City centre of Lochem
City centre of Lochem
Flag of Lochem
Coat of arms of Lochem
Highlighted position of Lochem in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 52°09′41″N 6°24′55″E / 52.16145°N 6.41519°E / 52.16145; 6.41519Coordinates: 52°09′41″N 6°24′55″E / 52.16145°N 6.41519°E / 52.16145; 6.41519
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorSebastiaan van 't Erve (GL)
 • Total215.94 km2 (83.37 sq mi)
 • Land213.03 km2 (82.25 sq mi)
 • Water2.91 km2 (1.12 sq mi)
14 m (46 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total33,948
 • Density159/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
7210–7218, 7240–7245
Area code0573, 0575

Lochem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlɔxəm] (listen)) is a city and municipality in the province of Gelderland in the Eastern Netherlands. In 2005, it merged with the municipality of Gorssel, retaining the name of Lochem. As of 2019, it had a population of 33,590.

Population centres

Topographic map of the municipality of Lochem, 2015

The city of Lochem is the municipality's main population centre. The hamlet of Barchem and Laren were already comprised in the municipality of Lochem before 2005. Formerly in the municipality of Gorssel, Almen, Eefde (immediately north of Zutphen), Epse and Gorssel itself became part of the municipality of Lochem, as well as the hamlet of Harfsen.

City of Lochem

Lochem, 18 km (11 mi) east of Zutphen, received city rights in 1233.[5] Until the 17th century, it was often besieged and burnt down. After 1700, it became a small market town for the farmers in its surroundings.

The village of Laren has a castle called Huis Verwolde. In summer, guided tours of this castle are organised for tourists. On its estate there is a tree, said to be the thickest tree in the Netherlands ( "de dikke boom van Verwolde").


Lochem is served by Lochem railway station, on the Zutphen–Glanerbeek railway.

Notable people



  1. ^ "Burgemeester van 't Erve" [Mayor van 't Erve] (in Dutch). Gemeente Lochem. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 17 June 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 7241AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Stad Lochem", Mijn Gelderland. Retrieved on 14 April 2017.

External links

  • Media related to Lochem at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
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