The park of Breda is a wonderful natural oasis of peace and tranquility. On sunny days children are playing on the fields and students are laying down with their books to study. Walking through the park that is just a few minutes walking from the booming shoppingstreets, can be a very welcome thing to do.
Look up ... look up ... there's so much special features that you can find on the tops of the houses. Facades, weaponshields and even statues ... if not just a typical Dutch stair, clock or frame. In the picture the facade of the "Vleeshuis" (Meathal) that housed the butcher's guild Saint Joris. The image shows clearly how Joris (George) is killing the dragon (or snake) with his lans.
Looking through the gates that surround a part of the KMA (Military Academy) or Castle of Breda, one notices a group of white tiny figures "playing" in the grass. A closer look will show you that the have helmets on and obviously represent soldiers or so. Now, what's the purpose of them within the walls of a academy for officers? Maybe they play with them like with tin soldiers? (-:
Many don;t notice, but without them a town would miss something for sure. Statues are found on squares and in parks, but also in the strangest places. In the picture I found this one in the square in front of the "Huis van Bewaring" (= prison) and I was wondering what it actually represented and when I finally desided that it was either a passionate "attack" or bluntly said a "rape" I immediately started wondering if placing it there was such a good idea. (-: The statue anyway is quite wonderful.
Overshaded by the splendour of the Our Dear Ladies church and the cosyness of the Market, the old courthouse on the "Malieveld" is almost forgotten. The large door on top of the two sided staircase shows the purpose of the house, as over it stand a graceful statue of "Justitia".
In Dutch we have a pleasant name for the prison "huis van bewaring" which would be something like "House of keeping" if one translates it literally into English. The prison in Breda (and I am not referring this time to the famous round building is actually a monumental house. Only the bars in front of all windows and some texts over the doorways show it's purpose.
Often missed as Breda is not exactly on the Festival List, but the local Breda Barst gig features lots of young and new talent. Good fun while you're there! Also, the annual Jazz Festival in May is great fun: the whole weekend Breda is bursting with jazz music and what better excuse to savour a beer over this oocasion in one of the city's many bars?
Breda is so small, that there are not really many off the beaten path places. If you bother to come to this beautiful city, you'd better see it all it has to offer. In the picture you can see this lighthouse(?) that you can find in the small but beautiful Valkenberg Park, where also a visit to the begijnhof is worth while. You can also take some interesting excursions from Breda. For example, you can take a boat ride in the National Park De Biesbosch and enjoy the many little islands, swamps and the water life.
Take a walk from the center down to the Ginnekenstraat. Here you can find shops and stores that distinguish themselves from most of the chain stored which you can find in any city. Aside from the shopping, the Ginneken quarter is very cute looking area and it has it's own nightlife sports apart from those in the city center. You might want to try the bar 'Oncle Jean'.
This is actually not in Breda, but small place not far from here, I never heard about Baarle-Nassau before, but I am surely going to visit there again one day, I mean, for the beer of course.
Don't forget the local fauna. This snale was discovered by someone who already lived here for four years.
In the middle of the amusementpark is the 'Land of Laaf'. Go and take a look here too. Inside little toadstool houses you can see the 'Laaf people' with funny dresses on baking, sowing and dancing.
Most dolls are caricatures. We don't see people this way for real. Also Dutch people are on it with so called traditional tulips and skirts. Never mind, it's just for fun.
At the Carnaval Festival attraction you can see puppets dressed in oldfashioned traditional (and a bit overdrone) clothes. They all sing songs in there own languages.
Visit the Pagoda. It looks like a big Chinese hat and goes up, while it's turning. The view is great! You'd better don't get on it, when you are afraid of heights!
Dr. Batenburglaan 74, Breda, Noord-Brabant, 4837 BR, The Netherlands
Good for: Couples
Although listed on VT as Tulip Inn Keyser, the hotel's name is actually Golden Tulip Keiser Breda. I...more
Teteringsedijk 196, Breda, Noord-Brabant, 4817 ML, The Netherlands
Good for: Business