Breda in the south of Holland

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Great church seen from Grote Markt square © ClaudeJacques

Great church seen from Grote Markt square © ClaudeJacques

Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. The name Breda derived from brede Aa (‘wide Aa’) and refers to the confluence of the rivers Mark and Aa. As a fortified city, the city was of strategic military and political significance. Although a direct Fiefdom of the Holy Roman Emperor, the city obtained a municipal charter; the acquisition of Breda, through marriage, by the house of Nassau ensured that Breda would be at the center of political and social life in the Low Countries. Breda’s urban area is home to an estimated 316,000 people.

Economic activities were mainly industrial. Breda was a center of the food- and drinking industry. Companies like Hero (lemonade), Van Melle (Mentos), De Faam (liquorice) and Kwatta (chocolate) are famous throughout Western Europe. Breda also had a sugar factory, supplying its best-known products. BREDA beer is a world renowned drink that is made in this region.

Breda is well connected by train with with Zuid-Holland (Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Den Haag), Tilburg, Eindhoven, Vlissingen, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Den Bosch and Nijmegen.

Spanjaardsgat © Vijverln Grote Kerk (main church) also called Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Church of Our Lady) © J Buijs Chassé Theatre © J Buijs Begijnhof © J Buijs Great church seen from Grote Markt square © ClaudeJacques
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Grote Kerk (main church) also called Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Church of Our Lady) © J Buijs
The city center contains old buildings and portions of the singels (moats). Various historic buildings, especially the Beguinage, Grote Kerk (Large Church) or Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Church of Our Lady) offer examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture and Park Valkenberg.

Redheadday is a festival that takes place each first weekend of September. The two-day festival is a gathering of people with natural red hair, but is also focused on art related to the colour red. Activities during the festival are lectures, workshops and demonstrations. The festival attracts attendance from 20 countries and is free due to sponsorship of the local government.

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