Wageningen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋaːɣənɪŋə(n)] (listen)) is a municipality and a historic town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland. It is famous for Wageningen University, which specialises in life sciences. The municipality had a population of 38,405 in 2017, of which many thousands are students from over 150 countries.



Coat of arms
City of Life Sciences
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°58′N 5°40′E
City right12 June 1263[1]
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorGeert van Rumund (PvdA)
  Total32.36 km2 (12.49 sq mi)
  Land30.49 km2 (11.77 sq mi)
  Water1.87 km2 (0.72 sq mi)
Elevation9 m (30 ft)
 (August 2017)[5]
  Density1,260/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0317


Wageningen is situated on the north bank of the Nederrijn (the Dutch portion of the Lower Rhine) part of the Gelderse valley (Dutch: Gelderse Vallei) and the Veluwe, of which the southwest hill is called the Wageningse Berg. Wageningen can be reached by car from highways A12 via the N781, A15 via the N233 and N225, and A50 via the N225, and from the Ede-Wageningen railway station via a 20-minute bus drive to the Wageningen central terminal (see below).[6],[7]

Topographic map of the municipality of Wageningen, July 2013 (click to enlarge)


The oldest known settlements in the Wageningen area were located north of today's town centre.[1] They were mentioned as early as 828. During the early Middle Ages a small church was built on the hill east of the town. Several wood farms have been found near the top of the hill. In the twelfth century people settled at what is currently the Bergstraat. Close to Hotel de Wereld a stone floor has been found dating back to this period. After the construction of a dike to protect the city from the acidic water from the moors that then occupied the Gelderse Vallei (the current Hoogstraat), the oldest part of the present city was built to the south. The parts of the city north of the Hoogstraat were built later. Wageningen received city rights in 1263.[1] The city was protected by a city wall and a moat, and in 1526 a castle was built. The castle was dismantled during the 18th century, but the foundations of three of the towers and part of the wall remain visible today.

The people, city, and institutions of Wageningen suffered greatly during World War II. The central part of Wageningen was destroyed by artillery fire soon after the German invasion of the country in May 1940. The town is also famous for its role at the end of the war: Wageningen was the site of the surrender of German General Johannes Blaskowitz to Canadian General Charles Foulkes on May 5, 1945, officially ending the war in the Netherlands. The generals negotiated the terms of surrender in the Hotel de Wereld, near the center of the city.[1] Now, each year on the 5th of May, Liberation Day in the Netherlands, Wageningen hosts a large festival to celebrate the liberation. On this occasion, veteran soldiers parade through the city and are honoured for their service, and around 120,000 people[8] visit the pop-podia around the city.[9]

Education and research

In 1918 the town acquired its first institution of higher education, the Landbouwhogeschool Nederland (Netherlands Agricultural College), which was based on the previous agricultural college founded in 1876, and which later became Wageningen University.[10] This initiated the development from a small historical town into a modern technological community, a process which still continues today.

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), including associated institutes, now employs about 7400 people.

Today, Wageningen is also the central city in Food Valley,[11] the Dutch food & nutrition cluster concentrated around WUR, and comprising many institutes, companies and facilities in the food & nutrition field. Food Valley is regarded as the largest food & nutrition Research & Development cluster in the world. One such firm, Keygene, a biotechnology company in Wageningen developed AFLP in the early 1990s and collaborated with Beijing Genomics Institute to sequence the entire genome of Brassica napus.

Sports teams

The city had its own professional football (soccer) club, FC Wageningen, which won the KNVB-beker (KNVB Cup) twice.[12][13] The club went bankrupt in 1992 and played its last match in May 1992 against NAC Breda.

The city is also home to the largest Korfball club in the country, Wageningen Korfball Club, originally known as Vada before merging with two other local clubs.

Traffic and transport

Wageningen is situated on the N225 provincial road, between Driebergen and Arnhem. The N781 provincial road connects Wageningen to the A12 national highway, to the north of the city. A small ferry (for cars, bikes, and pedestrians) crosses the Nederrijn to the south of the city, at Lexkesveer; from there, drivers can connect to the A15 national highway, via the N836 provincial road.

Several firms provide public bus service in and to Wageningen. From the Wageningen central bus terminal, lines connect to Rhenen, Tiel, Veenendaal, Utrecht, Oosterbeek, and Arnhem, and the Ede-Wageningen railway station. Further connections via bus, including to the Hoge Veluwe National Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum, also may be made at the Ede-Wageningen station. Bus service includes the following:[14]

Line Route Carrier Details
44 Wageningen – Rhenen NS – Kesteren NS – Lienden - Maurik - Tiel NS Arriva
45 Wageningen – Rhenen NS – Kesteren NS – Ochten - Tiel NS Arriva
50 Wageningen – Rhenen Station NS – Els – Amerongen – Leersum – Doorn – Driebergen-Zeist NS – Utrecht CS Connexxion
51 Wageningen – Renkum – Heelsum – Doorwerth – Heveadorp – Oosterbeek – Arnhem CS Breng
352 Wageningen – Renkum – Heelsum – Oosterbeek – Arnhem CS Breng
53 Wageningen – Renkum – Heteren – Driel – NS Station Arnhem Zuid – Winkelcentrum Kronenburg Breng
80 Wageningen – Rhenen Station NS – Veenendaal centrum – Veenendaal de Klomp NS – Renswoude – Scherpenzeel – Woudenberg – Leusden – Amersfoort CS Connexxion
84 Wageningen – Wageningen Campus – Gelderse Vallei Ziekenhuis – Ede-Wageningen NS Syntus Gelderland Part of the Valleilijn
86 Wageningen – Bennekom – Ede-Wageningen NS Syntus Gelderland
88 Wageningen – Wageningen Hoevestein - Gelderse Vallei Ziekenhuis – Ede-Wageningen NS Syntus Gelderland Part of the Valleilijn
N52 - Night bus Arnhem Willemsplein – Wageningen Breng Only Saturday night


Municipal council

Composition of the Wageningen municipal council since 1982:

Municipal council seats
Party198219861990199419982002200620102014 [15]2018
Stadspartij Wageningen-----12255
Connect Wageningen---------2

*Participated in 1986 with the name PPCE, the abbreviation of PSP-PPR-CPN-EVP.
**Participated in 1998 as a combination of the RPF and the GPV.


Wageningen's mayor, Geert van Rumund (PvdA), has served since 1 November 2005.

Notable residents

Notable people from Wageningen include:

Places of interest

(Including nearby)

Twin towns

Wageningen has two twin towns: Gödöllő (Hungary), and Mörfelden-Walldorf (Germany). The city has a project relation with the towns: Zhangzhou (China) and Ndiza (Rwanda).[26]

See also


  1. "History of Wageningen". Casteelsepoort.nl. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. "Burgemeester Geert van Rumund" [Mayor Geert van Rumund] (in Dutch). Gemeente Wageningen. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. "Postcodetool for 6701CZ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  5. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  6. "Wageningen in Gelderland, The Netherlands". maps.google.nl. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  7. "Wageningen". OpenStreetMap.org. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  8. "Bevrijdingsdag Wageningen soepel verlopen" (in Dutch). www.omroepgelderland.nl. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  9. "4 and 5 may Wageningen" (in Dutch). www.4en5meiwageningen.nl. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  10. "Historie van Wageningen UR" (in Dutch). www.wageningenur.nl. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  11. "Welcome to Food Valley!". foodvalley.nl. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  12. "Historie - Voetbal" (in Dutch). www.stadiondewageningseberg.nl. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  13. Bor, Rien (2001). De Onneembare Vesting; de historie van het betaald voetbal op De Wageningse Berg 1954 -1992.
  14. "Openbaar vervoer" (in Dutch). www.wageningen.nl. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  15. (in Dutch) Definitieve uitslag gemeenteraadsverkiezingen Wageningen 19 maart 2014 on Wageningen.nl Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  16. "August Falise (1875-1936)". Geldersepoort.nl. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  17. "lidewij edelkoort". Edelkoort.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  18. "Jacqueline Toxopeus". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  19. "Drs. A. (Alexander) Pechtold". parlement.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  20. "internationalclub wageningen". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  21. "Wageningen University & Research". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  22. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2012-06-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. Design, Ratio. "Home - Beeldengalerij Het Depot Wageningen". www.hetdepot.nl. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  24. http://www.ouwehand.nl/Basis.aspx?Tid=168&Lid=222&Lit=TEKST&Stijl=02&Sid=808
  25. "Wageningen Campus". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  26. (in Dutch) Evaluatierapport stedenbanden Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine

Wageningen travel guide from Wikivoyage

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