Breda, tourist information

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Coat of arms of Breda
Coat of arms of Breda

Number of inhabitants: 150.500
Number of national monuments: 480

Summary of Breda


The Old City Hall of Breda
The Old City Hall of Breda

Breda is a very pleasant old city in Brabant, with about 180.000 inhabitants and many students, it is always bustling. A cozy old Oranjestad, because there was a good relationship with the house Nassau, or the oranges.

Breda Castle had an important function, where the Royal Military Academy has been located since 1826. The historic city center has been created around this castle.

You can enjoy yourself with historic buildings, shopping, nature and culture. Nobody will get bored in Breda!


Interesting history of Breda




The name Breda was first mentioned in the year 1125 and between 1450 and 1550 a special development arose for Breda, the city became a center for politics and culture. This was because the Oranje Nassau's settled in Breda, which gave the city allure and many beautification projects were started. You can still see this in Breda, for example the Royal Military Academy is located in the city.

At the beginning of the Second World War, May 1940, Breda was evacuated and the Germans were able to make good use of the military buildings in Breda. On September 4, 1944, Radio Oranje announced that Breda had been liberated, but that was not true. Nevertheless, many Germans and supporters left Breda. Breda was liberated on October 29, 1944 by Polish soldiers under the command of General Maczek.


Breda Landmarks


Café de Truck, Breda
Café de Truck, Breda

Enjoy all the beautiful buildings that Breda has to offer! Breda is a very old one and fortunately much of it has been preserved. Among other things, the Breda Castle and the Grote Kerk are not to be missed.

If you walk near the castle, you also walk along the canals with beautiful old buildings, from the bridge on the canal you also walk through a cozy street to the Grote Kerk. Furthermore, the city center gives a very cozy and old atmosphere.


Shopping in Breda


The Ginnikenstraat in Breda
The Ginnikenstraat in Breda

Shop? Feel free to come to Breda, the city center is extensive enough to shop for every category. The many cozy little streets and squares lead you past many shops. You will find most of the shops around the Grote Markt and adjacent to the Korte Brugstraat, Lange Brugstraat, Torenstraat and Karrestraat.

Breda:
Shopping evening: Thursday
Every Sunday shopping Sunday


Things to Do in Breda


The Grote / Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
The Grote / Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

If you fancy more than just walking and shopping, Breda has much more to offer, by visiting one or more of the activities below you will enjoy yourself.

MUSEUMS BREDAATTRACTIONS BREDA
  •  Breda's Museum, art and history of Breda. Click here for the site.
  •  Breda's Beguinage Museum, an extension of Breda's museum. Click here for the site.
  •  Beer Advertising Museum, everything with the area on (old) advertising for beers. Click here for the site.
  • Municipal Museum Breda, click here for the site.
  •  Miniatures and Dolls House Museum Breda, click here for the site.
  •  General Maczek Museum, museum with collection about the second world war. Click here for the site.
  •  Heritage Museum De Rijf Prinsenbeek, 50s museum. Click here for the site.
  •  Museum Paulus van Daesdonck, a furnished farmhouse from 1903. Click here for the site.
  •  Queen Wilhelmina Pavilion, museum about castle Breda. Click here for the site.
  •  Princenhaags museum, click here for the site.
  •  Clock Museum, collection with hundreds of antique clocks.
  •  NAC Museum, football club NAC. Click here for the site.
  • Climb the large church tower, click here for the site.
  • Castle Bouvigne, castle south of the city, click here for the site.
  • Breda Castle, castle in the middle of the city. Click here for the site.
CINEMAS BREDATHEATERS BREDA
  • Kninepolis Bredaregular program. Click here for the site.
  • Pathéregular program. Click here for the site.
  • Chasse Cinemaspecial program. Click here for the site.
  • Theater diner salon De Avenue, click here for the site.
  •  Chassé Theater, click here for the site.
  •  Mezz concerts & dance, (see photo) click here for the site.
  •  New Veste, click here for the site.
  •  StageBloss, click here for the site.
  • The silence, click here for the site.
  •  Puppet Theater Irene Laros, click here for the site.
  •  Puppet Theater Muzipo, click here for the site.
  •  Theater '77, click here for the site.
  •  Theater de Ruimte, click here for the site.

Nature & Parks in Breda


De Valkenberg, Breda
De Valkenberg, Breda

For parks and forests you can also go to Breda, there are forests around the city and several parks in the city. From the central station towards the center and next to Breda Castle you will find a cozy and large park called Valkenberg, and just outside the Wilhelminasingel the wilhelmiona park. Of course further into the city there are several parks.


Steps in Breda


The Mezz in Breda
The Mezz in Breda


Breda is also a city with students, a vibrant city with a nice Brabant nightlife. You can have a nice evening at the Grote Markt and around the Grote Kerk.


More photos from Breda