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Apeldoorn municipality
Flag of the municipality of Apeldoorn
Coat of arms of the municipality of Apeldoorn
coat of arms
province Gelderland Gelderland
mayor Ton Heerts ( PvdA )
Seat of the municipality Apeldoorn
 - land
 - water
341.15  km 2
339.9 km 2
1.25 km 2
CBS code 0200
Residents 162,505 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 476 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 52 ° 13 '  N , 5 ° 58'  E Coordinates: 52 ° 13 '  N , 5 ° 58'  E
Important traffic route A1 E30 A50 N344 N345 N788
prefix 055, 0577
Postcodes 3888 (Uddel), 7301-7303, 7311-7317, 7321-7329, 7331-7336, 7339, 7341, 7345-7346, 7348, 7351, 7361, 7364, 7371, 7381
Website Homepage of Apeldoorn
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Satellite photo of the city of Apeldoorn
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Apeldoorn ( listen ? / I ) is a municipality and a large city in the Netherlands . It is the regional center of the Veluwe in the province of Gelderland . In terms of area, Apeldoorn is the fourth largest municipality in the Netherlands (after Het Hogeland , Noordoostpolder and Midden-Drenthe ). The community has 162,505 inhabitants (as of January 31, 2019). With the construction of the new districts Zonnehoeve and Zuidbroek, the city will grow to around 170,000 inhabitants in the next few years. Audio file / audio sample


Apeldoorn is located immediately east of the Veluwe with the Torenberg .


The municipal area also includes Assel, Beekbergen , Beemte-Broekland, Engeland, Groenendaal, Hoenderloo , Hoog Buurlo, Hoog Soeren , Hooilanden, Klarenbeek (in part), Lieren, Loenen, Nieuw-Milligen, Oosterhuizen, Radio Kootwijk, Uddel, Ugchelen, Wenum -Wiesel, Woudhuizen and Zilven.

Apeldoorn is a green city with a few high-rise buildings and many detached houses.


Apeldoorn was first mentioned in a document under the Latin name Apoldro / Appoldro in 792/793 during the reign of the Frankish King Charles . In the Middle Ages , justice was given in a place in the middle of the forest that is now called "Het Herenhul". A small forest path between Apeldoorn and Beekbergen is therefore still called "Richtersweg". In 1689 Wilhelm III. , Governor of the Netherlands and King of England , build the pleasure palace Het Loo . Since then, members of the House of Orange have always lived in Apeldoorn, until Het Loo was rededicated in a museum after the death of Queen Wilhelmina . This circumstance and the location were the reason for many Hague state officials and other people to buy a villa or a smaller apartment with a garden in Apeldoorn from around 1850 onwards. As a result, Apeldoorn expanded from a farming village to a villa town with many green spaces.

The clear, clean streams, on-site blast named since the 18th century promoted the settlement of paper industry and laundries.

The Second World War and the German occupation from 1940–1945 did not leave Apeldoorn untouched either. It was a center of resistance sheet printing . The Jewish psychiatric institution Het Apeldoornsche Bosch was evacuated by the National Socialists and almost all residents and employees (around 1300) died in the concentration camps . In autumn 1944, the German Wehrmacht, with the support of the NSB, carried out two large raids to recruit forced laborers for the construction of defensive positions near Doesburg , Zevenaar and Rees . The liberation took place on April 17, 1945.

After 1960, Apeldoorn quickly grew to its present day wealth and scope. In 1968 the Theological University of Apeldoorn was founded. The government's decision to relocate many authorities - such as the tax office - from the overcrowded west to smaller cities created many new jobs in Apeldoorn and made it necessary to build many new apartments and districts.

Eight people died in a rampage on Koninginnedag 2009 , including the perpetrator himself and several people were injured. The perpetrator wanted to drive his small car into the royal family's bus during the parade festivities, but before that he lost control of his vehicle, which came to a standstill after it hit a monument.


Due to its central location, many service companies, authorities and wholesalers have settled in Apeldoorn. These include insurance companies, the Dutch land registry , some departments of the tax authorities, including other IT , several clinics (also in Beekbergen), paper wholesalers, laundries and a home for juvenile offenders in Hoenderloo. There is also industry, including for metal goods, bread and cakes, paper and machines. The dispatch center of Apple Inc. for Central Europe is also located here. There are a total of 92,294 jobs in the city of Apeldoorn. Tourism is also very important. There are several hotels and campsites in the municipality.

The city is on the German-Dutch holiday route Oranier Route .



Ton Heerts ( PvdA ) has been acting mayor of the municipality since December 18, 2019 , succeeding John Berends (new commissioner of the King of Gelderland), who was temporarily represented by Petra van Wingerden-Boers .

College of Mayors and Aldermen

The College is for the period until 2022 of members of the parties VVD , Lokaal Apeldoorn, CDA , D66 and GroenLinks . They were appointed during a council meeting on May 17, 2018. The following people belong to the college and are responsible in the following areas:

Surname Political party Department
Jeroen Joon VVD Spatial planning, economic affairs and

Acquisition, events, city triangle (around the cities of Apeldoorn, Deventer and Zutphen ), basics, planning and control, personnel and organization, councilor for the Zuidwest district, project: higher education

Wim Willems Lokaal Apeldoorn Public space, mobility, aviation, districts, public services, information technology and facility management, real estate, communication, councilor for the Noordoost district, projects: Canal zone, Huis van de Stad and revitalization of the districts
Nathan Stukker CDA Social welfare law, education, wide and top-class sport (events), housing, strategy, councilor for the villages, projects: higher education and location of the central administration
Mark Sandmann D66 Recreation and tourism, nature and animal welfare, energy transition, waste and the environment, activation and income, genetic material, city marketing, councilor for the Noordwest district, projects: inner city, Huis van de Stad
Detlev Cziesso GroenLinks Finance, youth, public health, art and culture, alderman for the Zuidoost district, project: location of the central administration

The office of community secretary is carried out by Yolande van der Meulen.

Distribution of seats in the municipal council

Local elections 2018
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p

The municipal council has been formed as follows since 1990:

Political party Seats
1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018
VVD 6th 7th 8th 6th 6th 6th 5 6th
Lokaal Apeldoorn a - - - 7th 4th 4th 3 5
CDA 12 9 7th 8th 6th 6th 5 5
D66 7th 7th 3 2 1 4th 7th 4th
ChristenUnie - - - 2 3 3 5 4th
GroenLinks 2 3 3 3 4th 3 3 3
50PLUS - - - - - - - 3
PvdA 8th 7th 8th 6th 11 5 4th 2
SP - - - - - 2 - 2
SGP 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
PvdD - - - - - 1 1 2
Community concerns - 3 5 3 2 3 2 1
Verenigde Seniors Partij - - - 0 - - 1 -
Progressief Sociaal Apeldoorn - - - - - - 1 -
RPF / GPV 1 2 3 - - - - -
Algemeen Ouderen Verbond / Unie55 + - - 1 - - - - -
Liberal People's Party Apeldoorn 1 - - - - - - -
Binding right 1 - - - - - - -
total 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39
  1. Parties that took part in the election but were unable to obtain a seat on the council will not be considered.
aBefore the party adopted the name Lokaal Apeldoorn in September 2015 , it was called Leefbaar Apeldoorn .


Castle Het Loo
town hall
Residential houses on the canal
  • Apeldoorn is known far beyond its borders for the Het Loo Castle , where members of the Dutch royal family lived until 1962. The palace, which is surrounded by a baroque-style park and large forests, is now a museum.
  • The Hoge Veluwe National Park is located between Hoenderloo, southwest of the city, and Ede .
  • Apenheul Zoo is located in a park to the west of the city and is only inhabited by monkeys, who are usually kept in direct contact with visitors.
  • In the center of Apeldoorn is a museum for modern art called CODA (Cultuur Onder Dak Apeldoorn), which often shows works by German artists.
  • The VSM (Veluwsche Stoomtrein Maatschappij) steam train runs on the museum railway between Apeldoorn and Dieren (municipality of Rheden ) in the summer months .


Apeldoorn is located on the Zwolle - Arnheim ( A 50 ) and Amsterdam - Hengelo ( A 1 ) - Osnabrück - Berlin motorways , which intersect at Beekbergen.

Train stations

The city has a central station on the Amsterdam / Utrecht - Deventer –Osnabrück – Berlin railway line . The international train to Osnabrück / Hanover / Berlin has stopped here since December 2006. On December 10, 2006 two new small stations were opened in the east of the city: Apeldoorn-De Maten (on the line to Zutphen ) and Apeldoorn-Osseveld on the line to Deventer.


Omnisport Apeldoorn

To the east of the city center, the Omnisportcentrum , a large sports facility for various sports with a hall for volleyball players from PZ / Dynamo, was opened in 2008 . The track world championships in cycling took place there in 2011 and 2018 .

In Apeldoorn there are two sports clubs that play at the highest level, both volleyball clubs .

  • volleyball
    The women's team from Dros / Alterno plays in the Dutch honor division ( volleyball ).
    The men's team Piet Zoomers / Dynamo plays in the Eredivisie (honor division).

Apeldoorn is also known as the venue for two running events and one marching event: the midwinter marathon has been held in January or February since 1974 and an internationally renowned 24-hour run took place from 1984 to 2007 . The four-day march of Apeldoorn (Apeldoorn Vierdaagse) takes place annually, which is organized by the Dutch hiking association NWB.

sons and daughters of the town

See also

Small German towns with similar names:

Web links

Commons : Apeldoorn  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Apeldoorn  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. a b Gep Leeflang: Apeldoorn heeft op 18 december nieuwe burgemeester. In: AD . De Persgroep Nederland , November 8, 2019, accessed December 19, 2019 (Dutch).
  2. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  3. "Apoldro villa vel marca 793" on page 273 , in: Bijdragen voor vaderlandsche geschiedenis en oudheidkunde. Vijfde deel , Arnhem 1847. This first mention is also reproduced in the variant in Felaowa [...] in villa vel Marca Appoldro for the period 792/793: Van Apeltre tot Appeltern; de vroegste vermelding van Appeltern , Tweestromenland, number 91, 1997, and Nieuwsbulletin 27th jaargang 2013, dubbelnumber 3-4 , Historische Vereniging Felua. In addition, there is also this reading: in villa ut marca Appoldro : ( ... et in Felaowa in villa ut marca Uttiloch, hubam cum edifitio, et in villa ut marca Appoldro, duas partes de una huba, cum edifitio ... ). See: Uddel naar 1200e verjaardag , digibron.nl
  4. Petra van Wingerden-Boers waarnemend burgemeester van Apeldoorn , VNG, January 2019
  5. Gemeenteraad Apeldoorn installeert nieuwe wethouders. In: Nieuws.nl. Nort Groep, May 22, 2018, accessed July 1, 2018 (Dutch).
  6. Portefeuilleverdeling ( Memento from July 1, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Gemeente Apeldoorn, accessed on June 28, 2018 (Dutch)
  7. Result of the local elections: 2014 2018 , accessed on July 1, 2018 (Dutch)
  8. ↑ Allocation of seats in the municipal council: 1990–2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 , accessed on July 1, 2018 (Dutch)
  9. ^ Website of the Omnisportcentrum
  10. ^ Website of the 24-uur loop Apeldoorn