Wijchen

Wijchen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋixə(n)] (listen)) is a municipality and a town in the province of Gelderland, in the eastern part of the Netherlands.

Wijchen
Wijchen castle

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Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°48′N 5°44′E
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceGelderland
Government
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorHans Verheijen (CDA)
Area
  Total69.56 km2 (26.86 sq mi)
  Land66.49 km2 (25.67 sq mi)
  Water3.07 km2 (1.19 sq mi)
Elevation9 m (30 ft)
Population
 (August 2017)[4]
  Total40,814
  Density614/km2 (1,590/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Wijchenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
6600–6606, 6613–6617, 6634
Area code024, 0486, 0487
Websitewww.wijchen.nl

Population centres

Number of residents per population centre per 12 December 2009:

Wijchen32,904
Alverna2,405
Balgoij779
Batenburg691
Bergharen1,779
Hernen820
Leur130
Niftrik570

Source: Statistics Netherlands

The population centre Woezik (3,820 residents on 1 January 2005) and the township Laak are statistically included in Wijchen.

Neighbourhoods

Neighbourhoods in Wijchen include:

  • Centre: Kloosterakker
  • Wijchen-Oost: Valendries, Oosterweg and Uilenboom.
  • Woezik: Veenhof and Saltshof.
  • Wijchen-Noord.
  • Achterlo: Homberg, Heilige Stoel and Kraaijenberg.
  • Wijchen-West: Blauwe Hof and Aalsburg.
  • Wijchen-Zuid: Abersland, Diepvoorde, Huissteden, Hoogmeer, De Ververt, De Geer, Elsland, De Weertjes, De Grippen, Zesakkers, Zevendreef, Sluiskamp, Oudelaan, and Kronenland.
  • Kerkeveld: De Gamert, De Meren, Diemenwei, De Flier, De Lingert.
  • Huurlingsedam.

Streets in most neighbourhoods are numbered instead of named. This is not common practice in the Netherlands, therefore the street numbers are included in the house numbering. E.g. someone living in Abersland, 11th street, house #05 will usually use Abersland 1105 in his address.

Wijchen Castle (town hall)

Parts of Wijchen Castle (Kasteel Wijchen in Dutch) date from the 14th century, but it took its current Mannerist form in the years 16091629. It is surrounded by a moat and used to serve as the town hall. Currently, the town hall is on the other side of the road, while the castle is only used for important meetings.[5]

Notable residents

Sport

References

  1. "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Wijchen. Retrieved 11 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 6602DE". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 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. Stenvert, R. et al. (2000), Monumenten in Nederland: Gelderland, p. 332333. Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers. ISBN 90-400-9406-3.
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