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Culemborg municipality
Flag of the municipality of Culemborg
Coat of arms of the municipality of Culemborg
coat of arms
province Gelderland Gelderland
mayor Gerdo van Grootheest ( GroenLinks )
Seat of the municipality Culemborg
 - land
 - water
31.14  km 2
29.28 km 2
1.86 km 2
CBS code 0216
Residents 28,518 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 916 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 51 ° 57 '  N , 5 ° 14'  E Coordinates: 51 ° 57 '  N , 5 ° 14'  E
Important traffic route A2 E25 N320 N833
prefix 0345
Postcodes 4100-4107
Website Homepage of Culemborg
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Market with town hall
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City center of Culemborg
City silhouette of Culemborg

Culemborg ( listen ? / I ; formerly also called Kuilenborg or Kuylenburgh ) is a town and municipality in the Dutch province of Gelderland . Audio file / audio sample

Location and economy

The city is located in the far west of the province, on the river Lek and on the car and railways between Utrecht and 's-Hertogenbosch . The Culemborg railway bridge on the Utrecht – Boxtel line crosses the Lek river here.

Culemborg has an important function in the service: it is the seat of the Centraal Boekhuis (Central Book House ). This very large distribution and logistics company , which, however, has the legal form of a non-profit foundation , has the almost complete monopoly of the distribution of books in the Dutch-speaking area (including Belgium ), and also manages the International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) for books in Dutch .

There are also some important factories in the city that produce metal goods, bricks and furniture . Tourism is also not insignificant for the economy.


Culemborg was founded in the 12th century as a village on a dune on the south bank of the Lek. The conveniently located place developed into a city and free glory . A gentleman Jan (John) van Bosichem (probably: Beusichem) Culemborg granted on December 6, 1318 the town charter . Culemborg became a free town . This meant that people who were persecuted elsewhere could get the right to asylum in Culemborg , although the city was careful not to turn the town into a haven for criminals. Nevertheless, Culemborg had the reputation that debtors, even bankrupts, could continue to live there without being persecuted or hindered by their creditors.

In the 14th century, the then lord had a castle built in Culemborg. It was destroyed by French troops in 1672. In the early 16th century, Culemborg had a mistress Elisabeth, to whom the town owes its beautiful town hall and (from her inheritance) an orphanage . Emperor Charles V made Culemborg a county in 1520 . One of the counts was Floris van Pallandt (1537–1598), a Calvinist who, in 1566, was the first in the Netherlands to approve a non-Catholic service in the castle .

In 1619 Jan van Riebeeck , the founder of the Cape Colony in South Africa, was born in the town . The county came to the noble family Waldeck- Pyrmont in 1639, in 1714 to the House of Sachsen-Hildburghausen and in 1748 by purchase to the Duchy of Geldern . It was annexed to the Netherlands in 1798. Since then, the Dutch royal family has the right to the title of Count of Culemborg. King Willem-Alexander is now also Count of Culemborg.

The 19th century brought the city economic growth through the connection to the railway network and the settlement of cigar and furniture factories, and later, in 1926, of the “Centraal Boekhuis”. Culemborg is one of the places that had to be evacuated for a short time in 1995 because of the threat of a major flood in the rivers.

On February 14, 1991, a fireworks warehouse exploded near the city. Two people lost their lives and six were seriously injured. The damage to property was estimated at more than 50 million Dutch guilders (around € 25 million).


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 2006:

Political party Seats
2006 2010 2014 2018
GroenLinks 2 3 2 4th
VVD 5 7th 5 4th
Culemborg van Nu - - - 3
D66 1 3 4th 3
CDA 3 2 2 2
ChristenUnie - 1 3 2
PvdA 5 3 2 1
SP 5 2 2 1
Blanco lijst 8 - - - 1
Blanco lijst 9 - - - 0
Culemborg Centraal - - 1 -
total 21st 21st 21st 21st


Gerdo van Grootheest ( GroenLinks ) has been the acting mayor of the municipality since June 9, 2017 . His college include the Assistant Joost Reus (GroenLinks), Monica Wichgers (Culemborg van Nu), Collin Stolwijk ( D66 ), Simon Buwalda ( CDA ) and the municipal secretary Gerard Vlekke.

Town twinning

coat of arms

Blazon : "In gold three red wall anchors (2/1)."


The whole cityscape makes Culemborg with its old houses worth a day trip. Outstanding monuments are:

  • the town hall, built in 1533 by the Flemish architect Rombout Keldermans, now an exhibition and festival building;
  • the late Gothic church of St. Barbara ;
  • the Elisabeth Orphanage (1560), now a local history museum;
  • the eastern city gate Binnenpoort or Lanxmeerpoort (built in 1557).

The foundations of the former castle have been preserved in a park. The city has a marina on the Lek.

To the west of the village is Bunker 599 , an installation from a sawed-through bunker from 1940.


sons and daughters of the town


The master of Zweder van Culemborg was a miniature painter who cannot be identified by name. In the 15th century he painted a missal for Zweder van Culemborg, the elected Bishop of Utrecht from Culemborg, and who received his emergency name from this work .

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  2. ^ Explosion of a fireworks storage . (PDF) French Ministry for Sustainable Development (English) accessed October 12, 2014
  3. Result of the local elections: 2014 2018 , accessed on 7 July 2018 (Dutch)
  4. ↑ Allocation of seats in the municipal council: 2006 2010 2014 2018 , accessed on July 7, 2018 (Dutch)
  5. Ivar Penris: Kennismaken met de nieuwe burgemeester van Culemborg. In: AD . De Persgroep Nederland , June 10, 2017, accessed July 7, 2018 (Dutch).
  6. Collegeleden ( Memento of the original from July 7, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Gemeente Culemborg, accessed July 7, 2018 (Dutch) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /