Breda is a city in the west of the province North Brabant of the Netherlands. It is the main city of Nassau in Holland, boasting many imposing monuments. A cultural center with numerous research and educational institutions, Breda has become an important tourist destination thanks to its historic city center with many attractive old buildings. Between 1403 and 1568, the ancestors of the royal family converted Breda to a beautiful city with richly decorated buildings. Today you can still enjoy these architectural pearls, such as the Grote Kerk or Great Church, Breda castle and rustic Begijnhof residential court.
How to get there?
Rotterdam The Hague Airport is 6km north of Rotterdam and 60km north of Breda.
Eindhoven Airport is 55km southeast of Breda. Ryanair and Wizzair operate flights to/from this airport.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is 110km north of Breda and has more flights than the Rotterdam airport. From the airport, NS Dutch Railways operates frequent Intercity Direct high-speed rail service, every 30 minutes to Breda. The journey takes 1 hour and costs €18.50 one-way.
Brussels Airport is 96km south of Breda. Many international carriers operate flights to/from this airport. The train from Brussels takes about 90 minutes and costs €27.
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There is a overnight ferry service between Hull, England and Rotterdam, the nearest port to Breda. The journey takes 12 hours.
NS Dutch Railways operates trains operate between Breda and most cities in the Netherlands and neighboring countries.
Flixbus offers a lot of affordable rides to Breda, check them out here.
What to do and see?
- Grote Kerk – The church’s magnificent 97-meter tower, completed in 1509, dominates the city, while interior features of note include its Late Gothic choir stalls carved with scenes satirizing the clergy and a copper font made in 1540 by Joos de Backer of Antwerp
- Begijnhof and the Beguines – The Begijnhof, a district settled by an order of Catholic women known as the Beguines, was established in 1836. The community’s two churches and each of the 29 little houses survived WWII unscathed, and along with the central herb garden with its hundreds of different species of plants.
Spaniard’s Hole – It is a large water gate flanked by twin towers – the Granaattoren and the Duiventoren – and a length of wall.
Breda Castle – Breda Castle first appears in official records in the 12th century and has played an important role throughout the city’s history. Several times pulled down and rebuilt, the present castle – the ancestral home of the Counts of Orange-Nassau – was built in 1530 by Count Henry III, tutor and counselor to Emperor Charles V, and later extended by King William III.
Ginneken and Castle Bouvigne – Just three kilometers south of Breda in the quaint village of Ginnekin is the attractive old Castle Bouvigne, a 15th-century fortress famous for its superb moat and its mix of French, English, and German-style gardens.
Restaurants and nightlife: Its wide variety of restaurants means you can choose from the best flavors inspired by dishes from around the world. You can explore the nightlife on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays around Havermarkt square where easily can be found plenty of clubs, bars and pubs.
Shopping: The pleasant historic center of Breda is a perfect shopping environment. Its many shopping streets offer a wide selection of fashion, shoes, accessories, interior decoration and specialty boutiques. In addition there is a market in the centre nearly every day.
Where to stay?
Plenty of affordable accommodation can be found here.