Breda

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Breda is a city in the Dutch province of North Brabant.

Although a direct Fiefdom of the Holy Roman Emperor, the city obtained a municipal charter; the acquisition of Breda, through marriage, by the House of Nassau ensured that Breda would be at the centre of political and social life in the Low Countries. Breda had a population of 183,456 in 2017; the metropolitan area had a population of 324,812. It is part of the Brabantse Stedenrij. In the 11th century, Breda was a direct fief of the Holy Roman Emperor, its earliest known lord being Henry of Brunesheim (1080–1125). The city of Breda obtained a municipal charter in 1252. After that Breda had the rights to build fortifications. The city constructed brick walls and Roman-style gates. In 1327, Adelheid of Gaveren sold Breda to Duke Johannes III of Brabant. In 1350, the fief was resold to Johannes II of Wassenaar (d. 1377). In 1403, the heiress of his line, Johanna of Polanen (1392–1445), married Engelbert I of Nassau (1370–1442; his sarcophagus is in the Grote Kerk in Breda).

Country:
Netherlands
Region:
Europe
Population:
180,000 people
Safe tap water:
Yes, drinkable
Internet speed:
39 Mbps
Best wireless carrier:
Best coffee:
Starbucks
Cashless society:
No, cash only (esp. for foreigners)
Best taxi app:
http://uber.com
Gender ratio (% man):
47 %
Power:
230V50Hz
Ambulance:
912
Fire department:
911
Police:
911

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