Breda is a city in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It has a long history as a military stronghold and army base. Still today, important parts of the Dutch military still reside here. The military character is still at the heart of town, as the national Dutch Military Academy resides in the historic Castle of Breda, right in the centre of the old town.

In summer, outdoor café terraces on the Grote Markt quickly fill up.

Get in

By plane

Rotterdam The Hague Airport (IATA: RTM) is 6km north of Rotterdam and 60km north of Breda.

Eindhoven Airport (IATA: EIN) is 55km southeast of Breda. Ryanair and Wizzair operate flights to/from this airport.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS) is 110km north of Breda and has more flights than the Rotterdam airport. From the airport, NS Dutch Railways operates frequent Intercity Direct high-speed rail service, every 30 minutes to Breda. The journey takes 1 hour and costs €18.50 one-way.

Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU) is 96km south of Breda. Many international carriers operate flights to/from this airport. The train from Brussels takes about 90 minutes and costs €27.

By train

NS Dutch Railways operates trains operate between Breda and most cities in the Netherlands and neighboring countries.

By car

From Amsterdam, Breda can be reached by taking the A2 to Utrecht and then the A27. Breda is less than a 90 minute drive from the three main ferry ports in Holland. From Rotterdam, Breda can be reached by taking the A16 to Breda, which will take about 30 to 40 minutes.

By boat

P&O Ferries operates overnight ferry service between Hull, England and Rotterdam, the nearest port to Breda. The journey takes 12 hours.

Get around

The city centre and most of the sights are easy to discover on foot. Alternatively, biking is a good option, and bikes can be rented at the train station bike parking. The city bus is another option, circling through town.


The Begijnhof is a peaceful place, much like it was 100 years ago.

Some of Breda's medieval buildings have been demolished in the past, but much remains. On the Grote Markt, the city's main square, you can find the Church of Our Lady (Grote kerk or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk), in Brabantine Gothic style, and the 18th century city hall. The Castle of Breda, also in the centre, originates in the 14th century and was substantially renewed in Renaissance style around 1540. Unfortunately, the castle is not available for visitors as it is home to the Military Academy since 1826, but of course it can still be admired from the outside.


The city has a number of museums worth noting.

Graphic Design Museum



Breda is a well known shopping city in the Netherlands. In the old city centre you can find lots of clothing shops. You should visit the Wilhelminastraat. It is located just south of the city centre and hosts lots of exclusive shops. It has a very rich and nice atmosphere


There's a wide choice of restaurants available throughout the centre. The best places to search are around the historic market squares: the Grote Markt, the Havermarkt and the Veemarktstraat all have a number of nice establishments. Some good options are:




Go next

Some nearby destinations of interest are:

Routes through Breda

Rotterdam Dordrecht  NW  S  Belgium border (4 km) Hazeldonk Antwerp
Almere Gorinchem  NE  S  END
Vlissingen Roosendaal  W  E  Tilburg Eindhoven

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