Expat Breda

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The website Expat Breda aims to provide expats with a quick and easy reference guide to local information providers and services which cater to the city’s international residents.

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About Breda

Touching the Belgium border, Breda is situated in the southern province of Noord Brabant. Breda is home to about 178,300 people. The city’s economy is based on business and trade. In previous years, the main industry in Breda was the production of food and beverages, including beers produced by Oranjeboom Brewery until its closure in 2004.

Brief History

In the 11th century, Breda was a fortified city belonging to the Holy Roman Emperor. Ownership of the city changed a few times, before becoming the property of the House of Nassau. Until 1795, Breda became a favourite city of the nobility, who commissioned the building of luxurious manors in the old city.

Breda was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1534, with only the Grote Kerk and about 150 houses were left standing. The city was captured by the Spanish troops during a fierce battle (Haultpenne’s Fury) in 1581. This marked the beginning of a century of wars between the Dutch and Spanish, both wanting to claim ownership of Breda.

Things of interest

Valkenberg is an inner-city park, located between the main train station and the city centre, is popular with the locals especially during the summer months. So too is the local forest, Haagse Beemdenbos, and the nature swimming/picnic areas of Galderse Meren, Asterdplas, and De Kuil.

Tourists tend to be attracted to the Grote Kerk (main church built 15th century), the Beijnhof (home for unmarried woman, 12th century), and Spanjaardsgat (Spanish Gate, 16th century).

Breda offers a host of museums including the highly recommended Museum of the Image (MOTI), previously known as the Graphic Design Museum.

The annual calendar of events in Breda includes Carnaval (March), Breda Jazz Festival (May), Bloemencorso (Sept), and Roodharigendag (Sept, 2 day festival celebrating redheads and artworks with a red focus).

Getting AroundBreda has two train stations: Breda and Breda-Prinsenbeek, with regular services to the larger cities, especially in the south of the Netherlands. The local area can be accessed by bus.[/wptabcontent]

Expat Breda

The City of Breda website contains all essential information for people moving to, or living in Breda and the surrounding area. The English version of the website is available at: www.englishbreda.nl

Similarly, Holland Expat Centre South provides information to expats wanting to know more about living in Breda: www.hollandexpatcenter.com

In 2011, International School Breda opened its doors to children aged 4-18. The school also offers a childcare service.

For expats wanting to expand their social network, Breda expats run a regular program of events: www.bredaexpats@blogspot.nl

Other Cities

Expat Breda has the following partner websites:

Expat Amstelveen http://www.expatamstelveen.com
Expats in Almere http://www.expatsinalmere.com
Expats in Amsterdam http://www.expatsinamsterdam.com
Expat Arnhem http://www.expatarnhem.com
Expat Breda http://www.expatbreda.com
Expats in Delft http://www.expatsindelft.com
Expats in Eindhoven http://www.expatsineindhoven.com
Expat Enschede http://www.expatenschede.com
Expats in Groningen http://www.expatsingroningen.com
Expats in Haarlem http://www.expatsinhaarlem.com
Expat Hilversum http://www.expathilversum.com
Expat Leeuwarden http://www.expatleeuwarden.com
Expats in Leiden http://www.expatsinleiden.com
Expats in Maastricht http://www.expatsinmaastricht.com
Expats in Nijmegen http://www.expatsinnijmegen.com
Expats in Rotterdam http://www.expatsinrotterdam.com
Expats in The Hague http://www.expatsinthehague.com
Expats in Tilburg http://www.expatsintilburg.com
Expats in Utrecht http://www.expatsinutrecht.com
Expat Wassenaar http://www.expatwassenaar.com


If you are a Breda company, the Expat Breda website will help you to reach expats from €2 a week.

You can target Breda expats with your local goods and services through a simple website link and make the most of your money. You don’t need to advertise nationally.

All sorts of companies can benefit. Think about Breda language schools, Breda housing agencies to help you rent a flat, financial planners and removal companies. They can all benefit from the Expat Breda website.

Internationals may also be interested in other Breda companies. What about hiring a car in Breda or finding a Breda gardener or hotel? Expat Breda can help every sort of company reach the city’s international population.

Expat Breda is part of the Dutch News BV group.

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