Credo – The hidden path of Breda was developed by the Breda Heritage Days last year on behalf of the municipality. Since the annual day could not go ahead due to the corona crisis, this became the alternative.
Participation is easy and free. By entering an email address, we gain access to the website where Credo’s story is explained. The goal: using riddles and puzzles to find passwords that lead to the title deed of the Grote Kerk hidden hundreds of years ago.
Annelies Diks-Krijgsman and Lidwien Hupkens came up with the game that can be played online and offline. The treasure hunt is the alternative to tell people the stories about Breda and the monuments.
“Of course also in the hope that participants will look at the city in a different way. That by experiencing the monuments in a different way and discovering the stories, they will also love those monuments and commit themselves to conservation ”, says Diks-Krijgsman. “There are so many stories to tell about Breda.”
Time to find out! An introductory video introduces us to two orders, one progressive, the other conservative. Both have posted passwords across town that eventually lead to a sentence that gives access to the hidden deed.
We start with an image of a parchment card with the alphabet and below it a series of letters. By extracting it, we find the start of the tour. We have to be at the back of the Chassé promenade. Look, this will take you straight to a place that you would soon skip, but which is certainly interesting.
The Chassé promenade.
Ⓒ Sigrid Stamkot
The Chassé theater is named after army officer David Hendrik Chassé, general during the Battle of Waterloo, we learn. Designer Herman Hertzberger took the picture for this purpose The sleeping woman from the Italian artist Giacometti as inspiration. That explains the striking round shapes.
The modern architecture is a stark contrast to the Cloister Barracks located right next door, a former nunnery that now houses a casino. In this square we have to look for a secret text. We look around hesitantly: the square is quite large, with new buildings in the distance. That will be searching! Although we get hints when we ask: we have to follow the lines in the stones of the square. Indeed: there the first password awaits us, which we type in expectantly. It’s good too!
The next assignment is quite difficult, but it gives us time to study the Monastery Barracks. The old photo on display, including nuns in the foreground, takes us back in time for a moment. Apart from the chapel, the residence of the nuns of St. Catherine’s Valley burned down in 1534 during a large city fire that hit Breda.
With a little help – if you can’t figure it out, you can ask for hints and if it really doesn’t work, you can activate the Facebook messenger – we will be redirected to the next location: the Stadserf. Hidden in the heart of the city center is the Council Chamber of Breda, with the statue of the peat skipper Adriaan van Bergen from Leur in front of it. In 1590 he helped to conquer Breda with his peat ship in which 72 soldiers were hidden. Once again we have to look for a password that will be typed in and approved again.
In this way we progress steadily through the city, which is deserted on this beautiful day. The sun is shining brightly; this weather is crying out for a cold beer on the terrace, but unfortunately. Then an ice cream at Toetie Froetie on the corner of the Grote Markt, with a view of that building that everyone knows: the Grote or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk.
Partly in scaffolding, but the white of the Brabantine Gothic basilica with its 97 meter high tower contrasts beautifully with the clear blue sky. We understand that this church is called the most beautiful in the Netherlands and is in the top 100 of the National Agency for the Preservation of Monuments.
In the meantime, we peek inside the Begijnhof, a quiet place where the residents sit comfortably in front of the old houses, a total of 29. The courtyard is covered with vegetable gardens, the old chapel is bathed in sun. It borders the Valkenberg Park, which is inviting with the emerging crocuses. Others agree: here and there (and neatly from a distance) residents sit in the grass. There is a pond with a fountain, there are works of art and remnants of old defense towers and the chickens scratch through the grass.
Close to the gate we will look for another password that is not easy to find. It must be a striking sight: we searching and searching along the edge of the park, almost on our knees to see if something seems hidden in the paving stones, the telephone in our hand. The scavenger hunt takes about 2.5 hours, but make it a day if the weather and the crowds permit.
We will of course not disclose all places, passwords and directions. We note one last monument: the Spanjaardsgat, a water gate between the Granaattoren and the Duiventoren of the Castle of Breda, which is also a nice stop. You can also rent boats from the harbor to explore the area.
The Spanjaardsgat was built under the direction of engineer Abraham van Nievelt, on behalf of Prince Philip William of Orange, the eldest son of William of Orange. The city is the cradle of the Oranges in the Netherlands, which you see everywhere. The prince also appears on a statue in the middle of the city.
City escapegame Credo gave us a nice afternoon. Do think carefully, pay attention and search and keep the helpline at hand. For those who are less known in Breda, it is also a way to discover new places and gain more knowledge. Mission accomplished.
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