Barony of Breda/Marquisate

We can pay tribute the Barons who once owned the city of Breda, as they planted trees over pretty much the whole area. For tourists and the inhabitants of the barony, the woods are a very attractive area to live and recreate in. Lis wood, just below Prinsenbeek, is very special. It is the largest oak wood of the Netherlands. A varied nature reserve is the Pannenhoef near Rijsbergen. Although oaks are rare, coniferous trees, broad-leaved trees, heath land, meres and swamps can also be found here. The area, which was once owned by the Barons of Bergen of Zoom, differs from the neighbouring areas, which were reclaimed several centuries later. The northwest is dominated by sugar beet culture. The south, on the other hand, consists of heath land and sand grounds. Nature reserves are the Wouwse Plantage and the heath land of Rucphen. Towns worth visiting include Bergen op Zoom, Willemstad, and Geertruidenberg. Willemstad is distinguished (just like Middelburg) by a star-shaped fortress with a moat, which was used as a defence in days long gone.