Bree, Belgium


Bree is a city in the Flanders region of Belgium. It lies in the northeast of the province (administrative district ) of Limburg.


Bree was one of the 23 " good cities " ( bonnes villes / Goede Steden ) of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège. It obtained its city rights in 1386 by the Prince-Bishopric of Liège. The city was once fully walled and surrounded by a moat with seven meters wide. Partially restored towers still refer to its medieval past.

The city was attacked unsuccessfully in 1604 of 6,000 Spaniards. Also, the Croats made ​​a futile attack. The Prince of Nassau had to come back twice before he could move into the city. Many old buildings are characterized by a number of fires which have ravaged the city (1601, 1616, 1697 and 1699), disappeared.


  • The Gothic St. Michael's Church
  • The Town Hall
  • Michielshuis
  • The St. Michael's College, a former Augustinian monastery and today's Town Hall
  • De Gulden Tas, the smallest coffee roasting company in Belgium
  • The annual St. Nicholas Market on December 5,

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Leo Albert Jozef " Lei" Clijsters (1956-2009), football player
  • Carlo Bomans ( born 1963 ), cyclist and coach
  • Stefan Everts (born 1972 ), motocross riders, ten -time World Champion
  • Johnny Galecki ( born 1975 ), American actor
  • Bas Leinders (* 1975), racing driver, Formula 1 test driver
  • Kim Clijsters ( b. 1983 ), tennis player
  • Thibaut Courtois (* 1992), football player

Twin Cities

Bree has partnerships with the following cities:

  • Germany Geldern, Germany
  • Solomon Spain, Spain
  • Volpago Italy, Italy
  • China People's Republic of Yangzhou, People's Republic of China

Pictures of Bree, Belgium