €13 - 22.50 15 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. FC Volendam. €13 - 22.50 Mar 1 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. AGOVV Apeldoorn. €13 - 22.50 8 20:00 FC Den Bosch vs. SC Veendam. €13 - 22.50

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WHERE TO STAY Although ‘s-Hertogenbosch provides plenty of mid-range and upmarket accommodation, the city lacks hostels and budget hotel rooms. However, a small campground can be found on the outskirts of the city. Rates listed here include VAT and most of the hotels offer breakfast, but often for a hefty extra fee.

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Cream of the crop Hotel Central (Hotel Central Golden Tulip) C-2,

Burgemeester Loeffplein 98, tel. (+31) 736 92 69 26, fax (+31) 736 14 56 99, info@hotel-central.nl, www. hotel-central.nl. If you want to be right in the middle of all the action in the city centre then look no further than the Golden Tulip Hotel Central. The location is unbeatable, with old town right next door. You might pay a little more for the location, but you’re right on the medieval market square with access to... well everything in the beating heart of this sparkling city. Successive generations of the Rademakers family have run this (tastefully decorated) hotel since 1905 so they definitely know a thing or two about service. Two bars and a fine restaurant overlooking the market square are at your disposal as well as (paid) wi-fi throughout the hotel. The Golden Tulip is always seeking to combine the best of the past with the best of the present so you can expect both old world elegance and modern amenities. Q125 rooms (39 singles €95 - 144, 74 doubles €128 - 171, 5 executive rooms €170 - 181, 3 deluxe rooms €173 - 186, 2 junior suites €210 - 246, 1 duke suite €258 - 339, 1 bridal room €163 - 181). PTJHA6FLEGKXW

Movenpick Pettelaarpark 90, tel. (+31) 736 87 46

74, fax (+31) 736 87 46 35, hotel.s-hertogenbosch@ moevenpick.com, www.moevenpick-s-hertogenbosch. com. This is where (almost) president Al Gore lodged during his recent visit to Den Bosch, and if it’s good enough for him, it’s certainly good enough for you. The Movenpick is situated between large office buildings and the highway. This may sound discouraging, but it’s actually one of the reasons this hotel is one of the best in the city. You can barely hear any traffic noise and the buildings give it privacy. The hotel even has its own lake and the deck off of the restaurant is perfect for enjoying a cocktail over the water on a sunny day. In short, a great place to spend your hard-earned cash. Just recently Al Gore stayed here happily and his extra wishes (‘mixed peanuts and a bottle of diet coke’) were no problem for the friendly and dedicated staff. Take bus No.61 for 10 minutes to Provinciehuis (transferium Pettelaarpark) and walk the last two minutes. Although we doubt if the ‘former next president’ did this too... Q (92 doubles €99 - 185). PTHAULBKDXW

Luxury comes standard at the Movenpick

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Conference hotels Conferentiehotel Landgoed Huize Bergen O-16,

Glorieuxlaan 1, Vught, tel. (+31) 736 58 04 00, fax (+31) 736 56 15 50, info@huizebergen.nl, www.huizebergen.nl. It’s almost a shame that not everyone can enjoy this luxurious hotel, which is situated on a beautiful quiet lot. A lush wooded area covers one side, shielding you from traffic noise, while the other side is an expansive field dotted with large trees. This may be a business hotel, but inside it looks anything but commercial. If you’re looking to impress employees or colleagues, definitely host your conferences here. Q 80 rooms (€75 - €115). PHAULGBKXW

Guldenberg Conferentiehotel Guldenberg 12, Hel-

voirt, tel. (+31) 411 64 24 24, fax (+31) 411 64 24 32, info@guldenberg.nl, www.guldenberg.nl. This relatively large hotel is situated in a beautiful, forested area and the free sauna, the great terrace and the friendly staff will definitely add value to your stay. The calm surroundings are perfect for long bicycle trips and sleeping is bliss thanks to fantastic beds and the lack of local nightlife, although there is a cosy bar downstairs (at least, when there are enough guests). Buurtbus No 239 is the only public transportation possibility from Central Station Den Bosch to reach this hidden gem in only 25 minutes. Not on weekends. Q 89 rooms (singles €82, doubles €110). PTHAUIFLGBKDXW

Mid-range Mercure Hotel Burgemeester Burgerslaan 50, tel. (+31) 735 21 91 59, fax (+31) 735 21 62 15, H2112@ accor.com, www.accorhotels.com. Although popular with business travellers, this 3-star hotel could use an upgrade. Which is planned anyway in the near future. The furniture is a-bit outdated and the amenities can best be described as basic, but it does have a small restaurant and bar that serves a buffet-style breakfast. Guests are entitled to a free bike which isn’t a bad idea if you consider that the centre is only a 15 minute ride away. Parking costs €5/day, but is free at the weekend. Unfortunately, wireless internet access isn’t free and you have to pay a hefty fee. If you’re a light sleeper, ask for a room at the back of the hotel, because the constant noise from one of the busiest highway in the Netherlands could keep you awake. The hotel features 17 meeting rooms and a well equipped business point. Take bus No.74 for 15 minutes to Brabantpoort (Rosmalen) and walk for another five minutes to the hotel. Q82 rooms (82 doubles €75 - 129). 82 rooms (rooms €75 - 129). PHA6ULGBKXW

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WHERETO TOSTAY STAY WHERE Van der Valk Hotel ‘s-Hertogenbosch - Vught Boss-

cheweg 2, tel. (+31) 736 58 77 77, www.valk.com/ vught. Although the façade is average and somewhat drab, the interior is just dripping in luxury. The hotel has worked very hard to ensure that one doesn’t mistake it for a roadside trucker’s stop and the rooms, like the Delphi room, are good examples of the effort. People must get tired quickly here because there are plush chairs and sofas everywhere. This is also true of the large restaurant with lots of seating both inside and outside. Q125 rooms (101 doubles €80 - 135, 16 triples €105 - 160, 6 suites €145, 2 apartments €145). PTHAUIFLGBKDXCW

Budget All In Hotel C-2, Gasselstraat 1, tel. (+31) 736 13 40

57,www.allin-hotel.nl. You can’t beat the combination of price and location at All-In, but don’t expect 5-star treatment here as it’s really just a place to sleep. The hotel, which has been running since 1974, is spread out on different floors with no lift and the steep stairs are definitely not for the elderly or the disabled. It is, however, a perfect place for a group of friends who’d like to share a room in the city centre. Q9 rooms (2 singles €45, 2 doubles €60, 1 triple €90, 4 quads €120). Breakfast €7,50. J

Campanille O-15, Goudsbloemvallei 21-25, tel. (+31)

736 42 25 25, www.campanile-s-hertogenbosch.nl. This hotel, which actually looks like a typical American-style roadside motel, hasn’t gone over the top with amenities, but the 47 stylish rooms with excellent beds and pure white bed linens and green curtains are good value for money. The rest of the hotel is fairly plain, but clean and the location allows quick access to the city without much traffic. Q47 rooms (47 doubles €97). THAULGBKXW

Jo van den Bosch B-1, Boschdijkstraat 39/A, tel. (+31) 736 13 82 05, www.jovandenbosch.nl. This small, family owned hotel with only 17 rooms, has also the advantage of offering a little more peace and quiet than the ones in Den Bosch proper. A few benches outside offer a nice place to sit and enjoy a pint or cocktail. The rooms vary in space and views, but all are equipped with modern facilities like wireless internet, flatscreens and a well designed bathroom. Q17 rooms (2 singles €75, 11 doubles €90, 4 triples €122). AKW

Terminus Hotel B-2, Boschveldweg 15, tel. (+31) 736

13 06 66, www.hotel-terminus.nl. If you’re on the go and want to be close to the train station, but don’t want to pay city centre prices, Hotel Terminus could be the place for you. It also offers a pub and café downstairs with a wide variety of snacks and drink. The hotel is a great alternative for budgetminded travellers, but don’t expect caviar and champagne. Terminus has a bit of a rough edge to it, but the atmosphere is fun and relaxing. Q11 rooms (4 singles €37, 3 doubles €71, 4 triples €102). JBX

Apartment rental Vakantiehuis Den Bosch C-2, Walpoort 2, tel. (+31)

648 41 36 49, www.vakantiehuisdenbosch.nl. The owners of this furnished house in the attractive De Uilenburg neighbourhood have created a unique concept: the house’s stylish décor consists of antique furniture and accessories that come from the La Folie secondhand shop, just around the corner, which also belongs to them. The prices are a bit high, but all of the furniture and accessories in this holiday home are for sale! Ideal for groups of two to eight persons. Q (doubles €100 - 125, each additional person €20/night). TJGBXW

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Sublime view of the square from Hotel Central

Bed & Breakfast Achter de Kan B-3, Achter de Kan 3A, tel. (+31) 641 74

91 49, info@bbachterdekan.nl, www.bbachterdekan.nl. This recently renovated place has merged the intimate feeling of a B&B with all the technological comforts of today. The B&B comes complete with a laptop to use, free wi-fi, electronic door locks, free washer and dryer and a private bathroom in all three rooms. But the best perks are the large Dutch breakfast and the private terrace on which to enjoy it. Q 3 rooms (singles €70, doubles €90). breakfast €10 extra. JW

Bossche Bed & Breakfast C-2, Orthenstraat 49-51,

tel. (+31) 617 01 94 93, www.bosschebedandbreakfast. nl. It´s not the most exciting of names, but at least you won´t forget it. Bossche Bed & Breakfast is located on the ground floor of one of the landmark Dutch houses that are so typical of the beautiful city centre. The spacious studio room offers connectible twin beds, a dining table, TV, wireless internet access, refrigerator, tea- and coffeemaker, iron and a private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. Q Prices from €85, breakfast €10. TJGW

De Bossche Beul C-2, Molenstraat 31, tel. (+31) 652 34 25 25, www.debosschebeul.nl. There are some places that we’d rather keep to ourselves for fear that they will become too popular ruining their unique ambience. De Bossche Beul is one such place. We are, however, convinced that the passionate owner of this centrally located B&B won’t make any changes to her already successful business. She rents two rooms, one a bit larger than the other. Fortunately, you’ll receive the same fabulous breakfast whichever room you book. Q 2 rooms (singles and doubles from €60 - 80). J6GW

Onder de Pannen D-2, In de Boerenmouw 21, tel.

(+31) 736 14 41 15, www.bbonderdepannen.nl. Onder de Pannen is an independent, split-level studio flat with wireless internet, three single beds, a large kitchen and a modern bathroom. It is situated on a pedestrian street within a stone’s throw of St. John’s Cathedral and one of the city’s biggest shopping streets: the Hinthamerstraat. This place feels like you’re staying at your grandma’s house. That is if your grandma was like ours, a friendly women who makes a great breakfast and kept a tidy house. This studio B&B offers all the privacy you need and is presided over by another lovely older women with an affinity for her plants. Fortunately, grandma has kept up with the times and offers free wi-fi for her guests. Q 1 room (1 triple €50 - 90). Breakfast: €5. JW

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WHERE TO STAY: OUT OF TOWN Out of town: Bed & Breakfast De Maasstroom N-15, Maasdijk 2, Nederhemert, tel.

(+31) 418 55 22 17, maasstroom@planet.nl, www. demaasstroom.nl. The dike looks like it runs right through this B&B. On one side you have the B&B perched on the dike and on the other is a semi-enclosed terrace that offers one of the best sunset views in the area. The bar is decorated with a rich, dark wood giving it a homey pub feel and there’s even a lounge area with a billiards table. There are only four rooms in the B&B but they are actually more like apartments and come fully equipped. Q Prices vary from €45 - 75. TLG

De Mozaïektuin N-15, Voordijk 57, Vlijmen, tel. (+31)

735 11 91 39, info@demozaiektuin.nl, www.demozaiektuin.nl. This quiet B&B is nestled next to a dike in a small community. Pulling into the small driveway you soon realize that someone here has an affinity for plants. And dor mosaic. The owners share a love for this form of art which comes back in the table, sleeping room, mirror, garden and probably some places we forgot to mention. A fully equiped kitchen is at your disposal, in case if you wanna surprise your better half with your newest Jamie Oliver-skills.Q Prices from €70 - 90. W

De Stenentoren (The Stone Tower) Bokhoven,

Driekoningenplein 2A, tel. (+31) 654 99 24 80, stenentoren.spaces.live.com. In Bokhoven, at the border of the Dutch provinces of Brabant and Gelderland, this pricey, yet unique guesthouse is a favourite among artists and architects who come here for its one of a kind architecture. Located in a 16th-century tower that used to be part of a little church, it offers only one luxury apartment. Be prepared to pay for extras like breakfast on the fifth floor, use of its three terraces or even swimming in the Maas. Take bus No.65 half an hour to Gravin Helenastraat and walk another five minutes to the tower. Q (doubles €120 - 135). A

Out of town: Budget Fletcher Hotel Prinsen Vlijmen, Julianastraat 21, tel.

(+31) 347 75 04 02, www.hotelprinsen.nl. Just outside ‘s-Hertogenbosch lies three-star Fletcher Hotel Prinsen. The service is super friendly, parking is free and breakfast is reasonable, although the sober and somewhat old-fashioned rooms could use a modern upgrade. Thanks to the large garden and the cosy bar with a large fireplace, there are plenty of places to spend your time here apart from your room. Take bus No.135 for 10 minutes to Plein (Vlijmen) and walk for another five minutes. Q29 rooms (5 singles, 20 doubles €59 - 109, 1 triple, 2 family rooms). THA6ILEBKXW

Formule 1 Waalwijk, Van Andelstraat 17, tel. (+31) 416 65 28 95, fax (+31) 416 65 27 59, www.hotelformule1.com. ‘Sleep well at the best price’ has already been a marketing slogan for the Formule 1 hotel chain for many years now. In fact, the Ryanair of European hotels offers just a room with a bed with no frills for a more than reasonable price. Located next to major motorways and with a standard rate starting from €45/night, this chain of 360 hotels is ideal for budget-minded tourists travelling by car. An all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast is also a major draw. Q (rooms from €45/ night). UW

Hotel Brasserie Oud Maren Maren-Kessel, Provin-

cialeweg 85, tel. (+31) 412 47 98 98, fax (+31) 412 47 95 59, info@oudmaren.nl, www.hotelbrasserieoudmaren.nl. Its splendid brasserie alone makes this renovated hotel worth visiting. The stylish rooms may be somewhat small, but they’re spic and span and outfitted with modern conveniences such as internet and TV. The rural surroundings are great for a hike or bicycle ride and the nearby ferry to the hamlet of Alem affords one a glimpse of life as it was hundreds of years ago. As this family hotel is located in the middle of nowhere, it may be useful to have your own car or bicycle, which can be parked in the guarded, covered parking lot. It’s a five minute drive from ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Q TLGBKW

Waalwijk Hotel Burg van de Klokkenlaan 15, Waal-

wijk, tel. (+31) 416 33 60 45, www.hotelwaalwijk.nl. This multifunctional hotel in the centre of Waalwijk caters to businesspeople and the primarily Dutch visitors of the nearby amusement park. The spacious family rooms provide added value to this hotel, which is nevertheless in dire need of a redecoration. The rather shabby and dated exterior isn’t exactly encouraging and the sagging mattresses will cause you to roll to the middle of your bed, but the extensive breakfast buffet is excellent. Take bus No. 300 from the ‘sHertogenbosch Central Station and exit after 22 minutes at the Waalwijk bus station. Walk for another six minutes. Q61 rooms. JK

Out of town: Mid-range Apollo Hotels & Resor ts Zaltbommel O-14,

Hogeweg 75, Zaltbommel, tel. (+31) 418 57 50 25, fax (+31) 418 57 50 20, inf o.zaltbommel@ apollohotelsr esor ts.com, w w w.apollohotelsr esor ts.com. Cows graze in pastures, farmers still wear clogs, and ri vers meander through the landscape surrounding Apollo Zal tbommel, an oasis of peace onl y 14km from Den Bosch. Th e h otel offers a cinema, a terrace by the water, various places to eat and a cosy bar. Wifi is available for a fee. You can also take a stroll to the ci ty centre of Zal tbommel, a charming medieval for tified town. Q 109 rooms (107 doubles €69 - 100, 1 suite €104 - 135, 1 disabled-friendly €69). PHA6UFLKC hhhh

De Gouden Molen P-14, Waaldijk 5, Rossum, tel. (+31)

View of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre

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418 66 13 06, fax (+31) 418 66 21 88, info@degoudenmolen.nl, www.degoudenmolen.nl. This centuries-old building doesn’t have all of the modern conveniences one might expect, but perhaps that’s what makes it so charming. A Michelin recommended restaurant with a large, heated terrace overlooking a river is another reason to visit. This honour is partly due to its fantastic, picturesque location atop a dyke offering incredible views. Reach 10 well-kept, basic rooms by ascending a long, steep staircase. Q10 rooms (9 doubles €100, 1 apartment €185). THAIL� GBKXW hhh

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WHERE TO STAY: OUT OF TOWN Van der Valk Hotel Nuland Nuland, Rijksweg 25, tel. (+31) 735 34 25 34, www.valk.com/nuland. Hotel Nuland is truly a business traveller’s hotel. 128 luxurious rooms with all modern conveniences and 18 (!) multifunctional conferencerooms are here for those hard workers. Situated right next to the A59 motorway, it’s easy to come and go, yet there’s very little traffic noise. There’s even a gas station almost in the parking lot for multi-tasking business execs. Recently renovated, the hotel is still undergoing some cosmetic work but is fully functional. The restaurant is good and offers a large outside seating area in the summer. Q123 rooms (21 doubles €78, 4 suites €150, 49 deluxe doubles €88, 8 deluxe triples €98, 10 deluxe quads €108, 31 junior suites €103). HA6ULKW A themed suite at the Efteling Hotel

De Leygraaf Q-16, Meerstraat 45a, Heeswijk-Dinther,

tel. (+31) 413 29 30 16, info@leygraaf.nl, www.leygraaf. nl. Just a 15 minute drive from ‘s-Hertogenbosch you’ll find this small but attractive three-star hotel that’s popular with newlyweds. All 10 rooms including the bridal suite are stylishly decorated and the hotel’s large outdoor terrace pleasantly combines the centuries-old building’s historical characteristics with modern amenities. Fully equipped conference halls, free wi-fi, a sauna and a small, but up-to-date fitness centre are also available. Q10 rooms (10 doubles €78 - 185). THALGBKDXW hhh

De Naaldhof Q-14, Docfalaan 22, Oss, tel. (+31) 412

62 21 29, fax (+31) 412 65 21 98, denaaldhof@bestwestern.nl, www.denaaldhof.nl. The hotel is situated on its own private road, which ensures peace and quiet only occasionally interrupted by a local tractor. A restaurant, a good pub, well-appointed rooms and conference facilities are just some of the great amenities you can find here. A billiards room, six bowling lanes and even a paintball field are also at your disposal. Q79 rooms (79 doubles €75 - 150). Doubles €75 - €150. THAUFLGBKDXW

Efteling hotel Horst 31, Kaatsheuvel, tel. (+31) 900

- 01 61, fax (+31) 416 - 28 84 88, info@efteling.com, www.efteling.com. The Efteling Hotel is a perfect reflection of the amusement park: a bit like a fairy tale and very busy at times. Don’t be surprised when during breakfast one of the park’s characters pops up to run off with your kids, leaving heaps of plates with half eaten sandwiches in their wake. In this hotel the little ones are the boss and they clearly relish this role. You won’t find much peace and quiet here, but the beautifully arranged rooms will make a quick slumber easy. If not, there’s always non-stop fairy tales on EftelingTelevision! Q122 rooms (30 doubles €109, 68 family rooms, 4 tower suites, 20 themed suites). PTHA6ULGBKW

Out of town: Upmarket City Hotel Q-14, Raadhuislaan 43, Oss, tel. (+31) 412

63 33 75, www.cityhotel.nl. You’ll find this hidden gem only a five-minute walk from the train station in the centre of Oss. This four-star hotel knows how to pamper its guests in every way possible and the service and the level of comfort is excellent. Rooms have been recently renovated and are now equipped with modern, tasteful furnishings. And you don’t have to worry about safety with the police station next door. Q 45 rooms (singles from €88, doubles from €98, suites from €148). PTJHAULGBKXW hhhh

De Weverij Oss, Oostwal 175, tel. (+31) 412 69 46

46, fax (+31) 412 69 46 47, www.deweverij.nl/uk. This stylish 4-star hotel almost seems out of place in the quaint town of Oss and would seem to be more suited to the English countryside. Upon entering the hotel you’re greeted with a large open area that houses the bar, restaurant area as well as the reception desk. Although this space is filled with light and plants, the rest of the hotel is a different story. The hallways and rooms are tasteful, but seem somewhat bleak and generic. One of the better reasons to stay here is its excellent restaurant Cordial that boasts a Michelin star. It’s a five minute walk from the Oss train station. Q60 rooms (48 doubles €135 - 169, 12 design rooms €150 - 184). PJHAULGBXW

NH Waalwijk Bevrijdingsweg 1, Sprang-Capelle, tel. (+31) 416 67 46 84, www.nh-hotels.com. This modern hotel is located only two traffic lights away from the Netherlands’ most popular amusement park, the Efteling. Most of its stylish rooms are spacious, with perhaps the exception of the rather cramped family rooms, and have sound-proof casement windows, which will shield your delicate ears from the busy traffic on the nearby motorway. Free parking and internet are also a major plus. In short, this hotel is ideal for both business guests and those who have come for a romantic getaway. An outdoor café is available as well as a restaurant called Gusto that offers excellent, yet affordable wines. Take bus No.137 for 45 minutes to Loonsevaert (Kaatsheuvel) and walk for another 10 minutes to the hotel. Q120 rooms (75 doubles €77, 16 triples €77, 20 quads €77, 8 junior suites €107). HALBKW

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RESTAURANTS The ‘s-Hertogenbosch city centre can be divided into two culinary regions. This doesn’t mean that the rest of the city is devoid of restaurants, (in fact it offers 161 eating establishments) but the Uilenburg and the Korte Putstraat are the places to go for lunch or dinner. In the Uilenburg you’ll find cosy local restaurants and a few trendy places, but ‘s-Hertogenbosch is most known for its Korte Putstraat, which is an extraordinary little street lined with attractive restaurants and outdoor cafés. Tipping, if deserved, is up to the diner, with 10% or a rounding up of the bill both being acceptable. Prices indicate the average cost of a main course.

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Rancho Bravo C-2, Orthenstraat 53, tel. (+31) 736

13 01 67, www.ranchobravo.nl. Argentinians are real meat-eaters and if there’s one restaurant in Den Bosch that confirms this stereotype, it’s Rancho Bravo. Carnivores will salivate over delicious steaks, spareribs and other ‘specialties from the grill’. The walls offer depictions of grazing cattle and cheerful Spanish music is piped in from the speakers. QOpen 16:00 - 23:00. (€19 - 24). PJAGKW

Armenian De Bossche Kar C-2, Karrenstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736

14 54 62, www.debosschekar.nl. Although De Bossche Kar was only recently opened, it’s already one of our favourite eateries in the centre of town. The sophisticated and trendy décor of these premises date back to 1635 and the Armenian and French-inspired menu lists both delicious grilled meat dishes as well as vegetarian specialities. The Bossche Waterzooi, a local variation of the renowned Belgian stew, is one of the best we’ve ever had. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00, Mon, Wed 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue. (€16 - 21). TJALGBKX

Asian Het Nieuwe Oosten Rompertcentrum 7 - 13, tel. (+31)

736 41 23 15, www.nieuweoosten.nl. For more than four decades, Het Nieuwe Oosten has been located on the side of this indoor shoppers’ paradise. The Cantonese chef even comes out of his kitchen to have a look at the patrons who choose to order something special that’s not on the extensive menu. You’ll find plenty of delicious delicacies including a remarkably wide selection of vegetarian dishes, but our favourite is still the roast pork tenderloin with its tongue twisting name: bau-lo tja tjue kai (or, simply number nine on the menu). QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:30 - 22:30.

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At the station Burger King B-2, Stationsplein 137, tel. (+31) 736 90 05 48, www.burgerking.nl. The restaurant is conveniently located in the lower part of the Central Station, right next to the bus station. If you haven’t been in a coma for the past 30 years then you most likely have heard of Burger King. You also probably know that the concept is the same since 1954: cheap, fast and filling food. The same applies to this Burger King. QOpen 10:00 - 23:30, Sat 09:00 - 01:30, Sun 11:00 - 23:30. (€3 - 5). PTJGKSW

Donor Company B-2, Stationsplein 135, tel. (+31) 756

31 20 50, info@donercompany.nl, www.donercompany. nl. The restaurant is of better quality than most street side vendors and small kebab restaurants around town. The staff make the kebabs right in front of you and then quickly send you packing, because there is no seating. QOpen 11:00 22:00. (€3 - 6). TJUKS

Mells Place B-2, Stationsplein 89, tel. (+31) 736 89

02 26, fax (+31) 736 89 07 38, mellsplace@yahoo.com, www.mellsplace.nl. The framed certificate for pouring beer, won by the innkeeper in 1954 testifies to the history of this establishment. Thankfully, the current barman also knows how to draw a tasty beer. It’s a delight passing time in this place where the servings are large and prepared with love and whoever should be so inclined can kiss the chef for services rendered according to a sign on the wall. QOpen 10:00 20:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€15 - 20). TJ6GBKXW

Kakama - Asian Fusion & Bar C-2, Kruisstraat 31-

31a, tel./fax (+31) 736 14 07 09, www.kakama.nl. Surrounded by warm oriental red and brown hues, a classic wooden floor and mirrors finished with Eastern details, Kakakama provides an extensive Asian menu which includes spicy Thai tom yam kung, Japanese miso soup, sushi and sashimi or Chinese tah ha sam sik. However, we suggest the finger food menu which offers a culinary tour of the continent in seven courses. QOpen 16:00 - 23:00. (€17 - 22). PTJAKX

Spoon C-2, Verwersstraat 18, tel. (+31) 736 12 83

70, denbosch@spoononline.nl, www.spoononline.nl. This trendy, yet friendly restaurant has an unusually tidy interior and a cosy Asian atmosphere. Unfortunately, all too often Spoon serves less than inspiring dishes leaving out the hot oil and the spices. Although some local palates may appreciate the blandness, true aficionados could end up being disappointed. QOpen 17:30 - 22:00. (€20 - 25). PJAUBKS

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RESTAURANTS Belgian Het Groote Genoegen C-2, Achter het Stadhuis 10,

tel. (+31) 736 89 02 54, www.grootegenoegen.nl. Upon entering, Manneken Pis, the famous urinating boy from Brussels, joyfully pees in your direction. It’s a bit of abroad in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Flanders that is, with corresponding atmosphere and beers. Guests are seated on chairs and red upholstered sofas that surround tables on an old, wooden floor. Everywhere you look, shelves on the wall are lined with bottles of Belgian beer . Under these circumstances Trappist cheese tastes exquisite, especially a luxurious baguette with sweet ginger and fromage. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Mon, Tue, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. (€15 - 20). JK

Chinese Fat Kee C-2, Orthenstraat 55, tel. (+31) 736 13 53 28,

info@fatkee.nl, www.fatkee.nl. Most visitors of this typical Chinese restaurant prefer its take away service, because the interior is nothing fancy, just your regular kitschy dark and red colours, but the Cantonese food is actually quite good. The chef is also more than willing to prepare your food in authentic Chinese style, instead of the bland European versions that are so often served at similar establishments. QOpen 12:30 22:00. Closed Tue. (€12 - 17). TJGKS

Nanking K-10, Boschmeerplein 1-2, tel. (+31) 736 21

73 43. While many restaurants lower their standards or begin using inferior products after a period of time, Nan King has been at the top of its field for over a quarter of a century and is Den Bosch’s undisputed best Chinese restaurant. That said, we recommend you skip the regular menu and simply ask the friendly staff to prepare something special. The result will be an authentic Chinese dish, and not the sticky substances passed off as Asian cuisine at so many other establishments. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30. Closed Tue. (€15 - 20). TLKS

Dutch Bagatelle D-2, Hinthamerstraat 29, tel. (+31) 736 14 64 12. Sometimes first time travellers to Europe find the sharing of tables and close proximity to other guests a little uncomfortable. If you fit this category, this restaurant will help you get over your fears. There is a large covered seating area in the front with ample room and the menu has lots of choices even though the food can be a little generic. QOpen 09:00 18:30, Thu 09:00 - 21:30. Closed Sun. (€15 - 20). JBK

De Raadskelder C-2, Markt 1A, tel. (+31) 73 613

69 19, info@raadskelder.info, www.raadskelder.info. Beneath the monumentalCity Hall you’ll find the gothic Raadskelder (cellar tavern) built in 1529. This place has lots of character and since 1929 its two halls have been open to the public. Many international celebrities have visited this ancient establishment including Napoleon, an Austrian Emperor and various Spanish and Dutch kings to name a few. While the portions are a bit modest in size, they are definitely delicious. QOpen 11:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€20 - 22). JAW

D’n Boerderij J-6, Herven 52-54, tel. (+31) 736 44 50

58, www.dnboerderij.nl. This historic farmhouse is in 1997 converted into a restaurant ‘where you can taste the good life, exuberant atmosphere and Brabant hospitality in every detail’. That’s indeed a bold statement, but unfortunately, it falls short of its ambitious promise. Although it’s cuisine is affordable, locals will tell you that the small serving sizes are more typical of Randstad and not of Brabant. The predictable menu could also use an upgrade. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€17 - 20). TAULGBKXW

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Tonia van Langen C-2, Orthenstraat 87, tel. (+31)

736 14 51 55, www.toniavanlangen.nl. This restaurant is named after the chef’s grandmother, a woman from another era when you had to be frugal to survive. Tonia van Langen can be briefly described as a hip place to visit for calm jazz and tasty meals. The asparagus in Hollandaise sauce is truly delicious. In short, Tonia van Lange is a great addition to the city, especially for children and, thanks to its outstanding facilities, disabled people as well. QOpen 17:30 - 23:30. Closed Mon. (€17 - 21). PTJULGK

Top C-2, Markt 42, tel. (+31) 736 12 76 16, www.bras-

serietop.nl. Sooner or later, all roads lead to Brasserie Top. This spacious restaurant is situated in the heart of the city, straight across from the local tourist information office (VVV). Slouching on comfortable sofas and chairs you can choose from its extensive, yet simple menu, which offers good value for money. If you’re lucky, you can get a seat on the (heated) outdoor terrace overlooking the market. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Thu 07:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:30 - 20:00. (€14 - 18). TJBK

English Pilkington’s D-2, Torenstraat 5, tel. (+31) 736 12 29

23, www.pilkingtons.nl. English breakfasts have been served worldwide for over a hundred years, but unfortunately not in the only nearly authentic English restaurant in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Inspired by the British recipes of Grandmother Pilkington, there are plenty of other typically English dishes on the menu like scones with marmalade and apple crumble. In summer the beautiful inner city garden is an ideal place for a peaceful alfresco dinner or a genuine high tea. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00, Mon 11:30 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 19:00. (€12 16). 1TJBKX

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Greek

‘t Vervolg C-2, Kolperstraat 30, tel. (+31) 736 12 82 68,

Rhodos D-2, Kerkstraat 87, tel. (+31) 736 13 22 13, fax

French

Sirtaki C-2, Korenbrugstraat 16, tel. (+31) 736 13 42

info@tvervolg.nl, www.tvervolg.nl. Fans of ‘t Vervolg were no doubt shocked when this restaurand closed its doors. It is a compliment to the management that they didn’t choose the easy route, but instead went in a completely different direction. All the old paintings and knick knacks have gone, replaced by modern style furnishings and a completely new menu. Luckily the ingredients are as fresh as ever and the same chef controls the kitchen. QOpen 10:00 - 21:30, Mon, Sun 12:00 - 21:30. (€23 - 25). JAUGBKXW

Fleurie P-15, Driesprong 11, Rosmalen, tel./fax (+31)

735 23 69 90, info@brasseriefleurie.nl, www.brasseriefleurie.nl. Enjoy lunch or dinner in style in this beautiful historic building from 1890, which also happens to be located on a picturesque village square. Not long ago, the edifice housed the Rosmalen police, but before that, the town’s civil servants ‘toiled’ at Villa Fleurie. Today this restaurant offers plenty of international dishes including lots of sustainable fish species. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00. (€19 - 24). TALGBKXW

Leeuwenborg C-2, Burgemeester Loeffplein 98, tel.

(+31) 736 92 69 35, info@hotel-central.nl, www. hotel-central.nl. If you’re looking for a private dinner with a view of the square then you can’t pick a better place than this restaurant in the Golden Tulip Hotel. This is definitely the place to go with your significant other for an evening of romantic ambience. The owners also seem to know this as they offer ‘anniversary’ and ‘dinner by candlelight’ specials. A three-course menu can be had for as little as €28. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30. Closed Sun. PTJAULGKXW

Metropole H-7, Orthenseweg 60, tel. (+31) 736 13 35

33, fax (+31) 736 12 47 23, info@restaurantmetropole. nl, www.restaurantmetropole.nl. Although the exterior gives off an Irish pub vibe, the inside is a completely different story. Class and elegance reign in this stylish family restaurant, which has been filling hungry mouths since 1951. The tables are set with ironed linen and folded napkins and the waiters wear crisp clean uniforms. It’s the ideal place for candle lit dining without spending a lot of money. A very small, almost nonexistent, bar is also available. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:30 - 21:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€14 - 18). TLKX

‘t Compas C-2, Postelstraat 79, tel. (+31) 736 14

20 20, info@compas.kookt.nl, www.t-compas.nl. This affordable restaurant is situated on one of the most picturesque streets in the city centre. The simple and convenient interior puts one in mind of a living room, yet somehow it’s elegant and chic and thanks to the chandeliers and the calm music it offers an attractive ambience. The menu offers a variety of delicious fish and meat dishes, one lone vegetarian dish and especially tasty soups. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. (€16 - 18). JA6K

(+31) 736 12 90 90, info@restaurant-rhodos.com, www. restaurant-rhodos.com. The myth that the credit crunch in Greece was caused by its lazy population is convincingly busted at this excellent Greek restaurant. The friendly staff works hard - and especially fast - to get the dishes ready. While the kitchen staff doesn’t exactly go easy on the salt, the food still tastes outstanding. The chef’s specialties are a must, but don’t plan on a long evening as the service is so quick that you’ll soon find yourself ready to visit nearby pubs. QOpen 16:30 - 22:00. (€15 - 21). PTJAGBK 84, fax (+31) 736 14 61 87, eten@sirtakidenbosch. nl, www.sirtakidenbosch.nl. Students are an interesting target group for the catering industry in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and this Greek gourmet restaurant even gives ‘special discounts to the intellectual poor.’ The extensive menu does not offer any culinary tours de force, but the portions are huge and sauces like tzatziki are freshly prepared. Thanks to the attractive wait staff, the lazy sofas and the stylish Greek decorations we recommend this place. Q Open 16:30 - 22:00. (€14 - 19). JK

Grill ff Swanjéé D-2, Hinthamerstraat 76-78, tel. (+31) 736

14 78 32, fax (+31) 847 55 57 29, ffswanjee@live.nl, www.swanjee.nl. Brother and sister Kim and Steef Spanjer have entered the catering market with a daring restaurant concept: ff Swanjéé. Slouch in a trendy, triangular chair and sip a Rocket Fuel cocktail or one of its many exquisite wines while watching the chef prepare a large piece of meat. The food selection is diverse and you can choose something from the grill or let yourself be surprised by an enormous variety of wapazz (small international dishes). QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 22:30. (€14 - 19). TJALBKW

Samy’s C-2, Vismarkt 6-9, tel. (+31) 736 12 96 19,

www.samys-sate-steaks.nl. Getting to know the wait staff isn’t a good enough reason to visit this place. Even after several visits, they still insist on playing the game of ‘who can show the least interest in their customers’ and the Buddhas on the wall look like they’re staring at you and perhaps at what your neighbours are eating. Despite the apathetic staff and the nosy Asian deities, Samy’s baguette with grilled chicken thighs is rather tasty. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00. (€16 - 21). JGBKX

Toemaat A-2, Leonardo da Vinciplein 2, tel. (+31) 736

12 76 00, www.toemaat.nl. Hip, modern and always full of people, this probably isn’t the place to go for a quiet lunch, but it’s a good option if you enjoy plenty of conversation with your meal. The menu is full of tasty dishes from all over the world, including French cuisine, and the service is quick and friendly. Despite the bustle you won’t have to wait long for your order. Toemaat is closed on weekends when the staff host cookery workshops. QOpen 11:00 - 16:30. Closed Sat, Sun. (€9 - 19). PJULGBK

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RESTAURANTS Ice cream Australian Homemade C-2, Pensmarkt 17, tel. (+31)

736 14 76 79, www.australianhomemade.com. This original Australian business has been making its speciality since 1972. The ice cream comes in various flavours and colours, but in our humble opinion the taste is not always up to par. In addition to ice cream you can also order coffee, a variety of chocolates and even milkshakes. Although the interior is grey, modern and, to be honest, somewhat sombre, the service is speedy and you’ll be up to your ears in calories in no time. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00. PJGS

Frezzo C-2, Visstraat 52, tel. (+31) 736 13 93 55, info@

frezzo.it, www.frezzo.it. In search of a single cone or maybe a truckload of ice-cream? At Frezzo there there’s no shortage of selection. This small venue on the Visstraat sells more then 30 different traditional Italian ice-creams and, best of all, the prices are good and the portions are huge. Open all year! QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. PTJNS

Indian Prince of India C-2, Orthenstraat 272, tel. (+31) 736

12 21 26, info@princeofindia.nl, www.princeofindia. nl. Since 1991 Prince of India has been subtly combining traditional Indian cuisine with elements from all regions. The owner has created a dining experience that even Indian guests claim is better than any you’ll find in Delhi or Mumbai. Part of that reputation has been built on excellent service. Overall it’s a fine effort, despite the tacky interior, and worth the total on the bottom of the check. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. (€17 - 20). JKS

Indonesian Poetri Ajoe C-3, Lange Putstraat 3, tel. (+31) 646 20

87 18, www.poetri-ajoe.nl. It’s possible for a restaurant to benefit from an atmosphere that’s reminiscent of a living room, but only if the annoying aspects like limited space are eliminated. Were the management of this Indonesian endeavour to achieve this, they would take a big step forward. Their next move should be to serve larger portions or to reduce their prices as these these two key ingredients need some improvement. That said, we don’t have any complaints about the qulaity of the food which is tasty and authentic. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€10 - 15). JVKS

International

Grab a bite to eat or a drink at De Rode Pimpernel

De Rode Pimpernel D-2, Hinthamerstraat 109, tel. (+31) 736 89 05 20, www.derodepimpernel.nl. Despite its French-inspired name (The Scarlet Pimpernel), this place is actually a restaurant and bar in one with the look and feel of an Irish pub. Listen to live folk music while drinking a pint at the bar or choose a dish from the eye-catching menu. The chef is creative with the cuisine and we recommend the Indonesian stew Rendang and the French inspired dish beef tenderloin with a delicious Roquefortsauce. Also the friendly staff is a big bonus, QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Sat, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. (€14 - 18). JAEGBK De Stip C-2, Lepelstraat 43, tel. (+31) 736 13 69 70. Not much time, but still in need of a delicious culinary concoction? Then visit De Stip, which has a 17th-century décor with a Christian tinge. This exuberant pub has a friendly atmosphere which is a direct result of the fast and friendly waitstaff. These attentive and charming ladies will also help you choose a dish, since no menu is provided and within ten minutes your food is served! QOpen 13:30 - 21:30, Sun 17:00 - 21:30. (€12 - 17). TJBK DIT C-2, Snellestraat 24-26, tel. (+31) 736 14 10 15,

www.eetbar-dit.nl. This popular and trendy location combines a modern interior with old-fashioned Dutch accessories and ‘see and be seen’ is the local motto here. Add the latest music hits, an out-of-the-ordinary menu (raw tuna with Japanese ginger sauce, a Kinder Egg or chips in a paper cone) and the popularity of this hip place is hardly a mystery. Dessert lovers will definitely indulge their sweet tooth here. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00, Mon 12:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 22:00. (€9 - 12). TJA6EGBKW

Marie Entrecote D-2, Mgr. Prinsenstraat 1a, tel. (+31)

10, info@binnen-hof.nl, www.binnen-hof.nl. The central location may mark it out as a tourist trap, but that couldn´t be further from the truth. Het Binnenhof scores points for excellent nouvelle cuisine.This stylish establishment with beautiful arches above its entrance can be reached via a picturesque pedestrian bridge. The surrounding square reminds one of the Mediterranean. QOpen 17.00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 11.30 22.00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€16 - 22). TJAUGBKX

736 13 62 36, www.marieentrecote.nl. You’ll find one of the latest additions to Den Bosch’s restaurant scene right next to the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center. Although ‘surf and turf’ is a household name in the US, it’s only starting to catch on in the Netherlands and this restaurant combines the best of what’s available on terra firma with the freshest creatures from the sea. The menu of this cosy and modern place is limited, but every single ingredient used is of superb quality. QOpen 17:30 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 17:30 - 23:00, Sun 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€22 - 26). TJALGKW

De Eeterij C-2, Brede Haven 13, tel. (+31) 736 14

Mazzeltoff B-2, Leeghwaterlaan 59A, tel. (+31) 736 21

Binnenhof C-2, Guardianenhof 26, tel. (+31) 736 14 50

58 84, info@eeterij.nl, www.eeterij.nl. This restaurant located at the old inner harbour is disguised as a chapel. The only thing that seems to be missing is a member of the clergy. The walls are loaded with Christian figurines and paintings and soothing lounge music (instead of hymns) and small lights on the ceiling create an intimate, if not divine atmosphere. Unfortunately, the wooden chairs are just as hard and uncomfortable as the pews in a church. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30. (€21 - 26). PTJAUK

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92 64. For the best toasted sandwiches in town you have to go to Mazzeltoff, or at least that’s what the local newspaper claims after having conducted an independent test. But it’s not all about the bread. Well-prepared meal-sized salads, a wide variety of fish and meat dishes and its crowning achievement - the excellent fish soup - are all worth a try. Diners usually consist of people who work at the Palace of Justice across the street. QOpen 09:30 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 09:30 - 19:00. (€15 - 20). JGBKX

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RESTAURANTS Proeverij Klassiek C-3, Korte Putstraat 24-25, tel.

(+31) 622 39 30 75, www.proeverijklassiek.nl. With an assortment of mismatching chairs, tables and lamps, restaurant Proeverij Klassiek is a great place for a lovely dinner with an intimate atmosphere. On the other hand, if you’re keen on simplicity and minimalism, then you might want to avoid this small restaurant decorated with a colourful collection of antiques. Proeverij Klassiek specialises in all sorts of small entrées, but after you’ve consumed a course, or three, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Sun 14:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€5 - 10). JBK

Van Puffelen C-2, Molenstraat 4-6, tel. (+31) 736 89 04 12, www.lunchdinervanpuffelen.nl. Van Puffelen has merged two themes to create its décor and we have to agree that the combination is a great success. The inside is trendy, but genuine with a bit of old school elegance. The indirect lighting and back-lit bar give it a very chic look, yet the vaulted ceilings and large crystal chandelier add a touch of class. The easy going menu and the cosy atmosphere make it a good place for a drink and eat. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€15). JBK

Verkadefabriek G-8, Boschdijkstraat 45, tel. (+31) 736

81 81 70, www.verkadefabriek.nl. At the edge of the ageold city centre you’ll find the Verkade Factory cultural centre. This industrial location, located in an old biscuitsfactory, serves huge portions of food for a decent price. You’ll feel right at home at this cosy place. Vegetarians and fish lovers are taken seriously here and will have plenty to choose from. Try some of the regional products, like the mouthwatering cheeses. QOpen 11:00 - 21:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:00. (€15 18). PTJULEGBKXW

Italian Amici & Famiglia D-1, Hennequinstraat 2, tel. (+31) 736 13 11 44, info@amicifamiglia.nl, www.amicifamiglia.nl. This picturesque restaurant makes one feel at home instantly and its delicious traditional Italian cuisine is freshly prepared by its host and chef Franco Palermo. In addition to authentic imported food from Italy, he also uses fresh ingredients from a number of local farms. In the summer you can eat outside at one of the charming wooden tables. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€21 - 27). TA6LBKXS

Bellagio C-2, Kruisstraat 37, tel. (+31) 736 13 21 15,

fax (+31) 736 13 37 23, info@ristorantebellagio.nl, www.ristorantebellagio.nl. The open-plan kitchen at this historic house, where theatrical Italian cooks prepare the meals is inviting to say the least. There’s plenty of space so you can enjoy an aperitif in the vaulted cellar, a glass of wine on the ground floor or a full meal upstairs. The atmosphere is stylish and the menu offers Italian antipasta and loads of standard pasta dishes. The service varies from good to typically Mediterranean, meaning impatient. Q Open 17:00 - 22:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 23:00. (€20 - 25). JA6LGBKX

Da Peppone D-2, Kerkstraat 77, tel. (+31) 736 14 78

94, www.dapeppone.nl. Even people who aren’t big fans of the Mediterranean’s most prominent peninsula, will have to admit that the Italians have a sense of style. Da Peppone is no exception. Every single detail has been carefully thought out from the cutlery and the furniture to the table linen and the wines. The traditional dishes may be on the small side, but they’re definitely tasty. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€17 - 21). TJALBK

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Dutch pea soup, or snert, is a perfect winter meal

Japanese & Sushi Keyzer Palace L-10, Burgemeester Wolterstraat 2,

Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 735 21 46 63, www.keyzerpalace. nl. A trip to Keizer Palace brings with it an unexpected bonus. You can do without that expensive ticket to the Chinese State Circus. Here the chef juggles with eggs, performs magic with the other ingredients followed by an attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records by cutting vegetables incredibly fast. The preparation is so amazing that you’ll nearly forget that you came here to have a bite of Asian food. QOpen 14:30 - 22:30, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 22:30. (€17 - 19). K

Sakana B-2, Havensingel 7, tel. (+31) 736 10 68 88,

www.sakana.nl. With two experienced Chinese in control, Osaka offers Asia’s best tapas: sushi. The furnishings are a mix of several Eastern styles with more than a hint of the owners’ native land. If you manage to look past all the knickknacks, you can have a decent meal here for a reasonable price, but the elongated dining hall can make you feel a bit claustrophobic at times. QOpen 12:00 - 22:30, Mon 13:00 - 22:00, Tue, Wed 12:00 - 22:00. All-you-can-eat: €21.50 (Mon - Wed) or €23.50 (Thu - Sun). JALKS

Shiro C-2, Uilenburg 4, tel. (+31) 736 12 76 00, japans-

shiro.wordpress.com. This brown brick building may lack a Japanese-style exterior, but inside is a completely different story. Peace and traquility are in abundance in this spacious restaurant that plays calm, relaxing music for its guests. The food is tasty and the staff is cheerful, but remember that this Japanese cuisine doesn’t come cheap, but, in our humble opinion, it’s worth the expense. QOpen 18:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€20 - 25). PJAGK

Korte Putstraat The Korte Putstraat is the street with all the terraces in Den Bosch. Every single building in this relatively short street offers food or drinks. All of the pubs and restaurants have outdoor seating available. The variety of options guarantees there is something for everyone.

Allerlei & Visserij C-3, Korte Putstraat 19-21, tel.

(+31) 736 14 17 70, www.allerlei-visserij.nl. This place is a blend of two separate restaurants. You can sit in the more chic area if you’re in the mood for formal dining or opt for a more casual environment in another section with a more cosy, rustically decorated interior. Allerlei & Visserij specialises in seafood and the grilled tuna fillet is a definite must. The service is friendly and attentive and you shouldn’t pass up a chance to order an affordable house wine. QOpen 11:00 01:00. (€17 - 23). JAK

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RESTAURANTS In den Zevenden Hemel C-3, Korte Putstraat 13-17,

tel. (+31) 736 90 14 51, www.indenzevendenhemel.nl. At this brasserie you have a choice of three seating areas: the angel area with heavenly décor and a highly detailed mural, the garden area that is typically French with rust-coloured chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and, finally, the long room with church pews for seating. Although there are plenty of delicious dishes to choose from on the menu, we highly recommend the chocolate mousse which is a little slice of heaven. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 22:30. (€24 - 29). P1TJA6LBK

Le Meridien C-2, Korte Putstraat 20-22, tel. (+31) 736

12 22 26, www.le-meridien.nl. This renowned seafood restaurant is comparable to an addiction: if you go there once, you’ll keep on returning. The menu yields a great number of seafood specialties, including fresh lobster and oysters. If you’re not a fan of what the sea has to offer, you can also choose from many meat dishes as the kitchen focuses on Mediterranean cuisine in general. QOpen 17:00 - 22:30. (€23 - 28). JABK

Lux C-3, Korte Putstraat 23, tel. (+31) 736 89 18 80, www.luxdenbosch.nl. Trendy, minimalistic and aloof are not usually qualifications that appeal to us. However, Lux is a good exception to this rule. The stylish décor as well as the carefully prepared dishes are good enough reasons for a visit, while the relatively affordable prices won’t cause you any sleepless nights. When the weather’s good there’s no better place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine than in its beautifully designed garden. QOpen 17:30 - 22:00. (€23 - 28). JABK

Roels C-2, Korte Putstraat 6, tel. (+31) 736 90 00

57, www.roels.nu. This spacious restaurant and bar is decorated with large black and white paintings, dark furniture, comfy chairs and a relaxing sofa and is a popular local venue especially with people in their thirties. It looks like a bar, but it is much more than that. You can spend the entire day here until 22:00 when the music starts to blast and Roels turns into a pub. If you’re looking to have a quiet dinner then it’s best to arrive before the party starts. QOpen 11:00 - 02.00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 03:00. (€15 - 19). TJAGBKXW

Tante Pietje C-2, Korte Putstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736 12

70 27, www.bistrotantepietje.nl. Upon entering you are met with a wave of warmth, bustle and cheerfulness. There’s a wide selection of cuisine and dishes have cheeky names like ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s Curse (jumbo shrimp) and Legs from Oeteldonk (frogs’ legs with garlic sauce). The food is great with service to match and the large mirrored wall enables you to check out the handsome patrons around you unnoticed. QOpen 14:00 - 22:00. (€20 - 25). PTJALBK

Treurenburg is a traditional late-night truckers’ café

Mediterranean Het Strand C-2, Orthensestraat 47f, tel. (+31) 736

14 99 51, www.restauranthetstrand.nl. When thinking of Mediterranean cuisine one undoubtedly imagines views of inviting beaches and aquamarine water. This somewhat messy looking restaurant implemented the beach theme so thoroughly that it’s actually quite a bit over the top. Regarding food and staff, however, this restaurant scores high marks. Few places offer such value for money as Het Strand and the French toast with cinnamon ice-cream is truly delicious. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00. (€20). JUGBKW

La Cocotte G-7, Van Noremborghstraat 109, tel. (+31) 736 14 71 46, www.la-cocotte.nl. Can’t afford the plane fare to the Mediterranean this year? Well keep on saving or book a table at La Cocotte - an old favourite that’s been impressing us ever since we first showed up in town years ago. The interior is as cosy as you would expect from such an establishment and the menu is extensive. Choose from a wide selection of meze (starters), but don’t leave without tasting the tagines, a real treasure of Moroccan origin. QOpen 16:30 - 22:20. Closed Mon. (€16 - 20). TLK

Mexican Cantina San Juan D-2, Kerkstraat 54, tel. (+31) 736

13 03 71, www.cantinasanjuan.nl. ‘The Best Mexican Food in Town’ is a title a restaurant has to earn and it should be awarded by an objective audience like ‘s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket, for example. However, when restaurants start shouting qualifications like this themselves, our culinary feelers go on high alert. After several visits to this impresively furnished restaurant we cannot but conclude that Cantina San Juan does indeed deserve a title, namely that of ‘Most Colourful and Kitschy Restaurant’. Unfortunately, the food doesn’t seem to resemble Mexican cuisine in any way. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 21:30. (€15 - 19). JK

La Cucaracha B-2, Sint Jansstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736

Ever had a meal in an art gallery? Give it a try in Den Bosch

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14 06 65, info@lacucaracha.nl, www.lacucaracha.nl. In the Netherlands, La Cucaracha (or the cockroach) is the much maligned nickname of the football supporters of Feyenoord, but in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, it’s a genuine taste of Mexico. One naturally feels at home in this restaurant that’s decorated with warm colours and lots of wood. You can order large platters of traditional Central American and Tex-Mex dishes like tacos, guacamole, fajitas and beans and rice, which are eagerly devoured by a diverse clientele. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€15 - 19). JGBKX

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RESTAURANTS North African Shisha C-2, Orthenstraat 356, tel. (+31) 736 12 15 07,

www.restaurantshisha.nl. When you enter this charming, intimate restaurant you feel like you’re visiting a North African family. All around you can see little details from the sandy end of the dark continent, including shisha (water-pipes) and Arabic music. The menu offers couscous, merguez (lightly spiced sausages), and kefta (minced veal with fresh herbs), combined with traditional dishes from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. QOpen 17:30 - 22:30. Closed Mon. (€16 - 20). TJAUEKS

Out of town Chauffeurscafe Treurenburg O-15, Treurenburg 1, tel. (+31) 736 31 12 77, www.treurenburg.com. At 04:00 when most other eateries have long since closed, this well-known truckers’ café opens its doors. This has been a tried and trusted place for truck drivers and insomniacs to get some coffee and a slice of pie since 1894. The warm reception area, free showers and freshly brewed coffee are probably the main reasons for its popularity, but once the truckers have hit the highway, it becomes the domain of cyclists and hikers who appreciate the value of its large outdoor terrace and affordable food. QOpen 04:00 - 01:00, Mon 08:00 - 01:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 22:00. (€11 - 15). TULGBKXW

Efteling hotelbar M-16, Horst 31, Kaatsheuvel, tel.

(+31) 900 01 61, www.efteling.com. With appetisers and main courses kids can finally choose something apart from the obligatory chicken nuggets like carpaccio of boterhamworst (a child-friendly sausage). Adults can try the chicken salad which is delicious despite the fact that it dripping with too much oil and sauce. In the morning the breakfast buffet offers a large assortment of bread and rolls, meat and cheese platters and beverages. Q TAGBX

Van der Valk Hotel Nuland Rijksweg 25, Nuland, tel.

(+31) 735 34 25 34, www.valk.com/nuland. Whether you come here for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner or simply to enjoy a proper British high tea, make sure to take your time. The rural surroundings, comfortable atmosphere and the extensive menu are all characteristic of this family-owned business. And don’t worry about keeping the kids entertained. The Timo Toekan children’s menu will silence even the most difficult child. That said, if you’re staying in the hotel you can also have the food brought up to your room.

Pizza Da Pino C-3, Postelstraat 4, tel. (+31) 736 90 19 43.

The founder of this place, the charming Pino who also Christened the restaurant in his own name, no longer runs it, but his trusted Italian charm has now been swapped for downto-earth Den Bosch conviviality. So don’t expect any frills or unnecessary fuss, just straightforward pizzas with plenty of toppings. The new management also appear to have an obsession with garlic. QOpen 18:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€11 - 16). JKS

Picchino D-2, Hinthamerstraat 152, tel. (+31) 736

13 83 30, www.picchinodenbosch.nl. Walk down this main street for a while and reward yourself with savoury indulgence in the form of a pizza or a kebab. The pizzas are served, in our humble opinion, the way they should be, but you might want to pick up the food yourself to avoid cold food delivered to your door. QOpen 15:00 - 23:00. (€7 - 10). JKS

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Quick bites De Passanterie C-2, Achter het Verguld Harnas 6, tel.

(+31) 736 14 13 89, patrick@depassanterie.nl, www. depassanterie.nl. We’re always impressed with passionate café owners and even more so if they offer quality food. De Passanterie, which is located in the heart of Den Bosch, provides a great selection of Dutch snacks and comfort food, but don’t overlook its tasty homemade soups. Not a big fan of kroket or frikandel? No problem. Lots of fried rice and chow mein dishes are also available. If you haven’t got time to sit down and enjoy a meal, you can buy food and several flavours of ice cream from the takeaway window. QOpen 11:00 - 19:30, Thu 11:00 - 20:30, Sat 11:00 - 18:30. Closed Mon, Sun. (€2 - 5). TJLGBKSW

FEBO C-2, Hinthamerstraat 3-5, tel. (+31) 736 90 06 79, www.febodelekkerste.nl. This chain of snack bars, or rather snack shops, offers deep-fried croquettes, frikandel and burgers promptly placed into vending machines right after being made, which is why it’s often the recipient of contempt by both locals and tourists. QOpen 11:00 - 19:30, Thu 11:30 - 21:30, Sat 11:30 - 18:30. Closed Sun. (€1 - 5). JNKS

Kees Kroket C-2, Visstraat 12, tel. (+31) 736 13 67

20, www.keeskroket.nl. Looking for something cheap, fast and a step above your normal fast food joint? Shoot for Kees Kroket! This corner restaurant, just recently completely renovated, offers everything from a regular burger and fries to traditional Dutch cuisine. There’s also a decent menu in the middle for fans of Asian cuisine. Also you can grab a snack now from the outer side windows. For years this has been a favourite for many Boschenaren after a drinking session in old town. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Wed 10:00 - 24:00, Thu 10:00 - 01:30, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:30, Sun 13:00 - 24:00. (€5 - 7). TJULGKS

Seafood Brasserie Joop B-1, Boschdijkstraat 39a, tel. (+31)

736 13 82 05, www.brasseriejoop.nl. After a short flirtation with Spanish cuisine, this hotel restaurant is back where it began: fish. But don’t expect any extras or over-complicated dishes, as seafood is mainly served in a traditional, but no less delicious, manner here. The open kitchen, the bookcase, the attractive stained glass windows and the long settee all create a cosy atmosphere perfect for lingering. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00. (€23). TJALGKW

Le Bateau C-2, Snellestraat 52, tel. (+31) 736 13 64

54, www.restaurant-lebateau.nl. Many fast food restaurants could not equal the speed at which you are served here and due to the large number of tables in a very limited space, there’s no privacy to speak of. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an affordable and unpretentious eatery, this cosy restaurant may be the right place for you. In spite of the enormous number of maritime accessories, Le Bateau isn’t only a good place for seafood lovers, but also a venue for a decent piece of meat. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 24:00. (€17 - 19). JAK

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Thai

Casa Don Arroyo L-10, Graafsebaan 42, Rosmalen, tel.

Lai Thai E-2, Muntelstraat 12, tel. (+31) 736 12 21 78,

(+31) 735 21 22 06, www.donarroyo.nl. Case Don Arroyo in Rosmalen is the product of two culinary traditions from two different cultures: indigenous dishes from the Andes are listed alongside Mediterranean delicacies from the Spanish coast. Not only does it offer over 50 delicious main courses, Don Arroyo also provides a great atmosphere and an attractive garden. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue. (€17 - 22). PTJAGBKS

Surinamese Tante Wonnie C-2, Karrenstraat 6, tel. (+31) 737 37

laithai@home.nl, www.laithai.nl. Thailand is the biggest rice exporter in the world and at Lai Thai, situated at a stone’s throw from the centre, the many meat, fish and chicken dishes contain a wide selection of rice varieties. The extremely friendly staff will happily tell you about the restaurant’s spicy wok dishes, but the slightly high prices are most likely a reflection of the incredibly romantic atmosphere and not the decent, yet somewhat average food. QOpen 16:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. (€14 - 19). PULGKS

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01 11, www.tantewonnie.nl. Anyone who’s ever been to Suriname will be familiar with the cultural diversity of this Dutch ex-colony. Den Bosch’s first Surinamese restaurant, opened as Tante Wonnie (Aunt Wonnie), manages to bring together these influences from the Creole, Javanese, Hindu and Chinese traditions incredibly well. We highly recommend the pom, saoto and roti. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€15 - 20). PJ6BKS

Sehrazat D-2, Van Berckelstraat 36 - 38, tel. (+31)

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Uskudar C-2, Verwerstraat 3, tel. (+31) 736 14 05 75, info@restaurantuskudar.nl, www.restaurantuskudar.nl. If you’ve never had a Turkish meal or maybe only a greasy kebab after too many drinks, it’s time to visit Uskudar. Traditional and tender Turkish grilled dishes, sincere and friendly hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere are all characteristic of this authentic restaurant and so are the large servings. Several surprising vegetarian options are also on the menu, so non-meat eaters need not worry. QOpen 17:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. JK

Danza C-2, Stoofstraat 5, tel. (+31) 736 12 32 28, info@ tapasdanza.nl, www.tapasdanza.nl. Enjoy a dreamy evening of Spanish ambience at the Danza tapas bar where you can sip a jug of sangria through straws with your friends. The menu doesn’t offer many surprises, but for €24 you can enjoy the sorpresa de cocina, which takes you on a culinary trip around the Iberian peninsula with various hot and cold tapas dishes. QOpen 16:30 - 24:00. Closed Mon. (€5 - 9). TJK

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736 13 55 53, www.sehrazat-restaurant.nl. Having a meal here is like immersing yourself in a warm bath of Turkish culture called Sehrazat. You can enjoy numerous meat and fish dishes, most of which are grilled over charcoal, in scenic surroundings. It’s strange, yet somehow the trendy furnishings go well with the rather parochial mural. Q (€14 - 18). LK

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CAFÉS ‘s-Hertogenbosch café culture has always been one of our favourite things about the city. Not unlike the Italians, the Dutch share a love of espresso and cappuccino, and cafés in Den Bosch often offer much more than just a cup of Joe or tea with some pastry. Most provide a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, so the border between restaurants and cafés is very thin. Have a look at our carefully selected cafés and pick the one that is just right for you and Eet smakelijk (bon appetit)! During the colder months things move indoors, but thanks to the national smoking ban you’re still likely to find a fair amount of patrons outside huddled under heat lamps and blankets puffing away on coffee’s significant other.

Bakeries De Broodspecialist D-2, Hinthamerstraat 89, tel.

(+31) 736 13 44 81, www.broodspecialist.nl. Even if you don’t like bread, you should still take a look at the finest bakery the city has ever produced. In fact, it’s such a part of local life that if it were ever to go bankrupt, this tiny business would instantly be taken over by the district council. Two of the walls have been decorated with beautiful, colourful glazed tiles and time seems to have stopped in this ridiculously popular establishment, where even the bread is given medieval names. Only takeaway. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 07:30 - 16:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JS

Pilkingtons Bakery D-2, Torenstraat 5, tel. (+31) 736

12 29 23, denbosch@pilkingtons.nl, www.pilkingtons. nl. Lack of time has always been the perfect excuse to skip the best English-style high tea in town. Unfortunately, Pilkington’s has now created a counter where you can buy all those lovely items without the time consuming process of sipping your tea and eating sweets and pastries at a table. So take a few more laps at the gym next time and buy all the scones with clotted cream, marmelade and irresistible chocolate chip cookies as takeaway today! QOpen 10:00 - 22:00, Mon 11:30 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 19:00. TJAS

Classic cafes Bagel & Juice C-2, Achter het Stadhuis 16a, tel.

(+31) 736 10 08 19, info@bagel-juice.com, www. bagel-juice.com. Delicious ingredients and a wide selection are the biggest perks of this cosy café. More than 50 kinds of different bagels are available and the freshly squeezed juices are excellent. The colourful surroundings and the friendly staff make you feel at home in this trendy place. Thanks to its early openingtimes, Bagel & Juice is also one of the few places where you can get a decent breakfast. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. On a shopping Sunday opened as well from 09:00-17:00. (€2 - 5). TJ6ULGBXS

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Chocolate Company D-2, Hinthamerstraat 57, tel. (+31) 736 14 17 20, www.chocolatecompany.nl. The second smallest building in the city is less than 3m wide, so be careful not to miss it as it’s the perfect place for chocoholics. Everything in this little two-storey house revolves around black gold also known as valrhona chocolate, considered by connoisseurs to be the best in the world. You can try dozens of different chocolate products, including handy takeaway sticks. You should also prepare yourself for less traditional taste sensations like the strawberry pink pepper. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:30 - 18:00. (€2 - 5). TJBS

Den Otter C-2, Visstraat 44, tel. (+31) 736 89 00 27,

www.vermeulendenotter.nl. The cosy interior consisting of black and white photos of a bakery and comfortable sofas is the ideal setting for fresh sandwiches or a romantic high tea. Bring your laptop or Iphone to this well visited lunchroom, because one hour of free internet is part of the deal. The front of the place is a shop which sells quick snacks and fresh bread and the rear is a restaurant that seats 100. Also one of the best places to try the famous Bossche Bollen, not the original ones, but still very tasty! QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€3 - 7). TJALGBKSW

In de Roos K-10, Zuiderparkweg 282, tel. (+31) 736 14

33 44, www.lunchcafe-inderoos.nl. In de Roos is a lunch café that creates jobs for mentally and physically disabled people. The food is superb and the staff is uncommonly friendly. Enjoy a modern, stylish interior, great soups, delicious bread and a feeling of having contributed to the integration of disabled people into society. While the café lies outside the city centre, a trip here is more than worth it. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Thu, Fri 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. (€5 - 10). PUGK

Bagels & Beans C-2, Hooge Steenweg 34, tel. (+31)

736 14 59 85, fax (+31) 736 12 62 59, steenweg@ bagelsbeans.nl, www.bagelsbeans.nl. Traditionally, Dutch people usually enjoy eating brown bread with cheese. The coming of Bagels & Beans, therefore, provided a true culture shock to the country. Of its 55 bagel shops across the Netherlands, the ‘s-Hertogenbosch branch is by far the best. But don’t take our word for it. Two prestigious, anonymously conducted consumer research reports both awarded it first place. While enjoying a bagel and a healthy all-organic, fair-trade juice, you can also watch the crowds of shoppers outside through the large windows. Its odd opening hours are still a mystery to us. QOpen 08:28 - 17:31, Mon 08:28 - 17:32, Fri 08:28 - 21:01, Sun 09:32 - 17:03. (€4 - 6). JKW

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CAFÉS Jan de Groot B-2, Stationsweg 24, tel. (+31) 736 13 38

30, www.bosschebollen.nl. This cafeteria is pure paradise for people with a sweet tooth. Its extensive assortment includes dozens of cakes and pastries, but it’s most renowned for its Bossche bollen (pastry filled with whipped cream and glazed with melted chocolate). If you can believe it, hordes of elderly Dutchmen and women have been known to travel for hours by train just to eat these authentic local snacks and if you’re really unfortunate, you’ll be stuck behind them in a long queue. True fanatics order the XXXL-sized Bossche bol but you might require a shot of insulin afterward. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Thu 08:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€2 - 5). TJALKS

Landerijk C-3, Vughterstraat 65, tel. (+31) 736 12 12 44,

www.landerijk.nl. Ready for a taste of the Dutch countryside? Take a seat at one of the three robust tables at Landerijk and enjoy its pure and delicious meals, whose ingredients are exclusively produced by selected Dutch farmers. We recommend the lunch menu (hors d’oeuvre, luxury club sandwich composed of all the cheeses, meats and breads found on display and a drink). Let yourself be tempted by the knowledgeable staff, if only to test their motto: ‘everything here is truly delicious.’ QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€5 - 10). TJGKS

Opium D-3, Parade 2, tel. (+31) 736 14 17 16, www.

cafeopium.nl. The name and facade suggest an Eastern theme and the interior décor confirms this suspicion. The relaxing atmosphere is most likely induced by the smattering of red Buddha statuettes and Tibetan tapestries about the place. If you’ve been in Dutch country for a while, you may have noticed that it’s difficult to find a good breakfast here. Well, have no fear, Opium is here. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00, Mon 12:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 03:30. (€5 - 10). JBKW

Salon De Roosekrans D-2, Hinthamerstraat 40, tel.

(+31) 736 12 46 47, www.salonderoosekrans.nl. Salon De Roosekrans is the perfect choice for anyone who’s not keen on museums, but would like to see what the historical houses of ‘s-Hertogenbosch look like from the inside. The oldest mention of this former bakery dates back to 1637, but the attractive building is probably much older. The authentic details such as the original shop interior and the plaster ceiling transport its patrons back in time. Homemade chocolates and several kinds of cakes and pastries are only just a few of the many delicacies which are baked and sold here every day. Q TJK

Sunflower Cafe L-5, Balkweg 41, tel. (+31) 736 44

07 68, www.sunflowercafe.nl. Retreat from the busy city centre and relax in this huge shopping mall between the decorative sunflowers with all your bags full of recent purchases. You can pass the time counting the pieces in the enormous sunflower mosaic while consuming a delicious provencetta, an oven-baked roll with brie, bacon, onion and tomato. Don’t make the effort to come here when your not in the direct neigborhood, or parked cars and furniture must have your special interest. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Fri 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. (€3 - 8). TJBKXS

The Sandwich C-2, Visstraat 25, tel. (+31) 736 14 18

01. The Sandwich is a very busy place for takeaway during lunch hours and its four stools are nearly always occupied so you’ll most likely have to take your freshly prepared sandwich or panini with you. The menucard shows also a wide variety of freshly squeezed fruit juices. Like most fast food vendors the service is quick and the food pretty cheap. But you won’t find a deep frier here. The food is made fresh and to order. QOpen 09:30 - 17:30, Mon 10:00 - 17:30, Thu 09:30 - 19:00, Fri, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€3 - 5). JKS

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Voltaire C-2, Stoofstraat 6, tel. (+31) 736 13 96 72,

www.kunstruimtevoltaire.nl. Long ago café owner Ria traded her boring civil service job for a new and colourful existence at Voltaire, which can be described as a café, ice cream parlour and tearoom all in one. This hidden gem in the city centre is a feast for the senses. No matter what you order (a fried egg, a fresh fruit shake or a pot of organic tea), everything has been made with love. You’ll also find the most cheerful tableware in the world, fresh organic ingredients and an informal, homelike atmosphere that is usually full of happy patrons. On Thursday’s you can join in for a homecooked meal, reservation required. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. (€3 - 6). J

Zee & Zo K-10, Helftheuvelpassage 19-A, tel. (+31)

736 21 03 72, www.zeeenzo.nl. You can buy virtually anything that lives in the world’s oceans at this shop and local lunchroom whose display cases are full of well-presented species of fish to take home or to eat on the premises. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 10:00 - 18:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. TULGKS NEW

Zoomers D-2, Kerkstraat 65, tel. (+31) 736 12 04 87,

www.zoomers.nl. The old city post office has undergone an extensive two-year renovation in preparation for the opening of this huge 3000m2 shop. In addition to flashy outfits by 150 different brands, Zoomers also offers a cafe where you can order a healthy lunch or dinner. The Fashion Cafe is a great lunchroom/restaurant where you can chill out in its comfy lounge seats, especially if your sick of searching for that perfect skirt or blouse. QOpen 10:00 - 21:30, Mon 13:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 22:00, Sun 13:00 - 21:30. TJLK

Bossche Koek: a tasty treat Even as far back as five centuries ago, master painter Jeroen Bosch had access to a rich cake locally known as Bossche Koek. Famous bakeries in Den Bosch baked this delicious treat and for generations the recipe was a well-kept secret passed from father to son. Originally there were many types of Bossche Koek and every family had its own recipe. Sadly, most of these well-kept secrets were lost. In modern times, however, the De Backer family still use the same traditional Bossche Koek recipe as their ancestors did centuries ago. Family patriarch Jan de Backer used to place a pastry basket on his arm and sell his Bossche Koek to tourists, but when he died in 1988 he seemed to have taken the family recipe to his grave. Thirteen years later, his four-year-old grandson Jules found it by sheer chance. Now, Jan de Backer’s original recipe is once again being made according to traditional methods.

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NIGHTLIFE The Uilenburg is one of the most popular areas in the old town due to its high density of restaurants and bars that are so characteristic of the district. The nearby Binnendieze river and the area’s narrow cobblestone streets complete the picture. Whether you’re after a nightclub with strict face control and scary bouncers, a dingy dive with cheap beer or an underground bar where you can hole up till the wee hours of the morning, ‘s-Hertogenbosch has it all.

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Cinq D-3, Parade 5, tel. (+31) 736 14 06 86, info@ cafecinq.nl, www.cafecinq.nl. The classic Grand Café Cinq is one of the city’s trendiest and most popular bars. The hardworking and friendly staff serve all kinds of gourmet baguettes and freshly-made soups for lunch under great golden chandeliers on comfortable sofas inside or out on the heated outdoor terrace. At the weekend (and weekdays after 23:00) Grand Café Cinq transforms itself into Club Cinq, the most prestigious dancing venue in the city. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. JKX

De Buurvrouw C-2, Eerste Korenstraatje 16, tel. (+31) 654 78 70 66, www.borrelcafedebuurvrouw.nl. It’s a bit of a tight squeeze to enter through the swinging doors, but once inside you’ll find yourself in a mini disco. Disco lights and glitter balls do their magic and voluptuous bar maids smile at you through the mist of the fog machines. Despite the loud music you can still enjoy large glasses of beer, chatting with friends, or chatting up strangers. At De Buurvrouw, flirting is part of the game. But bear in mind that there are permanent queues at the toilets. It must have something to do with the big beer glasses. QOpen Thu 19:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 19:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. 1J

De Cosmopoliet C-2, Kolperstraat 11 - 13, tel. (+31)

620 60 43 16, www.cosmopoliet.nl. The orange coloured retro wallpaper and the catchy dance music from the 1970s and 80s will take you back to a time when your legs would take you to the dance floor of their own accord. Watch out for your neighbour’s feet, even if you don’t have two left ones, because De Cosmopoliet is rather small. And rather busy. The sound quality is sometimes a bit lacking, but what do you expect from a place that’s decorated its ceiling with old worn-out records and retro orange lamps. QOpen , Tue, Thu 20:00 - 02:00, Fri 18:00 - 04:00, Sat 20:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Wed, Sun. J

Den Burger C-2, Orthenstraat 2A, tel. (+31) 655 14

35 88, www.stadscafedenburger.nl. With a floor area of 35m2 this is one of the smallest bars in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The remarkably friendly regulars instantly recognise any unfamiliar faces but are happy to engage everyone in conversation. Unusually, this bar pays homage to all of the former mayors of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, who stare down at beer drinkers from large portraits hanging from the wall. QOpen 15:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon, Tue. JB

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De Smidse D-2, Torenstraat 8 -10, tel. (+31) 736 13 42

55, cafedesmidse@hotmail.com, www.cafedesmidse. nl. This genuine dark brown bar is known as a place where you can easily score a date for one night or possibly longer. But bear in mind that the visitors fall in the plus 30 category. Many attributes inside the bar are references to the building’s past including the horseshoes and saddles on the wall, not to mention the wrought iron tap. QOpen 11:00 - 01:00, Tue 16:00 - 01:00, Fri 11:00 - 02:00, Sat 11:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon. J

De Unie D-2, Kardinaal van Rossumplein 15, tel. (+31)

736 13 29 17, info@cafedeunie.nl, www.cafedeunie. nl. This spacious dark brown bar is known by locals for its huge and sunny terrace, with even a great lounge attached to the main building. During the day the spacious De Unie is a refuge for people who are in need of a quiet place to read a book or a newspaper, but in the evenings, this bar frequently changes into a Latino-like dance floor where salsa lovers gyrate to their favourite tunes. QOpen 11:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 02:00. JBX

Die Twee B-2, Lepelstraat 31a, tel./fax (+31) 736 12 44 41, frans@cafedietwee.net, www.dietwee-cafe.nl. When all outdoor cafés in ‘s-Hertogenbosch are fully occupied you still might find empty seats here. It seems that nobody ever comes to Die Twee, but once inside you’ll quickly find yourself in the company of regular Johan. In fact, the regulars who frequent this place - you can see their name plates on the bar - can tell you exciting stories about the lost leg on the wall and other local bar lore. QOpen 14:00 - 01:00, Sat 10:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon, Wed. JB

De Saeck D-2, Torenstraat 12, tel. (+31) 736 14 83

45. During the week De Saeck is a quiet brown café with a corresponding clientele situated at the foot of St. John’s Cathedral. At the weekend things go wild here and you can expect the opposite. In fact, this pub is transformed into a semi-posh place, steeped in hard rock music and many alcoholic beverages. A toilet was somehow forgotten. Luckily the friendly next-door neighbours, Gompie, are more than happy to receive your contribution to the next acid rain shower. QOpen 20:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue. JB

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NIGHTLIFE NIGHTLIFE Het Veulen C-2, Korenbrugstraat 9a, tel. (+31) 736 12 30 38, het.veulen@home.nl. Het Veulen is a bar with an outside café, which is completely hijacked by over-forties and large families at the weekend. Perhaps it’s due to the free snacks that are ‘on the house’ including its speciality, peanuts whose shells litter the floor. On the other hand it could be the frequently changing beers on draught that often yield unknown, yet divine brews. And despite the fact that the music is played really softly, if at all, nobody seems to mind much. QOpen 15:00 - 01:00, Fri 13:00 - 02:00, Sat 11:00 - 02:00. TJ6B

Het Vosken C-3, Verwerstraat 44, tel. (+31) 73 6 13

23 36. Time seems to have stood still in this old-fashioned Brabant bar. Ad and Jose have been the managers for over 30 years and they like to play music from an era that predates the birth of Elvis Presley. The bare stone floor, the colourful mix of mounted animals, cold brick walls and rickety wooden chairs from olden times are all part and parcel of Het Vosken. The central bar is the best place to have long conversations, but the window seats are also much coveted. Try the Kwekkenboom croquette balls (€5.30) from its small snack menu. QOpen 14:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. J

Jij & Ik C-2, Karrenstraat 34, tel. (+31) 736 12 36

32, www.jijenik.nl. Jij & Ik looks like a hybrid of a pub and a disco. There’s actually no space for dancing, yet you’ll find plenty of disco lights and the volume of the mostly Top 40 music is measured by the decibel meter above the bar. This place is already packed in the early evening and its seems to be popular with people who love to be seen, not to mention a remarkable number of blondes. QOpen 20:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 20:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. 1J

Plaats Royaal C-2, Ridderstraat 19, tel. (+31) 736 12

Klassiek C-3, Korte Putstraat 25, tel. (+31) 622 39 30

75, info@cafeklassiek.nl, www.cafeklassiek.nl. Klassiek is the Dutch word for classic, and that word seems to sum up Café Klassiek in a nutshell. The interior is graced by chic chandeliers and guests are waited on like kings by the stately staff which of course is completely appropriate in this distinguished building that dates back to 1746. This is also one of the few places in the city where good champagne and prosecco are served. Despite its grandeur, Café Klassiek doesn’t make one feel like they’re at a museum. It’s cosy, stylish and has plenty of character. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. JB

78 60. Everyone seems to know each other in this café frequented by elderly men. Their long coats are draped neatly from the hat stand and their musical heroes of yore hang from the walls in beautiful LP covers. The grand central table for regulars has a prominent place in the room where aged gentlemen have vehement discussions about local politics and the latest gossip.One of the places in Old Town where you can enjoy the real Bossche Bollen from Jan de Groot. QOpen , Mon 16:00 - 22:00, Wed, Sun 16:00 - 21:00, Thu 16:00 - 02:00, Fri 15:00 - 02:00, Sat 11:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue. J

Loenz C-2, Snellestraat 48, tel. (+31) 736 12 67 54,

Tapperij De Hertog D-2, Hinthamerstraat 83, tel.

M’n Tante C-2, Korenbrugstraat 7A, tel. (+31) 736 13

Taveerne D-2, Torenstraat 1B, tel. (+31) 736 13 74

info@cafe-loenz.nl, www.cafe-loenz.nl. The entertainment district Uilenburg is a favourite area for locals to enjoy a beer. A number of buildings have been transformed into trendy bars in a somewhat forgotten corner of the district where bored teenagers used to loiter. The latest addition is Café Loenz. Everything here is sleek and stylish and the decorations deserve a big thumbs up, especially the colossal historical photograph of the Snellestraat on the rear wall. QOpen Tue, Wed 19:00 - 02:00, Thu 17:00 - 02:00, Fri 17:00 - 04:00, Sat 15:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J 40 30. For many years Dutch men have used the expression I’m just heading over to my aunt’s to excuse their actual intention of just heading over to the pub. M’n Tante (my aunt) is nothing special to look at, but it’s spacious and perfect for spending an evening with a few beers after a hard day’s work. The mostly thirty-something clientele choose their favourite brews from a blackboard that lists everything by brand and alcohol percentage. QOpen 16:00 - 01:30, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. JB

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(+31) 736 14 05 50, info@tapperijdehertog.nl, www. tapperijdehertog.nl. Tapperij De Hertog is the ideal combination of everything you’ve ever looked for in a local pub. The sausage rolls and traditional pastries from the display case are available until late at night to soak up plenty of booze If you’re looking for a break from brews and mixed drinks order a hot chocolate, one of its specialities. Or order -like we did- a Bishops Finger, a strong ale of 5.4%. QOpen 10:30 - 02:00, Tue 15:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 22:00. Closed Mon. J 35, www.taveerne.nl. The outside of Taveerne has little to offer and the two broad-shouldered men at the door don’t exactly look inviting, but the changing colour of the facade does seem to intimate that there’s more here than meets the eye. Once you’ve crossed the threshold you’ll find a dark brown disco hidden behind its walls. The young crowd can watch the latest news on the many television screens or show off their dancing skills on two small stages. QOpen 23:00 - 04:00. Closed Tue, Wed. J

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NIGHTLIFE The Baron’s Lodge D-3, Korte Putstraat 28, tel. (+31)

736 13 49 42, http://baronslodge.nl. This chic bar decorated with the portraits of barons and baronesses offers a regal, aristocratic atmosphere that’s obviously popular with the elder generation who often enjoy a bottle of good wine and scintillating conversation at the bar tables as they listen to jazz music. Every drink is accompanied by a small plate of olives and nuts. In this stylish, but not posh, surroundings time passes quickly. QOpen 16:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. J

Tic Tac D-2, Kerkstraat 83, tel. (+31) 736 13 40 88,

Info@tic-tac.info, www.tic-tac.info. Tic Tac is the place to go if you fancy yourself hip and trendy. Naturally, beer drinking is out of fashion at this stylishly designed place, where every centimetre of the interior has been carefully planned. Order wine from enormous glasses or expertly concocted cocktails that are prepared before your eyes and so well-presented that they’re almost too pretty to drink. Bear in mind that the longer you stay, the louder the music gets. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00, Fri 16:00 - 04:00, Sat 12:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue. JB

Tijl Uilenspiegel C-2, Markt 14, tel. (+31) 736 12 32

99, info@cafetijluilenspiegel.nl, www.cafetijluilenspiegel.nl. The name of Tijl Uilenspiegel makes much more of an impression than this unremarkable bar. Tijl is a historical figure who warned the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch against a possible attack from the Spanish army. The outdoor terrace of the bar is six times larger than the bar itself, which offers railway models and miniature trains hanging from the ceiling as decoration. Although there’s plenty to see, there’s not much to experience unless, of course, you’re a toy train collector. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00, Mon, Sun 10:00 - 19:00, Fri 10:00 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. JAB

‘t Root Scharlaken C-2, Kolperstraat 4, tel. (+31) 736

13 50 09, www.rootscharlaken.nl. The Beatles may have stopped making records decades ago, but their music lives on at ‘t Root Scharlaken, where many of their framed LPs hang from the walls. Beer lovers can choose from 55 different types of beer and receive elaborate information on each one. A word of advice: some beers have an alcohol content of over 11% and will have you singing Obladi Oblada in no time! QOpen 10:00 - 01:00, Mon 12:00 - 01:00, Sat 09:00 - 03:00, Sun 11:00 - 01:00. Closed Tue. JB

Traditional bars De Gouwe Sleutel (The Golden Key) B-2, Koningin-

nenlaan 28, tel. (+31) 736 89 07 89, info@cafedegouwesleutel.nl, www.cafedegouwesleutel.nl. Charlie the parrot, the bar’s mascot, is the greatest attraction at this dark brown pub. Locals of all stripes, from students to war veterans, help make this unpretentious place a must-visit when you’re out for a drink in Den Bosch. In fact, The Golden Key has been famous for its great selection of draught beers since 1954. The last renovation expanded the eating area to make it even more welcoming than ever. QOpen 14:00 01:00, Mon, Tue, Wed 17:00 - 01:00. J

De Meierijsche Kar C-2, Hinthamerpromenade 17-19,

tel. (+31) 736 12 09 04, www.de-kar.nl. The name of this 110-year old cosy eatingplace stems from the name of the region surrounding ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Meierij. The mantelpiece is remarkably attractive and dishes served are small and simple; dirt-cheap pancakes are an ideal hearty lunch. During the day you’ll find mostly hungry shoppers, while in the evening middle-aged gentlemen come here for the affordable, daily changing Dish of the Day. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Thu 09:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. (€6 - 10). 1JK

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Korte Putstraat is famous for its restaurants and pubs Lya Cattel

‘t Bonte Palet D-2, Hinthamerstraat 99, tel. (+31) 736 13 25 32. With a maximum capacity of 65 people, this local watering hole claims to be ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s smallest pub and to be honest, we’d have to agree. ‘t Bonte Palet is a combination of eclectic things that don’t seem to go together and everywhere you look you’re bound to see something strange from Scottish bagpipes, snake skins and miniature guitars to cigar smoking crocodiles, rocking horses and lots of other junk you might find at an internet auction. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue. J

‘t Bosschenaartje C-2, Krullartstraat 4 - 6, tel. (+31)

736 14 69 46, info@bosschenaartje.nl, www.bosschenaartje.nl. A visit to this brown bar is akin to a trip back in time, but in a good way. A woman who is constantly humming a tune to herself serves large portions of local dishes with sausage, cheese and mustard and often engages her patrons in idle gossip. Grab a seat at the low, wide bar next to 40-something locals listening to Dutch music. Sometimes the volume is cranked up and the customers start an impromptu sing-along, so brush up on your Dutch. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Mon 15:00 - 20:00, Tue, Wed 10:00 - 22:00, Sun 15:00 - 22:00. J

‘t Pantoffeltje C-3, Korte Putstraat 11, tel. (+31) 736

13 06 27, www.pantoffeltje.nl. The holy water basin behind the bar and three church bells with pulleys certainly make you feel like you’re actually in a church and not a quirky pub. Thankfully the collection of old slippers above the bar prove the contrary, even though bottles of spirits are stored in something that looks a bit like a confessional. The bar is usually frequented by people in their twenties and thirties who flirt with one another to popular music in this most ‘sacred’ or sacrilegious of places. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00, Fri 16:00 - 03:00, Sat 13:00 - 03:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue. JB

Clubs Club Cinq D-3, Parade 5, tel. (+31) 736 14 06 86,

daan@cafecinq.nl, www.cafecinq.nl. Cinq is the most prestigious dance club in the city. The elevated DJ booth and the illuminated mirror bar are the first things to catch your eye here, but at night you’ll be swept away by a tide of young people, many of them non-locals, who gather on and around the colourfully-lit dance floor where R&B beats prevail. Thanks to some full length mirrors in the ladies’ toilet cubicles, women spend ages dolling themselves up out of sight, so if you’re wondering where the women are at, they’re probably queued up at the restrooms. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. JEBKX

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NIGHTLIFE Cordes D-3, Parade 4, tel. (+31) 736 12 42 24, info@

cafecordes.nl, www.cafecordes.nl. This hip place is a meeting point for various styles of music. During the day you can sit and have a freshly baked slice of apple pie or a cup of mint tea, but in the evenings, the crowd gets drastically younger and dancing becomes a mandatory event for all. Whether you like funk, soul, house, hip-hop or even jazz, the DJs will play a little something for everyone. Naturally, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are the best nights to come here for a party until the wee hours of the morning. QOpen 11:00 - 01:00, Thu 11:00 - 02:00, Fri 11:00 - 04:00, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. JB

Ushiwawa Karrenstraat 10, www.ushiwawa.nl. One of

the most recent additions to the town’s nightlife scene this club knows how to attract the young and beautiful. Dance music seems to be the main attraction, but sushi and lots of cool, colourful cocktails are are also major draws. QOpen Thu 22:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 22:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. 1JG

Gay & Lesbian Kabberdoes D-2, St. Josephstraat 6-8, tel. (+31) 736

12 36 65, www.kabberdoes.nl. Friendliness reigns in De Kabberdoes, which is Flemish for ‘pub,’ a small establishment situated on the lonely St. Josephstraat. Its staff is always polite and helpful and the café is much more than just a place to have a beer or grab the special of the day for €9. It’s a place for meeting people and mingling, which could be the reason why many of the patrons of this intimate pub are part of the local gay community. Open mic nights and karaoke are also frequently held. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00, Mon, Wed 19:00 02:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 04:00. Closed Tue. JK

Push B-2, Postelstraat 37, www.pushdenbosch.nl. After years of doom and gloom, when several gay friendly bars were closed, there finally seems to be some light on the horizon for the homosexual scene in Den Bosch. Push, which promises to be a trendy hangout for the gay community, opened its doors early 2012. The owners are two seasoned hospitality industry entrepreneurs who will organise disco evenings on Fridays and Saturdays. During the week it functions more as a bar and a lounge café. Openingtimes will increase soon when the permits are received. QOpen 14:00 - 02:00, Mon, Tue 14:00 - 24:00. PJL

Think Pink D-2, Sint Josephtraat, www.thinkpink.nl. A couple of times per year this old church turns into the gayest place in the city. Enjoy music from the 1970s and 1980s with the dancers on the stage. Q JG

Live music P79 C-2, Markt 79, tel. (+31) 738 51 04 48, www.

p79.nl. At first glance this bar seems to consist of just a few tables outside and a door that looks like it leads nowhere. Pass through it and you’ll be shocked to discover a large, cavernous room with an unpolished wooden bar. In fact, P79 is one of the most alternative bars in Den Bosch. It offers live music and and an extensive beer menu, not to mention a frozen Heineken tap. At the door you can also find a list with what kind of music the DJ is playing. Bring earplugs, cause the music can be very loud. QOpen 22:00 - 04:00, Sun 17:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. JE

Tony’s Bar C-2, Burgemeester Loeffplein 98, tel. (+31)

736 92 69 26, info@hotel-central.nl, www.hotel-central. nl/nl/central.htm. You can listen to live jazz at Tony’s Bar every first Friday of the month between 18:30 - 22:15. This attractive hotel bar is housed in the Golden Tulip Hotel Central, where various quartets and quintets play popular jazz standards and even South American jazz. Even if you’re not much of a music fan, you can still enjoy a great selection of drinks and quick snacks here. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. JA

Lounge & Cocktail bars Kakama - Asian Fusion & Bar C-2, Kruisstraat 31-31a, tel./fax (+31) 736 14 07 09, info@kakama.nl, www. kakama.nl. Don’t be scared off by the life-size Chinese terracotta warrior that awaits you halfway up the stairs. Once inside, you’ll enter a different world, far away from the bustle of the city streets. The plush red sofas, the lovely lights and the enormous photo of Hong Kong harbour are all details which help you relax. Unfortunately, you’ll also find a somewhat meagre cocktail menu with only six mixed drinks. QOpen 16:00 - 23:00. JGK

Microbreweries Bar le Duc C-2, Korenbrugstraat 5 - 7, tel. (+31) 736 13

69 15, fax (+31) 736 13 09 73, info@cafebarleduc.nl, www.cafebarleduc.nl. In addition to the 12 different types of draught beer served at Bar le Duc, you can also choose from five freshly brewed local beers that are pumped in directly from its neighbour, De Stadsbrouwerij (the city brewery). To see how these are brewed, you can take an indoor shortcut to get a guided tour or a beer presentation. Need a piss but don’t know to take which door? Don’t worry, toilet is written in 14 languages on the doors of the the ladies’ and gents’ rooms. QOpen 11:00 - 01:45. JAGBX

Midnight munchies Cafetaria Van den Broek L-10, Hildebrandstraat 20,

tel. (+31) 736 13 63 02, fax (+31) 736 13 17 88. If you think that all Dutch deep-fried snacks taste the same, you’ve probarly never been to Cafetaria Van den Broek. Although the extreme friendliness of the staff is good enough reason to give this place a try, even vegetarians would give up their membership in PETA to try the roast beef with fried eggs - a true delicacy. Q TLGKS

Il Lara C-2, Karrenstraat 16, tel. (+31) 615 02 27 86.

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This successful mix of Dutch and Turkish fast food is popular in large part due to its perfect central location. At Il Lara you can order genuine Dutch chips, but the Turkish sandwich and kebabs are even better. The staff tend to serve plenty of meat with lots of sauce at the expense of more healthy lettuce, so bring a stack of napkins and get ready to get greasy. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00. (€3 -7 ). JVGBKS

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NIGHTLIFE Kakama - Asian Fusion & Bar C-2, Kruisstraat 31-

31a, tel. (+31) 736 14 07 09, info@kakama.nl, www. kakama.nl. If you still have some money to spend after a night on the town and are in the mood for something tasty, try Lounge 31. This tastefully decorated lounge bar is the exact opposite of the countless fast food joints that are so characteristic of Dutch inner cities. You won’t find patatje oorlog (chips with mayonnaise, satay sauce and chopped onions) or mushy croquette sandwiches here, but rather a selection of freshly prepared finger foods. QOpen 16:00 23:00. (€6 - 11). JAGK

‘t Sint Janneke D-2, Torenstraat 6, tel. (+31) 736 14

73 00. A snack bar can distinguish itself with an unusual name. Sint Janneke (Little St. John) has accomplished this and is blessed with a beautiful location right next to St. John’s Cathedral. Have a snack on wooden benches and beneath wood-panelled walls and murals. Lots of seating is available, too. QOpen Wed 12:00 - 22:00, Thu 12:00 - 01:00, Fri 12:00 - 02:00, Sat 12:00 - 04:00, Sun 14:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€2 - 5). J

Out of town Cafe Temps Perdu P-16, Markt 13, Boxtel, tel. (+31)

411 68 42 47, www.letempsperdu.nl. Even after several visits, we still can’t decide whether this is a pub or a restaurant. Not that the regulars at Temps Perdu seem to care. Half of them arrive early in the evening for the large portions of thickly cut fries with a side salad, while the others arrive at any time to enjoy one of the many beers on draught or a glass of wine from its excellent selection. Despite the good food and wide array of excellent beverages, students would also feel at home in its laid-back atmosphere. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Fri 11:00 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. (€14 - 17). JLGBKX

De Lachende Vis Empelsedijk 21, Oud-Empel, tel.

(+31) 736 42 10 32, www.delachendevis.nl. You’ll find this peaceful oasis a stone’s throw from the busiest motorway in Holland. It seems like time has stood still for several decades at De Lachende Vis, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps its close proximity to the local cemetery is the reason everbody feels so at peace here, but then again maybe it’s the friendly hosts who immediately make you feel at home. An authentic Brabant décor is also the perfect backdrop for a special draught beer or a cheap and tasty dish of the day. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00, Mon 12:00 - 19:00, Fri 10:00 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 - 19:00, Sun 10:00 - 24:00. (€10 - 15). T6ULGBKX

You’ll always find a party at Morrison’s Irish Pub

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Morrison’s Pub L-14, Waaldijk 1, Rossum, tel. (+31) 418 51 36 62, info@morrisons.nl, www.morrisons.nl. Many pubs claim to be Irish, but few outside Ireland live up to that lofty claim. Morrison’s, only a 15-minute drive north outside of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in Rossum, is one of those rare few. The bar is located underneath a restaurant and also boasts a pleasant summer terrace. Inside it’s decorated with plenty of memorabilia but mind you Ps and Qs or risk adding your name a face to the dreaded Wall of Shame that records all of the punters who couldn’t hold their liquor. QOpen 16:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 02:00, Sun 15:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon, Tue. TJ6LEGBX

Pool & Billiards De Dieze H-7, Werfpad 5, tel. (+31) 736 12 50 38, info@

dedieze.com, www.dedieze.com. If you’ve ever seen that film with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise The Color of Money or you know who Minnesota Fats was then you’ll feel right at home in this relaxed pool hall where you can show off your skills at 10 snooker, 16 pool and 4 billiard tables. QOpen 14:00 - 24:00, Mon 17:00 - 24:00, Fri 14:00 - 01:00, Sat 13:00 - 01:00, Sun 13:00 - 24:00. J

Poolcafe Rack’m J-9, Zuid Willemsvaart 585, tel.

(+31) 736 89 03 93, poolcaferackm@gmail.com, www. poolcaferackm.nl. Discover a relaxing oasis on the corner of two busy streets at Poolcafe Rack’m. Popular with students and the usual pool sharks, a game of pool here won’t break the bank. The bar offers a lot of drinks and cheap and filling snacks and the big windows offer great views of passersby, so drop by and rack ‘em up! QOpen 18:00 - 24:00, Fri 18:00 - 01:00, Sat 15;00 - 01:00, Sun 14:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon. Pool: €8.50/hour.

Pubs De Graven van Leuven C-3, Wolvenhoek 8, tel. (+31)

736 13 02 52, www.degravenvanleuven.nl. A rustic wooden floor, dozens of old beer advertisements on the walls and a few magnified panorama pictures of the city centre provide an intimate, agreeable atmosphere in this classic café. Judging by the number of civil servants stuffing their hungry bellies here at lunch time. In fact, the ‘salad meal’ brings honour to its name and the granny’s signature meatball in gravy dish will have you coming back for more. QOpen 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. TJLEGBKXW

De Palm D-2, Hinthamerstraat 82, tel. (+31) 738 51

86 63. This friendly pub is situated just below St. John’s Cathedral. With its more than 50 types of beer on the menu and its lovely sun-terrace on which to consume them, this café is well worth a visit. Popular with artists, musicians and other assorted bohemians, De Palm offers up great music from jazz and funk to soul and the delta blues. As if that weren’t enough, all of its delicious meals are served for a uniform price of only €10. Smoking is allowed here, so if nicotine is not your thing, stay away! QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. TJB

Hart van Brabant D-3, Parade 1, tel. (+31) 736 13 72 12, www.cafehartvanbrabant.nl. The clientele of this unique pub is a colourful mix of characters and an accurate cross section of what you may encounter on an average day in the city centre: hasty businessmen, shoppers in need of a quick cuppa or impoverished but brotherly students who share a beer between the three of them. The cosy outdoor seating area with a view of St. John’s Cathedral and the Parade is a guaranteed crowd puller. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00, Fri 09:00 - 03:00, Sat 09:00 - 04:00. TJBX s-Hertogenbosch.inyourpocket.com


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Hotel Terminus Folk Pub B-2, Boschveldweg 15, tel.

(+31) 736 13 06 66, terminusdenbosch@kpnmail.nl, www.hotel-terminus.nl. Terminus, which doesn’t even try to be trendy, is perhaps the most lively place in town. It’s decorated in a seemingly chaotic manner with everything from beer steins to wooden fences. The Folk Pub also has a Wild West feel complete with diehard barflies and wooden furniture. But don’t expect to see Clint Eastwood sipping a pint, as you’re more likely to sit and chat with a local hippy singing the praises of this popular bar. Despite its rugged look, the bar area is clean and the bathrooms are spotless. In addition to other brews, 12 Belgian beers are on draught and nearly 250 kinds of bottled brews are also available. An extensive selection of around 300 whiskeys is also hard to resist. Highly recommended. QOpen 16:30 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 02:00, Sun 14:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. JALBX

Reinders C-2, Karrenstraat 29, tel. (+31) 736 12 55

30. Nowhere in ‘s-Hertogenbosch can you grab hold of a beer as quickly as at the Reinders café where the friendly and knowledgeable staff know the meaning of the word hospitality. This pub is like entering a family home, because every regular customer has a portrait of themselves framed on the wall. Later in the evening the place is taken over by crowds of hipsters between the ages of 20 and 45. You can also frequently find the ladies of the ‘s-Hertogenbosch hockey team here, who are often national champions. Approach them at your own risk! QOpen 14:00 - 02:00, Tue, Wed 16:00 - 02:00, Fri 14:00 - 04:00, Sat 11:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon. JK

Silva Ducis D-3, Parade 6 - 7, tel. (+31) 736 13 04

05, info@silva-ducis.com, www.silva-ducis.com. In the daytime this is the pub for families shopping with their children, yet in the evening and at the weekend it’s populated by a completely different crowd. On Friday and Saturday nights local youths (16 - 24 years old) come here in droves to listen to DJs spinning both Dutch and English pop music. You never have to wait long for drinks as the staff behind three bars work fast and efficiently. For some strange reason the central dance floor is hardly ever used for that purpose. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00, Thu 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. JB

Zomers & Zomers C-2, Karrenstraat 22, tel. (+31) 736 13 66 13, www.zomersenzomers.nl. If you’ve ever almost been run over in the city centre by a group of scootering or velosolex-riding elders, you can trace them back here to their home base: Zomers & Zomers. This trendy, light brown café is one of the few places without a single squeaking teenager in sight. Thank God! After a number of beers the steep staircase leading to the toilets puts one in mind of an Everest ascent, but it’ll no doubt sober you up and prepare you for the next round. QOpen 14:00 - 02:00, Fri 14:00 - 04:00, Sat 11:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon. JB

Sports bars Sports Café (Sportiom Complex) K-7, Victorialaan

10, tel. (+31) 736 46 46 13, info@sportiom.nl, www. sportiom.nl. The Sports Café is exactly what it claims to be. Its interior is dotted with sports memorabilia including loads of framed jerseys. Although it has the look of a sports bar, it holds true to its name and is definitely more of café. It’s definitely family and kid oriented, but still offers Bavaria beer on draught for the adults. A large dinning area is also available and it’s a good resting point to get away from the crowds, but can be a little pricey. QOpen 16:00 - 24:00, Wed, Thu, Fri 12:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 09:30 - 24:00. TULGKDC

Student clubs Tweekeerbellen C-2, Snellestraat 46, tel. (+31) 736

14 49 99, www.tweekeerbellen.nl. Tweekeerbellen is simply paradise on earth for local students. This renowned student pub is open every day of the week, except Sundays, when most of them are washing their laundry and asking their parents for more money. The ceiling is plastered with modern art: in particular, a collection of hundreds of public transport passes, which Dutch students received as part of a government grant. The interior is simple and red and almost nothing is fragile: completely student-proof. QOpen 20:00 - 02:00, Mon 20:00 - 01:00, Sat 20:00 - 03:00. Closed Sun. JG

Wine bars Bottles & Bites C-2, Korenbrugstraat 1, tel. (+31) 736 14 65 19, www.bottlesandbites.com. It’s rather strange that a city like ‘s-Hertogenbosch that is so packed with connoisseurs has so few wine bars. Bottles & Bites is a rare exception. Not exactly the place for beer guzzlers, Bottles & Bits provides an ample selection of bottles from well-known wine countries such as France, Chile, Argentina and Italy. The tasteful interior belongs to the most beautiful ones of downtown Den Bosch. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. (€6 - 10). JA6LGBXW

‘t Pumpke D-3, Parade 3, tel. (+31) 736 13 05 54,

www.hetpumpke.nl. For almost 100 years, ‘t Pumpke has been widely known in ‘s-Her togenbosch. Whether it’s the aroma of freshly baked apple pie or the smooth and loving ser vice of the staff, the fact remains that every customer is always satisfied here. If you’re looking for a conversation with locals tr y the communal table. In case you’re wondering why i t’s called ‘t Pumpke, straight across from the small ou tdoor seating area there’s a replica of an authentic old water pump. In the nighttime this place transforms into one big dancefloor where ever y dances or sings out loud with the songs from the speakers. Or both... Q Open 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. JBK

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WHAT TO SEE Den Bosch is the largest walled city in the Netherlands and its medieval centre is an attraction in itself. Most of the city’s best sights - its wharves, churches and monuments - are concentrated in a relatively small area that makes up the old town, which means that a full day and a good pair of walking shoes is all you need to cover most of the main attractions. However, with inviting cafés every few metres, a couple of large parks perfect for aimless wandering and lots of photogenic old buildings, you could spend the better part of a week exploring and still find something new around every corner. In this chapter you’ll find everything you need to know about boat tours on the lovely canal, historic buildings, parks and ancient churches. Add to that scores of intriguing museums and you’ll know why the Dutch adore this city.

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Essential ‘s-Hertogenbosch

P Air conditioning

A Credit cards accepted

C Swimming pool

H Conference facilities

F Fitness centre

U Facilities for the disabled

6 Pets allowed

L Guarded parking

K Restaurant

D Sauna

W Free wireless internet G No smoking J City centre location

T Child friendly

X Smoking area

U Disabled friendly

B Outside seating

S Take away

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

Begraafplaats Groenendaal K-10, Herven 1, tel.

(+31) 736 41 03 63, fax (+31) 736 40 04 90, info@begraafplaatsorthen.nl, www.begraafplaatsgroenendaal. nl. Although Den Bosch doesn’t boast a world famous cemetery like the Père Lachaise in Paris with its legendary Jim Morrison grave, the 12-hectare large Groenendaal cemetery is definitely worth a visit. Since 1858 a large number of dignitaries from Den Bosch have made it their final resting place. Designed to look like a public garden, it houses many tombs, special graves and architectural masterpieces like the neo-Gothic bishop’s chapel from 1882. This particular grave and a number of others are excellent examples of late 19th- and early 20th-century Catholic funerary sculptures. They stand out due to their high artistic value, the fact that many were created by important sculptors and architects or the particular historic significance of the dearly departed buried beneath. A number of separate graveyards for war victims and several fraternal orders can also be found in the complex. You can reach Groenendaal by taking bus No.73, 165 or 166 to Orthen from the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Central Station. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 17:00. TULB

Bossche Broek B-3, C-3, D-3, Zuidwal. What Central

Park is to the inhabitants of New York, Het Bossche Broek is to the inhabitants of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This green space has been of vital importance to the city’s residents for over a thousand years. So it’s not without cause that ‘s-Hertogenbosch is proud of and cherishes these 287 acres of pristine nature. Het Bossche Broek is a tangle of pools, wooded areas and ditches that are typical to this characteristic wet grassland. Nowhere else in the Netherlands will you find a natural area so close to a city centre as Het Bossche Broek, which lets this green plain combine beautifully with the skyline of St. John’s Cathedral. This marshy area of river clay and bog land was a natural line of defence, which earned the city the honourable nickname of Invincible Swamp Dragon.With its beautiful walking and cycling trails it’s a fun area to explore.

Lunchconcert De Toonzaal C-3, Prins Bernhardstraat

4-6, tel. (+31) 736 12 21 23, fax (+31) 736 13 82 97, info@detoonzaal.nl, www.detoonzaal.nl. With the exception of the summer season you can enjoy a classical music concert for a cheap price twice every month. During these so called ‘lunch concerts’ you have a chance to listen to rising Dutch stars from the conservatory in Tilburg, one of the most prestigious music schools in the Netherlands. Just before the soloist plays his/her piano, guitar, violin, saxophone or other instrument, a simple, but tasty lunch is served in the historic surroundings of this former Jewish synagogue all for the bargain price of only €7.50! See the Culture & Events section for more details and dates. QOpen closed, Wed 12:00 - 13:30. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. TJUG

’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

The Citadel (De Citadel) C-1, Zuid Willemsvaart 2.

The Citadel is a magnificent 17th-century structure. In 1637 this pentagonal fortification with ramparts was built at a strategic point where the rivers Aa and Dommel flow into the Dieze. The Citadel’s nickname, De Papenbril (The Papist Glasses), is due to the fact that the building was created to keep an eye on the Catholics of Den Bosch, who were still loyal to the former ruler of the area, the King of Spain. So the canons were not only aimed at the enemy, but also at the town’s own inhabitants! In later centuries the building also functioned as a military prison, a barracks and an artists’ workshop, before it was transformed into the Brabant Historical Information Centre (BHIC). The view of the city from the walls is brilliant and you can almost feel its rich history come to life.

Buildings & Squares Bastionder C-3, Bastion Oranje 1, tel. (+31) 736 14 99

86. Once upon a time Den Bosch boasted over four miles of defensive walls. Wind mills, cannons and sturdy towers were all part and parcel of these historic bastions. Despite the fact that most of them have disappeared, the city is still proud of its architectural and military past. One of the best spots to see and experience this rich history is the Bastionder where you can see a lovely city park with possibly the best view of Den Bosch over the Bossche Broek. The last part of the fortifications were added to the fortress (Bastion Oranje) in 1634. In the spring thousands of crocuses are in bloom, in summer you can have a picnic underneath its ancient trees and in the autumn this rustic oasis is a great place for a walk. The underground information centre offers visitors information about the military history of the city across the centuries. Unfortunately, the building isn’t always accessible. You can only visit it as a part of a city walking tour or a boat trip on the Dommel. Q TJ

Orthen Cemetery

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WHATTO TO SEE SEE WHAT Bolwoningen (Globe Housing) Bollenveld. Should

somebody ever think of making a Dutch version of Star Wars, the ‘s-Hertogenbosch neighbourhood of Maasport would be an ideal backdrop. Fifty white ‘spaceships’ shaped like giant golf balls landed here at the beginning of the 1980s and have since served as housing for the ordinary humans of this city. Three decades ago, the municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch received a large subsidy from the national government for the purpose of experimental living, so architect Dries Kreijkamp designed these futuristic globes. The idea behind these unusual cement and fibreglass buildings sprang not from the architect’s leap of madness, but in the ‘optimal experience of nature in all its facets’, or so Mr. Kreijkamp claims. The unusual shape of the buildings is accented all the more because they are located next to regular houses. Each one offers bedrooms on the ground floor, sanitation in the middle and living rooms on the top floor. As the houses are rather small by Dutch standards with a diameter of only 5.5 metres, most globe houses are inhabited by just one or two people. In past years there have been frequent rumours that the buildings contained too many construction flaws, but after a thorough renovation the globes seem prepared for the future.

Brabant Service Station Vughterweg 80. One of the

oldest petrol stations in the Netherlands has managed to escape the demolition mania of the Den Bosch city council. In 1933 this classic building was constructed at Bosscheweg 1 with an authentic balustrade, an outside staircase, three flagpoles, smoothly designed steel windows and green glazed bricks. For the massive sum of €800,000 the building was eventually moved 55 meters away to make way for a new road. Although neglected for another 10 years when this national monument looked dirty and derelict, it has finally been restored to its original, colourful appearance.

De Leuvense Poort C-3, St Jorisstraat 125. These days

the oldest prison in the Netherlands only hosts voluntary guests. Renamed De Leuvense Poort, the former penitentiary now acts as a place where young, creative entrepreneurs interact. What used to be work spaces of the doctor, the chaplain, the librarian and the jail keeper now accommodate a colourful mixture of vibrant business professionals. Those who have never done time but are curious to find out what it’s like to stay in a prison can drop by and have a look. The impressive inner court looks like the backdrop to Elvis Presley’s legendary hit Jailhouse Rock.

De Moriaan Markt. Roughly half a century ago, De Mori-

aan, the oldest brick house in the Netherlands, was almost torn down. Today, the inhabitants of ‘s-Hertogenbosch are proud to have this unique building within their city limits. The Gothic house with large rooms and a small round tower is located right in the heart of the city at the Markt. De Moriaan is the most complete example of a large brick hall in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which dates back to the beginning of the 13th century. Although some experts believe that with its robust and defensible appearance, it may have served as a city castle for an aristocratic family, it’s known that De Moriaan has been both a Reformed and a Lutheran church, a residence for Bishop Metsius, a concert venue, a military barracks and a warehouse. During the turbulent times of the iconoclasm in 1566, the building also served as a meeting place for Reformers who hatched plans here to drive all of the Catholics from the city. Despite thorough refurbishing, some original architectural elements have survived, especially in the building’s interior. A large part of the walls and wooden support beams still date from the medieval period in which the house was built. De Moriaan now houses the city’s tourist information centre and and the underground music club Café Plein ‘79.

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Christmas arrives in Den Bosch

Lya Cattel

Het Kruithuis C-1, Citadellaan 7, tel. (+31) 736 14 86 38, info@stokpunt.nl, www.stokpunt.nl. The Kruithuis is a unique historical building unlike any other in the Netherlands. The local town council ordered it to be built in 1621 fearing that the government would exclude the city from the lucrative ammunition storage trade in the future if they didn’t. During the Dutch War of Independence between the Netherlands and Spain, weapons and gunpowder were stowed throughout the city, which was far from safe. Hence Jan van der Weeghen, both engineer and physician, received the assignment to build an ammunition depot. For less than the equivalent of today’s €10,000 (an enormous sum back then) this prominent hexagonal building was erected in three years. Today it serves a much different purpose; it functions as a contemporary art museum and gallery. The building houses not only paintings, but also sculpture, video exhibits, ceramics, graphics, photographs and other art installations. QOpen 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue. Admission: adults €3, children under 16 free. J Parade D-2/3, Parade. The cultural centre of ‘s-Herto-

genbosch, the Parade, will be completed by the end of 2011. The square will most likely have a much different appearance than it does now. The beautiful chestnut trees that encircle the square are, unfortunately, diseased and there are plans in place to cut them all down. On the bright side, the Parade will be much sunnier. There are also ambitious plans to build a fountain with a statue, which will fill a substantial part of the square. But hundreds of years ago this square was already an important meeting place in the city. Where you now see a posh barrister’s offices, there used to be the Reformed Orphanage, where boys learnt to become carpenters. In fact, they kept themselves busy by building coffins because the Parade was also the location of many executions. Back then, if you were rich enough, you could avoid a public hanging from the gallows and instead be drowned in a large indoor cask. Today the borders of the Parade are flanked by important buildings such as St. John’s Cathedral, the Theatre on the Parade and the residency and office of Bishop Hurkmans. In the summer it’s also a great place to enjoy outdoor cafés, pubs and restaurants.

Watertower E-2, Hinthamereinde. Until 1885 the inhabit-

ants of Den Bosch depended on surface water or wells and pumps for their drinking water. When this 33m high tower, designed by architect J. Kalff, was erected, the town was finally provided with a modern water supply system. Indeed, the two water reservoirs measuring 180m2 were unique at the time. Since 1974 this remarkable building has had national monument status and has housed several different organisations, including a shelter for the homeless and a boxing training centre. The building is currently being renovated and the new owner hopes to finish the building, which will include offices and cafés, in 2012.

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WHAT TO SEE Churches St. Catharina C-3, Kruisbroedershof. Almost 150 years

ago, architect Jan Stuyt was deeply inspired by the Hagia Sophia on a trip to Istanbul, then Constantinople, and this gorgeous domed church, completed in 1917, is the result. Although a church has stood on the same spot since the 16th century, St. Catherine’s Church is something completely unique to the city. Its colourful dome has a diameter of 22 metres and depicts the so-called Eight Glories and the Three Remaining Glories painted by artist Jan Oosterman. Every corner of the Kruisherenkerk (as it is known colloquially) is adorned with big wooden statues known as the choir of angels. Q JL

Museums Jheronimus Bosch Art Center D-2, Jeroen Boschplein

2, tel. (+31) 736 12 68 90, info@jheronimusboschartcenter.nl, www.jheronimusbosch-artcenter.nl. In a stylish complex - a former church and its annexes - the life, ideas, and works of this religious artist are presented in various ways. Even 500 years later, Hieronymus Bosch, who lived from around 1450 to 1516 fires one’s imagination. Was he a member of a heretical sect or was he just very religious? In any event, his paintings are about the permanent battle between good and evil, heaven and hell. Unique is also that this collection is not only challenging you to look at the man’s art, but also makes you think about his intentions. Real-size reproductions of all his paintings are exhibited in the gallery chambers and in the tower. A 15th-century studio has also been furnished in the basement and a film about Bosch’s life is periodically shown on the ground floor. The view of the city from the 40m-high tower is remarkable. In 2016 some of his original paintings will come back to the city where they were created for the international exhibition Bosch Vision 2016. QOpen 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission: Adults €6, children €3. TJAULK

Kunstlocatie Würth Het Sterrenbeeld 35, tel. (+31)

736 29 15 50, info@wurth.nl, www.wurth.nl/kunstlocatie/. What’s the chance of finding an impressive art collection inside a working factory? Well look no further than Kunstlocatie Würth, an art space that has an ever-changing supply of exhibitions. Take bus No. 156 for 15 minutes and exit at Dungense Brug at Den Dungen and walk for another 15 minutes to the museum. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat. Admission free. T

Fine art at the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

Museum of Ancient Craf ts (Museum ‘t Oude Ambacht) B-1, Sint-Eloijstraat 1, tel. (+31) 654 71 12 72. For nearly five decades Jo Jacobs has been amassing a collection of historic tools.This is a hobby that is directly related to his other great passion: selling gear from his hardware store. If you’d like to study the tools used by jewellers or perhaps a blacksmith’s enormous bellows, you won’t regret visiting this fascinating storyteller. Q Open every first Saturday of the month from 11:00 - 16:00. JL

Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum D-2, Zuster s

van Orthenpoort 20-27, tel. (+31) 736 13 01 99, www.gemintemuzejum.org. The carnival festivities in Oeteldonk, which is the name given to ‘s-Hertogenbosch during carnival, are more than mere celebrations. The yearly feasts, which date back to 1882, even have their own museum! The friendly Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum is since 2001 housed in the renovated gateway building of the medieval Sisters of Orthen Convent. It enjoys an idyllic location in the shade of St. John’s and situated in a beautiful courtyard next to the inner city stream known as the Binnendieze. Visitors to the museum are introduced to anything and every thing that has to do with the carnival including masks, costumes, promotion materials, weapons and shields and its highlight, a 3m-tall Peruvian hat. Q Open 13:11 - 17:11. Closed Mon. Admission: adults €4.50, children €2. TJG

Slager Museum D-2, Choorstraat 10, tel. (+31) 736

Don’t miss the Carnival (Oeteldonks) Museum

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13 32 16, www.museum-slager.nl. ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s Slager Museum has entertained guests with its works of art since 1861. A range of the paintings by the Slager family spanning over three generations are since 1970 on display. Dozens of works by eight painters from this wealthy family are available to art lovers including paintings, pieces of furniture and temporary exhibitions. The Slager Collection also boasts a number of oil paintings, water colours, drawings and etchings as well as ancient town plans of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, landscapes, village views, floral lithographs and portraits. QOpen 14:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission: adults €4.50, children under 12 free. TJ

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WHAT TO SEE The Construction Hangar (De Bouwloods) Toren-

straat 16, tel. (+31) 736 12 68 79. If you’re having a hard time grasping the grandeur of the most attractive building in town, St. John’s Cathedral, have a look in the rather undervalued De Bouwloods (The Construction Hangar) museum. This is the former workplace of the stone masons, sculptors, carpenters, bricklayers and other tradesmen who created all of the masterworks that now adorn the Gothic building. Because the cathedral is basically being renovated all the time, the collection at De Bouwloods is renewed regularly. More than 200 original sculptures and building fragments that were removed from St. John’s or replaced during restorations are on display in this small, yet interesting museum. Q Openingtimes from April to Oktober. In the months June, July, August and September you can bring a visit from Tuesday to Sunday (Monday closed) between 13:00 and 16:30 hours.I n April and October the museum is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between 13:00-16:30 hours. Admission: adults €3, children free. TJ

Zwanenbroedershuis Museum (Swan Brethren House Museum) D-2, Hinthamerstraat 94, tel. (+31)

736 13 73 83, zwanenbroedershuis@hotmail.com, www.zwanenbroedershuis.nl. The stately building on the Hinthamerstraat certainly catches one’s attention. The Swan Brethen House, the domicile of the Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady, came into being in 1847. Apart from the rich history of the brotherhood, you can also admire many valuable objects related to the this organisation, including unique 15thand 16th-century sheet music, wood carvings and William of Orange’s drinking goblet. QOpen 13:30 - 16:30. Closed Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat. Admission: €5. JB

Museums: Out of town Boerenbondsmuseum Pandelaar 106, Gemert, tel.

(+31) 492 36 64 44, fax (+31) 492 39 20 60, info@ boerenbondsmuseum.nl, www.boerenbondsmuseum. nl. Anyone interested in knowing how people lived on a Dutch farm roughly 100 years ago should take a look at this interactive museum. Experience the true Dutch countryside only a 15-minute ride from Den Bosch. Although it all seems quaint and pretty now, life was actually quite harsh at the beginning of the 20th century on these premises. Discover how harvesting was done, why the bars were full on Sunday morning after church services and how wooden shoes are made. Opening hours vary depending on the season, so check it’s website for exact times. QOpen , Sun 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat. Admission: adults €4, children 4 - 12 years €2. T6L

Museum of Religious Art Vorstenburg 1, Uden, tel.

(+31) 413 26 34 31, www.museumvoorreligieuzekunst. nl/. The province of Brabant used to be full of monasteries. However, the majority of these remarkable buildings have been given a new vocation by now. One of the few women’s convents that’s still active is located in Uden, southeast of Den Bosch. Six sisters of the Bridgettine Order devoted to the Passion of Jesus Christ in the Maria Refugie Abbey maintain age-old traditions here. Isolated from the outside world behind thick iron bars, they still live an austere life in the service of God and wear rather odd caps. For Holland this is a first class cultural example of how medieval thinking, Bridgettine spirituality and the 21st century can harmoniously coexist. The old wings of the abbey have been renovated for use as the Museum of Religious Art, which has displayed religious art and church artefacts since 1973. The small, yet impressive museum houses a large number of medieval sculptures, a group of extremely rare monstrances dated to around 1500, a large collection of popular devotional objects, including tens of thousands of In Memoriam cards, and numerous papers and documents illustrating the history of the abbey and the region. The collections of icons and modern religious art are exceptional and the herb garden with more than 150 different varieties of plants is also worth a visit. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission: €5. TULG

Museum Veeteelt & KI Dr. Moonsweg 5, Beers, tel.

(+31) 485 33 02 41, info@museumveeteeltki.nl, www. veeteelt-ki-museum.nl. For centuries the Dutch have expounded the excellence of the meat they produce and if you’d like to know why then have a look at this fascinating museum in Beers. Since 1999 the museum has chronicled the development of cattle breeding in Holland and the important role of artificial insemination (KI in Dutch). Learn how the Netherlands became a market leader in livestock improvement during the second half of the 20th century largely due to this technology. The central hall gives an introduction and historical overview, while adjoining rooms cover the story of how people keep and breed livestock. In the laboratory you can also discover how people can even create animals. QOpen , Wed 10:00 - 16:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat. Admission: adults €5, children 10 - 12 years €2, children under 10 free.

Museum Jan Cunen Molenstraat 65, Oss, tel. (+31) 412 62 93 28, fax (+31) 412 62 93 35, museumjancunen@oss.nl, www.museumjancunen.nl. Peruse paintings from 19th century to the modern era in this museum which has been teaching people about art for over 75 years. A variety of regional works are also available. QOpen 12:30 16:30. Closed Mon, Sun. Admission: free. PTULGW

Museum Jan Heestershuis Pompstraat 17, Schijndel,

tel. (+31) 735 49 22 76, museum@schijndel.nl, www. schijndel.nl/museum. Paintings by Dutch masters have been globally renowned for centuries. But in the small town of Schijndel only 10 minutes from Den Bosch, there are works of art on display which are totally unknown to the outside world, yet still worth a look. Local painters Jan Heesters and Dorus van Oorschot are no longer with us, but their paintings still illustrate typical Brabant landscapes and the characteristic lifestyles of local labourers. QOpen 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission: adults €2, children free. TJL

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WHAT TO SEE Schoenenmuseum Waalwijk (Dutch Leather & Shoe museum) Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, tel. (+31) 416 33 27 38, fax (+31) 416 34 41 76, info@schoenenmuseum.nl, www.schoenenmuseum.nl. In an area that has been dominated for centuries by Dutch leather and shoe manufacturers you’ll find the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum. The building may seem rather industrial and the name may sound dull, but the museum is anything but. In an unusually interesting and often interactive way, visitors are taken on a journey through time and all across the globe. From Eskimo shoes made of sealskin to traditional boots of Tibetan monks, everything that has to do with foot apparel is on display here. Apart from a colourful collection of shoes, you can also look at tools and even a completely rebuilt factory in this charming museum. Don’t leave the Langstraat (the colloquial name of the area) without trying the local specialty Halve Zool (half sole - a kind of almond paste cake) at the museum café. Take bus No.136 in the direction of Waalwijk from the ‘s-Hertogenbosch or Tilburg train stations to the Floris V-laan stop. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission: €5, children €2.50. TULB

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Slot Loevestein (Loevestein Castle) Loevestein 1,

Vincent van Gogh House (Vincent van Goghhuis)

Poederoijen, tel. (+31) 183 44 71 71, fax (+31) 183 44 71 90, info@slotloevestein.nl, www.slotloevestein. nl. Loevestein Castle is situated in a unique location where the river Meuse and Waal join together and the provinces of Gelderland, Brabant and South Holland meet. It was here, in this typically Dutch river landscape, that the knight Dirc Loef van Horne built his castle in 1360. His choice, however, was not determined by the area’s outstanding beauty, but by its strategic position. It was the ideal location to defend and from which to levy tolls. Loevestein Castle subsequently served as a military stronghold, as the state prison from which Hugo Grotius escaped in a book chest, and as part of the Dutch Waterline. Thanks to its military past, the area surrounding Loevestein Castle is one of the least spoilt cultural landscapes in the Netherlands and a unique spot where nature and culture unite as one. QOpen , Sat, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €8.50, children (4 - 18) €7. T6B

The Green Gate Prehistory Museum (Oertijdmuseum ‘De Groene Poort’) Bosscheweg 80, Boxtel, tel.

(+31) 411 61 68 62, www.oertijdmuseum.nl. Prehistoric times when the earth was populated by dinosaurs is an era, which appeals to both children and adults. Educational treasure hunts and games at the Green Gate will teach the young ones about this fascinating period of time. Once you’ve seen the films, life-sized skeletons of one of the largest Dutch sperm whales ever found and Lucy, one of the oldest humans ever found, make sure to visit the museum shop. It sells anything even remotely related to prehistory from fossils to colourful minerals. Q Open April - October 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue; November - March 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri.

Markt 26/27, Zundert, tel. (+31) 765 97 85 90, fax (+31) 765 97 85 99, vincent@vangoghhuis.com, www. vangoghhuis.com. Every year large groups of tourists and other art lovers travel to Zundert, a small town in Brabant. Vincent van Gogh, the son of a minister, was born on the Markt in Zundert in 1853. Unfortunately, the actual house where Holland’s most famous painter was born was demolished in 1903, but a plaque on the wall of the new building that replaced it marks the exact spot. The current Vincent van Gogh House art centre was created by merging two historic buildings and will soon house a large exhibition space located partially underground in the garden behind both houses. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue. Admission: adults €5, children 13 - 18 years €2. TJL

Out of town attractions Beekse Bergen Safari Park B-2, Beekse Bergen 1,

Hilvarenbeek, tel. (+31) 135 49 12 00, info@beeksebergen.nl, www.safaripark.nl. De Beekse Bergen is the biggest and most popular zoo/safari park in the Netherlands. More than 1500 animals live here in a relatively large area. One of its main attractions is the many ways in which you can view the creatures. Most visitors drive around the park in large safari vans, but visitors with their own cars can also drive past the lions, giraffes and rhinos very slowly. A rest area with plenty of goodies is available halfway through the park near the tigers, penguins and flamingos. Here you can also switch to a safari boat. It’s also possible to explore the park on foot as a path a few miles long leads you past monkeys, elephants, bears and many other animals. Children who still have energy to spare can burn off some adrenaline at the Kilimanjaro playground. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €19.95, children 3 - 11 years €17.95. THAULGBKXS

Parks & Cemeteries Beatrix Park Kooikersweg. Located on Kooikersweg, this

Vincent van Gogh is watching you!

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park is the largest open natural space in the Kruiskamp district, but that’s not saying much. It was created in the 1970s and is named after the current Dutch queen. It’s a beautiful, albeit small, rectangular park in the middle of suburbia and a watercourse divides the park and drains into a little pond that’s adorned with a sculpture of Felix van der Linden. Walk on footpaths flanked by trees and shrubs or sit down in the garden with perennials. Although the park is nice nice enough you shouldn’t go out of your way just to see it.

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WHAT TO SEE Heempark J-12, Pettelaar se Vaar tgraaf, w w w.

heempark-s-hertogenbosch.nl/. Only 10 minutes away from Zuiderpark is Heempark located on a peninsula of the Zuiderplas recreation area created in 1960. The Heempark boasts a collection of native flora, which are vulnerable to all manner of things including people, so the park is only open from sunrise to sunset. A large lake is surrounded by paved walking and cycling paths and nearby is a large sandy beach where you can swim or just catch some rays. You can also rent sail boats and even do a little fishing.

Oosterplas meer Oosterplas meer. This is the place to go for swimming while in Den Bosch. The lake has a very large beach area complete with a seasonal cafe, showers and bathrooms. If you want to take a break from swimming you can take a nice stroll around the lake. As you go around you might find a few hidden treasures. One is a small tennis club with 12 courts and a bar. After the tennis club comes the Den Bosch Hockey Club. On the other side is a small skate park and children’s area.

Prins Hendrikpark J-7/8, Ophoviuslaan. The spa-

cious Prins Hendrik district park encompasses IJzerenVrouw Lake. On one end are couple of small areas resembling animal pens but are actually meant for toddlers. One is sand, the other cement. There’s another larger play area but it borders a gas station and apartment complex so it isn’t the most scenic. The park also has a pleasant walking path surrounding the lake and bird lovers should keep an eye out for nesting swans. Almost finished is the new building project at the park’s perimeter which costed the local government a mere 2,3 million euro. But the result is more then fantastic.

Zuiderpark J-10/11, Limietlaan. The Zuiderpark mea-

sures 10 hectares in size and was created in 1958. For many locals it’s the coolest patch of green in the city centre. The northern part of Zuiderpark is occupied by the city’s historic ramparts, while the southern part is a kind of meeting place with a central meadow perfect for strolling. Eight tennis courts are available as well as a rugby field next door and a small skate park. The park was embellished with bridges, benches, trees and new pavements during renovations in the 1990s, not to mention nine evenly finished, anthracite-coloured columns. One of the entrances is adorned with curved, stainless steel masts topped with weather vanes.The landscape is also dotted with bizarre abstract statues created from the remnants of a destroyed bridge.

Central Station B-2, Stationsplein 137. The ‘s-Hertogenbosch central train station began as a wooden barracks by the railroad in the second half of the 19th century, but has now grown into the seventh busiest station in the Netherlands. More than 40,000 people board and get off trains in ‘s-Hertogenbosch each day, not including those who merely stop over in the city. Over time, ‘s-Hertogenbosch has seen four actual station buildings. A neo-Renaissance building followed the wooden barracks, but was destroyed in World War II and replaced by a simple station. The current edifice was built in 1998 and is modern and open. Too open, in fact, according to many visitors who find the station a bit draughty. Dutch Railways however find it just windy enough to keep away loiterers and other riff-raff. City Coat of Arms (Stadswapen) Wolvehoek. Since

1978 the metal coat of arms of ‘s-Hertogenbosch has adorned the entrance to the municipal council office at de Wolvenhoek. The origin of the city’s name ‘the Duke’s forest’ is clearly illustrated in the coat of arms. To explain the entire history of this colourful emblem you’d need an entire book, but here’s the short answer. The first mention of the existence of the coat of arms dates to a document from 1242. The main feature on the coat of arms, the tree, is a telling symbol of the Duke’s forest. The tree, accompanied by two smaller ones, was already implemented on the oldest known city seal. The eagle is the German Reich’s eagle with the Austrian shield on its chest. The gold crown and the two wild men were added in 1670 when the coat of arms was placed on the new city hall. Why the wild men appeared on the coat of arms of ‘s-Hertogenbosch is unclear. One explanation could be that they made the forest dwellers who were associated with the founding of the city into guards.

De Bossche Draak B-2, Stationsplein. The Dragon

Fountain is the most famous monument in the city. It was erected in 1903 as a drinking fountain, but never served this function. The statue was built in memory of the twin daughters of a local esquire who both died tragically in 1881 at the age of only 17. In 1959 one of the city’s busiest roads was constructed beneath the impressive fountain. Den Boschers who are known to have an irreverent sense of humour and, some might say, big mouths often call the famous Dragon a ‘Statue in honour of Mothers-in-Law’. Only a stone’s throw from the central station, the gilded statue is now usually surrounded by hasty people hurrying to catch a train or just arriving in town. Q J

Places of interest Bosch Experience D-2, Parade 23, tel. (+31) 900 33

72 72 33, www.theateraandeparade.nl. Every modern, self-respecting city has a promotional video to lure potential tourists to its main attractions and the underground cinema of the Theater aan de Parade is the perfect setting to watch such a free, informative film. Unfortunately, it’s a tragedy that the Bosch Experience puts this Brabant capital in such an awfully droll light. Visitors are invited to ‘submerge themselves for twenty minutes in all the beauties of ‘s-Hertogenbosch’ (their words). In truth, the film is a nifty piece of torture and a true insult to all of the city’s young and dynamic IT businesses. For 20 minutes, the film drags on with pre-WWII film techniques of which first year cinema students would be ashamed. A random city in a third world country might be proud of this promotional video, but it’s hardly representative of a city like ‘s-Hertogenbosch that wants to become European Capital of Culture in 2018. QOpen 10:00 - 14:00, Sun 11:00 - 14:00. Closed Mon. PTJ

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WHAT TO SEE St. John’s Bell Tower D-2, Torenstraat 16, tel. (+31)

736 13 50 98, algemeen@kringvrienden.nl, www. kringvrienden.nl. The bell tower is attached to one of Holland’s most famous cathedrals. When you think of old world bell towers you think of narrow passages and stairways and St. John’s doesn’t disappoint. As you begin your ascent to the top, each floor will reveal another part of the cathedral’s evolution from Romanesque to Gothic. Higher up you can also take a look at the intricate system that operates the tower’s 68 bells. It seems there’s an unending system of wires, ropes, pulleys and countermeasures. Although it’s now run by small motors, the system is still impressive and the work that must have gone into running it manually hundreds years ago must have been staggering. Once at the top 43m above the ground you’re finally rewarded with a great view of the city. The tour is in Dutch but the whole climb is worth the effort anyway. QOpen 13:30 - 15:00. Closed Mon. Admission: adults €4, children €2. JN

St. John’s Cathedral (Sint Jan) D-2, Torenstraat 16, Hanging out by the Binnendieze canal

Maaspoort Duck Decoy Noorderplas. In the Maaspoort

district is a centuries-old duck decoy, a Dutch invention specially designed to trap wild ducks. It’s located in the Burgemeester van Zwietenpark and was created between 1665 and 1739 when the tasty birds were caught to grace the tables of wealthy Dutchmen. The fresh water lake attracts the ducks and they enter the wooden trap box via the curved ditches. Once in the main box, the animals were locked up and could not escape. These days the remaining duck decoys are used for precisely the opposite reason - as a duck refuge! The ducks are able to live undisturbed in a quiet environment away from humans.

Stadhuis (City Hall) C-2,

Markt 1. Despite the fact that the gothic city hall dating back to 1629 is still in full use as the office of the mayor and senior civil servants, it’s still possible to visit a part of this magnificent historical building. The ‘s-Hertogenbosch city hall, which has a Dutch classicist facade, is a sight to see. The edifice shows remarkable similarities to St. John’s Cathedral which is only a stone’s throw away and with the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Each half hour, the revolving mechanical horses above the doors play a musical tune, so everybody in the inner city knows what time it is. Once inside, the marble floors and superb tapestries adorned with chivalrous knights and virgins are bound to impress. Genuine cannons, wood carvings and statues complement the impressive interior of the hall. The so-called wedding room with its gold leather wallpaper, stained-glass windows and enormous chandeliers is a must see. After the gallery, with paintings of the city’s former mayors you’ll find an imposing upward-leading staircase, where this fascinating building will reveal even more of its secrets. Kring Vrienden van ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the only organisation which is allowed to give guided tours in this centuries-old building. Frustratingly, tours are only in Dutch every Wednesday at 15:00 and Saturdays at 13:00 and take about 90 minutes. For tickets call tel. (+31) 736 13 50 98, or go to the service desk at its sales office at the Parade 23 (open 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday 12:00 - 16:00, Mon 13:30 - 17:00). At the sales desk at the Molenstraat 15a (pick-up point for boat tours) you can also buy tickets for individual tours. Q Admission: €4.

’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

tel. (+31) 736 81 49 33, www.sint-jan.nl. In about 1220 a little Romanesque church dedicated to the evangelist St. John was built just outside the city walls of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. By 1380 the church was too small and a larger Gothic version of St John’s church was built in its place with a choir aisle and the radiating chapels. Over the years the 115m long and 62m wide building has been decorated both inside and out with about 600 statues. The most famous of these is the sculpture of Our Sweet Blessed Lady. By 1505 the original Romanesque church was deconstructed, excluding the bottom part of the spire, which ended up being a part of the western tower of the new church. Throughout the years the church was embellished with numerous works of art including the beautifully carved wooden choir stalls and the sixteenth century pulpit. The construction of the church reached its completion in 1530. In 2000 restoration operations to this UNESCO monument once again ensued and continue to this day, although just recently the scaffolding was moved. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. TJUG

Verkadefabriek B-1, Boschdijkstraat 45, tel. (+31) 736

81 81 50, info@verkadefabriek.nl, www.verkadefabriek. nl. In its heyday, they produced biscuits in the Verkadefabriek. Now they produce the arts: drama, dance and film, mostly. The biscuits have gone but you can still enjoy great food and drink here. In fact, this stylish rebuilt factory is one of the best places to go out in the city. You can eat a delicious lunch or dinner or just a generous plate of assorted snacks. A large number of art house films are screened here and the cinema even manages to show a premiere every week. The theatre and dance shows are innovative, but definitely modern. They are, however, eye-opening and controversial if you’re into that sort of thing. Twice a month on Saturday nights you can also check out its dance nights which usually feature anything from house and hip-hop music to dub-step and disco. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. TJULBKX

St. John’s Cathedral

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WHAT TO SEE Sightseeing tours Kring Vrienden van ‘s-Hertogenbosch D-3, Parade

12, tel. (+31) 736 13 50 98, www.kringvrienden.nl. Kring Vrienden van ‘s-Hertogenbosch offers no less than 26 unique guided tours throughout the city, which vary from boat tours to educational and and walking tours of the beautiful inner city. Its professional team of more than 350 volunteers lead visitors past all kinds of historical buildings, museums, gardens, churches, cemeteries, old city quarters and nature reserves. Despite their volunteer status, each guide takes his tasks very seriously. The (often) older guides are locals to a man, who gladly share their love of the city with the hundreds of thousands of visitors that arrive in their Medieval town each year. In addition to their unbridled enthusiasm, they possess a fair amount of insight into human nature, plenty of personal stories and, above all, a fierce desire to share their knowledge of the city with anyone who is keen to hear it. Tours are mainly in Dutch, but some of the guides are happy to show off their knowledge of other languages. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Mon 13:30 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 16:00. Also at Molenstraat 15a. TJU

Ludiek Verantwoord Wandelen B-2, Stationsweg 24,

tel. (+31) 736 14 32 54, receptie@menumeneeren.nl. If you’re interested in intriguing stories about the old inner city, but you don’t feel like hearing nothing but dry dates and events, book a theatrical walk with Marcel Koopman and Erik Grootswagens. Jaap and Henk, the alter egos of these two actors, take organised groups (and sometimes individuals) along on a Playful Theatrical Tour of the Town (Ludieke Theatrale Stadswandeling). In an hour and a half, these two weirdos, dressed in sixties costumes with berets, leather briefcases and indispensable umbrellas, will give a fresh and comical view on the ‘s-Hertogenbosch centre. With absurd humour, these gentlemen create a fantasy world, which is always based on historical facts. At the end of the walk, which invariably ends around the city market, you’ll still have lots to talk about. Which part was fact? And which part was fiction? Because the duo are walking encyclopedias as well as born entertainers, the route is different each time. Ideal as a team outing, family trip or even a bachelor party. The Playful Walk is held from Tue - Sun, by appointment only.Starting point: banketbakker Jan de Groot - Stationsweg 24.

Segway Tour C-2, Markt 77, tel. (+31) 736 14 99

86, groepsreserveringen@regio-vvv.nl, www.vvv.nl. Hieronymus Bosch is the main theme in this Segway tour. After a brief instruction, you’ll cruise around on these easily navigable two wheelers. Due to the fairly impressive speeds you can reach on these strange vehicles, you can cover quite a few miles with one of these tours. One passes through the green area of Den Bosch, De Bossche Broek, while the other tour shows you the new city centre or Paleiskwartier. Q A

Living, breathing statues in Den Bosch

Stadsafari Tel. (+31) 735 34 12 61, fax (+31) 735 34

12 62, info@stadsafari.nl, www.stadsafari.nl. All of ‘sHertogenbosch’s finer points have been brought together in a variety of packages for tourists who have only one day to see the city. Visitors can choose from a wide range of activities from culture and art to beer tours and boat trips. Individuals are also welcome, but advanced booking is necessary.

VestingFietsen St. Michielsgestel, Keerdijk 1, tel.

(+31) 736 14 99 86, apmsleutjes@wxs.nl, www.vestingfietsen.nl. This company offers a wide variety of tours including cycling tours. Visit the imposing old city fortress as well as many neighbouring historical buildings. You can also go for a boat tour on the River Dommel outside of Den Bosch and enjoy views of the Dutch countryside and then afterward take a 9km bicycle tour back to the city.

Statues De Kleine Beer (The Little Bear) C-2, Lepel-

straat 31b, www.bossche-encyclopedie.nl/Straten/ Lepelstraat.0.htm. Between the two inner city cafés Die Twee and Spoon, you’ll find one of ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s best kept secrets, especially if you’re Catholic. The colourful and well-restored statue of the Virgin Mary is for many locals a refuge in hectic times and its chapel offers a serene interior with a few flowers and candles. Despite the fact that the statue is situated in a spacious niche on the busy Lepelstraat, many (often elderly) Den Boschers find peace and tranquillity here. But most passers-by will simply walk by without noticing it. It’s often referred to as The Little Bear, because it was discovered in 1825 in a distillery (currently the ABN Amro building) which was called The Great Bear. It also served as a gathering point for the devout during the 1866 cholera epidemic when the townspeople were prohibited from entering St John’s Cathedral to pray. Q J

Hieronymus Bosch Statue (Standbeeld Jeroen Bosch) C-2, Markt. Painter Hieronymus Bosch (1450

Christmas tree on the Markt

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- 1516) is the most famous person to have ever lived in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, with perhaps the exception of Ruud van Nistelrooy. Since 1930 the city has honoured its internationally renowned son with a beautiful bronze statue, right in the city centre, and over the past century the artist has been able to gaze upon the square. The statue, which is several metres high, stands on a beautiful stone pedestal right in front of the house of his birth: De Kleine Winst. Sculptor August Falise created the statue in 1929, based on a drawing which historians believe depicts the real Hieronymus Bosch.

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WHAT TO SEE Mariakapel Sint Jan D-2, Parade 23, www.sint-jan.

nl. The book Mirakelen van onze lieve vrouwe in ‘sHertogenbosch (Miracles of the Virgin in ‘s-Hertogenbosch) offers dozens of stories about miraculous occurrences that are attributed to this ancient statue. The intimate Lady Chapel, however, is a place for prayer or for lighting a candle and should be treated with respect. Mostly locals come here to pray, but an increasing number of foreign Catholics have made it a pilgrimage destination. The dark wooden benches and the grey paintings may give a cold first impression, but the colourful stained-glass windows and the statue of the Virgin Mary make up for it. The history of this religious monument is rather turbulent. In 1380, the wooden statue was narrowly rescued from being burnt and was taken to St. John’s Cathedral for safekeeping, where it was restored by Brother Wouter. In 1629 it was moved to Brussels where it was much adored, but over two centuries later in 1853 it was returned to ‘s-Hertogenbosch where it remains today. On Sundays opening times are different depending on the mass. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. TJ

Seat of Wisdom (Sedes Sapientiae) Frans Fransenstraat. An uncommon sculpture of Mary and Jesus clings to the wall of a former school building on Frans Fransenstraat. Jesus sits on his mother’s lap as a not-so-young child and Mary has her right hand on a sceptre and wears a crown on her head, while Jesus scatters a blessing over all of mankind from her left leg. In Latin this sculpture is called Sedes Sapientiae, or Seat of Wisdom. The 3m-high neo-Gothic image was created by local sculptor Hendrik van Geld in 1895.

Family fun at the Efteling Theme Park

Theme parks Billy Bird Park Hemelrijk Zeelandsedijk 34a, Volkel,

suspecting visitor who enters the forecourt of these two museums won’t be able to ignore Hildo. This larger than life bronze statue of a dog is obviously very cuddly considering the large shiny spot on its back that everyone wants to stroke for some reason. The dog’s impressive, yet simple form is almost a caricature.

tel. (+31) 413 27 70 00, fax (+31) 413 27 70 01, hemelrijk@billybird.nl, www.billybird.nl. Children can enjoy themselves 365 days a year at this fun theme park. There’s plenty of entertainment both indoors and outdoors, so it’s an ideal location in any season. The indoor amusement park, survival track, playground and other activities guarantee a full day of excitement for any youngster. A rollercoaster, a beautiful sandy beach and lots of water attractions (including a naturist beach) draw many visitors, especially in summer. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Admission: €3.95 - €9.95. TALGBKX

Zoete Lieve Gerritje C-2, Lepelstraat / Korenbrug-

Efteling Europalaan 1, Kaatsheuvel, tel. 0900-0161,

The Dog (De Hond) C-3, Verwersstraat 41. Any un-

straat. Are they singing about a woman? Or maybe a man? There are even some local historians who claim that the famous Dutch song Zoete Lieve Gerritje is about a cow. Composed in 1875, the song relates a story about a journey to the ‘s-Hertogenbosch market, as well as a story about drinking brandy. At least this much is known and historically acknowledged. In 1953, the director of the tourist information office saw enough ammunition in this song to give the city a new image and thus reintroduced this well-known folk character. Since 1958, a stone statue (of a female figure) stands on a brick base at the corner of Lepelstraat and Korenbrugstraat. Sculptor Leo Geurtjens created a farmer’s wife who looks up at all passing visitors with a proud rooster and a basket at her side, symbols of things that people used to bring to the market once upon a time. Behind the statue on the wall are a few lines from the famous song.

fax (+31) 416 28 84 88, www.efteling.com. Although the majority of its visitors are Dutch, anyone can enjoy one of the best theme parks in Europe. The park is divided into four sections: the Adventure Realm, the Fairy Realm, the Alternative Realm and the Travel Realm. Start with a map that can be bought at the main entrance souvenir shop for €1.50 as the park is large and can be a little confusing. So give your map a quick look and head right through the middle of the park to the the flying Thai temple where you can get a clear view of what the park has to offer. Another great way to get the lay of the land is to take the train that traverses the park. In the Alternative Realm you’ll find rides with a specific theme. Like most parks this one can get insanely busy so if you want to beat at least some of the crowds go as early as possible and on a weekday. The Veolia bus No.168 from Den Bosch and bus No.169 from Tilburg take you here in less than half an hour. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. One-day ticket: €32, children under 4 free. TAULGBKXS

Movie Park Warner Allee 1, Bottrop-Kirchhellen, tel.

Two heroes inside St. John’s

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(+49) 20 45 89 90, www.moviepark.nl. The largest movie theme park in Europe is located just across the German border, only an hour and a half drive from ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Five themed areas and more than 40 attractions keep both young and not so young occupied. You can watch live Hollywoodstyle shows such as cops chasing bad guys or vice versa or just take a ride on a high speed roller coaster. The park recently won an award for its annual Halloween Horror Fest when the whole park looks like Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. QOpen 10:00 - 20:00. TULGBKXS

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GETTING AROUND Getting around Den Bosch is pretty simple, but here are a few tips and suggestions. The Old Town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch is in fact so small, that you can easily walk everywhere. In case if you have to go a bit farther, renting a bike is a good option. Travelling to farther destinations by bus or train requires an OV-chipkaart.

Public transport The OV-chipkaart is the new means of payment for the public transport system in the Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bankcard and it contains an invisible chip. The OVchipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within the Netherlands, or with a travel product such as a single or season ticket. You can choose a personal, anonymous or disposable card. The personal OV-chipkaart can be purchased online or from your public transport company. The anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought at the ticket office and vending machines at the station. The disposable card can be purchased at the station vending machine. This cards allows the holder to travel immediately, but it can not be re-charged or loaded with a different travel product. You can load travel credits or products onto your OVchipkaart. Travel products single as well as season tickets. You can load these onto your card at the station vending machine or at the local public transport company’s ticket office.You purchase travel credit using a bankcard and PIN code at a vending machine or at the ticket office. If you have a personal OV-chipkaart, you can also select the auto-reload option to ensure you always have enough OV-chipkaart credit with which to travel. When you begin your journey simply check in at the gate by holding your OV-chipkaart up to the screen. The sound and light signal indicates your card has been read. If you don’t have a specific product on your card a boarding rate will automatically be deducted when you check in. The credit on your OV-chipkaart should be at least the boarding rate or you won’t be allowed to go through the gate. At that end of your journey, you check out by holding your card up to the gate screen. The sound and light signal once again indicates that your card has been read. Checking in and out is required when you transfer from any one form of transport to another, except when you transfer from one train to another.

Taxis ‘s-Hertogenbosch taxis are safe, clean and generally reliable. Ordering a taxi by phone will get you better service and lower rates for longer distances. The great majority of Dutch taxi drivers are honest and hard working people like everybody else in this country. But essentially you are at the mercy of the driver once you’ve shut the door. The following companies are among the most reliable of the bunch.

Buses In ‘s-Hertogenbosch there are no less than 62 bus routes operating between 06:30 - 24:00 to various places in and around the city. The starting point of these buses is almost always at the central train station. The red and white minibus 220Xpress is the first electric public transport vehicle in the Netherlands and you can take it if you need a ride to the Parade or the North Brabant Museum. A ticket can be bought from the driver for one euro or you can use your OVchipkaart if you have one. If you arrive by train and want to take a bus, just walk in the direction of the centre and take the escalators down. Buses are parked to your right waiting for their planned departure times. Despite the fact that signs with place-names (and departure schedules) display which bus goes where at what time, it may still be wise to ask for advice at the Arriva Service desk (open 07:00 - 22:15), which is located on the ground floor of the building to the left of the buses.

Trains Train travel in the Netherlands is easy. In Den Bosch you probably won’t need a train to travel anywhere locally, as everything in the city centre can be reached on foot. If you’d like to visit another city you can buy tickets at a ticket machine or at the NS service desk. You can also travel at night on Fridays and Saturdays to Tilburg, Eindhoven, Breda and Dordrecht. If you plan on staying in the Netherlands for a longer period of time you might consider buying a Voordeelurenabonnement (Off-peak Discount Pass). Travel cheaply outside the morning peak period is its motto. On weekdays you receive a 40% discount on train fare for journeys made after 09:00 in the morning. The card costs €55/year and the price of a passport photo. Card holders can travel with up to three people and get the same 40% discount on the full fare. For more information visit www.ns.nl.

Central Station B-2, Stationsplein 123, www.ns.nl/

cs/Satellite/travellers. Although smaller than some of its larger sister stations ‘s-Hertogenbosch station seems better equipped and easier to navigate. The station has a comfortable atmosphere that stems from the many amenities it offers. For travellers on the go platforms 3 and 4 share a kiosk that provides a quick snack or a drink. The same holds true for platforms 6 and 7. If you have time to spare head up the escalators to the main walkway. Upstairs you’ll find four different places to grab a quick bite, a small pharmacy/beauty shop, a well-stocked bookshop, grocery store with fresh bread and a flower boutique. Head down the escalator to Burger King for something cheap and greasy. Q J

Taxi van Alebeek Uilenwaard 52, tel. (+31) 735 21

39 39, www.taxivanalebeek.nl. This friendly, well-run taxi company offers city transport, businesstravels and airport transfers in a fleet of spotless new cars and vans. They also offer customized transport and care for them since last spring, regional excursions and sightseeing tours. TukTuk Tel. (+31) 90 09 93 33 99, www.tuktukcompany.nl. In Asia they are part of daily life and since 2010 the Netherlands has also been infected with the TukTuk virus. What’s a TukTuk? It’s basically a converted moped with a backseat. Den Bosch has a couple of these colourful and exotic taxis circling inside its city limits. You can find them at the back side of the Central Station (Magistratenlaan) and at the De Arena shopping centre, but a ride within one of the six areas of the city will set you back a hefty €3.50.

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SHOPPING ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s appeal as a shopping town stems from its charming streets, which make the retail experience that much more memorable. You’ll find the big international brands here, but if we had to pick one type of shop that’s indicative of the city it would have to be its many unique clothing boutiques, which are located throughout the city. Shops are usually open from Monday to Saturday, but on Sundays they have limited opening times.

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De Stadsslijterij C-2, Visstraat 10, tel. (+31) 736 14

78 49. This a wine and whiskey aficionado’s paradise located in the heart of town. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J Ritmeester Sigarenzaak D-3, Peperstraat 3 - 5, tel. (+31) 736 86 88 88, www.ritmeester.com. A small cigar shop with all kinds of tobacco and accessories. You can find cigars of every stripe and just plain old cigarettes. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Antiques Frank van Nuus E-2, Zuid Willemsvaart 577 - 579,

tel. (+31) 736 14 43 19, www.frankvannuus.com. Specialises in antique clocks. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. La Folie Antiek C-2, Uilenburg 1, tel. (+31) 736 13 14 00, info@lafolieantiek.nl, www.lafolieantiek.nl. Peruse 400 square metres of antiques in the oldest part of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It specialises in chandeliers and mirrors, but also offers a large selection of furniture. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J

Bookshops AKO Bruna B-2, Stationsplein 157, tel. (+31) 736 13

39 29, www.bruna.nl. Conveniently located at the central train station, it offers a good selection of international newspapers, magazines and books. QOpen Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 07:00 - 20:00, Thu 07:00 - 21:30, Sat 08:30 - 18:30, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. JU Boekhandel Adr. Heinen C-2, Kerkstraat 27, tel. (+31) 736 13 00 12, www.selexyz.nl. This 100-year-old bookshop is one of the best in the city. Although the lion’s share of the shop’s selection is in Dutch, there’s a sizable international section as well. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. J Boekhandel Liber Amicorum D-2, St. Josephstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736 12 20 02, www.gewooneengoedboek.nl. Specialises in English and Dutch literature and poetry. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. TJ Boekhandel Twaalfmorgen C-2, Kruisstraat 2, tel. (+31) 736 13 03 15, www.twaalfmorgen.nl. Since 1987 this wonderful bookshop has carried a wide range of books with an emphasis on English literature, history, science fiction and politics. QOpen 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. TJ De Slegte C-3, Vughterstraat 26, tel. (+31) 736 14 75 31, www.deslegte.com. Buy new and secondhand books from novels and travel guides to cookbooks. QOpen , Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Tue, Wed, Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Palaya C-2, Vughterstraat 65, tel. (+31) 736 12 46 79, www.palaya.nl. Specialises in the field of spirituality and human consciousness with CDs and meditation. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJ

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P Air conditioning

A Credit cards accepted

C Swimming pool

H Conference facilities

F Fitness centre

U Facilities for the disabled

6 Pets allowed

L Guarded parking

K Restaurant

D Sauna

J City centre location

T Child friendly

X Smoking area

U Disabled friendly

B Outside seating

S Take away

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

Cheese Het Koetshuysch D-2, Hinthamerstraat 150, tel. (+31)

736 13 05 40, www.veendaler.nl. This chain of cheese shops specialises in Dutch cheeses which never cost more than €7.95/kg. QOpen Thu, Fri 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. TJ Versspeciaalzaak Paul Heemskerk J-11, Pettelaarseweg 259/E, tel. (+31) 736 13 99 80, www.paulheemskerk.nl. Wine, chocolate, bread, cheeses... This shop has everything for people with a good taste in food! QOpen 08:30 - 18:00, Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Clogs Frans van Kuijk G-3, Velddriel, Voorstraat 47, tel.

(+31) 418 63 19 79, www.klompenmakerijvankuijk.nl. What this Dutch champion clog-maker lacks in English skills, he more than makes up for with his charismatic personality and universal hand gestures. Could you imagine a better gift for the loved ones back home than a pair of wooden shoes made by the hands of a Dutch master? QOpen 09:00 18:00. Closed Sun.

Department stores C&A C-2, Markt 43, tel. (+31) 900 80 10, www.c-en-

a.nl. Large fashion department store with collections for all ages. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J De Bijenkorf C-2, Markt 95, tel. (+31) 900 09 19, www. debijenkorf.nl. A local luxury department store. QOpen 10:00 - 18:30, Mon 11:00 - 18:30, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 18:00. Closed Sun. JK

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SHOPPING SHOPPING Hema C-2, Pensmarkt 36, tel. (+31) 736 13 54 64,

www.hema.nl. The products are typically convenient, practical, attractive and of good quality. HEMA is famous for its rookworst (porksausage) so be sure to try one! You can order them by the half and eat it right out of your hand like the Dutch do. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:30. Closed Sun. JUK V & D C-2, Schapenmarkt 4, tel. (+31) 900 23 58 36 3, www.vd.nl. This large department store has a wide range of pretty much anything as well as the La Place restaurant, a local favourite. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. JUK

Erotic gear On Top of Love C-2, Kruisstraat 21A, tel. (+31) 736 10

00 11, www.ontopoflove.nl. If you need of revive your sex life or if you simply like erotic toys, you’re in the right shop at On top of Love. This is the best address for sexy lingerie (up to and including size 56!), vibrators, fragrant massage oils and fun, affordable gadgets. Owner Miranda knows how to create a welcoming atmosphere, which makes it easy to cross the threshold of this shop without embarrassment. Don’t be afraid to visit the exciting cellar. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J

Ethnic food & Delicatessens De Natuurwinkel C-2, Vughterstraat 234, tel. (+31)

736 14 44 20, www.denatuurwinkel.nl. This popular Natuurwinkel offers a wide assortment of organic products. QOpen 08:30 - 18:30, Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. JU Keurslagerij Pieter Verhoeven Helftheuvelpassage 232, tel. (+31) 736 21 62 77, www.verhoeven.keurslager.nl. Discover traditional regional recipes at this excellent delicatessen owned by Pieter Verhoeven, European Butcher Champion. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TS Vleesboerderij Savelkouls K-10, Hustenweg 8, Empel, tel. (+31) 736 44 61 61, www.vvb-savelkouls.nl. Scared of GMO or processed foods? Buy your pork at this farmer’s shop that also sells organic poultry and veal and not the hormone injected stuff you find at many supermarkets. QOpen Thu, Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:30. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun.

Fashion Lady Sting (Women’s Clothing) C-2, Markt 11, tel.

(+31) 735 03 00 31, www.thesting.nl. Lady Sting is for the woman who never misses a beat in the fashion world, but still appreciates a good deal. The clothes here are in touch with current trends yet also affordable. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09.30 - 17:30. Closed Sun. J La Garderobe Pret-a-Porter B-3, Vughterstraat 142, tel. (+31) 736 10 64 78, www.la-garderobe.nl. Buy secondhand high-end brand clothing for both men and women. You can also browse its complete collection of party outfits, formal clothes and accessories online. Also at Vughterstraat 129 where you can buy clothes from Prada, Gucci and Zegna. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Piet Thielen C-3, Verwerstraat 21, tel. (+31) 736 14 88 88, www.pietthielen.nl. The people at Piet Thielen understand the meaning of personal style and that’s why you can expect be greeted by professional fashion advisers here. In short, this modern classic menswear shop has an outfit for every mood and occasion. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JA

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Silvian Heach D-2, Hinthamerstraat 62, tel. (+31) 736 13 08 88, www.silvian-heach.nl. Silvian Heach is a new brand for women. The selection in the shop is a little small but of good quality. Women can find new hip tops and overcoats and the free coffee is surprisingly good. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J NEW

Zoomers Kerkstraat 65, tel. (+31) 736 12 04 87, www.

zoomers.nl. Fashionistas can go wild at this huge shop. With more then 3000m2 of retail space Zoomers has no shortage of clothes to choose from. More than 150 brands are available and at the back you’ll find Fashion Lab offering specially designed clothes for the braver types among us. QOpen 10:00 - 21:00, Mon 13:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 18:00. Closed Sun. TJALK

Flowers De Fleurist D-2, Hinthamerstraat 97, tel. (+31) 736 14

16 33, www.defleurist.nl. This small flower shop has a very old school look and let’s you pick out your own flowers. Flower arrangements are usually ready in a matter of seconds. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Games & Toys Toemen Modelbouw Minderbroederstraat 32, tel.

(+31) 736 14 01 04, www.toemen.nl. A must see for the last three decades for collectors and builders of model trains, scale models, slot racing and other model kits. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJ

Gifts & Souvenirs De Kleine Winst C-2, Markt 29, tel. (+31) 736 13 28

01. At first glance you might be overwhelmed by everything ‘Holland’ offered in this tiny shop, but spend a few minutes and you’ll find many classy souvenirs with traditional Dutch themes. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Dutch Art & Design Salon C-3, Lange Putstraat 10, tel. (+31) 622 59 38 17, www.dutchartdesignsalon. com. If you think that the Netherlands hasn’t produced any artistic talent since Vincent van Gogh, take a look at this shop where young and talented Dutch artists sell their work. QOpen 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. J Hint & Tint Hinthamerstraat 96. Hint & Tint helps find employment for people with intellectual disabilities and special needs. Despite their various handicaps these employees create fantastic items such as postcards, painted mirrors and even toilet seats!

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SHOPPING Secondhand shops Allerhandel H-6, Orthen 94, tel. (+31) 736 48 07 07,

Traditional signs are still a part of the local landscape

Markets Biologische Markt (Organic Market) C-2, Markt,

www.marktdenbosch.com. A large variety of organic food produced by local farmers from the ‘s-Hertogenbosch region. QOpen Fri 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun. J De Bossche Markt C-2, Markt, www.marktdenbosch. com. This weekly Saturday market is a favourite of the residents of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Brabant region and has existed for over 900 years. You can find almost anything from fruit and vegetables to meat, bread, flowers and even fashion accessories. Don’t be alarmed if one of the traders starts yelling at you. He’s probably just offering you a small bite of the goods on sale at his stall. Don’t be shy. You’re not obligated to buy anything! QOpen Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun. J Groentenmarkt (Fruit & Vegetable Market) C-2, Markt. Considerably smaller than the markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but still well-stocked with fruits and vegetables. QOpen Tue, Thu 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. Stoffenmarkt (Fabric Market) C-2, Markt, www. marktdenbosch.com. Although it started out as a fabric and textiles market, it now also sells food. It’s almost as big as the Saturday market, but less crowded. QOpen Wed 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. J

Music shops Allround Beat & Culture Discs E-2, Hinthamereinde 71, tel. (+31) 736 14 77 27. Old rockers never die, they just come to this place to buy old Jimi Hendrix albums, or the newest one from Neil Young on CD! More then 3000 mainly used albums and some singles are on sale at this music-lovers’ paradise. QOpen 16:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. Pieter van Os C-2, Snellestraat 44, tel. (+31) 736 13 11 50, www.pietervanoscd.nl. This music shop in the old city centre has 150,000 items in stock! Even good old vinyl albums are available. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Outdoors Schneider Outdoor C-3, Verwersstraat 10 - 16, tel.

(+31) 736 14 43 07, www.schneideroutdoor.nl. Want to get outside and explore? This store has everything for the beginner or expert outdoorsman. Eyecather is the mountaineer who’s climbing the steep front of the shop. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

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www.allerhandel-deopruimer.nl. Allerhandel buys and sells all kinds of goods from collectibles to kitchen appliances. QOpen Thu, Fri 14:00 - 17:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. Blue Trendy & Tweedehands Kleding C-3, Postelstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736 14 47 10. In addition to trendy secondhand items you’ll discover very fashionable homemade items at this little boutique. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J Nonna Rosa A-2, Copernicuslaan 324, tel. (+31) 736 23 88 10, www.nonnarosa.nl. Specialising in vintage, brocante and modern secondhand stuff, Nonna Rosa is also a place for young artists to exhibit and sell their works. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Fri 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Secondhand Rose C-2, Postelstraat 51, tel. (+31) 736 12 08 91, www.secondhandrosedenbosch.nl. All of the best design labels are available here, but with a second hand price tag. It also has extra large sizes for full-figured people. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Tanicka C-2, Stoofstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736 89 44 62, info@tanicka.nl, www.tanicka.nl. While the women search for second hand clothing and jewellery, men can browse through the old books, magazines albums in the other corner. Used products D-2, Hinthamerstraat 90a, tel. (+31) 738 22 11 00, www.usedproducts.nl. This secondhand store sells all kind of electronic devices; like laptops, mobiles, computers and so on. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. L Vindingrijk Kringloopwarenhuis K-6, Tinnegieterstraat 34 - 36, tel. (+31) 736 22 04 52, www.vindingrijkkringloop.nl. Although everything here is secondhand, there are some truly wonderful finds on sale at this giant store from toys and furniture to books and plates. QOpen 09:30 17:30, Mon 11:00 - 17:30, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. V

Shopping centres De Arena C-2, Arena, www.arenadenbosch.nl. Since

1998 Arena has been one of the city’s best shopping centres, probably due to the fact that it’s so close to the old city. There’s a huge parking garage for 900 cars right underneath it. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJA6ULG� BKXSW De Maaspoort Lokerenpassage, www.winkelcentrummaaspoort.nl. This shopping mall is on the western outskirts of the city. Every third Sunday of the month is a Shopping Sunday. Helftheuvel Helftheuvelpassage, www.helftheuvel. com. For more than 40 years this has been a favourite shopping centre among locals. It hosts 80 shops and offers free parking for 1000 cars.

Speciality shops Las C-1, Van Tuldenstraat 25, tel. (+31) 736 13 06 41,

www.las-feestartikelen.nl. Whether you’re looking for a costume for carnival, Halloween or just a fun party this place has it covered all year round. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJ Magic Moments C-2, Orthenstraat 43, tel. (+31) 736 13 31 36, www.magicmoments.nu. Magic Moments has been the most highly rated smart/head/gift shop in the city for the last eight years. It offers the largest selection of products from herbal extacy to mushrooms. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00, Tue, Wed 12:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J

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SHOPPING Oil & Vinegar C-3, Vughterstraat 32, tel. (+31) 736 84

11 00, www.oilvinegar.com. With countless olive oils on the shelves, this culinary food boutique excels in pure Mediterranean specialties. Other southern collectibles have also been transformed into original gifts! QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. JALS Suanfra E-2, Hinthamereinde 9, tel. (+31) 738 50 51 57, www.suanfra.nl. Witches or Wiccans can buy all of their magical necessities at this well-equipped shop, but nonsupernaturals can also pick up some incense, Buddhas and tarot cards here. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. TJ6 Wereldwinkel C-3, Vughterstraat 40, tel. (+31) 736 13 76 29, www.denbosch.wereldwinkel.nl. This nationwide organisation of shops is run by volunteers who believe strongly in supporting vulnerable workers in Third World countries by giving them fair compensation for their products. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJA6U Yankee Dump C-2, Orthenstraat 302, tel. (+31) 736 14 63 22, www.yankeeonline.nl. Originally a US army dump, it’s now an army/navy store and skateboard shop. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Supermarkets Albert Heijn C-2, Arena 16, tel. (+31) 736 13 05 55,

www.ah.nl. The biggest and most prestigious Dutch supermarket brand in the Netherlands has outlets everywhere including the ground floor of this shopping centre. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Thu 08:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. Also at Gruttostraat 23, tel. (+31) 736 12 43 86; Helftheuvelpassage 1, tel. (+31) 736 21 74 56; Lokerenpassage 25, tel. (+31) 736 44 31 33; Mgr. van Roosmalenplein 19, tel. (+31) 736 14 28 06 and at Vughterstraat 46. TJAUV Amazing Oriental D-2, Hinthamereinde 6-8, tel. (+31) 736 12 58 11, www.amazingoriental.com. The biggest Asian supermarket of the Netherlands has also an outlet in Den Bosch. With a choice of more then 6,000 products you can hardly go wrong here. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00. Closed Sun. JLS C1000 I-4, Helftheuvelpassage 346/349, tel. (+31) 736 27 27 20, www.c1000.nl. Although one of the cheaper supermarkets in the area, it still offers great quality and selection. It’s also famous for its dirt cheap, but delicious, wines. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Thu, Fri 08:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. . Super De Boer J-11, Pettelaarseweg 375/377, tel. (+31) 736 90 17 20, www.superdeboer.nl. One of the biggest supermarket chains in Holland offers excellent fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Fri 08:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. Also at Rivierenplein 26, tel. (+31) 736 13 97 15; Lokerenpassage 138, tel. (+31) 736 45 08 70.

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Sweets Chocolata, boutique du chocolat B-2, Achter het

stadhuis 20, tel. (+31) 736 14 00 01, www.chocolatadenbosch.nl. Imagine a whole shop with luxurious bonbons presented as art. There are no heaps of chocolates just sweet, brown-white delicacies arranged perfectly in the display windows. Here it’s all about quality, not quantity. Q TJS Chocolaterie Vink K-9, Borneostraat 7a, tel. (+31) 736 10 55 65, www.chocolaterievink.nl. A bit out out of the centre, but well worth the effort of getting there. Familyrun business since 1928. Lots of quality products, mainly thanks to the usage of Callebaut chocolate, which is known by experts to the best one out there. Q TLS De Bossche Suikeroom C-2, Tweede Korenstraatje 18, tel. (+31) 736 13 67 64, www.bosschesuikeroom. nl. Nirvana for every sweet tooth, this charming little shop has plenty of sugar up its sleeve. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Leonidas Pralines C-2, Fonteinstraat 3, tel. (+31) 736 14 36 26, www.leonidas.com. Leonidas is a worldrenowned chocolate maker, selling over 100 different kinds of Belgian chocolate at 1,400 outlets worldwide and Den Bosch is one of them! QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. JS Snoeperij Tum-Tum C-2, Ridderstraat 11, tel. (+31) 736 13 85 54, www.snoepzaak.nl. Nostalgia and sweets galore are in abundance in the prettiest sweetshop in town. Almost 500 types of candy will bring you back to your childhood in this old-fashioned, typically Dutch little shop that rivals Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Tea & Coffee shops Simon Levelt C-2, Schapenmarkt 39, tel. (+31) 736 12

74 7, www.simonlevelt.nl. Are you a coffee or tea snob like some us at In Your Pocket? Simon Levelt has specialty teas (160) and coffees (25) for those who want something a step above the rest. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. J

Wine & Liquorshops De Slijter Vught, Moleneindplein 112, tel. (+31) 736

56 62 81, www.deslijter.com. Voted in recent years as the best wine shop in the Netherlands, it also sells a variety of pre-wrapped gifts. The two owners’ love of all things Italian is evident as a huge selection of Appenine wines are available here. Take bus No.69 from ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Vught. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Fri 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Henri Bloem C-2, Krullartstraat 5, tel. (+31) 736 13 74 13, www.henribloem.nl. This wine shop is small, but utilizes its space well. It has every kind of wine and some corkscrews that might make a good souvenir. The staff are very knowledgeable and can offer all kinds of suggestions. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Whiskyslijterij De Koning E-2, Hinthamereinde 41, tel. (+31) 736 14 35 47, www.whiskykoning.nl. We stopped counting after tasting a few drams, but this shop claims to have exactly 1333 different whiskeys. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 13:30 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JA Wijnkoperij De Gouden Ton D-2, Hinthamerstraat 102, tel. (+31) 736 13 46 50, www.wijnkrant.nl. The owners are very passionate about wine and you’ll no doubt benefit from their knowledge and enthusiasm. Q Open 10:00 - 19:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J

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Laundries

Curreny exchange

centrally located laundrette.

GWK Travelex B-2, Stationsplein 133, tel. (+31) 900

05 66, www.travelex.com/nl. If you plan on exchanging money, banks offer the best exchange rates and a smaller commission, but the GWK is the most convenient if you’re heading out from the train station. The exchange rate is reasonable but the commission is 0.75% with a minimum charge of €3.25 and a maximum of €7.50. It’s located outside the station, down the escalators and to the left. Also sending money through Western Union is possible here, as buying telephonecards. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00. J

Dentists De Zevenhont Zevenhontseweg 5, tel. (+31) 736

41 77 22, www.zevenhont.com. Experienced Englishspeaking staff ply their trade at this modern clinic that specialises in dentures. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Fri 08:00 - 12:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Hover Tandartspraktijk Maaspoortweg 143, tel. (+31) 736 40 06 66, www.tandartshover.nl. Visit this dentist in the suburbs who speaks perfect English. Take bus No.68 from the Central Station.

Doctors Bracht, van Sleeuwen, van Gestel I-8, Van Noremborghstraat 99, tel. (+31) 736 12 07 77. Centrale huisartsenpost K-9, Rijnstraat 4, tel. (+31) 900 88 60, www.huisartsenpost-hov.nl/denbosch.php. If you’re in urgent need of a doctor in the evenings, at night or on weekends, this clinic is the place to go. QOpen 17:00 - 08:00. Open 17:00 - 08:00, Sat, Sun 24hrs. U

DVD rental Movie MAX D-2, Hinthamereinde 80, tel. (+31) 736

12 40 71, www.videolandondemand.com. A good place for renting both classic oldies and the newest blockbusters. QOpen 13:00 - 21:00, Mon 15:00 - 21:00.

Hairdressers & Barbers John’s Hairstyling K-7, Pieter Breughelstraat 8/14,

tel. (+31) 736 14 03 33, www.johnshairstyling.nl. This has been a good place to get a decent haircut for over 20 years. Free parking and no appointment necessary. Soap (Independent Hair designers) C-2, Achter het Stadhuis 8, tel. (+31) 736 14 09 22, www.soaphair.nl. In maximum 45 minutes you’ll walk out of here with a flashy new style. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. TJ

Zuid Wasserij Wassalon Stomerij (Laundry service) K-8, Vondelstraat 16, tel. (+31) 73 613 35 62.. A

Library Openbare bibliotheek D-2, Hinthamerstraat 7, tel.

(+31) 736 12 21 88, www.bibliotheekdenbosch.nl/. This library is truly unique. The interior design is retro meets modern with unusual lighting that changes colour now and again and computers and flat screen TVs are everywhere. The library has three levels that cater to different topics. The ground floor offers a study room with free wi-fi and a trendy café. Although most books are in Dutch, a decent selection of books in English is available. QOpen 11:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. TJUW

Massage Ans Massagepraktijk J-11, Zuiderparkweg 516, tel. (+31) 736 13 94 09, www.ansmassagepraktijk.nl. Offers a variety of massages including sports therapy massages.

Medical & Wellness ATS Kliniek Wolput 30, Vlijmen, tel. (+31) 736 84 73

15, info@atskliniek.nl, www.atskliniek.nl. One of the best places in the Netherlands for aesthetic and plastic surgery. QOpen 09:00 - 17:30. PAUL Lasik Centrum Bosscheweg 149, Boxtel, tel. (+31) 411 66 00 88, fax (+31) 411 66 00 99, info@lasikcentrum.nl, www.lasikcentrum.nl. For more than a decade this has been one of the best clinics in the area to give your eyes a new perspective via laser surgery.

Observatories Sterrenwacht Halley M-10, Halleyweg 1, Heesch, tel. (+31) 412 45 49 99, poerinku@planet.nl, www.sterrenwachthalley.nl. Every year thousands of stargazers visit this observatory on its open evenings or afternoons. Visitors can view the planetarium and observe the night sky through a telescope. The tour takes two hours, but you should make an appointment with its owner, Ferry. Take bus No.90 to Adriaan Poirterstraat (Heesch), a 40-minute ride. Q Open to the public every first and third Friday of the month from 21:00. Admission: children under 12 years €2.50, adults €4.50.

Hospitals Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis K-10, Henri Dunantstraat 1,

tel. (+31) 735 53 20 00, www.jeroenboschziekenhuis. nl/. Early 2011 the city’s two hospitals, Carolus and Groot Ziekengasthuis, have merged in the newly built, hyper-modern Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis. This hospital offers 170,000m2 of space and has a capacity of 730 beds and 16 operating rooms. The restaurant is open from 08:30 till 20:30, on weekends from 11:30. Parking in the state-of-the-art garage costs €1,30 per hour. Buses from Central Station (68, 69, 213, 135, 136, 139, 213 and 239) are making a stop right at the entrance.

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Pharmacies Kring Apotheek Albers C-2, Markt 35, tel. (+31) 736 13 74 82, www.apotheekalbers.nl. When shopping in the city centre you can head here for all your pharmacy needs in this beautiful, historic building that boasts one of the city’s most impressive facades. The staff are fluent in Dutch and English. QOpen 08:30 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Mediq Helftheuvelpassage 356, tel. (+31) 736 21 66 94, dehelftheuvel@mediq-apotheek.nl, www.mediq-apotheek.nl. One of the biggest pharmacies in the Netherlands. Take bus No.72 to Rijzertlaan. QOpen 08:30 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Also at Pettelaarseweg 196. U

Real estate Househunting Woonbemiddeling B-2, Van der Does

de Willeboissingel 6, tel. (+31) 736 13 13 22, fax (+31) 736 13 63 01, freede@househunting.nl, www.househunting.nl. House Hunting is a young and dynamic company, yet with all the requisite knowledge and experience needed to rent and manage properties. It specialises short-term rental, leasing and property management and also operates in Eindhoven, Tilburg and Nijmegen. Q JAL Huuroverzicht C-2, Postelstraat 30, tel. (+31) 736 23 71 71, info@huuroverzicht.nl, www.huuroverzicht.nl. Huuroverzicht Den Bosch rents and leases a wide variety of houses and apartments in downtown ‘s-Hertogenbosch and its suburbs for long- or short-term rental. Q

Spas & Beauty Azzora Beauty & Wellness J-11, Vivaldistraat 4, tel.

(+31) 736 13 43 99, info@azorra.nl, www.azzora.nl. Men are also welcome in this trendy salon where a person can pamper themselves with the experienced hands of professional beauticians. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 21:00, Tue 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Brabant Sauna Haarsteegsestraat 95, Haarsteeg, tel. (+31) 735 11 31 31, www.brabantsauna.nl. For almost four decades this small wellness centre has been attracting visitors to its premises. It’s small and intimate, the service is friendly and it’s much cheaper than many of its competitors. QOpen 18:30 - 24:00. Closed Sat, Sun. First time visitors pay €10, regular entrance fee is €15. LGBKDXC Sauna Beauty Resort Devarana De Eendenkooi 9, www.devarana.nl. An extensive choice of 25 different amazing saunas, gorgeous tile mosaic swimming pools and a genuine salt crystal cave will help you relieve yourself of everyday stress. Cool down from one of the sultry saunas in the tropical shower and enjoy a dinner afterward. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 24:00. Admission: €17/two hours, all-day pass €29.50. Closed August 2 - 15. JILBKDXC

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Schoonheidsinstituut Avancé K-10, Groen van Prin-

stererlaan 41a, tel. (+31) 736 48 01 88, denbosch@ instituutavance.nl, www.instituutavance.nl. This clinic trims and shaves all those places where women (and even people who call themselves men) don’t want any hair: armpits, neck, upper lip, chin, bikini line, perineum and all those other embarrassing body parts.Normal0falsefalsefalseLVX-NONEXNONE QOpen , Tue, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Fri 09:00 - 17:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Mon, Wed, Sun. Welness Centre De Thermen P-15, Hoff van Hollantlaan 4, Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 735 22 07 16, www. dethermen.nl. Thanks to a great modernisation this is one of the best places in the area to chill for a day. Lots of massages, steam rooms, different baths, hammam and other ways to refresh the mind and body are on offer. Recently De Thermen has drawn large attention from the Dutch press by starting a unique new concept. Visitors can choose if they wanna visit the sauna the old fashioned way, naked, or with a bathing suit on. Both areas are completely seperated from each other. Looking for a different treatment to get soft and nice feet? Let hundreds of tiny Garra Rufa fish eat your old cells away... Take bus No.63 to Hoff van Hollantlaan (Rosmalen). QOpen 10:00 - 23:30, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 24:00, Sun 10:00 - 22:30. Admission: €24. ZALGKDXC

Tattoos Piercing & Tattoo Joop E-2, Hinthamereinde 21, tel.

(+31) 736 13 61 93, www.tattoopiercing joop.nl. Walk in without an appointment for a cup of coffee and a piercing. The studio looks tidy and hygienic, a trustworthy place to have the tattoo of your dreams. It specialises in tribal and Japanese tattoos. Q Open 13:00 - 16:30; 18:00 - 21:30, Sat 12:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. J Tattooshop Pink Star Potgierhof, tel. (+31) 657 14 20 37, www.pinkstar-tattoos.nl. Four experienced artists run this modern tattoo and piercing shop. QOpen 14:00 - 21:00, Sat 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. 6UL

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SPORTS & LEISURE Bowling Maaspoort Bowling en Partycentrum Marathonloop 3, tel. (+31) 736 41 16 61, www.demaaspoort.nl. The best place in town to throw strikes and spares. Take bus No. 68 from the Central Station. QOpen 13:00 - 24:00, Mon 18:00 - 24:00. HUKX

Bike rental Biking Den Bosch Spekstraat 13a. Den Dungen, tel.

(+31) 736 89 55 83, www.bikingdenbosch.nl. There are no fixed opening times, but bikes are delivered free of charge to any location within Den Bosch. Also mountainbikes available. Q Bicycle rental, per day: mountain bikes €19.50,city bikes €12.50. Fietspoint Van Deursen B-2, Centraal Station 77, tel. (+31) 736 13 47 37, info@fietspointvandeursen. nl, www.fietspointvandeursen.nl. This bike shop below the train station does it all. It rents, sells, stores and fixes all kinds of bikes. The bikes are well-maintained and very easy to ride and they also come with a lock above the back tire. If you aren’t familiar with these locks be sure to ask directions before you leave. For more information on OV bikes check out ov-fiets.nl. QOpen 05:10 - 01:55, Fri 05:10 - 01:20, Sat 06:25 - 01:20, Sun 07:25 - 01:20. A bike for the day with no gears and hub breaks for €6.50/day or one with all the bells and whistles for €7.50/day. Electrical bikes for €25.00/day. Valid ID and a deposit of €50 - 100 is required. The last option is an OV-bicycle. This is a nationwide system that you have to subscribe to and it costs €2.85 for 20 hours of use. J

Diving Dive Action Netherlands F-7, Veemarktkade 8/A, tel.

(+31) 626 38 49 39, info@diveschool.net, www.diveaction.nl. Dive Action provides good diving facilities and is well known for the high level of diver care, expertise and training. Get certified here before a trip to sunnier climes!

Fitness & Gyms Club Actief De Eendenkooi 1/A, tel. (+31) 736 21 63

22, www.club-actief.nl. Hop on city bus No.61 or 62 to the Helftheuvel shopping centre to visit this fitness centre that offers a little bit of everything. QOpen 08:30 - 22:00, Fri 08:30 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00, Sun 10:00 - 13:00. PFG Clubsportive L-6, Victorialaan 3/13, tel. (+31) 736 44 42 26, www.clubsportive.nl. This chain of fitness centres offers great training facilities throughout The Netherlands. Q PTUFGD Fitness Club Sportiom K-7, Victorialaan 10, tel. (+31) 736 46 46 70, www.sportiom.nl. In addition to a wide range of fitness and wellness facilities, this club also has two squash and three ricochet courts. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00, Fri 09:00 - 21:30, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. PTUFGKD Wladimirov Fitness en Wellness K-10, Rijnstraat 224, tel. (+31) 736 13 30 31, www.wladimirov.nl. This huge sportcomplex has been here since 1982. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00, Fri 07:00 - 21:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 14:00. T

Golf Golf-In Cereslaan 14, Heesch, tel. (+31) 412 712 612,

info@golf-in.nl, www.golf-in.nl. Call these guys when the unpredictable Dutch weather has once again destroyed your outdoor plans. Walk through a virtual indoor 18-hole golf course. You can choose from 28 different golf courses at three state-of-the-art simulators. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Admission: from €17.50/hour. TALG

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Practice your pirouettes at the Sportiom ice rink

Laser tag Indoor Laser Game K-7, Victorialaan 10, tel. 0900-

0200, www.operationcounterstrike.com. Kill all your enemies, before they get you (virtually, of course). QOpen Wed, Sun 13:00 - 22:00, Thu 15:00 - 22:00, Fri 15:00 - 24:00, Sat 13:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon, Tue. 1 game: €8.

Sports complexes Sportiom K-6, Victorialaan 10, tel. (+31) 736 46 46

46, www.sportiom.nl. This massive sports and swimming complex has something for everyone and is only five minutes from the city centre. For €7.50/day you can have access to a wide variety of activities. Upstairs you’ll find the fitness club with a huge selection of exercise machines, squash and ricochet courts and a posh-looking lounge area where you can get a snack or drink. Downstairs are two large gymnastics halls, an ice-skating rink with ramps and obstacles and a full-size hockey rink. Most people, however, come here for its incredible swimming complex. There are three pools: one for laps, one outdoors and an aqua fun centre on many different levels with rivers, individual hot tubs and three- and five-storey slides. In Holland kids are given free admission on Wednesday afternoons, making the complex a bit over-crowded on these days (something to bear in mind before you go). For the summerseason the icehall changes into a lasergamehal, called ‘Operation Counterstrike’. Each venue has different opening times, so check its website for details. Q Admission: €7.50/ day. JFLBKDC

Swimming Aquafun Sportiom K-6, Victorialaan 10, tel. (+31) 736

46 46 46, www.sportiom.nl. Super-fast water slides and a wild water river that ends in a swimming pool filled with simulated waves! QOpen 13:00 - 21:00, Tue 16:00 - 21:00, Sat 13:00 - 17:30, Sun 10:00 - 17:30. Closed Mon. Admission: €6,35. TAUFLGBKDCW Combibad Kwekkelstijn Sportlaan 16, Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 735 21 41 07, www.kwekkelstijn.com. In Kwekkelstijn you can swim in- and outdoor. Also a small cafe. Q Admission: €1- 3,15. Speelland Beekse Bergen Beekse Bergen 1, Hilvarenbeek, tel. (+31) 90 02 33 57 32, www.beeksebergen.nl. An affordable water park. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Admission: €6.95 - €8.95, children under 3 free. TALGBKXCS

Tennis Tennis Courts BTC De Pettelaer I-10, Hekellaan 5, tel. (+31) 736 13 01 75. In the daytime it’s full of housewives and pensioners, but at night a younger crowd plays tennis here.

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DEN BOSCH FOR KIDS Bringing the children to ‘s-Hertogenbosch but not sure what’s on offer? Here’s our handy guide to the city’s best day trips and attractions positively bursting with kids appeal.

Kids’ stuff Avonturenland O-15, Geerke 2, tel. (+31) 736 43 01

44, www.avonturenland.nl. Children will love ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s Adventure Land, but parents will also have plenty to see and do here. There’s a pirate’s bar, quad racing, a sniper challenge, a kid’s corner, a cinema, a ball pit, a slide, a sandpit and a laser game. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu. Admission: children €6, adults: €2.50. T

Dierenrijk Baroniehei, Nuenen, tel. (+31) 492 66 82 40, www.dierenrijk.nl. Dierenpark offers polar bears, elephants, tigers, Barbary macaques, seals and lots of other animals as well as children’s attractions. Apart from the feeding presentations and musical shows, the park also illustrates how animals live and what they can do. Their newest addition is the biggest aviary of Europe, where visitors can enjoy birds in a natural habitat. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Admission: €15.50. TAULG

El Pedro N-15, Akkerstraat 1, Vlijmen, tel. (+31) 735

18 41 01, www.elpedro.nl. Who hasn’t played cowboys and Indians as a youngster? The El Pedro BBQ and grill restaurant is full of parents and their enthusiastic offspring who bring the Wild West back to life in a small village outside ‘s-Hertogenbosch. While mum and dad grill as much meat and fish as they can eat on the barbecue at the table (fortunately there is a ventilation system), even the most difficult child will quiet down at the sight of the abundance of games. QOpen 17:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€23). TA6UILGKX

Fazanterie De Rooie Hoeve Q-16, Stoppelveldseweg

1, Heeswijk-Dinther, tel. (+31) 413 22 41 02. In the heart of Brabant, Fazanterie De Rooie Hoeve (The Red Farm) transports you to a genuine slice of Asia. You can observe more than 50 species of pheasant in child-friendly surroundings and because of its spacious design, a tour of this bird park amounts to a vigorous walk in the woods. When the kids get tired of the bird cages they can have fun in the play area, at the go-kart track or at the stuffed animals corner. Don’t forget to visit the Japanese garden with its mystical landscapes. On sunny days the garden terrace is a definite crowd pleaser as well. Q Open May 1 - October 1 Thu - Sun 12:00 - 17:00.

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Klimrijk De Buitenjan Turfweg 9, Veldhoven, tel. (+31)

402 54 01 59, info@klimrijk.nl, www.klimrijk.nl. In the woods of Veldhoven only a 25-minute ride from Den Bosch you can demonstrate your mountaineering skills. Four different trails are available for both novice and accomplished climbers. Great fun for children and adults of all ages. Q Admission: children €12.50, adults €17.50.

Ontdekhoek A-2, Onderwijsboulevard 3, tel. (+31) 736

21 53 35, www.ontdekhoek.nl/en/index.php. You may have to search a bit before you find it, but once you see the mooing Berta cow, the party can begin. Children from the ages of 4 to 14 can have a blast at the inventor’s workshop, experimenting, testing and discovering new things. More than 30 experiments are are at you disposal such as miniature bricklaying, making chips and making and playing street organ music. QOpen 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Admission: adults €8, children €10. T

Toy Toy Amusementscentrum E-2, Hinthamereinde 36/38, tel. (+31) 736 13 88 90, www.jvh.nl. A paradise not only for young whiz kids, but also for parents. Just outside the city centre. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. J

Shops for children Nooitgenoeg Stoofstraat 22, tel. (+31) 736 12 17 26, www.kinderboekwinkelnooitgenoeg.nl. Since 1995 this shop has been a favourite of local children and owner Stephanie is the driving force behind this colourful children’s paradise. She also makes her own imaginative drawings. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. TJ Petit Bateau C-2, Achter het Stadhuis 21, tel. (+31) 736 12 78 87, www.petit-bateau.com. The originally French brand Petit Bateau, which has been selling quality clothes of a classic design since 1893, has made it to ‘sHertogenbosch. The collection consists mostly of day, night and underclothing for babies and children (sizes 46 to 176). There is also a limited assortment for women. QOpen , Mon 13:00 - 17:00, Tue, Wed, Fri 09:30 - 17:30, Thu 09:30 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJ Tata C-2, Achter het stadhuis 32, tel. (+31) 736 90 09 36, www.tata-sjop.nl. Clothing, toys, the usual and also the not so common items for children are all on sale here. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJ

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De Bossche Kar 20 De Broodspecialist 28 De Buurvrouw 30 De Cosmopoliet 30 De Dieze 34 De Eeterij 23 De Gouden Molen 18 De Gouwe Sleutel 32 De Graven van Leuven 34 De Lachende Vis 34 De Leygraaf 19 De Maasstroom 18 De Meierijsche Kar 32 De Mozaïektuin 18 De Naaldhof 19 Den Burger 30 Den Otter 28 De Palm 34 De Passanterie 26 De Raadskelder 21 De Rode Pimpernel 23 De Saeck 30 De Smidse 30 De Stenentoren 18 De Stip 23 De Unie 30 De Weverij 19 Die Twee 30 DIT 23 D'n Boerderij 21 Donor Company 20 Efteling hotel 19 Efteling hotelbar 26 Fat Kee 21 FEBO 26 ff Swanjéé 22 Fletcher Hotel Prinsen 18

Fleurie 22 Formule 1 18 Frezzo 23 Guldenberg Conferentiehotel 16 Hart van Brabant 34 Het Groote Genoegen 21 Het Nieuwe Oosten 20 Het Strand 25 Het Veulen 31 Het Vosken 31 Hotel Brasserie Oud Maren 18 Hotel Central 16 Hotel Terminus Folk Pub 35 Il Lara 33 In de Keulse Kar 35 In den Zevenden Hemel 25 In de Roos 28 Jan de Groot 29 Jij & Ik 31 Jo van den Bosch 17 Kabberdoes 33 Kakama - Asian Fusion & Bar 20, 33, 34 Kees Kroket 26 Keyzer Palace 24 Klassiek 31 La Cocotte 25 La Cucaracha 25 Lai Thai 27 Landerijk 29 Le Bateau 26 Leeuwenborg 22 Le Meridien 25 Loenz 31

Lux 25 Marie Entrecote 23 Mazzeltoff 23 Mells Place 20 Mercure Hotel 16 Metropole 22 M'n Tante 31 Morrison's Pub 34 Movenpick 16 Nanking 21 NH Waalwijk 19 Onder de Pannen 17 Opium 29 P79 33 Picchino 26 Pilkington's 21 Pilkingtons Bakery 28 Plaats Royaal 31 Poetri Ajoe 23 Poolcafe Rack'm 34 Prince of India 23 Proeverij Klassiek 24 Push 33 Rancho Bravo 20 Reinders 35 Rhodos 22 Roels 25 Sakana 24 Salon De Roosekrans 29 Samy's 22 Sehrazat 27 Shiro 24 Shisha 26 Silva Ducis 35 Sirtaki 22 Spoon 20 Sports Café 35 Sunflower Cafe 29

Tante Pietje 25 Tante Wonnie 27 Tapperij De Hertog 31 Taveerne 31 't Bonte Palet 32 ‘t Bosschenaartje 32 't Compas 22 Terminus Hotel 17 The Baron's Lodge 32 The Sandwich 29 Think Pink 33 Tic Tac 32 Tijl Uilenspiegel 32 Toemaat 22 Tonia van Langen 21 Tony's Bar 33 Top 21 ‘t Pantoffeltje 32 't Pumpke 35 't Root Scharlaken 32 't Sint Janneke 34 't Vervolg 22 Tweekeerbellen 35 Ushiwawa 33 Uskudar 27 Vakantiehuis Den Bosch 17 Van der Valk Hotel Nuland 19, 26 Van der Valk Hotel 's-Hertogenbosch Vught 17 Van Puffelen 24 Verkadefabriek 24 Voltaire 29 Waalwijk Hotel 18 Zee & Zo 29 Zomers & Zomers 35 Zoomers 29

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