Zaltbommel (Dutch pronunciation: [zɑltˈbɔməl] (listen)) (known also, historically and colloquially, as Bommel) is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands.

Clockwise from top left: City hall, Saint Martin church, Gasthuis Tower, Gothic house


Coat of arms
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°48′N 5°15′E
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorPeter Rehwinkel (acting) (PvdA)
  Total89.04 km2 (34.38 sq mi)
  Land79.61 km2 (30.74 sq mi)
  Water9.43 km2 (3.64 sq mi)
Elevation3 m (10 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
  Density351/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
5300–5311, 5315–5318
Area code0418

Zaltbommel was expanded to its current size on 1 January 1999, by a merger of the municipalities of Brakel, Kerkwijk and Zaltbommel. The municipality is situated in the heart of the Netherlands, close to the A2 Motorway, the railway line from Utrecht to 's‑Hertogenbosch and the rivers Waal and Maas.


Dutch Topographic map of Zaltbommel (municipality), Sept. 2014

Population centres

The municipality, consists of 13 population centres and had a population of 27,940 in 2017.

Name Population
Aalst 2102 2106
Bern 36 33
Brakel 3050 3066
Bruchem 1674 1668
Delwijnen 341 337
Gameren 2433 2466
Kerkwijk 629 640
Nederhemert 1612 1604
Nieuwaal 732 758
Poederoijen 1013 1039
Zaltbommel 12040 12143
Zuilichem 1704 1702
Total 27366 27562

The city of Zaltbommel

The town of Zaltbommel was first mentioned as "Bomela" in the year 850. Zaltbommel received city rights in 1231 and these were renewed in 1316. In 1599 during the Eighty Years War, Zaltbommel was besieged by Spanish forces but was relieved by an Anglo-Dutch force led by Maurice of Orange. The bridge over the Waal at Zaltbommel (which has since been replaced) features in a celebrated twentieth-century Dutch sonnet, De moeder de vrouw, by Martinus Nijhoff.[5]

Notable residents

The Arts


  1. "Burgemeester Van den Bosch" [Mayor Van den Bosch] (in Dutch). Gemeente Zaltbommel. Retrieved 24 July 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 5301LB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. Hollandse Gedichten Retrieved 4 August 2017
  6. Streekarchief Bommelerwaard (Zaltbommel district archive, in Dutch) Retrieved 5 January 2017
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