Willem Merkxtuin

19 September 2018

Things to do for free in Breda

The beautiful thing about a city trip is that you can make it as pricey or cheap as you want. Luckily, in Breda there are lots of things to do for free. We made a list of ten of them.

Antonius cathedral

This cathedral has been wrongly forgotten before. The design of the Antonius cathedral is inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the cathedral can be visited for free between 12.00 and 16.00.

St. Janstraat 8

Antonius Kathedraal
Bierreclame Museum

This museum cannot be missed by beer-lovers. Literally everything to do with the history of the advertisement of beer can be found here. After all that history, a well-deserved beer will be waiting for you in the beer garden. Sometimes there’s live music as well.

Haagweg 375



Willem Merkx garden

Are you visiting Breda during spring or summer? Definitely don’t skip the Willem Merkx garden. This garden is situated in the middle of the city centre, filled with beautiful sculptures.

Entrance through the gate on St. Annastraat 12 and the gate between Catharinastraat 24 and 26

 Willem Merkxtuin

Breda AR Citytour

Bring the city’s stories to life on your own smartphone with the Augmented Reality technique. This app will guide you along many of Breda’s historical locations and, among other things, will give you an insight behind doors that normally stay shut.

Blind Walls Gallery

Cycle or walk past the Blind Walls Gallery. Here, international street artists make wall paintings inspired by stories from Breda. They’re beautiful and informative. This museum, placed literally on the street, is growing everyday. Want to know more about the walls and their stories?

Visit www.blindwalls.gallery or download the free app

 Blind Walls Gallery


Valkenberg Park

This green park certainly couldn’t be lacking from this list as it’s the city’s place of refuge. When the weather’s nice, the whole of Breda comes out to have a picnic in the park, but even without the sun, a walk around here is wonderful.

John F. Kennedylaan

Stadspark Valkenberg 

Mastbos en Liesbos

Hikers and cyclists are at the right place in these beautiful forests. The big nature reserves make for a great place to go for a green walk or cycle around the area of the Barony and Nassaus.

Several walking and cycling routes are available at the VVV office.

Grote Kerk

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwen cathedral is the biggest pride of Breda. Therefore, it’s free to visit this eye-catcher. Would you like to climb all the way to the top of the tower? For this you do pay a small fee.

Kerkplein 2

Grote Kerk

The clocks museum can be found on one of the oldest streets of Breda: the Catharinastraat. The museum has been Schreurs’ shop for 60 years now, who’s specialised in antique clockworks and music boxes. Apart from repairs and taxations, you can also come here to admire the 500-piece collection of different clocks.

Catharinastraat 38-42



This peaceful place, with a unique herb garden, used to be the home to the beguines. Now, still only single women live here. The Begijnhof is definitely worth a visit. Would you like to know more about the Begijnhof and its beguines? Then visit the museum as well.

Catharinastraat 45