Welcome to Breda!
A sparkling and historical city in the south of Holland with a cheerful personality, that’s Breda! The combination of its rich history and numerous present-day activities makes Breda an inspiring city! Over the years Breda has grown into a city of around 180,000 inhabitants. The city's charming historical centre is not that big (it's easy to find your way around) and very pleasant to spend time in. Talk with the 'Bredanaars', let all the impressions move you, and discover the true character of the city!
The name Breda descends from a contraction of the Breda (wide) Aa. This is the place where two rivers, the Mark and the Aa, flow together. in the year 1252 Breda obtained its municipal rights, and at the beginning of the 14th century Breda was walled in. Also, in the 14th century the city was surrounded by mouts, so-called 'singels'. Around the city, you can still find them. All the streets surrounding the city were laid in an oval shape, which is a noticeable sign for old fortified cities. Ancestors of the Dutch royal family, The Nassaus, gave Breda the grandeur of a royal residence.
Breda lies in the province Brabant. Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands, is one of the fastest growing destinations in the Low Countries. Its authentic character, renowned hospitality and unique selection of tourist attractions ensure that Brabant is a popular holiday destination even among the Dutch themselves. And the international tourists’ attention is also on the increase, with icons such as Van Gogh, Dutch Design and prize-winning theme parks and (dance) events. VisitBrabant TradeServices can offer inspiration and service to the international travel trade sector, giving your clientele carefree access to Brabant.
Places to visit:
Grote Kerk - The Big church
In the city centre, there are a lot of monuments. but there is one particular that makes Breda recognisable from a great distance and that is 'De Grote' or 'Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk'. This beautiful church from the 15th century can be admired from almost every point in Breda
Kasteel van Breda - Castle of Breda
The castle of Breda shows the historical relationship between Breda and the House of Oranje Nassau, the ancestors of the Dutch royal family. in 1198 the castle was a fortress. During the centuries many changes have been made to the castle. Since 1928 the Royal Military Academy (KMA) has the castle in use. You can visit the castle only during conducted tours (Tourist Office).
The so-called 'Spanjaardsgat' flanked by two heptagonal towers reminds visitors of the time Breda was in hands of the Spaniards
Next to the Castle of Breda, you will find the city park 'Valkenberg'. Until 1812 this park was part of the castle and only accessible for the 'Heren van Breda'.
Begijnhof - Beguinage
In the city centre, you will find the peaceful Beguinage, built in 1537. Until 1990 the court was inhabited by beguines, unmarried women who lived, devoted to God, together within a safe secluded space. The statue in the garden still reminds of them (a replica of this statue is for sale at the Tourist Office). The herb garden is known for its hundreds of different herbs.