Located in the South of the Netherlands, only 10km from the Belgium border, Breda is the 9th largest city in the country and features a wealth of historical buildings and cultural attractions.
In the 11th century, Breda owed allegiance to the Holy Roman Emperor and saw many changes in ownership and allegiance until the 1500’s where it became a residence city under the House of Orange-Nassau.
Later in the 1500’s, the city was practically burnt to the ground during a huge fire, and then conquered by Spanish troops.
Continuing Breda’s tumultuous history, the city was occupied in WW2 and then liberated by Polish forces – Today it stands as an important city in the Netherlands with a wealth of service orientated business.
Breda is a fantastic tourist destination and its old architecture, beautiful parks and quiet charm attract many visitors per year.
Lets explore the best things to do in Breda:
1. Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk
Easily the most impressive building in Breda, the Grote Kerk towers over the city and takes pride of place in the centre of the old town.
Designed in a intricate Gothic style, the exterior has many pointed turrets and also a large bell tower that stands at 97m.
While the exterior boasts a Gothic design, the interior has elements of Renaissance influence especially the choir seating and the immense organ.
Furthermore, the tiled floor, ornate columns and high-vaulted ceilings give the impression of power and beauty, and make this church a remarkable place to visit.