the house of Brecht.
Favorite thing: This is the oldest stone building of Breda and owes its name to the Van Brecht family who lived here in the 15th or 16th century.
At the beginning of the 17th century, during the Spanish occupation officers and craftsmen used to live here.
At the beginning of the 19th century, they added the part along the Cingelstraat to the Huis van Brecht, because here sick people of the garrison and the KMA were taken care of.
After the second World War this house became part of the KMA (Royal Military academy.
The building fell into disrepair and it had to be restored thoroughly. Since December 1993 this house hs been used as the library of the Royal Military academy.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: This library is build by the same architect who build the theatre, Herman Hertzberger.
In 1998 the architect got a award of the city.
When you visit the building you find a mulberry tree, those trees are protected so they had to build around the tree.Related to:
statue of king - Stadtholder Willem 111
Favorite thing: In the beginning of the 16th century the Kasteelstraat (Castlestreet), gradually developed into a square, this square used to be linked up with the castle.
A lot of fights took place here, during sieges. The Kasteelplein was also the place of execution, where Protestants died by means of torture and were burned at the stake afterwards.
In 1922 a statue of the cavairyman, King - Stadtholder Willem 111 was erected on this square. He was of great importance because he managed to reserve the Netherlands when the French king Louis X1V invaded our country. Several inhabitants of Breda found that this statue was out of place there, because the pigmarket was held on this square. The stadtholder would have hold his nose because of the bad smell of the pigs!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
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A BIT ABOUT BREDA
Favorite thing: A city in the southern part of The Netherlands, BREDA was a fortified city of strategic significance. In the 15th century the city's importance grew rapidly. A great Church was built in Brabantine Gothic style, called the Grote Kerk or Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Church of our Lady).
Interesting tourist sites include Spanjaardsgat, Begijnhof (Beguinage), Beyerd and Kasteel Bouvigne, a 17th century castle located in the Mastbos, the woods just outside Breda.
Koninklijke Militaire Academie
Favorite thing: 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.
Visit the Koninklijke Militaire Academie website:
Favorite thing: Carnaval used to be a huge party for the catholics before they started their period of vasting.
But now it is just four days of going completely mad!
People dress up as whatever they feel like,the music is of a special kind and the beer flows and flows and flows.....:-)
Their is also a big parade with huge projects made out of paper and rolling down the streets of Breda.
If you want four days of completely forgetting the world around you come and have fun the way the people of the South of the Netherlands are doing for ages!Related to:
Breda Jazz Festival
Favorite thing: Every year in May the centre of Breda turns into the biggest outdoor jazz festival in the world for 4 days and nights.There are lots of stages where jazz artists from all over the world play their hearts out.
It is always well visited by both locals as people from all around the world.
For some odd reason we always seem to have the luck of good weather during the festival.
This absolutely one of the greatest things to experience in The Netherlands!!!!Related to:
Favorite thing: 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
Famous from Breda
Favorite thing: Looks like Breda really inspires people to enjoy music and even to make profession.
Not only Breda is home of annual Jazz festival, and untill 2004 the host of natonal Taptoe, but is also a hometown of the world's famous DJ Tiesto and the manager of Elvis Presley, Colonel Tom Parker who was born in Breda in 1909 as Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk . I'll keep serching, maybe Breda has produced more talented people.
City wall tower
Favorite thing: I have walked through the Valkenberg park enormous amount of times and never noticed it before. Shame on me! If you walk through the park from the train station toward the Begijnhof you'll find these remains of the place where one of the city wall towers was situated.
TOURIST INFO + USEFUL LINKS
Favorite thing: The local Tourist Office is close to the Train Station at:
- Willemstr 17 - 4811 AJ Breda
There is a second office at:
-Grote Markt 38- 4811 XS Breda
City Counsel page
Multiple Breda links
Breda Culture page
Jazz Festival page
National Showband FestvalRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Breda is a lovely middle size Dutch city. There are few interesting sites to visit, nice old city and active culture and nightlife. I visited here only for one weekend, the timing was perfect for me as it was a football weekend, so I enjoyed it even more.
The Nassau-Baronie Monument
Favorite thing: Breda has strong connection to the Royal House of Orange Nassau . In the 15th century the German count Engelbrecht van Nassau married the heiress of the first Lord of Breda. Right at the entrance to the Valkenberg Park you?ll find the Nassau-Baronie Monument, which was ceremoniously openned by the Queen Wilhelmina. The shields which can be found at the bottom of the monument used to belong to small municipalities in and around ancient Breda.
Holland Casino in Breda.
Favorite thing: This is the Holland Casino in Breda .
The building is big and it used to be a Klooster (Clooister ) , did not get a change to see the inside of the Casino ,maybe next time. It is located in the Centre of Breda.
The Turf schipper's Captain , Adriaan van Bergen
Favorite thing: The story goes that in 1590 Adriaan van Bergen the Captain of a '' Turfschip '' and his 72 men hidden in the '' Turfschip '' infiltrated into the Castle and cahsed out the Spanish soldiers and thus liberated Breda from the Spanish (the Enemy)
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