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Zeist municipality
Flag of the municipality of Zeist
Coat of arms of the municipality of Zeist
coat of arms
province Utrecht Utrecht
mayor Koos Janssen ( CDA )
Seat of the municipality Zeist
 - land
 - water
48.64  km 2
48.50 km 2
0.14 km 2
CBS code 0355
Residents 63,965 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 1315 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 52 ° 5 '  N , 5 ° 15'  E Coordinates: 52 ° 5 '  N , 5 ° 15'  E
Important traffic route A12 E35 A28 E30 N224 N234 N237 N238
prefix 030
Postcodes 3701-3709, 3711-3712, 3734-3735
Website Homepage of Zeist
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Zeist ( listen ? / I ) is a municipality in the Dutch province of Utrecht . It consists of the main town Zeist and the villages Austerlitz and Den Dolder. Audio file / audio sample

Location and economy

Zeist is about seven kilometers east of the city of Utrecht on the edge of the forest area " Utrechtse Heuvelrug ". Roads and railways connect the community with the neighboring city. The Driebergen-Zeist railway station located on the route Arnhem-Utrecht . In Den Dolder there is a small train station on the Utrecht– Amersfoort line . Between 1910 and 1949 an electric tram ran between Utrecht and Zeist .

The location of Zeist has led to sanatoriums, retirement homes, clinics and psychiatric institutions having settled in and around Zeist. Many large, old mansions and country houses, built in the 19th century for wealthy Utrecht residents, now serve as office buildings. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbal Bond (KNVB, the Dutch Football Association), the Dutch branch of the nature conservation organizationWorld Wildlife Fund ” and several other charitable organizations are based in Zeist. This is also where the headquarters of Triodos Bank , Europe's largest sustainability bank , and the company's headquarters are located from startpage.com , a privacy-protecting search engine. In addition, Zeist has many schools and other educational institutes that sometimes work with the nearby University of Utrecht . The Dutch research institute TNO also has a branch in Zeist. After all, there is an important company in the office supply industry in Zeist.

There is a factory in Den Dolder where margarine , mayonnaise and other sauces are made.


Zeist Castle and the Moravian Church

Zeist Castle
Entrance to Zeist Castle

The village of Zeist was built around Zeist Castle , which was built in its current form in 1686 (architect Jacob Roman) and built by Willem Adriaan van Nassau-Odijk .

In the 18th century , the Herrnhut Brethren settled here (Zeister Synod 1746). In front of the castle, the Moravians built a new settlement from 1748, consisting of two large squares, the Broeder and Zusterplein (Brothers and Sisters Square). A flourishing community emerged here. Since 1793, many trained missionaries have been sent from Zeist here by the Zeister Zendingsgenootschap (ZZg), the Zeister Mission Society, first to Suriname , later also to Tanzania , South Africa , Jamaica , Cuba and Central America .

The Zeist congregation still exists today, and the complex with its church hall and churchyard is well worth seeing. The first picture is in the small church hall . After changing hands several times in the 19th century, the castle was bought by the municipality of Zeist in 1924. The richly decorated and equipped building (one of the most beautiful castles in the whole of the Netherlands) is surrounded by a few parks. Access to it is restricted on weekends and during the summer holidays (only in the afternoon).


The village of Austerlitz was built around 1806 around a monument to the Battle of the Three Emperors from 1805 near Austerlitz in Moravia . Zeist is one of the twin cities here . There is now a small amusement park next to the pyramid of Austerlitz, which was restored in 2004 .

The wooded area attracts hikers and cyclists.

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Zeist  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  2. Over het ZZg , accessed on March 19, 2019.