Length 2.1 km (1.3 miles)
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Breda is one of those typical Dutch towns: beautiful old houses, inviting cafés, and amazing churches that make you jealous of the people who get to live there. And, if you ended up there for a trip, like I have a few times, you'll want to explore the area.
This route is more of a morning jog, one of the shortest routes that I've written up, but hopefully will guide you through the most interesting sights of this pleasant little town.
We'll start in the heart of town, at the old market square and loop around the old town, with its moated fortress and park.
|The Grote Markt with the church in the background|
Turn south, with your back to the church and run the one block past the tree-lined north end of the square, then turn left on Sint Janstraat. There is a Georgian-era church on the right, and more pubs and restaurants.
In about 150 meters you'll run into a triangular square with a great bookstore on the left. Run straight through square on Veemarktstraat (cattle market street).
If the front door to the Begjnhof is open run through its beautiful little courtyard with its cottages surrounding a vegetable garden.
|In the Begjnhof|
|In Valkenberg Park|
|View of the military academy from the park|
|Across the draw-bridge to the castle: hmm does it really draw?|
|View from the harbor bridge|
|View up Vismarkt|
|The church tower|
Wow, that's a lot of impressions for such a short route! Maybe it's time to head up a few of the other old streets from the Grote Markt and discover more of beautiful Breda!