Uitgeest

Uitgeest [œy̯tˈxeːst] (listen) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

Uitgeest
Windmill Tweede Broekermolen in Uitgeest

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Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°32′N 4°43′E
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceNorth Holland
Government
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorWendy Verkleij-Eimers (VVD)
Area
  Total22.29 km2 (8.61 sq mi)
  Land19.19 km2 (7.41 sq mi)
  Water3.10 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
Population
 (August 2017)[4]
  Total13,488
  Density703/km2 (1,820/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
1910–1911
Area code0251
Websitewww.uitgeest.nl

Population centres

The municipality of Uitgeest consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Assum, Busch en Dam, Groot Dorregeest, Uitgeest.

Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Uitgeest, June 2015

Local government

The municipal council of Uitgeest consists of 15 seats, which are divided as follows:

  • Progressief Uitgeest - 4 seats
  • CDA - 2 seats
  • UVP - 2 seats
  • PvdA - 2 seats
  • VVD - 2 seats
  • D66 - 3 seat

Tourist information

No less than five windmills can be seen in the polder landscape surrounding the village. Uitgeest was the birthplace (in 1550) of Cornelis Corneliszoon, inventor of the wind-powered sawmill. An industrial heritage park, centered on sawmill De Hoop,[5] is under construction.

The village has a Reformed church dating back to the early 14th Century and lakeside marina. The outdoor kart-racing track of 670m had to make room for development of houses, so one tourist attraction has been lost. Fort along Den Ham (between Uitgeest and Krommenie) was one of the 42 forts of the Stelling van Amsterdam, a 19th-century ring of fortifications around Amsterdam which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is now a museum open to the public on Sundays.

Transportation

Uitgeest is served by 4 trains per hour (Monday - Saturday), journey time to Amsterdam is around 20 minutes. It is recommended not to travel on the Stoptrein via Beverwijk and Haarlem as this journey is slower, and the journey via Zaandam passes through beautiful countryside.

  • Highway

Uitgeest is very close to the highways N8/A8 and A9. This will take you to Amsterdam in around 15 minutes. Recently (December 2010) the A9 highway has been improved by adding two lanes ('spitsstroken'), improving the traffic to and from the Amsterdam region.

Notable residents

References

  1. "Burgemeester & Wethouders" [Mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Uitgeest. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 1911EG". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. www.dehoopuitgeest.nl
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