The history of the Dutch city of Breda goes back to the 10th century AD. In 1252, this settlement received the rights and privileges of a city, as well as the right to build solid walls. As a result of dynastic ties, Breda belonged to the Oranian-Sasaunian Dynasty, which had a profound effect on the development of the city. The point is that the representatives of this denomination chose Bereza as their territory, and since they were an influential family, many nobles came to the place where they were dislocated. This brought a lot of income to the local people.
Unfortunately, Europe was wending its way steadily through a series of violent religious wars at that time. Despite very strong fortifications, Breda was taken by a surprise attack by the Spanish-Flemish forces in 1581. But nine years later, in 1590, it was rebuffed again by Maurice of Orlando, one of the founders of the independent Netherlands. And the city was taken thanks to only 68 pikiners who went behind the solid walls in the barracks with the toms. They disarmed 600 Spanish men without losing a single man. In 1625 the city survives a ten-month siege, ending with the surrender of Breda and the honorable retreat of the garrison. These events formed the basis of one of the most famous paintings of Velášské Lázně, the Kopya or the Surrender of Bury. In 1637 the city was once again recaptured, and from 1648 it became the final center of the United Provinces, as Holland was once called.
Breda was repeatedly at the center of important political events. It was the home of King Charles II during his exile from England. More than once the most important European treaties were signed in Breda. During World War II the city was occupied by the Germans and liberated in 1944 by the Polish Tank Division. A number of monuments have been erected to commemorate this event, and the soldiers of the battalion, along with the commanders, are buried in the town. These are churches and cathedrals, and old market square constructions. You can also visit the castle, whose history is intricately linked to the heroic military history of Bereza.
- Air quality: 41 US AQI Good. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
- Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 180,000 people
- Population density: euro euro empty: 26x26m 676m per person
- GDP: $45,753 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 230V50Hz
- Internet: 39 Mbps
- Best wireless: Vodafone
- Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because Albert Heijn still doesnt accept CC
- Tipping: In the Netherlands tipping is expected in restaurants for good or exceptional service, around 5-10% of the bill. If the service was average, you can round-up the bill or leave the change. Give your tip to the service person directly. Don’t tip for bad service.
- Apartment listings: AirBnb
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best coffee 24/7: Hub88
- Best taxi: Uber
- Best coworking space: Hub88
- Online electronics shop: Cool Blue
- Best hospital: Amphia
- Best short-haul air carrier: KLM
- Best intl air carrier: KLM
- Monthly costs for expat: $2800
- Monthly costs for family: $5000
- Monthly costs for local: $1450
- Meal: $16
- Small Cola: $3
- Beer 1 Pint: $5.5
- Coffee: $4.5
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