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Valkenberg Park

Breda is a great place to live and to work.
The history of Breda dates back to the early days of the 12th century. Gradually the fishing village developed into a small town surrounded by walls. It was a small market town in which the harbour had a very important role. Merchandise was shipped to Breda from the surroundings to be sold near the port.
In the 14th and 15th centuries, Breda grew into a real royal residence.
In the 16th century, during the reign of Count Hendrik the thirth, Breda prospered. Under the leadership of the count, the city expanded considerably.
After Breda had completed its fortifications, the town could develop into an important economic centre. Periods for over six times, first by the Spaniards, then by the State army and eventually recaptured by the French.
Last century, the city finally developed undisturbedly. In that manner Breda grew into its present shape.
Now, Breda is a medium sized town with a population of about 126.000

Breda the prettiest town of North Brabant, it is a pleasant and easy going town. The centre is compact and eminently scrollable, with a magnificent church, a reasonable art gallery and a brand new cultural centre; there' s range of well priced accommodation, inexpensive restaurants and it' s a good springboard for exploring central north Brabant.
Iin short, it's a fine target, whether you're visiting for the day or looking for a base from which to branch Zeeland,Dordrecht, 'S-hertogenbosch or even Antwerp.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:great architecture, beautiful park and woods
  • Cons:very expensive car parks!
  • Last visit to Breda: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 11, 2009
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  • Martman's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Ilse, thank you. I really loved your Breda pages. I learnt so much. Based on your advice I will not park my car there!!!

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Ik kom regelmatig in Breda, misschien tijd dat ik ook eens gaa schrijven over deze mooie stad :) Very nice tips and pictures! Thank you for sharing.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Nice tips and video on your home town! I enjoyed meeting you in Paris.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Belated happy birthday! I hope to revisit that lovely city soon

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    HI Ilse, a pleasure meeting you and hope we can get together again soon. We had a great group in Krakow. Playing sax in a bank, how fun!!!!, best wishes, Karl

  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    I also have a son named Tim and the town I live in is just a little bit larger but a suburb of Chicago. We do have lots in common!

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Hi Ilse - I enjoyed your page and loved that wintery first photo. It is a couple of years since we were in Breda.

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Very nice look at your hometown, Ilse. Glad I stopped by for a visit. :)

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    What a stunning photo!

  • SORHUS's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 4:20 AM

    thanx :-) i miss playing with them

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