Small city
Street view (1979)
Street view (1979)
Coat of arms of Grafhorst
Grafhorst is located in Overijssel
Location in the Netherlands
Grafhorst is located in Netherlands
Grafhorst (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 52°34′57″N 5°56′2″E / 52.58250°N 5.93389°E / 52.58250; 5.93389Coordinates: 52°34′57″N 5°56′2″E / 52.58250°N 5.93389°E / 52.58250; 5.93389
 • Total1.57 km2 (0.61 sq mi)
1 m (3 ft)
 • Total1,030
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0546

Grafhorst is a small city about 3 km north of Kampen, in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It received city rights in 1333 from Jan van Diest [nl], the Prince-Bishop of Utrecht.[3][4]

It was first mentioned in 1277 as Grafhorst, and means "burial height".[3] Even though it was given city rights, it was never fortified and remained small. In 1775 and 1825, it was flooded.[4] The economy used to be based in fishing with some agriculture culture. In 1849, it was home to 411 people. On 5 May 1849, nearly the entire city burnt down except for some farms and a couple of remote houses.[5] In 1962, a church was built.[4]

Grafhorst was a separate municipality until 1937, when it became a part of IJsselmuiden;[6] it is now a part of Kampen.

Peat excation at Kamperveenderij near Grafhorst


  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 8277AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Grafhorst - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Grafhorst". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ U.G. Lauts (1849). De vernieling van Grafhorst (in Dutch). The Hague: J.L. van der Vliet. pp. 460–466. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  6. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, "Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten", KNAW, 2006. "KNAW > Publicaties > Detailpagina". Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2009-12-03.

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