|Loaf of white bread||$1.07|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$7.46|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.49|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$21.63|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$162.71|
If your holiday in Holland becomes too hectic, you can think of making a quick stopover in Breda to unwind; you’ll simply adore the relaxed ambience that is so characteristic of southern Holland. Lest you think that Breda is only about relaxing in the lap of nature, you will be delighted to know that the town offers a plethora of tourist attractions that include fabulous architecture, a great history, museums and lakes besides some wonderful shopping opportunities and a pulsating nightlife. Cheap flights to Breda are easily available via Antwerp and Rotterdam, both of which are only 55km drive away.
Originally an 11th century Roman fiefdom, Breda later became home to numerous Dutch royalties who were responsible for much of the splendid architecture that the town abounds in. Breda is home to the nation’s oldest béguinage or the abbey of sisterhood of Beguines. Marvel at the walled complex that houses 29 buildings, a church, a couple of courtyards and other conveniences. The Kasteel Breda is a magnificent castle in the middle of the town that now is home to the Royal Military Academy.
Do make it a point to explore Grote Markt, the 15th-century Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk church, as well as Breda's Museum and Museum of the Image. There are a number of special-interest museums that may entice you; Bierreclame Museum (Beer Advertisement Museum), The Miniaturen-en Poppenhuis museum (Miniature and Dollhouse Museum), and Oorlog en Vrede Museum (War and Peace Museum) being the primary ones. Go on to visit the forest of Mastbos that will simply enthral you with its richness and diversity of plant, bird and wildlife.