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 courthouse.
The inscription above the (front) door "suum cuique tribuere" roughly translates as "To each their own justice." The inscription on the back door reads "ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora ad quem ad quod" - "Eggs today are better than chickens tomorrow!" - Dutch logic LOL ;-)
But look on the bright side - the local jail is just down the road :-)
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 ;-)
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 purpose prison and workhouse with its central hall designed at a "panopticon" structure. This means that the circular design was intended to allow a minimum number of staff to oversee the whole prison population from a central control office.
Interesting building but not one I'd like to visit inside!!
my roomate was robbed on Bernard de Wildastraat, the district full of immigrates and international student, it is usually a safe and peaceful place. but dont come over there too late at night. and bike stealing happened very ofter there.
Every first Monday of a month, exactly at noon you will hear a siren. For one minute this noise will be heard everywhere in Breda.
Living very close to the Dutch Military Academy I always thought that the noise is coming from there. The siren sound is so strong that one may assume that war has started. But the Military Academy is not responsible for it.
All the authorities of Breda want to do is make sure that the siren works properly. This is how when something really happens there will be no problems alerting the residents.
So if you happen to be in the city on a first Monday, don't let the noise scare you.
Breda was known for its beer brand "Oranjeboom" (Orangetree). Belonging to the Interbrew company the brewery was situated pretty much in the city center. All the local bars used to serve this beer if you aked for just a "biertje" without mentioning the brand. Now the Belgian Jupiler is slowly taking over.
Interbrew decided to shut down the brewery in Breda and to decrease the production of Oranjeboom.
Looks like it has a really bad luck. Before known as "Drie Hoefijzers" (Three horse shoes) it later became Oranjeboom and now it is only a matter of time untill the beer brand that was so popular for many centuries disappears completely.
Did I warn you about the local girls? Well, yes, but not really danger for me as I am immune, and there fore I felt very safe in the place and I am not afraid to visit again, hopefully in the near future.
Not to think that new architecture is something from the last decade. In the sixties one already had a style that most people now-a-days rather see disappeared then in their town. In Breda the postoffice is an example of this robust style, in which depressive use of concrete is one of the most destinguesed marks.
Yes, you see it everywhere, but let that not spoil the fun. Anyway I hope that architects and cityplanners start reckoning with the new things they build into historical towns. Often the mixture of new and old hurts the eyes and in Breda just next to the park an enormous block with tower ruins the view (at least for me). Not only Breda, but also Arnhem and all other towns have their share in them ... so just look away to the other side, there's still much beauty to watch.
As restaurants and pubs and discotheques can get crowded, as well as the streets downtown, I advice any visitors to beware of pickpockets.
Otherwise crime is at a low rate. That is if you disregard the IRS (belastingdienst).
Breda is generally a very safe place. One dangerous this you will encounter is traffic. Bicyclists and motorized vehicles are notorious in ignoring trafficlights and right-of-way regulation. Beware and watch your six when walking, cycling or driving!
It seems that houses are built with very steep stairs in The Netherlands, Breda is no exception, all adds to the fun though.
Just North East of the Train Station there is a sugar factory. Sugar beets are being "processed" after the harvest. The cooking process is rather smelly.
Well, what can I say, this place is rather safe, at day and at night I noticed no problems what’s so ever, the only danger I could see is the beauty and cheerful Dutch girls.
Always watch out for pickpockets even in an amusementpark! The chance is very small here, but you're warned!