There are plenty of interesting cities in the Southern part of The Netherlands – Maastricht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Den Bosch (and even Rotterdam) and … Breda. Breda is just stunning – an amazingly beautiful city center, some great bars and restaurants and closeness to green areas make it a great base for a weekend city trip. So, these are the best tips for Breda – according to me that is.

Why you’ll love Breda

Breda is stunningly beautiful: the Gothic church tower rises majestically above the fine old houses (now bars) of Vismarktstraat, while boats and the sturdy (if inaccessible) bastion-gates of Breda Castle reflect in the calm water of a canal junction. Beyond lies a small old-town area and a pretty park that backs on to the charming Begijnhof, but the real delight of a visit to Breda is to dive into its vibrant cafe scene, especially during the citywide jazz-fest in early May.

The best hotel tips for Breda – according to me

  • Hotel Nassau Breda (Autograph collection by Marriott) is a luxury hotel housed in a beautifully renovated former convent.

The best things to do in Breda – according to me

  • Breda has a beautiful old city center, so please take the time to just walk around, visiting all the beautiful squares (like the Ginnekenmarkt).
  • The Mastbos is a fairly large forest bordering the city of Breda. It has many trails for walkers, bikers and sports-minded people.
  • Breda Jazz in May is an amazing festival with a wide variety of musical artists.

The best restaurants in Breda – according to me

  • Boterhal is a simple brasserie with some great beers.
  • Den Boerenstamppot serves authentic Dutch food for very afforable prices.

The best bars in Breda – according to me

  • The Ginnekenmarkt square and the area around the market have plenty of bars to choose from.
  • Dames Pellens is a great cosy wine bar.

The best places to work in Breda – according to me

The best places for a run in Breda – according to me

The Mastbos is a great place for a run, but certainly run around the old city center as well.

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