De Grote Markt is the heart of the city of Breda where, as soon as the sun shows itself, the terraces fill up. Settle down for a drink under the shady plane trees or choose from one of the many restaurants for a tasty lunch or dinner.
De Grote Markt then and now
De Grote Markt, the city’s highest point, has been used as a marketplace for centuries. Graines were mainly traded in the beginning. The general goods markets, as currently held on Tuesday and Friday mornings, dates back to 1321. Since the 17th century, the city carillonneur has been playing the carillon of De Grote Toren during market days.
De Grote Market used to also be the site for executions. The clock in the turret of City Hall summoned curious Breda residents to witness the gruesome spectacle. Fortunately, these days it’s mostly cosy.