Valkenswaard (pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands, in the Metropoolregio Eindhoven of the province of North Brabant. The municipality had a population of 30,615 in 2017 and spans an area of 56.49 km2 (21.81 sq mi) of which 1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi) is water.

Church in Valkenswaard


Coat of arms
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°21′N 5°28′E
ProvinceNorth Brabant
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorAnton Ederveen (CDA)
  Total56.49 km2 (21.81 sq mi)
  Land55.01 km2 (21.24 sq mi)
  Water1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi)
Elevation25 m (82 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
  Density557/km2 (1,440/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Valkenswaarder / Valkenswaardenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code040

The name Valkenswaard stems from its history of falconers, who caught wild falcons there; valk is Dutch for "falcon". It lay on a route where falcons migrated south each year. In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Valkenswaardian falconers were active at many European courts, in which falconing was a beloved pastime. Valkenswaard's falcon-catching area has now been built over and falcons are no longer caught there.

In the 19th and 20th century, a number of large cigar factories were founded in Valkenswaard, the two most renowned of which being Willem II and Hofnar.

A Second World War cemetery containing 220 British soldiers was created near Valkenswaard in October 1944. It is now maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The spoken language is Kempenlands (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[5]

The Eurocircuit Valkenswaard is a motorsport racetrack that has hosted the European Rallycross Championship and the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Population centres


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Valkenswaard, June 2015

Partner municipalities

Notable people born in Valkenswaard


  1. "Samenstelling college van B&W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Valkenswaard. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 5 June 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 5554DA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105
  6. IMDb Database retrieved 20 November 2019
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