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!!!!
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!
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.
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: 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.
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 hall
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.
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)
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.
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
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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