Koninklijke Militaire Academie
The Koninklijke Militaire Academie
is the Royal Military Academy of the
Netherlands. It is located in the castle
of Breda. The KMA takes care of the
education and training of the officiers
of the Dutch airforce (KLu) and the
Dutch army (KL). It has done so since
the early 1800s. The training of the
officiers of the navy and marines is
mainly done by the Koninklijk Instituut
voor de Marine (KIM) in Den Helder.
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Valkenberg Park is located on your way to the city center from the train station. During the day it is a great place to visit. Originally the park was the part of Breda's castle which is used by the Royal Military Academy nowadays. In the times of knights and counts only noble people were allowed in the park. The place was known for its very high trees. After the park became public some of the trees were cut and later all the paths were paved. And there's still enough garss to realx on, many ducks and geese to feed by the lake, and of course the paths on which you can cycle or rollerblade. Often, walking through the park you may come across a market, a show, or some other small event, espeically during the summer time
You will not miss the Big Church (Grote kerk), also known as Onze-lieve-vrowe-kerk. It is the main Brabant Gothic building in the Netherlands and its beautiful single tower reaches 97 m. This building is very different from the kind of churches you can see in the Northern part of the country and it gives the city a more 'meridional' look. It is the real landmark of the city, since it is visible from the whole central area.
Sit on the main square 'grote...
Sit on the main square 'grote markt' and enjoy a beer (or any drink you like of course). There are no cars allowed and especially on sunny days this is the place to be! To walk along the small streets in the centre to shop, to go to the next pub, or to just walk around. The thing I miss the most is the atmosphere, the people and the big church (grote kerk) you can see everywhere you go. No place like home! (Pic=the surrender of Breda)
At this place Holland was liberated from the Spanish about 400 years ago!
Het "Spaanjaarsgat" refers to the freedom war against the Spains from 1568 till 1648.
The story goes that Breda was liberated from Spaniards right here.
On the historic Shrove- Tuesday in 1590 when the Spaniards where celebrating the occupation, Adriaan van Bergen sail with his old peat boat through the waters of Breda.
By order of Adriaan his soldiers emerged from under their load of peat and overcame the celebrating Spaniards. Breda fell into Dutch hands.
this story strongly reminds of the Trojan Horse in which Greek soldiers hid to enter troy and succeeded in surprising the in invincible Trojans.