museum of Beer brand names.
This museum shows a permanent exhibition of advertisementboards in the field of beer(pro. 950 pc's.)wich is the largest collection in the Netherlands.
Posters, an old lorry, pusher carts, bar cupboards, brewerymachines, but also neon lights, glasses, beer labels,ash-trays, and beer mats dated before the second world war.
Furthermore very beautiful old taps and other expressions wit respect do advisertising are shown.
You are welcome do drink a pint ( approx. 35 brands) in the old fashioned café interior.
During the summer months you can enjoy your beer in the original beer garden.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
This has always existed since I've been visiting Holland. Not just seen Breda, but here's a beautiful example of one. It plays very traditional and pleasant organ music and can be heard for several blocks. On many of the organs, there are several moving parts (ie, little characters move around and perform). The detail of the mechanics and the design is astounding. I haven't seen this anywhere else, outside of Holland. I have digital video of this particular organ playing but it's about 5 MB so I can't really indulge you with it here.
The nicest place in town...
Well, I was surprised to find that the most interesting architecture (at least that I saw) was found at the prison. Quite a nice building, actually...I doubt the people behind the walls there think so, though.Related to:
- Casino and Gambling
- Castles and Palaces
Breda's prison is, in my opinion, the most beautiful bulding in the city. It's dom can be seen from far away, and the main gate is very impressive. Looks like not always it served as a prison, but maybe I'm wrong. For sure it was built a few centuries ago.
About 1246 there must have been a HOSPITAL, GUESTHOUSE here.....till 1530 outside of the citywalls and after that time inside the citywalls.....
Poor and sick people were nursed here.....
During the 16th Century it was a special place for victims of the PLAGUE EPIDEMIC which almost halved the population of Europe....
Nowadays it is a centre where EXHIBITIONS are held, exhibitions of photography, architecture and design e.g..
A good place to visit for who is interested in the ARTS!
Although we were 34 at the 11th October, the meeting group went out walking: and have a look how wonderful this park is.
It is called "HET VALKENBERG PARK"
We really were at the right place at the right time, the start of AUTUMN with its amazing abundance of colours, as if to say a last farewell to summer.......
We walked through the park to the city centre.
There is the OLD TOWN HALL, dating from 1766 (the façade!) and the STEDELIJK- EN BISSCHOPPELIJK MUSEUM.......but to pay these a visit was not possible, as for the number of members.....
Of course we walked on and on till we arrived at HET KASTEEL.
The VVV, the Tourist office, also organizes walking tours, but we had a best guide: Ilse, VT MATIM.
HET TURFSCHIP VAN BREDA AND ITS CAPTAIN....
This is a statue of Captain van Leur who was captain of the TURFSCHIP and is located at the STADSERF.......
Spaniards had occupied part of The Netherlands and a trick had to be invented to chase them away from BREDA.
Soldiers were hidden underneath the peat, the ship with peat was allowed to enter through the WATERGATE and then, yes, of course, like from the Trojan Horse the soldiers came out of their hiding place and succeeded in chasing away the Spanish enemy: think of it......how many (better to say: how few) will there have been???
How times have changed, but this Captain is still here and ask a Dutch child about the TURFSCHIP VAN BREDA and they will know what you are talking about!
Must have been quite a thing back in 1590.....
At the VVV (Tourist Office they sell miniatures of this statue!, a nice gift maybe.......)
MONUMENT ON THE GROTE MARKT....
This monument is located on the GROTE MARKT and is called the "bevrijdingsmonument judith".
It is situated opposite the former VLEESHAL.
It has 4 interesting sides but I chose this one for a quick photos.....the VT group was walking on and on......
This is a monument about 2 most important things: peace and freedom.....
In the background the trees are still full of leaves (chestnut trees) and underneath were still tables and cane chairs, inviting us to sit down and have a drink: the day was really wonderful, which was GOOD LUCK and most people thought so: people were milling about and there were no empty seats.......
This is an impressive monument in BREDA'S history!
This building dates back to 1504 and was a convent for nuns, NORBERTINESSEN.
After some 2 centuries these poor nuns were driven away for one reason or another.....
The building then was used as a school, an initiative of Prins Frederik Hendrik but not many people could enjoy the luxury of a special firther education and in 1669 the school had to close down!
In 1814 the still remaining parts of the building became a BARRACKS and believe me or not: it now is a CASINO........some VT members had the intention of going there after we had had dinner at Dickens & Jones!
I don't know who WON or LOST money there.........that night , lolol....
This little statue is hidden in a small square somewhere in the back of the Grote Markt. I remember passing a passage somewhere near the old court house to get to it.
The statue represents a turfschipper (peat shipper) by the name of Adriaan van Bergen. He helped to conquer Breda on 4 March 1590 by hidding 72 soldiers in his peat ship when entering Breda.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Between the station and the centre of Breda, you can find the Valkenbergpark. It's a lovely place for walking. There's a fountain and a glass house for a cup of tea.
The park is next to the Castle of Breda and was initially the garden of the castle. There is still a lovely iron fence with gates around the park. Valkenberg means mount of falcons. Once, it was the place where the owner of the castle held his falcons.
Breda citypark, a green oasis
Roghly between the stationarea and the centre, Breda has it's central park. A wonderful green zone with trees and fields, which is a welcome change from the busy shoppingstreets and buzzing terraces. A great place for a romantic walk along the small hedges surrounding a statue and the water with the fountain.
The Grote Markt is a nice square in the centre of Breda full of bars and restaurants. As the square is car free, it is fun to spend some time on a terrace drinking an 'Orangeboom' beer and enjoying the lovely view of the Big Church and people passing by.
The old court house on the market
On the market, one of the most important buildings was and is the courthouse. Situated between many restaurants and the entrance blocked by various terraces, it would almost be missed. The "lady justice" standing over the door, might catch your eye and this sign of "law and order" immediately points out the actual meaning of the house.
Old (houses) in the city centre
Walking in the busy citycentre, overshaded by the beauty of the "Our dear ladies" churchtower, one almost forgets about the wonderful small and old houses surrounding it. In the streets there are many examples of medieval and characteristic houses, that not seldomly have the status of "monument". If so, a wallplate besides the door (on on a very visible place) tells a little about the history.
Teteringsedijk 196, Breda, Noord-Brabant, 4817 ML, The Netherlands
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