Places and objects of interest
Below you will find a description of the places and objects of interest you will come across on the way.
The former Post Office
Before the Post Office was built in 1880-1881, this was the location of the Waag. The neo-Renaissance building was designed by government architect C.H.. Peters.
The Spanjaardsgat symbolizes the hole (weak spot) that was formed in the Spaniards’ defence in 1590. According to the story Captain Adriaen Van Bergen had smuggled a number of soldiers into the city to drive away the Spaniards. In reality this happened somewhere else. Van Bergen sailed on with his peat boat to the water gate of the Kasteel van Breda (Castle of Breda). This is where the Academiesingel is now.
Kasteel van Breda (Castle of Breda)
The Duke of Brabant sold the city of Breda in 1350 to a nobleman from the northern provinces of Holland, Jan van Polanen. In the course of time the castle fell into the hands of the family of Orange-Nassau, and William of Orange became its most famous resident. In de eighteenth century the Kasteel van Breda served as a barracks and military hospital. In 1826 King William 1 put the castle at the disposal of the Nederlandse Defensie Academie (NLDA) (Dutch Defence Academy), formerly Koninklijke Militaire Academie (KMA) (Royal Military Academy). To this day the castle houses the NLDA.
Work of art 'De vuurtoren' (The Lighthouse)
De vuurtoren was designed by Rossi (1931-1997) and was placed in the de Singel in 1992.
The Poort van Breda (City gate of Breda)
The Poort van Breda is an apartment building near the Valkenberg park. This building, completed in the year 2000, was designed by the Belgian architect Charles Vandenhove. In 2001 a vast majority of the people of Breda chose the building as the winner of the Architectuurprijs Breda 2001 (triennial architectural prize).
The Koepelgevangenis (Panopticon) 'De Boschpoort'
The Koepelgevangenis, formerly penitentiary De Boschpoort, was built between 1882 and 1886 and was designed by the government architect J.F. Metzelaar. Because of the domed roof the warders were able to oversee all galleries with in total 200 cells from the centre. In Arnhem and Haarlem identical panopticons were built.
The school building of the Florijn College
The former Ignatius hospital. The building was completed in 1923. The main building was renovated in the nineties of the twentieth century and behind it the new wings were built.
The Chassé Park
The Chassé Park is a new residential area in the city centre of Breda. It lies on the former barracks grounds. The Chassé Park has the lay-out of a campus. In the year 2000 the project was given the status of national showcase project. As a showcase of the theme ‘levende parken en pleinen’ (living parks and squares).
The (former) water tower
The water tower was built in 1893 to the design of the Rotterdam architect-engineer J. Schotel. It was part of the municipal water supply system constructed at that time. As over the years more and more buildings sprang up in Breda which were higher than the water tower, it could no longer supply sufficient overpressure. In 1976 the water tower lost its original function.