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Zaltbommel municipality
Flag of the municipality of Zaltbommel
Coat of arms of the municipality of Zaltbommel
coat of arms
province Gelderland Gelderland
mayor Pieter van Maaren ( CDA )
Seat of the municipality Zaltbommel
 - land
 - water
89.04  km 2
79.61 km 2
9.43 km 2
CBS code 0297
Residents 28,479 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 320 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 51 ° 48 '  N , 5 ° 15'  E Coordinates: 51 ° 48 '  N , 5 ° 15'  E
Important traffic route A2 E25 N322 N832
prefix 0418
Postcodes 5301-5302, 5305-5308, 5311, 5313-5318
Website Homepage of Zaltbommel
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The Maarten van Rossum house
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Zaltbommel ( listen ? / I ) is a Dutch municipality in the province of Gelderland and had 28,479 inhabitants on January 31, 2019, according to the CBS . Audio file / audio sample


The municipality of Zaltbommel includes the following places (in brackets the approximate number of inhabitants on January 1, 2017):

  • City of Zaltbommel, seat of the municipal administration (12,130);
  • several villages:
    • Aalst (2,155)
    • Brakel (3,025)
    • Bruchem (1,785)
    • Delwijnen (475)
    • Gamers (2,260)
    • Kerkwijk (415)
    • Nederhemert (1,615)
    • Nieuwaal (1,080)
    • Poederoijen (1,020)
    • Zuilichem (1,560)
  • the remote Loevestein Castle
  • and a very small town with only 38 inhabitants that bears the less Dutch-sounding name of Bern. There in the south the municipality borders on Heusden , which is located in the province of Noord-Brabant .

Location and economy

The town of Zaltbommel is located on the south bank of the Waal river on the A2 motorway Utrecht - 's-Hertogenbosch and on the railway between these two towns. Not far from the city, at Loevestein Castle , the Waal and Maas flow together.

Of particular importance for the economy are tourism (see below: sights), fruit growing and horticulture (there is a fruit auction in the city ) and industry (brickworks along the river; small businesses in the city).

The headquarters of the milk processing group Campina BV is located in Zaltbommel .


Distribution of seats in the municipal council

Local elections 2018
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Gains and losses
compared to 2014
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The municipal council has been formed as follows since 2006:

Political party Seats
2006 2010 2014 2018
SGP 3 4th 4th 4th
Zaltbommel change with visie 2 3 5 4th
PvdA 5 3 2 3
GroenLinks 1 1 1
CDA 3 3 2 3
ChristenUnie 3 2 3 3
VVD 3 3 2 2
SP - - - 1
D66 1 2 2 1
total 21st 21st 21st 21st

College of Mayors and Aldermen

The following people belong to the college and the delegates manage the following departments:

  • Gijs van Leeuwen ( SGP ): Space, Living and Cultural History
  • Kees Zondag (Zaltbommel veranderen met Visie): Finances, area-specific work, sport, work and income
  • Adrie Bragt ( ChristenUnie ): Care, welfare, education and public space
  • Willem Posthouwer ( VVD ): Sustainability, Economy, Transport, Culture and Recreation
Community Secretary
  • Wieringa honeycomb


Zaltbommel, map from 1649

Already in 850 there is talk of a village Bomela . In 999 Otto III stayed . in Zaltbommel and gave the place the customs as well as the brewing, market and coinage rights. Count Otto II von Geldern granted Zaltbommel further important city ​​rights in 1231 , which were completed with the right to build the wall in 1316. At the turn of the 14th century, Count Rainald I von Geldern gave some other municipalities in the region besides Zaltbommel with city rights. These cities subsequently prospered. There was extensive foreign trade via the rivers, especially the Rhine. Zaltbommel belonged to the Geldern "Quartier" (= administrative district) Nijmegen. The first syllable of the place name Zalt- is related to one of the most important commercial goods, table salt . Wine was also an important commodity. Significant capital was accumulated in Zaltbommel.

In 1412 Zaltbommel was besieged for several weeks by Duke Rainald IV of Jülich-Geldern . The famous Geldern general Martin van Rossum had a house built for himself in 1535 in Zaltbommel, which was strategically important for the Duchy of Geldern at the time . It has been preserved and now houses the local museum. In October 1537 the Geldern knights and towns, including Zaltbommel, united against the plans of Duke Karl von Egmond to bequeath the duchy to the King of France on his death. On November 14th, Zaltbommel, Roermond , Venlo , Zütphen and Tiel united to form a mutual protection and defensive alliance. On November 19, the Duke relented, and on December 12, a state parliament in Nijmegen confirmed the old inheritance.

Zaltbommel flourished until around 1600. Then came the decline, which u. a. caused by the creation of a sand bank in the river and competition from Herzogenbusch . Zaltbommel flourished again in the 19th century when several industrial companies settled in the port city. The Zaltbommeler claim that three world-famous people visited their city: the meteorologist Christoph Buys Ballot (who actually went to high school here as a boy); the composer Franz Liszt (presumably that's not true); and Karl Marx (that's for sure). The latter actually visited Lion Philips in Zaltbommel in order to receive an advance payment from him on the inheritance of his mother Henriette Marx . The son of Lion Philips Frederik Philips and his grandson Gerard Philips founded the Philips group in Eindhoven in 1891 .


The Martinskirche
Eben-Haëzerkirche and Gasthuisturm

Unless otherwise stated, these are located in the old town of Zaltbommel.

  • Castle Loevestein , one of interessantesten castles of the Netherlands near Poederoijen;
  • Gothic Martini Church , one of the most important churches in the Netherlands in terms of art history;
  • Museum in the Maarten van Rossumhuis ;
  • Inn tower;
  • Remnants of the city fortifications;
  • Several old houses from the 17th to 19th centuries;
  • The ruins of the castle in Nederhemert, which was destroyed in 1944;
  • Zaltbommel harbor, a major marina;
  • In April, a bike ride through the city's surroundings is worthwhile when the fruit trees are in bloom.

Zaltbommel has a bigger hotel.

Well-known sons and daughters of the city


  • Friedrich Nettesheim: History of the City and the Office of Geldern , Vol. 1, Krefeld 1863
  • SHAM Zoetmulder: Zaltbommel in oude views . Europese Library, Zaltbommel 1983

Web links

Commons : Zaltbommel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Nieuwe burgemeester in Zaltbommel. In: Rijksoverheid, September 9, 2019, accessed October 4, 2019 (Dutch).
  2. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  3. Result of the local elections: 2014 2018 , accessed on July 25, 2018 (Dutch)
  4. ↑ Allocation of seats in the municipal council: 2006 2010 2014 2018 , accessed on July 25, 2018 (Dutch)
  5. College van burgemeester en wethouders Gemeente Zaltbommel, accessed on July 24, 2018 (Dutch)
  6. Wigelmann / Mohrmann: food and tableware in the Hanseatic League , Münster / New York 1993
  7. ^ Friedrich Nettesheim: History of the city and the office of Geldern. Vol. 1, Krefeld 1863, p. 51ff.
  8. Nettesheim: History of the city and the office of Geldern. 1863, p. 65
  9. Nettesheim: History of the city and the office of Geldern. 1863, p. 60
  10. Nettesheim: History of the city and the office of Geldern. 1863, p. 105
  11. Nettesheim: History of the city and the office of Geldern. 1863, p. 221
  12. Jan Gielkens: Karl Marx and his Dutch relatives. An annotated source edition . Trier 1999 [rather April 2000] 442 pp. ISBN 3-86077-845-5 , p. 169.