List of Cities and Towns in The Netherlands

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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. 

10 Amazing Facts about Hoorn

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  1. Old Legend says that Hoorn was be founded by Hornus, Hornus would have established a settlement In 716, Western Friesland. However, this is just a legend.

  2. Hoorn was established as a city in 1357, city rights were given by Willem V.

  3. After Amsterdam, Hoorn is the next most important city.

  4. On the 26th of March 2018, Hoorn will celebrate 666 years as a city.

  5. Cape Horn, the most southerly point of the Americas, was named after the town by Willem Schouten, who circled it in 1616.

  6. The Hoorn Islands of the Oceanian nation of Wallis and Futuna are also named after this city.

  7. Hoorn is connected to the Dutch railway network and has two stations: Hoorn and Hoorn Kersenboogerd.

  8. Stephan van den Berg was the world’s first Olympian windsurfer, he was born in Hoorn.

  9. The town hosts a popular cheese market which includes presentations about cheese production, performances and even activities for children

  10. Hoorn had a population of 72,707 in 2017


Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn

Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn

Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn is a museum situated in the harbour area of Hoorn, it’s a beautiful location with access to the large open waters of the Marker and Ijsselmeer, the ship in which the museum is situated in is the living memory of the history of the city and Holland, Hoorn was once a popular place for visiting ships of the traditional charter fleet.

The museum includes a collection of sailing monuments from sail fishing and cargo sailing and also highlights the maritime history of Hoorn, its International trade and horn and the water. the next complex was established in 2013 by the Municipality of Hoorn.

Centrum Varend Erfgoed Hoorn

Telephone:+31 6 29601641 | Official Website | Facebook

How to get there

  • By Train: The Hoorn Train Station is located about 15 minutes walk from the harbour.
  • By Foot: The Harbour is located about 5 to 15 minutes walk from any where in the city.

Opening Hours


Monday Closed
Tueday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM




Address: Schuijteskade 22, 1621 DE Hoorn, Netherlands

Verhalenark in Hoorn

Verhalenark in Hoorn

The Verhalenark in Hoorn is based on Noah’s Ark, its the first floating Bible museum in the world and was designed to be same as the original ark based from the bibles description of the ark, the Bible states that the Ark is about a hundred and forty meters long, however the Verhalenark is only seventy meters long and 13 meter high, making it only half the size of the original ark described in the bible however its still a massive ship, it just about fits through the marina of Schagen.

The Verhalenark has been designed to sail the world, its previously been in the ports of Schagen, Rotterdam, Sliedrecht, Arnhem, Amsterdam, Drachten and Aalsmeer, however on Friday 25th of August 2017 the Ark will be sailing to Hoorn until 28th February 2018, to give its visitors an impression of the ship and the stories behind it.

Verhalenark was made by Johan Huibers from Schagen and was bought by Aad Peters in 2010, who now manages the Ark. The exhibition was made by more than fifteen international artists, commissioned and by ideas from Aad Peters.

Since its opening in 2010 the museum had more then 400,000 people visit this exhibition.

the Verhalenark is seventy meters long and 13 meter high



Ticket Type Price
Adult €14.50
Children  up to 12 Years old €9.50
Children under 2 Years old  Free Entry
Students and Seniors reduced rate  €12.50
Family Ticket 2 adults and 2 children €40.00
+Each additional child €6.50


Opening Hours


Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tueday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wedneday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM



Address: Oostereiland, 1621 Hoorn, Netherlands

Westfries Museum

Watertaxi halte Westfries Museum

The Westfries Museum is a historical and cultural museum situated in Hoorn, it was opened on the 10th of January 1880, the building originally belonged to the Gecommitteerde Raden van West-Friesland en het Noorderkwartier, as a part of the Staten van Holland en West-Friesland, the Museum comprises over 30,000 objects

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10 Facts You Might Not Know About Deventer

Photos of Deventer
  1. Deventer hosts the largest book fair in Europe.

  2. The female Jewish poet and writer Etty Hillesum lived in Deventer during the war before being deported to Auschwitz.

  3. During the production of the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far, all of the scenes taking place in nearby Arnhem were filmed in Deventer.

  4. Deventer was most likely founded around 768 by the English missionary Lebuinus.

  5. Deventer was one of the first cities to be equipped with printing press, from 1477.

  6. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel.

  7. Deventer received city rights in 956.

  8. The old streets around the Bergkerk, known as Bergkwartier (Mountain Quarter) situated on and around an old river dune.

  9. Deventer is the birthplace of Geert Groote, was a Dutch Roman Catholic deacon, who was a popular preacher and the founder of the Brethren of the Common Life.

  10. In 2005 the municipality of Bathmen was merged with Deventer as part of a national effort to reduce bureaucracy in the country.

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Sports and Event Center De Scheg

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De Scheg is a sports and event center in Deventer, part of the sports complex is a skating rink, which has been around since 1992. Within the complex contains a subtropical swimming pool and gyms.

Elder Margriet de Jager opened the sports complex for the public on October 8, 2011. A week later, the 42nd IJsselcup was won. De Scheg is the number six on the list of fastest ice rinks in the Netherlands in January 2017.

Major championships
1993 – NK distances men / women
1998 – NK allround men / women
2000 – NK distances men / women
2011/2012 – Holland Cup Final

Sports and Event Center De Scheg

Map Location

Piet van Donkplein 1, 7422 LW, Deventer, The Netherlands

Deventer Statistics and figures


Deventer in numbers



Population 98,510 (2017)
Population Density 1,950/sq mi (2017)
Families 44,658 (2015)
Males % 49.5 (2015)
Females % 50.5 (2015)
Foreigners % 4.7 (2015)
Average age (years) 40.2 (2015)
Age Group Population Year Updated
0-14 years 17,057 (2017)
15-64 years 65,127 (2017)
65+ years 17,111 (2017)
Urbanization Population Year Updated
Highly urbanized 25,290 (2017)
Strongly urbanized 23,590 (2017)
Moderately urbanized 26,070 (2017)
Lowly urbanized 15,220 (2017)
Rural 9,130 (2017)




Postal code: 7400 – 7438
GPS coordinates: 52.255, 6.164
Local dialing code: 0570
Province: Overijssel
Longitude 6.163890
Latitude 52.255000
Elevation: 12 m
Time Zone AMT
Table Table




Number of Parks 3 (2017)
Number of Museums 15 (2017)
Number of Hospitals 3 (2017)




Railway stations 2
Number of airports 2


Geert Groote Huis Museum

Geert Groote Huis, netherlands

The Museum Geert Groote Huis is totally devoted to Deventenaar Geert Groote, lived between 1340 – 1384.He’s called the founder of the ‘Modern Devotion’. This renewal movement was a personal embodiment of faith and sincere life and a personal embodiment of faith.

The Museum offers the the interactive timeline can reveal what happened in his life and performances and walks.

To date inspire the ideas of Geert Groote. The foundation of the first chapel of the Brothers of the Common Life, located at the Lamme of Dieseplein, is why the Geert Groote Huis is built. How he came to his insight, why he criticized the church and society and why his mind is still up to date.

The museum brings modern day technology such as Virtual Reality and places you back in time to the beginning of the 16th century. Within the virtual chapel you can also marry a beautiful psalter.


The Geert Groote Huis Museum VR

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Adults: € 5 / $5.96 / £4.41

Children between 6 to 18 yrs:  € 3/ $3.58 / £2.65

Children under 6 yrs: free of charge.

Groups from 10 people (adults) € 4 per person

Groups from 10 people (up to 18 years) € 2,50 per person


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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM–5:00 PM

The Geert Groote Huis is closed on all public holidays.


The Geert Groote Huis Museum

Map Location

Address: Lamme van Dieseplein 4, 7411 LX Deventer, Netherlands