Breda is a city in the Dutch province of North Brabant.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS) is 110km north of Breda and has more flights than the Rotterdam airport. From the airport, NS Dutch Railways operates frequent Intercity Direct high-speed rail service, every 30 minutes to Breda. The journey takes 1 hour and costs €18.50 one-way.
From Amsterdam, Breda can be reached by taking the A2 to Utrecht and then the A27. Breda is less than a 90 minute drive from the three main ferry ports in Holland. From Rotterdam, Breda can be reached by taking the A16 to Breda, which will take about 30 to 40 minutes.
You can get around by bike (rent from Central Station) or Citybus. But almost everything in the city centre is walkable. You can grab a cab at the Breda Central Station, most cabs will cost you around 10 euros. (depending on the driver.) There are some questionable characters around there. If you want to be safe, call Peutax +31(0)76-5710000 and make a pre-arranged price. Other companies are Taxi-Line (reckognized by their "Yellow Cab" style), City-Cab and TCM (Taxi Centrale Made). You could also take a "Train-Taxi". By buying a ticket, you can be driven aorund thentire Breda municipality. However, this is only to one address, and all occupants must have a valid ticket. These can be bought from the NS vending machine. From the central trainstation, it is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the city centre. Just go through the Willemstraat, cross the bridge over the moat and you are almost there!
Some of Breda's medieval buildings have been demolished in the past, but much remains. On the Grote Markt, the city's main square, you can find the Church of our Lady, in Gothic style, and the 18th century city hall.
Breda is a well known shopping city in the Netherlands. In the old city centre you can find lots of clothing shops. Also the department stores HEMA and V&D can be found. The Barones, a shopping mall, holds certain high-end stores, but also a H&M can be found here. Breda has also some antique shops and jewelry stores. Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday a market is held in the city centre. The Saturday Market is held on the Haagdijk, a 10 minute walk south from the Grote Markt. All the other markets are held on the Grote Market, the central square of the city. You can find second-hand bookstores in the Veemarktstraat.