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Breda Attractions and Things to See

Breda is a city in the southern region of the Netherlands that was named after the confluence of the Aa and Mark Rivers, that had once been a fortified city, with strategic military and political importance that had been a fiefdom of the Holy Roman Emperor that became a significant city in the Low Countries, created sometime in the 11th century.

Since it does have such a long history, it houses many excellent museums like NAC, Stichting Princenhaags Museum, Breda's museum, Museum Oorlog and Vrede or the War and Peace museum, the Begijnhof Breda, the Heemkundig Museum Paulus van Daesdonck, the Generaal Maczek, the graphic design museum and the Bier Reclame museum; along with numerous historic structures in the old city center with ancient buildings, and parts of singels or moats. Other historic structures include the Beguinage, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk or Church of Our Lady, Grote Kerk or Large Church and outstanding examples of baroque and renaissance architecture and the Park Valkenburg.

Its culture includes the Chasse theater that hosts many musical events, and Redheadday is a festival that occurs the first weekend of September and brings a two-day festival of natural red headed people and a concentration of art that pertains to the color red. This festival has demonstrations, lectures and workshops that brings visitors from more than 20 countries and is free.

The city has a football or soccer team that plays in the highest Dutch league, the Eredivisie, with the city's athletics club, the A. V. Sprint, the biggest club of its type in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Royal Military Academy is located there and is famous for other reasons that surprise many people like the fact that Andreas Cornelius van Kuijik was born there and would later become a very famous man named Colonel Thomas Parker, the manager of one Elvis Presley. Peter Stuyvesant would marry Judith Bayard in the Walloon Church in the city in 1645, it is home to Tiesto, an international trance music artist, Dutch composers Kristoffer Zegers and Daan Manneke live here, it has one of the most famous Dutch choirs, called the Sacrametnskoor that is all male and semi-professional, and the birthplace of former Olympic swimmer Karin Brienesse and field hockey player Remco van Wijik that would go on and win two gold medals in the Summer Olympics in 1996 and 2000.

It is the home of the Breda Castle, Gasthuispoort, Ginneken, the International Art and Antiques Fair, the International Old-Style Jazz Festival, the Municipal Museum, Kasteelplein, Mastbos, the Museum of Entnology, National Tattoo and many more interesting and exciting sites to visit and explore.