A pleasant 1 hour canal boat tour starts in the harbor in the center of Breda.
The tour takes you through the canal around the city center.
The canal boats don't have a roof, so nice weather is preferred.
The captain tells nice stories about the buildings along the canal and the history of Breda. I'm not sure if they do the tour in English, since we were only with Dutch speaking people.
The boats are operative from March 30 until the end of October, from 10.00 until 17.00.
Departure every 30 minutes.
Price (2012): A very reasonable 5 euros. Kids below 8 years for free.
Breda is surround by beautiful nature.
I love to walk in those woods called "Mastbos"
Mastbos (570 ha) is one of the oldest pine forests of the Netherlands. Count Henry III of Nassau, orded to build the forest in the sixteenth century.
It takes its name from the many pine trees that used to "mast trees" were mentioned.
This venerable forest has over the centuries including wood supplied for the construction of the Castle of Breda and the Spanish fleet.
Now it is a special walking with ancient trees, impressive avenues and beautiful vistas.
By car: from Utrecht A27, turn Breda/Bavel. Follow the sign Mastbos?de Klokkenberg.
After the tunnel you enter traffic lights, after the traffic lights turn Mastbos? de Klokkenberg.
Left down the turn, follow this road about 500m, continue this road to the woods.
From Rotterdam: A16, turn Breda/Rijsbergen, after that turn Mastbos/de klokkenberg.
to the right down at the turn, follow this road for 500m to the woods
This picture is of the BEYERD which was a guest house for older men. This 13th century house was rebuilt in 1643 and renovated in 1934, and is now a center for art.
The original site of the Breda hospital, it consists of two parts, the actual hospital where the old and sick were taken care of and the Beyerd, where travellers found shelter. In the 16th century it served as a plague house. Since the plague was a very contagious disease for which there was no known cure, people had to be isolated there. Until 1954 it was an old man's retirement home, as the statues above the entrance illustrates two old men leaning on a cane.
The BEGUINAGE is a secluded area of Breda that was once the habitat of the Beguins who were a group of single women who devoted themselves to God and wanted to live in a safe and secure area.
The Beyerd is a beer cafe and a restaurant where they prepare the meals with beer.
In addition they now have their own brewery which makes this a special places for us beer lovers!!
Have a beer,a dinner and a view at the brewery here!!
The city heart of Breda is "De Grote Markt".
Next to the Great Church you will find this place where you can have a drink or dinner in one of the many pubs and restaurants here.
On Tuesday and Friday mornings you will find a very lively market here where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables,fish,books,clothes and a lot more.
If you are into shopping this is a great place to start because all the surrounding streets are shopping streets.
Next to every old tombs of members of the Royal Family you will find a very old organ inside the Great Church of Breda.
It was build in 1534 and went to some rough periods like in 1566 when they saved the organs pipes in city hall because of the mutulation of statues all over The Netherlands.
La Boheme is a chocolate shop really delicious and not expensive.
(we paid bit more than 1 Euro for a taste of six choc).
If you are there for weekend make your decision on saturday because next day (as everything else) this place is closed.
With around twenty different exhibitions each year dedicated to fine arts, design, fotography and architecture, this Centre for Fine Arts has carved a niche for itself in the national museum world. International figures have been seen here, including Miro, Chagall and Aldo Rossi.
If you think of big Gothic buildings whenever you see or hear the word cathedral you may be disappointed by this one. But then the title cathedral doesn't say anything about architecture, it's just the church that is used by a bishop and in this case it's a rather small one. The St. Antonius van Padua church was built in 1836-1837 and is a perfect example of the neo-Classical style of that period. It became Breda's first cathedral in 1853, the year when the Roman Catholic church became fully legal again and could finally appoint bishops again. In 2001 the title of cathedral returned to the church after 126 years. In the period in between the title had been given to a neo-Gothic church in the centre (unfortunately demolished) and an ugly modern building outside the centre.
Let's assume you'll arrive by train. To go to the centre you walk straight on until you see a park. This is the Valkenberg park. At the entrance you'll notice this monument. It was made in 1904 to commemorate 500 years of ties between Breda and the Nassau family. These Nassaus were the ancestors of the current royal family and in 1404 Breda and the surrounding area, the barony, became their property. The monument was designed by architect P.J.H. Cuypers.
The St. Joostkapel (chapel of St. Joost) is a simple late-Gothic building from the 15th century. After 1637, when the catholic faith was made illegal and the protestants confiscated all churches, it has had several non-religious functions; it was used for storage, as a stable for both horses and cows, and even was a barracks. Any use that would humilate the catholics was appropriate! Its last function until 1945 was that of a house. In that year it became a chapel again, out of gratefulness for the city's liberation. It's nowadays open most of the day for prayer.
A former church, once part of a convent, later turned into a military barracks when the protestants took over the city and kicked the nuns out of the city. The name explained; klooster = convent, kazerne = barracks. Recently it was turned into a casino. Shame, surely a more respectable and respecting use could have been found for this old building.
As I was handing around a lot at night I took also this picture of the church tower at night, as I like the lights work here, reminding me of many other churches around Europe, but still, this is Breda.
The museum pays special attention to the persecutions.
There is a large collection of newspapers and documents from 1933 onwards.
The collection can be used freely by our visitors.
Free entry by appointment.
The museum organizes, in co-operation with "West-Brabant
Express", bus travels to places known from the period 1933-1945.
Among others: Normandie, Berlin and Buchenwald.
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