Breda

 

Breda is a nice city with charming atmosphere in the south of Holland. The name Breda refers to the confluence of the rivers Mark and Aa. It used to be a fortified city having military and political significance. Nowadays it’s a cultural center with lots of research and educational institutions attracting lots of tourists thanks to its historic center featuring attractive old buildings and moats. It’s easy to get to Breda as there are direct trains from Rooterdam, Den Haag, Tilburg, Nijmgen, Amsterdam and Utrecht. 

For its visitors Breda offers numerous attractions: 

The Breda Museum contains a collection of items related to the history and culture of the city. 

The museum has a ’forgotten’ painting of the famous Dutch Van Gogh, which had been unrecognized for many years after it had been given away by his mother. The painting, ’Houses in The Hague’ was found when the museum was researching pieces for an exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Van Gogh’s birth.

De Nieuwe Veste is a cultural center located in a converted 16th century building which serves as a venue for theatre, dance and musical performances in the evening and a work place for local artists during the daytime. There are also regular exhibitions showing works of local artists.

The De Hoop Mill is a former grain mill located on Liesbos Laan in the Prince Hage area of Breda. The mill was built in 1899, and was in use until 1927, when the windmill was replaced by an electric mill. The De Hoop Mill is the tallest ’classical’ mill in the Netherlands, standing at 47 meters. The only taller mill is the modern Nolet Mill in Schiedam. The De Hoop Mill has been decommissioned, and currently has no sails. The owners do plan to restore the mill to working order

Redheadday festival is another attraction taking place each first weekend of September. It is a two-day event gathering people with natural red hair and at the same time focusing on art related to the red colour. During the festival different activities are offered to the participants: lectures, workshops and demonstrations. The festival attracts attendance from 20 countries and is free thanks to sponsorship of the local government.

No visit to Breda can be complete without seeing the Great Church of Our Lady, one of the most magnificent Gothic churches in the Netherlands.

World famous trance music artist Tiesto was born in this city. The title of his track 'Zero 76' is derived from the dialing code of Breda. Breda's Football club, NAC Breda, plays in the highest Dutch league, the Eredivisie.

So the city has a lot to be proud of.

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