List of Cities and Towns in The Netherlands

The first city to be granted city rights in the Kingdom of the Netherlands was Deventer in 956, however, some cities such as Nijmegen may have received their city status during the Roman Empire or the city of Voorburg, who was granted city status in AD 151. The last city to receive city status was Delfshaven in 1825.  The institution of city status gradually came to an end with the development and centralization of a national government.

In the 19th century, a number of important towns wanted to call themselves cities, the custom of granting city status was briefly revived, and the Hague received a city status, among other major towns.

Some towns, cities and Municipality might not have any information within the City rights section, this could be that the information is either not available or before city rights were established.

List of Cities and Town in the Netherlands organised by Province and then by Name

Drenthe

Name City or Town City Rights
Assen City 1809
Coevorden City 1408
Emmen Town N/A
Hoogeveen Town N/A
Meppel City 1644

Flevoland

Name City or Town City Rights
Almere City N/A
Biddinghuizen Village N/A
Emmeloord City N/A
Lelystad City N/A

Friesland

Name City or Town City Rights
Bolsward City  1455
Dokkum Town  1298
Drachten Town N/A
Franeker City  1374
Harlingen City  1234
Heerenveen Town N/A
Hindeloopen City  1372
IJlst City  1315
Leeuwarden City  1285
Sloten City  1426
Sneek City  1456
Stavoren City  1118
Workum City  1374

Gelderland

Name City or Town City Rights
Apeldoorn City  N/A
Arnhem City  1233
Bredevoort City  1388
Buren Town  1395
Culemborg City  1318
Deil Village  N/A
Dieren City  N/A
Doetinchem Town  1237
Ede City  N/A
Enspijk Town  N/A
Gendt City  1233
Groenlo City  1277
Harderwijk City  1231
Hattem City  1299
Heukelum City  1391
Huissen Town  1348
Nijkerk City  1413
Nijmegen City  Roman
Tiel Town  12??
Wageningen Town  1263
Wijchen Town  N/A
Winterswijk Town  N/A
Zaltbommel City  1315
Zevenaar City  1487
Zutphen City  1190

Groningen

Name City or Town City Rights
Appingedam City  1327
Delfzijl City  1819
Groningen City  1245
Stadskanaal Town  N/A
Veendam Town  N/A
Winschoten City  1819

Limburg

Name City or Town City Rights
Geleen City  N/A
Gennep City  1371
Heerlen City  N/A
Kerkrade Town  N/A
Kessel City  N/A
Landgraaf Municipality  N/A
Maastricht City  1204
Montfort Town  1271
Nieuwstadt City  1271
Roermond City  1231
Sittard City  1243
Schin op Geul Village  N/A
Stein Town  N/A
Thorn Town  N/A
Valkenburg Municipality  1452
Venlo City  1272
Weert City  1414

North Brabant

Name City or Town City Rights
Bergen op Zoom City  1212
Breda City  1212
Boxtel Town  N/A
‘s-Hertogenbosch City  1185
Eindhoven City  1232
Geertruidenberg City  1213
Grave Municipality  1233
Helmond City  1346
Heusden Town  1318
Klundert City  1357
Oosterhout City  1809
Oss City  1399
Ravenstein City  1380
Roosendaal City  1809
Sint-Oedenrode Town  N/A
Tilburg City  1809
Valkenswaard Town  N/A
Veldhoven Town  N/A
Waalwijk City  1303
Willemstad City  1585
Woudrichem City  1356
Geldrop Town  N/A
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North Holland

Name City or Town City Rights
Alkmaar City  1254
Amstelveen Municipality  N/A
Amsterdam City  1300
Den Helder City  N/A
Edam Town  1357
Enkhuizen City  1355
Haarlem City  1245
Heerhugowaard City  N/A
Hilversum City  N/A
Hoofddorp Town  N/A
Hoorn Town  1357
Laren Town  N/A
Purmerend City  1410
Medemblik Town  1289
Monnickendam Town  1355
Muiden City  1296
Naarden City  1300
Schagen City  1415
Velsen Municipality  N/A
Volendam Town  N/A
Weesp City  1355
Zaanstad Municipality  N/A

Overijssel

Name City or Town City Rights
Almelo City  1394
Blokzijl City  1672
Deventer City  956
Enschede City  1325
Genemuiden City  1275
Hasselt City  1252
Hengelo City  N/A
Kampen City  1236
Oldenzaal City  1249
Steenwijk City  1327
Vollenhove City  1354
Zwolle City  1230

South Holland

Name City or Town City Rights
Alphen aan den Rijn Town  N/A
Delft City  1246
Dordrecht City  1220
Gorinchem City  1322
Gouda City  1272
Leiden City  1266
Rotterdam City  1340
Spijkenisse Town  N/A
The Hague City  N/A
Zoetermeer City  N/A

Utrecht

Name City or Town City Rights
Amersfoort City  1259
Nieuwegein City  N/A
Utrecht City  1122
Veenendaal City  N/A

Zeeland

Name City or Town City Rights
Arnemuiden City  1574
Goes City  1405
Hulst City  1180
Middelburg City  1217
Sluis Town  1290
Terneuzen City  1584
Veere Town  1355
Vlissingen City  1315
Zierikzee City  1248

Some Towns, Cities and Municipality might not have any information within the City rights section, this could be because the information is either not available or before city rights were established and predate any historical records. 

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