Your first step in Vincent’s homeland!
Breda. Rich history, vibrant present, sparkling future.
A welcoming international hotspot for applied technology and creativity. Breda brings it together!
Breda Welcomes Yangzhou
When you think of the Netherlands, the first thing that comes to mind is flowers, windmills and clogs. But the Netherlands has so much more to offer. The city of Breda, for example! Breda is located in the south of the Netherlands, in the province of North Brabant. This is the heart of Europe and the center of the Benelux. Breda and the surrounding area is also the cradle of the world famous artist Vincent van Gogh. Here he was born, grew up and found the inspiration for many of his later masterpieces. May we inspire you for a visit?
City in a park
Breda will become the first city in Europe to be located in a park and the first city in the Netherlands to join the family of National Park Cities. As a ‘City in a park,’ Breda becomes a lively, biodiverse, green metropolis that is connected to the surrounding lush green countryside. An area where you can literally still follow in Vincent van Gogh’s footsteps.
Breda. Your first step in Vincent’s homeland!
Breda-Yangzhou Friendly Cities
Since 2009 Breda and Yangzhou have a friendly city relationship. This city link stems from the official relationship that the province of North Brabant has with the Jiangsu province. Both Breda and Yangzhou are committed to the city link. For 12 years, delegations of social partners, knowledge institutions and companies have been meeting each other with the aim of learning from each other, opening doors for entrepreneurs and carrying out joint projects. Very special at the celebration of 10 years of friendship between Yangzhou and Breda in 2019 was the special photo exhibition “Mixing / Memory” that both cities organized together with Breda Photo.
To strengthen and diversify the city links, a five-year cooperation program has been started since 2019. On water, two cities are sharing knowledge and innovative solutions to climate resilience; on tourism, cultural events have been organized sending the welcoming messages to the citizens of our sister city; on education, Chinese and Dutch students are building the bridge to fill in the gaps in knowledge and culture between Yangzhou and Breda.