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Visit Breda

Lighthouse by artist Aldo Rossi in Valkenberg city park, Breda


Stedelijk Museum Breda is an excellent starting point for exploring the city. First, why not visit the From Castle to Station exhibition, which shows you how Breda developed from the Middle Ages right up to the present day, and take a look in the NEXT project room? You can then take a break in Café Lanzas and plan what you want to see and do next. 

If you come by train, your visit starts at Breda station. This impressive complex by architect Koen van Velsen won the prize for the best building in the Netherlands in 2017. In the hall on the northern side of the station, you can see a surprising selection from our collection in the large, light blue showcases. 

Crossing green Valkenberg city park, a former castle garden, it takes you only a couple of minutes to walk to our museum, situated in a listed historical building with a facade dating from 1643. On your way, you pass Aldo Rossi’s Lighthouse and John Körmeling’s cheery tea pavilion.  

From the museum, it is a short walk to the centuries-old city centre. The area around the museum has become a lively quarter, filled with interesting shops, cafés and restaurants. 

Breda won the prize for the best city centre in the Netherlands in 2017. It is easy to see why. Explore the old fortifications, on foot or by boat. Climb the tower of the Great Church that has been defining the city’s skyline for centuries. Or visit the Beguinage, which celebrated its 750th anniversary in 2017 . Club Solo’s exhibition room and the Chassé Theatre are also within walking distance of the museum. And, of course, there is a wide variety of shops, large and small. 

Breda has a busy festival programme, including BredaPhoto, the Breda Jazz Festival (the oldest festival of its kind in the Netherlands), and Graphic Matters (formerly known as the Graphic Design Festival). 

A complete overview can be found on the VVV Breda website