It was one hell of a magical night when we decided to visit ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Wait. Let me repeat that again.. ‘s- H e r to g e n b o s c h. Until now, I still have those days where I struggle to remember this city in The Netherlands. I also can’t remember that I bumped into this place when I was searching for cities near Zaltbommel. Maybe because I find it difficult to read? I knew it was something like “heterogeneous” and it sounds like “heshcdsrfjsdskkj”. (Yes! Emphasis on the “g” + “sch” sound in Dutch which really hurts my throat by the way) I later found out that it is colloquially called as “Den Bosch” which is not that difficult to remember for me. Thank goodness!
Den Bosch is simply awesome..
and I fell in love with it even though it was just a quick visit. If given the chance, I want to visit this city again because there’s something with its atmosphere that really captured my heart. Maybe it’s because of the carnival mood that time? If you want to know what I am talking about, here’s a sneak peek and my list of 4 (+1) things to see while at Den Bosch. (I highly recommend you to check out these places)
1. Jan de Groot
As fancy as it sounds, this pastry shop in Den Bosch is truly worth a visit. From outside, you can peek through the tasty goodies and catch a glimpse what the shop looks inside. The interior looks cute and neat. You can also smell the freshly baked pastries which in no doubt will make your stomach rumble. I highly suggest their bossche bol (chocolate pastry balls). The chocolate is not the kind of sweet that will hurt your throat and the cream filling inside complements this sweetness too.
2. Samy’s Eet Cafe
This place is truly a life saver. Samy’s Eet Cafe can be found at the heart of Den Bosch along with other restaurants and cafes that look quite interesting too. If you’re looking for Asian dishes like satay, Samy’s is the perfect place if you happen to be around Vismarkt 6 in Den Bosch.
3. St. John’s Cathedral (Sint Janskathedraal)
Architecture lovers might want to include St. John’s Cathedral in their bucket list. This Roman Catholic cathedral in North Brabant has a Gothic architectural style that will surely give goosebumps and butterflies in your stomach at the same time. Not an architecture lover? Listening to the ringing church bells was one of the most magical moments that happened to me while at Den Bosch. You might also want to try it yourself.
4. Oeteldonk (Carnaval)
Our visit happened a day before the Oeteldonk, a festival in Den Bosch (which I believe is held every February). During this time, Den Bosch changes its name to Oeteldonk for three days until the festival is over. Because of this, I actually thought that it was the right time to visit Den Bosch. (It would have been great if it was the day of the festival though) We felt that people were all in a festive mood and we had a great time walking around the streets while embracing the warm smiles of the people we came across with.
Den Bosch is beyond beautiful.
I have no words how hard I fell for this city. The St. John’s Cathedral, the ambiance, the food and the people left a good impression and I will surely keep on adding this city to my bucket list.
..and then, there’s this part of the city too!
The Gothic style of Saint John’s Cathedral is not just the architectural style to spazz in Den Bosch. These buildings also looked very elegant and polished that you won’t mind the long hours walking while sight-seeing these infrastructures. (Well at least from a tourist’s perspective)
So what do you think about this city? Did you also have a hard time reading ‘s-Hertogenbosch? Do think it’s worthy to be in your bucket list? Next time, I prefer to come back on the exact day of the festival (because I heard a lot of wonderful things how they celebrate it– talk about street parties!).