Flag of Lingewaard
Coat of arms of Lingewaard
Highlighted position of Lingewaard in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°53′N 5°54′E / 51.883°N 5.900°E / 51.883; 5.900Coordinates: 51°53′N 5°54′E / 51.883°N 5.900°E / 51.883; 5.900
 • BodyMunicipal Council
 • MayorJosan Meijers (PvdA)
 • Total69.14 km2 (26.70 sq mi)
 • Land62.00 km2 (23.94 sq mi)
 • Water7.14 km2 (2.76 sq mi)
11 m (36 ft)
 • Total46,625
 • Density750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
6680–6681, 6684–6691, 6850–6852
Area code026, 0481
Dutch topographic map of Lingewaard (2015)

Lingewaard (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌlɪŋəˈʋaːrt] (listen)) is a municipality in the eastern Netherlands. It is located in the province of Gelderland, in the most eastern part of the Betuwe. The municipality is situated in the lowlands between the major cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen, where most inhabitants work. Lingewaard was part of the Arnhem–Nijmegen metropolitan area until 2015.

Population centres

The municipality of Lingewaard consists of the undermentioned population centres. Lingewaard was formed in 2001 as a merger between the former municipalities of Bemmel, Gendt and Huissen. The municipality was initially named Bemmel after the largest former municipality, but later renamed 'Lingewaard' in a referendum. 'Lingewaard' itself is not a population centre but an artificial name for the municipality, which is favoured by the majority of the voters.

Towns/villages Population[5]
Huissen 19,414
Bemmel 12,161
Gendt 7,230
Angeren 2,857
Doornenburg 2,759
Haalderen 2,061
Ressen 137
Looveer (Loo) 6

The industrial park and hamlet of Looveer (included with Loo) comprises a small area located across the Pannerden Canal. Other notable hamlets in Lingewaard are Hulhuizen (included with Gendt), and Doornik (included with Bemmel). Before 1799, Doornik was a village. This village was destroyed because of a levee breach in 1799, whereby all houses were destroyed, including the church.


Cherry orchard of Prunus avium in Bemmel

The municipality lies entirely within the catchment area of the rivers Waal, Nederrijn, and Linge. It generally contains many fertile soils that lie on nutrient-rich river deposits. From an agricultural point of view, Lingewaard is well suited for horticulture. The area contains many greenhouses and orchards.

In the south of Lingewaard lies Dutch rewilding area Gelderse Poort, which is managed by Staatsbosbeheer. This nature reserve contains several Dutch riverscape habitats, including: riparian forests, grasslands, small marshes and kolks. Large herbivores (horses and cattle) roam through parts of the area, and play a major role in the landscape character because of their grazing behaviour.

Notable residents

Notable people from the municipality of Lingewaard include:

Syb Talma, stamp issued in 1936


Annual festivals

Participants on the first day of the International Four Days Marches in 2019 (Bergerdensestraat, between Huissen and Bemmel)

Notable annual festivals and events[6] in Lingewaard include:

  • International Four Days Marches Nijmegen – A multiple day marching event in mid-July, which comes through Bemmel and Huissen. Depending on the edition, it will be on the first or fourth day.
  • Bemmelse Dweildag – An international festival for marching bands in Bemmel, on the second Sunday in June.
  • Horse Days of Bemmel (Dutch: Bemmelse Paardendagen) – The annual pony market and horserace in Bemmel, around the second Sunday in August.
  • Cherry Festival of Gendt (Dutch: Gendste Kersenfeest) – Annual festival of Gendt at the end of July.
  • Under The Milky Way – Local rock festival of Lingewaard, located in the floodplains of Huissen, in the end of August or beginning of September.


Twin towns

From 2009 to 2014, Lingewaard was twinned with:


  • On 22 August 2018, an assault was committed on the municipal building of Lingewaard in Bemmel. A man drove into the building with a car with two gas cylinders in it. One of the gas cylinders exploded and caused serious fire and soot damage to the building. The driver died.


  1. ^ "Samenstelling College van B&W" [Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Lingewaard. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 6681BJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Feiten en cijfers" [Population numbers of the municipality]. 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Feiten en cijfers" [Population numbers of the municipality]. 1 January 2020.
  6. ^ Events in Lingewaard Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  7. ^ Mizil-Lingewaard Twinning Website

External links

  • Official website
  • Media related to Lingewaard at Wikimedia Commons
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