Located in the southern part of the Netherlands, in the west of the province North Brabant is a city that has a prominent place in Dutch history; Breda. This small, quiet city is full of interesting architecture, fun attractions and cultural delights. Breda is incredibly charming, making it the ideal destination for those looking to relax and unwind. It is also perfect for visitors looking to learn more about the country's past and for history enthusiasts. Muslim tourists will be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Breda, although it will not be easy. There are a few known mosques and Halal restaurants in Breda which will make visitors feel right at home.
Breda’s city centre is home to numerous monuments; one in particular that can be seen from quite a distance is the Grote or Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk; which is a beautiful 15th-century Gothic style church said to be the most important monument in Breda. It is visible from almost everywhere in Breda and is one of the Top 100 Dutch UNESCO Monuments. The church is located in the city’s main square; the Grote Markt. This is also where the 18th century City Hall is located.
Tourists must also make it a point to wander around Breda’s medieval streets, as there are several other interesting buildings and sites to be discovered.
A trip to Breda is not complete without a visit to The Castle of Breda or Kasteel van Breda. This castle is surrounded by a moat and is connected to the mainland by the Spaniards Gate. The Castle of Breda is believed to have been around since the 12th century and is another Top 100 Dutch UNESCO monument. While here tourists can also take a tour through the old moats.
Another fantastic way to get in some sightseeing is to take a tour of the city on boat. The relaxing ride takes tourists past breathtaking sites as well as fascinating historical ones.
Breda is one of the most popular cities in the Netherlands for shopping. Tourists will find a wide selection of shops ranging from high-end stores to boutiques and shops selling popular brands. Visitors must also visit the markets held at the Grote Markt. The streets of Halstraat, Torenstraat and Veemarktstraat are said to be some of the best places to shop in Breda.
The closest airport to Breda is Eindhoven Airport, which has international and domestic flights and is about 50 kilometres from the center of Breda. Tourists could also use Rotterdam The Hague Airport, which is approximately 64 kilometres from Breda.
Muslim tourists will be able to find a few Halal restaurants in Breda to dine at. They must however make sure the food served at any of these restaurants is certified Halal before dining. They must also be aware that some of these restaurants do serve alcohol. Tourists can make inquiries about the locations of these restaurants at the local mosque.
There are a few prominent mosques in Breda at which Muslim tourists could offer their prayers when needed. Niewe Mosque and Abou Obaidah St. Moskee Rahman are some of the masjids in Breda that are frequented by locals and tourists alike. Muslim tourists can also make inquiries regarding other prayer facilities in Breda while at the above mentioned mosques.