Breda Travel Guide

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Breda Highlights

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    Waalewiener says…

     A wonderful location for a VT meeting ,a beautiful City. 

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    Joenes says…

     Try to park your car in the centre...:-) 

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     Nice city in the south of the Netherlands with lots of history and more 

Breda Things to Do

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  • Grote Kerk

    Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Our Lady's Church), also known as Grote Kerk (the Big Church), can be seen all over the city centre with its bright tower. The first mentioning of a stone chuch here was 1269 although no one seems to know if there was a chuch here earlier. Amongst things you can see in it today are the tombs of several old Dutch royals in...

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  • Begijnhof

    The "Beginhof" is literally "The House of the Beguines" who were a predominantly Low Countries, early Medieval, religious society of lay women. Although devout these women chose not to take holy orders and so weren't nuns. Instead they chose to live secular lives and many were married women. In several towns and cities the Beguines built...

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  • Castle

    Breda has had a castle since about 1200 which has been variously: a purely defensive structure, a royal palace, a military barracks and the present building has been used, and modified for, as the Dutch Royal Military Academy since it was handed over to the army in 1826. As a working military installation there is no access to the general public...

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Breda Hotels

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Breda Restaurants

  • De Corenmaet

    Warm ambiance and Latin decor don't make a meal. The guacamole contained only mashed avocado - where was the minced onion, the garlic, the cayenne pepper, tomato bits? Or even just salsa? The food was bland with no discernable flavours. Latin American food should be very falvourful and spicy, not full of cabbage. The mojito was watery with too much...

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  • Tapas, Tapas, Tapas

    La Rambla is a bar-restaurant located at the central market square.There's a terrace outside at the ever busy street to the market.Inside there's a bar at the left and the rest of the area is filled with wooden tables for four persons. Vegetable soup as a starter is perfect. Fresh mushrooms and courgette makes the dish tasteful and complete. The...

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  • Chinese

    The restaurant was completely empty when we arrived there around 20.00h. Normally not a good sign and a reason to look further....However, we did our research on internet and knew that this restaurant had a high rating and good reviews on a Dutch restaurant website. Apparently they also were on position #8 of a list of the 88 best Chinese...

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Breda Nightlife

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  • Liquid

    Liquid is the name of Breda's best club these days. These things have a knack of changing, but Liquid's been going strong for a long time now. The music is seventies/eighties, and so's the interior. Picture Saturday Night Fever mixed with the pop video's of the early MTV-days! Dress up a little bit and forget coming in if you're younger than 23!

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  • Dante

    Quite a nice place...it must have been an off night because there were not many people there, but I liked the place. Plus, they had Sambuca!! But, as with many places around here, they didn't quite serve it right. It was cold, and in a large glass. Oh well, I still enjoyed it, along with a glass of Pernod. None that I noticed, but it is a fairly...

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  • Miller Time

    One bar I always visited when I was studying, is Miller Time. You can drink, dance and chat with good music in a nice surrounding and relaxed atmosphere. The bar's gem is the huge and hidden back terrace, with big trees in the courtyard and a stunning view on the Grote Kerk. Casual is good enough.

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Breda Transportation

  • Bus

    Breda has two bus station close together. The local buses are in front of the train station and the inter city buses are apart to the right when you leave the station.Local BREDA buses:-1 Heusdenhout-STATION-Westerpark-2 Heusdenhout-STATION-Haagse Beemden-3 STATION-Ruiterbos-4 Noord-STATION-Princenhage-5 Noord-STATION-Princenhage-6...

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  • Useful Map And Signposts

    Breda is a very compact city with its centre still pretty much laid-out as it was in Medieval times. Almost everything of note is contained within the encircling canal belt and is very walkable. The streets can be a bit confusing though as they wind and twist for whatever reason that they were initially designed. Fortunately there are plenty of...

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  • Small, Scruffy But Perfectly Functional

    Breda is located at the cross roads of two main rail lines: the east-west link between Vlissingen, on the North Sea coast, and Nijmegen and about midway between Rotterdam and Antwerp on the north-south axis. As a result there are regular train services allowing easy access to the rest of the Netherlands as well as services into Belgium.The station...

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Breda Shopping

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  • A Bit Of Everything

    Not really my personal thing but I did note that Breda has more than its fair share of interesting little independent shops. Most of the city is pedestrianised, especially the streets radiating from the main square, but there are plenty of strategically-placed car parks on the periphery of the shopping area.Major Dutch stores such as Albert Heijn,...

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  • Vinyl hunt at Breda: Magik

    New shop with modern CD-collection owned by Tijs Verwest a.k.a. DJ Tiësto.It was just a temporary succes; the store close in 2006.

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  • Vinyl hunt at Breda: Play it Again

    50% CD's and 50% vinyl albums. I saw just 2 boxes with singles. This shop offers the best chance to find some undiscooverd vinyl. Vinyl records+ Euro 2.50 for a 2nd hand album

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Breda Local Customs

  • The Two Tourist Offices

    For what is quite a small city having two tourist offices seems a bit of an extravagance but both are conveniently located and can assist with accommodation, public transport information, local event bookings and the usual bits and bobs. As well as freebie leaflets and maps they also stock for sale local guidebooks and souvenirs.The offices are...

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  • Events

    Many different events take place in Breda. You already read about some of them in the previous tips. However, some small events are very popular in Breda as well, especially during the summer. Every Tuesday evening there are concerts in the Valkenberg park. On weekends, walking in the city center you may come across darts' competition, Harley...

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  • Only for locals!

    Looking for a redneck experience? Everything is possible in Breda! The area that hosts, anually, the Air Baloon Fiesta and the American Cars' show has it's local bar called Texas. Except for the name there's nothing American about this bar but you'll definitely get a chance see how some of the Dutch "boeren" (farmers) enjoy their leisure time. The...

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Breda Warnings and Dangers

  • Another Place You Don't Want To End Up!

    Kloosterlaan 174, pictured, is a fine example of Dutch 19th century architecture and is well worth the wander down the street which is pretty much uniformly-built in the same style. I think the front door is a public entrance but you'd need a legitimate reason for visiting. You definitely don't want to be visiting by the back door as this the local...

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  • Very Disappointed!!

    Being a regular visitor to the Netherlands I appreciate the laid-back, laisser-faire, attitude of the Dutch regarding things like sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. So I was most disappointed to find that this shop only sold SHOES ;-)

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  • Where You Don't Want To End Up!

    Whilst wandering the city I noticed an interesting dome-topped building jutting upwards over the roofs to the west of the city. It took a bit of finding as I kept losing sight of it as the streets heading that way kept going off on tangents but once I had firmly in sight I discovered that this is the local prison.It was built in 1892 as a general...

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Breda Tourist Traps

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    Don't come here in weekends or summer/autumn/winter/spring schoolholidays (dates: 1/7-1/9, 15/10-22/10, 20/12-8/1, 30/4-7/5), it will be crowded then! You'll have to wait long for every attraction and won't feel happy then. The best time to go: march, the beginning of april, the end of may, june or september.

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Breda What to Pack

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    In winter: warm coat, gloves, scarf and warm shoes, wear a sweater too. In spring: light coat, umbrella when it looks rainy. In summer: dress lightly. In autumn: where a scarf, raincoat, gloves. Bring an umbrella with you.

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    Middelburg has, after Amsterdam, the largest number of monumental buildings in the Netherlands. It is the capital of the province Zeeland and it is situated on Walcheren isle. You can reach it by train from Breda in aprox. 25 min.

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Breda Off The Beaten Path

  • Museums

    Stanislaw Maczek was a Polish general who liberated Breda in 1944. He was made an honorary citizen of the city. When he died in 1994 at 102 years of age, he was flown to Breda to be buried at the Polish Military Cemetery at Ettensebaan, Breda. If you're interested, there is a small museum for him, www.maczekmuseum.nl. It was set up by Kees...

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  • Castle

    Our guide a real "Bredanaar" (person who lived all his live in Breda) here in the picture, told us that this is the original castle door, in the old days it has two stairs beside each other, because when the bishop and the king went upstairs together there could be a large discussion about who let who go first, to avoid this discussion they build...

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  • Ginneken / Bouvigne castle

    The neighborhood called Ginneken, south of the city centre, is a former village, annexed by the city of Breda after WWII. It's still has the village-type atmosphere, however. Tree-lined streets and a nice market square make it a nice neighborhood to stroll around, and the bars aren't as crowded and frequented by 'strangers' as in the city centre.

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Breda Sports & Outdoors

  • NAC Breda

    When you like to watch soccer a visit to NAC Breda or as "we" call it...The Pearl of the South is a must.They play their homematches in a hyper modern stadium on saturday nights.The supporters are called The Yellow Army and always support their hometeam with constant singing and sheering so they will make your visit one to remember! Buy a scarf or...

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  • NAC Breda

    One of the top teams in the Netherlands, NAC play in a modern stadium on the edge of the city. I watched a game against Groningen, which was won 4-1 by the visitors. Bad day for NAC.Very noisy crowd, supported their team well for most of the time, well until the 4th goal was scored anyway. B side is the place to sit. Be warned tickets are not on...

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  • Football & Beer

    Like anywhere in the Netherlands football is the most popular sports here, I am not sure about Breda own club but at the time that I was here it was the national team competing for the European championships. That night is was Holland vs. Sweden game, but as you can see in this pictures, the fans were celebrating together, no matter who has won.

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  • Ginneken / Bouvigne castle

    I work in Breda and this castle is my neighbour, isn't that great! It is called castle Bouvigne and it dates from around 1425 Directions to the castle: by train: to central station Breda, after that by train taxi or city bus to Golden Tulip hotel Mastbosch. By car: from Utrecht A27, turn Breda/Bavel. Follow the sign Mastbos?de Klokkenberg. After...

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  • Spanjaardsgat

    At this place Holland was liberated from the Spanish about 400 years ago! Het "Spaanjaarsgat" refers to the freedom war against the Spains from 1568 till 1648. The story goes that Breda was liberated from Spaniards right here. On the historic Shrove- Tuesday in 1590 when the Spaniards where celebrating the occupation, Adriaan van Bergen sail with...

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  • Grote Kerk

    You will not miss the Big Church (Grote kerk), also known as Onze-lieve-vrowe-kerk. It is the main Brabant Gothic building in the Netherlands and its beautiful single tower reaches 97 m. This building is very different from the kind of churches you can see in the Northern part of the country and it gives the city a more 'meridional' look. It is the...

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