Breda is a historic city in North Brabant in the Netherlands. Back in the 14th century, the town was walled in and fortified with moats. You can still see some remnants of the old fortifications at the city center, but what people come here for now is the massive Holland Casino inside what was once a monastery. The medieval Grote Markt (market square) and a very eclectic collection of museums add to the variety of attractions. Get a car for hire in Breda so that you can visit all the castles, churches, museums, and other historic attractions that make this place such a popular destination.
The main sights in Breda are the Castle of Breda, the Grote Church and the 15th century Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk). Get a car for rent in Breda and head for the Castle of Breda, which was a fortress as far back as 1198. The Valkenberg Park next to the castle is also worth a visit. The city center has some very old moats and fortifications, and a rather peaceful Beguinage. The medieval Grote Markt struggles for attention in the shadow of the adjacent Sas shopping mall. The Holland Casino is the biggest casino in Western Europe, but what makes it stand out is that it is ironically housed in a monastery.
There are more than enough museums in Breda to keep you busy all day. But the must-visit ones are the Breda Museum and MOTI. The former is housed in the restored Chassékazerne, where you can learn everything about the history and culture of the city. MOTI is the world’s sole museum dedicated to graphic design. Bierreclamemuseum is a beer museum with a quaint collection of items such as beer advertising hoardings. The Miniaturenmuseum Breda has doll houses and other miniature exhibits. The Museum Oorlog en Vrede has stirring takes of how people survived WWII. This is just a sampling of museums in Breda, and there is a lot more where this came from.
In addition to four different campsites with facilities, Breda has a free camping area west of Ulvenhout. Breda also has around 20 decent hotels and about 10 Bed and Breakfasts and guesthouses. The top rated hotels are the Novotel Breda, Het Scheepshuys, and the Golden Tulip Keyser. Timeout-Breda is the most popular choice among the guesthouses.
No doubt Breda has a lot of attractions and activities to keep you interested for the entire duration of your stay. But exploring as much as possible is a basic tenet of being a nosy tourist, so book your car rental in Breda right now and plan for day trips to all the major North Brabant cities. The popular destinations include Eindhoven, Geldrop, Tilburg, Roosendaal, and 's- s-Hertogenbosch. The last one is the capital of North Brabant. If you find it hard to wrap your tongue around s-Hertogenbosch, you can just call it Den Bosch.
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