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A hotel in Breda is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Breda hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Breda are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Breda hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Breda hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Breda have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

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An upscale full service hotel facility in Breda that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Breda hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Breda are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Breda boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Breda may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Breda travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Breda focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Breda hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Breda traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Breda hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Breda
A bed and breakfast in Breda is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Breda bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Breda B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Breda
Breda hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Breda hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Breda
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Breda hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Breda lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Breda
Breda timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Breda often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Breda on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Breda motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Breda for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Breda motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Breda, Netherlands
City and Municipality
Grote Kerk in Breda
Grote Kerk in Breda
Flag of Breda, Netherlands
Flag
Coat of arms of Breda, Netherlands
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Breda in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates:  / 51.583; 4.783  / 51.583; 4.783
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government
• Body Municipal council
• Mayor Paul Depla (PvdA)
Area
• Municipality 128.68 km (49.68 sq mi)
• Land 126.04 km (48.66 sq mi)
• Water 2.64 km (1.02 sq mi)
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (Municipality, May 2014; Urban and Metro, May 2014)
• Municipality 180,420
• Density 1,431/km (3,710/sq mi)
• Urban 180,420
• Metro 324,812
• Metro region 553,706
• Brabant CMSA 1,932,055
Demonym(s) Bredanaar, Bredaër
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4800–4841, 4847, 4850–4854
Area code 076
Website www.breda.nl

Breda (Dutch pronunciation: [breːˈdaː]) is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. The name Breda derived from brede Aa ('wide Aa' or 'broad 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 had a population of 180,420 in 2014; the metropolitan area had a population of 324,812.

Breda: History

See also: Timeline of Breda
Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1437 4,870 -
1496 6,025 +0.36%
1640 9,500 +0.32%
1740 11,000 +0.15%
1795 8,250 −0.52%
Source: , pp. 40–41

In the 11th century, Breda was a direct fief of the Holy Roman Emperor, its earliest known lord being Henry of Brunesheim (1080–1125). The city of Breda obtained a municipal charter in 1252. After that Breda had the rights to build fortifications. The city constructed brick walls and Roman-style gates.

In 1327 Adelheid of Gaveren Breda sold Breda to Duke Johannes III of Brabant. In 1350, the fief was resold to Johannes II of Wassenaar (d. 1377). In 1403 the heiress of his line, Johanna of Polanen (1392–1445), married Engelbert I of Nassau (1370–1442) (his sarcophagus is in the Grote Kerk in Breda). Through her, the city came into the possession of the house of Nassau, where it remained until 1795, passing to William I of Orange (1533–1584), stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht and leader of the Dutch revolt. Thus, the baron of Breda was also count of Nassau, Germany, prince of Orange and stadtholder of the Dutch Republic (from 1572–1650, 1672–1702, 1747–1795). Breda remained part of the barony Breda until it was taken by French revolutionary forces in 1795.

Breda: Residence city

The acquisition of the city by the House of Orange-Nassau marked its emergence as a residentiestad (residence city). The presence of the Orange-Nassau family attracted other nobles, who built palatial residences in the old quarters of the city. The most impressive one, built by the Italian architect Thomas Vincidor de Bologna for the first Dutch prince, was the first renaissance-style palace built north of the Alps. In the 15th century the city's physical, economic and strategic importance expanded rapidly. A great church was built in Brabantine Gothic style with a gallant 97-metre-high (318 ft) tower, called Grote Kerk (main church) or also Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Church of Our Lady). In 1534 Henry III of Nassau-Breda rebuilt the modest medieval fortifications in impressive style.

This colorized 17th century copperplate depicts the destruction, rape, and pillage of Breda: soldiers are killing men and women and the city is burning.
Haultpenne's soldiers vent their fury upon the citizens of Breda in 1581

In 1534 a fire destroyed over 90 percent of the city, close to 1300 houses, churches and chapels and the town hall. Only 150 houses and the main church remained. In July 1581, during the Eighty Years' War, Breda was captured by surprise by Spanish troops then under the command of Claudius van Barlaymont, whose sobriquet was Haultpenne (Siege of Breda (1581)). Although the city had surrendered upon the condition that it would not be plundered, the troops vented their fury upon the inhabitants. In the resulting mayhem, known as Haultpenne's Fury, over 500 citizens were killed. In March 1590, Breda fell back into the hands of the Dutch and Maurice of Nassau, when a 68 men hand-picked force, concealed under the turf of a peat-boat, had contrived to enter the city in a daring plan devised by Adriaen van Bergen (Siege of Breda (1590)). The so-called Spaniards Hole marks the spot where the peat-boat allegedly lay, although this has not been historically proven.

Surrender of Breda, by Diego Velázquez.

After a ten-month siege in 1624–25, the city surrendered to the Spaniards under Spinola; the event was immortalized by Diego Velázquez. In 1637 Breda was recaptured by Frederick Henry of Orange after a four-month siege, and in 1648 it was finally ceded to the Dutch Republic by the Treaty of Westphalia.

Breda: Stuart exiles

The exiled Stuart pretender Charles II of England resided in Breda during most of his exile during the Cromwellian Commonwealth and Protectorate, thanks to the proximity of Charles's sister Mary, Princess Royal, the widow of Prince William II of Orange.

Based mostly on suggestions by Parliamentarian General George Monck, Charles II's Declaration of Breda (1660) made known the conditions of his acceptance of the crown of England which he was to accept/resume later in the same year.

The Treaty of Breda was signed in the city, July 31, 1667, bringing to an end the Second Anglo-Dutch War in which the Dutch faced the same Charles II who had been their guest. Between 1746 and 1748 it was the site of the Congress of Breda a series of talks between Britain and France aimed at bringing an end to the War of the Austrian Succession, which ultimately led to the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.

Breda: World War II

Polish soldiers welcomed by the residents of Breda, 1944

During World War II the city was under German occupation. It was liberated following a successful outflanking manoeuvre planned and performed by forces of 1st Polish Armoured Division of Gen. Maczek on October 29, 1944. Each year during Liberation Day festivities, Breda is visited by a large Polish contingent and the city of Breda reserves a special portion of the festivities for the fallen Polish soldiers. A museum and a monument honoring General Stanisław Maczek and the Polish 1st Armoured Division stands at the city center. General Maczek and soldiers of his division are buried in a nearby Polish military cemetery.

Breda, Polish chapel

Breda was the site of one of the first panopticon prison establishments, Koepelgevangenis. This prison housed the only German war criminals ever to be imprisoned in the Netherlands for their war crimes during the Second World War. They were known as the 'Breda Four (and later three)' or "Vier von Breda". They were Willy Paul Franz Lages who was released in 1966 due to serious illness, Joseph Johann Kotälla who died in prison in 1979, Ferdinand aus der Fünten and Franz Fischer who both were released in 1989.

Funten and Fischer died in 1989.

Breda: Administration

  • Breda (city) (~170,000)
    • Ginneken (nl) (former village absorbed by city agglomeration)
    • Princenhage (former village absorbed by city agglomeration)
  • Prinsenbeek (~11,500) (added at the municipal reorganization in 1997)
  • Bavel (~7,000) (added at the municipal reorganization in 1997)
  • Teteringen (~6,500) (added at the municipal reorganization in 1997)
  • Ulvenhout (~4,700) (added at the municipal reorganization in 1997)

Breda: Administration

The city of Breda is divided in 7 city sectors:

  1. Breda Centrum (Centre)
  2. Breda West (West)
  3. Breda Noord-West (Haagse Beemden) (Northwest)
  4. Breda Noord ( North)
  5. Breda Oost (East), which includes the Zandberg neighborhood
  6. Breda Zuid-Oost (Southeast)
  7. Breda Zuid (South)

Breda: Topography

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Topographic map image of the city of Breda, March 2014. Click to enlarge.

Castle of Breda
Harbour of Breda
Grote Markt
Ancient port: het Spanjaardsgat
Begijnhof
Breda's Museum
Museum of the Image (MOTI)
Park Valkenberg

Breda: Economy

Historically, economic activities were mainly industrial. Breda was a center of the food- and drink 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.

Also, Breda formerly housed the largest brewery in the Netherlands (Oranjeboom). Interbrew, the Belgian owner of the brewery, closed the brewery in 2004. With the closing of Oranjeboom Brewery, Breda beer production was moved to both Bremen and Leuven, until 2008 when Randalls Brewery (in Guernsey) acquired the licence. Guernsey is now the only place in the world where draught Breda is brewed.

However, the decline of industrial activity did not harm the city's economy. Nowadays, Breda is a service oriented economy based on business, trade and logistics. A growing number of international companies choose to establish their head office for Benelux operations in Breda. Examples of these companies are Abbott Laboratories, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Texaco, Scania, Dockwise, Toshiba, Alfa Laval, Krohne Oil & Gas, General Motors, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and Amgen. Also, the food industry is still largely represented by companies such as Hero Group, Perfetti Van Melle, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Royal Cosun (nl). Furthermore, the city is host to the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Because of its central location between the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam, the city also attracts logistics companies. Koch Media has its Benelux office in Breda.

The main shopping areas of Breda are the city centre and the southern part of Breda. Known shopping centres are De Barones and 't Sas. Major shopping streets are the Eindstraat, Ginnekenstraat (nl), Wilhelminastraat and Ginnekenweg. A market is held on the Grote Markt every Tuesday and Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM. A book and antique market is held on Wednesday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Breda: Main sights

The city center contains old buildings and portions of the singels (moats) and the harbour. Focal point is the Grote Markt, the main square with pubs and sidewalk cafes.

Park Valkenberg is a major public park, halfway between the main railway station Breda and the Grote Markt.

Major historic buildings include:

  • The Grote Kerk (Large Church) or Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Church of Our Lady), a major example of the Brabant style of Gothic Architecture.
  • The Castle of Breda.
  • The Begijnhof, a Beguinage.
  • Saint Anthony's Cathedral (Sint-Antoniuskathedraal), the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Breda.
  • City hall.
  • The Spanjaardsgat, a 16th-century water gate.

Breda: Culture

The spoken language is West Brabantian, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch.

Musical events are held in the Chasse Theater.

Redhead Day 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. Furthermore, some people refer to Breda as the opposite of burning man.

Breda: Museums

Breda hosts the following museums:

  • Breda's Museum – closed from 1 January 2017, pending moving elsewhere
  • Begijnhof Breda Museum
  • Generaal Maczek Museum
  • Bier Reclame Museum
  • Museum of the Image (MOTI). Previously called Graphic Design Museum. Closed from 1 January 2017, reopening spring 2017 as Stedelijk Museum Breda.
  • NAC Museum
  • Heemkundig Museum Paulus van Daesdonck
  • Museum Oorlog & Vrede [War and Peace Museum]
  • Stichting Princenhaags Museum

Breda: Events

  • Breda Dancetour (House Music)
  • Carnaval
  • Breda Jazz Festival
  • Breda Photo
  • Singelloop Breda
  • Redhead Day (Roodharigendag)
  • Breda Barst

Breda: Sport

  • Breda's football club, NAC Breda, plays in the second highest Dutch league, the Eerste Divisie after being relegated from the 2014-15 Eredivisie via play-offs.
  • Breda's rugby club, Bredase Rugby Club
  • Breda's athletics club, A.V. Sprint (nl), is the largest club of its kind in the Netherlands.
  • Breda's Golden Glory, is a kickboxing camp.
  • Every year in the month of October, the Bredase Singelloop (nl) is a major road running event on the half marathon distance with a field of national and international athletes.

Breda: Religion

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Religions in Breda (2013)

Roman Catholic (38.9%)
Protestant Church in the Netherlands (5.8%)
Other Christian denominations (2.7%)
Islam (2.8%)
Hinduism (0.7%)
Buddhism (0.4%)
No affiliation (48.7%)

Breda: Notable residents

  • Charles II of England, lived in Breda for most of his exile during the Commonwealth of England. His sister, Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange was widow of Stadtholder William II, Prince of Orange and co-regent for their son William III sovereign Prince of Orange and later King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • Although neither of them were long-term residents of Breda, it was there, in 1618, that the young René Descartes (at the time, a soldier in the army of Prince Maurice of Nassau) first met, and had extensive conversations with, Dutch philosopher, mathematician, and scientist Isaac Beeckman (then temporarily resident in the town). This interaction with Beeckman seems to have changed the course of Descartes’ intellectual life, eventually leading him to the major innovations in mathematics, science, and philosophy for which he is famous.
  • "Colonel" Thomas Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley, born and raised in Breda as Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk.
  • Adriaen Cornelissen van der Donck (c. 1618–1655), first lawyer in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam; a polyglot
  • Breda is the birthplace and home to several internationally famous electronic dance music artists including R3hab, Dannic, W&W along with former World No.1 DJs - Tiësto and Hardwell. The title of their 2011 collaboration track, Zero 76 is derived from the dialing code of Breda.
  • Breda is also the birthplace of former Olympic swimmer Karin Brienesse and former field hockey player Remco van Wijk, who twice won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics with the Dutch National Team: 1996 and 2000.
  • Sculptor Jan De Swart, born in Ginneken, a suburb of Breda, and lived in the area until he emigrated to The United States in 1929
  • Breda is the city where the Dutch composers Daan Manneke and Kristoffer Zegers live.
  • The Dutch football international Pierre van Hooijdonk played in Breda. Other formerly international Dutch football players from NAC Breda were Antoon (Rat) Verlegh, Kees Rijvers, Kees Kuijs, Leo Canjels, Daan Schrijvers, Frans Bouwmeester, Nico Rijnders, Ad Brouwers, Bertus Quaars, Martin Vreysen and Ton Lokhoff.
  • Ramon Dekkers, Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion, was born and died in Breda
  • Guido Weijers, famous Dutch stand-Up comedian

Breda: Transportation

Breda: Trains

Breda has two railway stations, Breda and Breda-Prinsenbeek, providing connections with Zuid-Holland (Dordrecht – Rotterdam – Den Haag) and Tilburg – Eindhoven, and from station Breda also to Roosendaal with connection to Vlissingen and Antwerp. In addition, trains also head north from Breda to Amsterdam and east to Den Bosch – Nijmegen.

Breda: Roads

The A16 is a motorway to the north to Rotterdam and towards the south to the Belgian border to Antwerp. The A27 is also a motorway to the north; It connects Breda with Utrecht. Furthermore, The A58 connects Breda with Tilburg and Eindhoven.

Breda: Buses

Buses are operated by Arriva. There are four kinds of buses in Breda: citybuses, regional, Volans and long-distance. Citybuses drive only within Breda (sub-12 numbers), regional buses provide connections to nearby towns and cities, Volans buses are more luxurious buses driving to Etten-Leur and Oosterhout (31x and 32x-buses), and long-distance 'Brabantliners' connecting both Gorinchem and Utrecht with Breda (401, 402). There is also one Zealandish busline (19) which connects Breda with Hulst and Antwerp, operated by Connexxion.

Breda: Twin towns – Sister cities

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in the Netherlands

Breda is twinned with:

  • Poland Wrocław in Poland
  • Belgium Diest in Belgium
  • France Orange in France
  • Germany Dillenburg in Germany

Breda: References

  1. "de heer P.A.C.M. van der Velden" (in Dutch). Gemeente Breda. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 4811DJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  6. "De grenzeloze regio". Sdu uitgevers. 2007. Het BBP van BrabantStad ligt op 14.7% van het nationale BBP. In de regio liggen Philips, de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, de Universiteit Tilburg en de HAS Den Bosch. De regio heeft 1.4 miljoen inwoners. Er is veel R&D, ICT, automotive, logistiek en agribusiness.
  7. Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Breda". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  8. The Prince of Orange and subsequently King or Queen of the Netherlands continued to use the title; today Queen Beatrix claims the title Baron of Breda.
  9. CBS 2008 Wijkinformatie Breda
  10. Official Zandberg site
  11. "Brew coup as Breda is made in Guernsey « This Is Guernsey". Thisisguernsey.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  12. "Breda". Randalls Brewery. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  13. "Contact." Koch Media. Retrieved on September 13, 2016. "Benelux Koch Media Benelux Princenhagelaan 1 C4 4813 DA Breda Niederlande"
  14. "Graphic Design Museum Breda is niet meer" (in Dutch). bredaVandaag.nl. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  15. "Kerkelijkheid en kerkbezoek, 2010/2013". Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek.
  16. Stephen Gaukroger. Descartes: An Intellectual Biography. Oxford University Press, 1995.
  17. "Wrocław Official Website – Partnership Cities of Wrocław". Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Poland.svg (in English, German, French and Polish) © 2007 Wrocław Municipality. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
  • Lourens, Piet; Lucassen, Jan (1997). Inwonertallen van Nederlandse steden ca. 1300–1800. Amsterdam: NEHA. ISBN 9057420082.
  • Media related to Breda at Wikimedia Commons
  • Breda travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Official website
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