Favorite thing: This statue can be found in the middle of the Grote Markt, infront of the famous cafe-bar "Dante". Can't really tell what the statue symbolizes, but actually the tip is about the Grote Markt. It is the main square of the city where most of the cafes, bars and restaurants are situated. Besides that you can find there the VVV - Tourist information office, a small hotel, and the pride of Breda the Church of our Lady
Favorite thing: You'll find tourist information at the VVV Breda and info regarding bus schedules you'll find here
Fondest memory: It's a great city to live in, not too small, not too big, and fun most of the times!
Quiet and clean streets
Favorite thing: It was remarkable that, although the streets in the centre were filled with shoppers, just around the corner of the Grote Markt in the direction of the beguinage, the cobbled streets were so quiet and empty, and with lovely good maintained houses. It was so relaxing to walk these streets after the busy centre.
Favorite thing: The city hall is made from three different houses bound together by a new front gable.
women justice above the entrance tells us that it was used also as a courtroom.
The city hall is located at the market.
Nowadays it is used for weddings and public sessions of the town.
Also the VVV, the local information service is situated in the city hallRelated to:
Favorite thing: The big market with the the liberation monument "Judith"
Judith was according the legend a jewess women from the 6th century. with her charms She manage to get power over the enemy Holofernes, during an unguarded moment she cut his head off.
This discourage the enemy so the city regain its liberation.
The old town
Favorite thing: visit the old city centre. As with so many cities in the southern Low Countries, there is a big market square with a huge church beside it, and Breda is definitely no exception. What makes this market special, however, is that there's no traffic allowed, giving room to all the terraces is summer. The Grote Kerk or Church of Our Lady is one of the most beautiful in the Netherlands, and the Spanjaardsgat (pic) is a beautiful remnant of the old fortifications.
Fondest memory: Barhopping! Within the city centre, Breda has the highest density of bars and clubs of all main cities in Holland. Combined with the attitude of the people here (they're more easygoing here than in the north), what more could you ask for?
Fondest memory: Meeting some VT-friends is a good reason to visit a city like Breda. Here I met Ilse (MATIM) and Myriam (myriam_c) and we had a drink at the Grote Markt. The Grote Markt is a good place to hang around when the weather is fine.
Natas's General Tip
Fondest memory: What I like the most about Breda is the market place in front of the beautifull cathedral. All nice cafes and bars are situated on the Grote Markt. Have a seat at one of the so many little bars. You can even have diner, because a lot of restaurants are located just next to all of these bars.
Can you imagine what it was...
Favorite thing: Can you imagine what it was like? Breda is a city with a tumultuous past. A past which isn't hidden away. On the contrary. Breda shows many signs of its past. Monuments, references and memorials. Pieced together they give you an idea of how it might have been..... Take a walk along the Historical Mile and you'll find yourself passing through the oldest part of Breda.
Breda received its character...
Favorite thing: Breda received its character in 1252 and therefore became one of the first small cities founded in North Brabant. To defent itself, a wall was built around the city at the beginning of the 14th century. There are canals all around the city. Wooden watchtowers are located at strategic points.
In summer and on warm spring...
Favorite thing: In summer and on warm spring and autumn days, people throng into the streets and into the café terraces. You can hear the murmur of voices everywhere. The city centre hums like a hive. Can you see the white houses from your seat on the terrace? And as you wander about, the grey cobbled squares? Savour the characteristic southern atmosphere.....and you'll begin to understand why some people describe Breda as 'the most city of Southern Europe'.
On warm summer days you can...
Favorite thing: On warm summer days you can find sun worshippers and water sportsmen at the Galderse Meren ( Galder lakes ) and the Asterdplas. Swimming or sailing, on a surf board or in a rubber dingy. Canoers can also enjoy themselves on the canals of Breda or on the river Mark.
The Oranjeboom Brewery in...
Favorite thing: The Oranjeboom Brewery in Breda.
The Oranjeboom brewery has been brewing a rich variety of beers since 1528. The brand stands for pleasing, thirst quenching beers of the best quality, with an honest, unpretentious character.
Among the Oranjeboom products are: Oranjeboom Premium Pilsener, a golden and refreshing pils beer with an alcohol content of 5% vol. (the Netherlands), to be served at 4 to 6°C; Oranjeboom Oud Bruin (2.5%vol), a bottom fermented, old brown beer with a full bodied, sweetish taste, to be served at 6 to 8° C; and Oranjeboom Premium Malt, a refreshing, alcohol free beer (0.1% vol) with a golden colour, to be served at 3 to 5° C.
Wenasje's General Tip
Fondest memory: I have special memories of the the place where I lived; Breda Noord, 'Hoge Vught'. I lived in an apartment in this area and this was my first experience of living on my own. I shared the apartment with my friend Carole, who now lives in Portugal, and it was a great experience indeed!
The picture shows the area where our apartment building was also situated.
Breda is a city with a good...
Favorite thing: Breda is a city with a good shopping area surronding the Grote Markt (a large square), where most of the pubs and restaurants are located. Breda is famous for the number of pubs there are on a relatively small area. In the summer, you'll find that every pub or restaurant at the Grote Markt has its own terrass. As soon as there is a little bit of sun and warmth everyone will be enjoying it at the Grote Markt.
Fondest memory: The variety of pubs and the great atmosphere (as we say in Dutch 'gezelligheid').
Teteringsedijk 196, Breda, Noord-Brabant, 4817 ML, The Netherlands
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