Church in Rheden
Church in Rheden
Flag of Rheden
Coat of arms of Rheden
Highlighted position of Rheden in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 52°1′N 6°3′E / 52.017°N 6.050°E / 52.017; 6.050
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorCarol van Eert (PvdA)
 • Total84.35 km2 (32.57 sq mi)
 • Land81.74 km2 (31.56 sq mi)
 • Water2.61 km2 (1.01 sq mi)
28 m (92 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total43,525
 • Density532/km2 (1,380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
6880–6883, 6950–6957, 6990–6994
Area code026, 0313

Rheden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈreːdə(n)] i) is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands.

Population centres

Population of the seven villages on 1 January 2013[5]


Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Rheden, June 2015


The oldest mentions of villages in the municipality of Rheden date from the 9th century, namely Velp and Dieren. Many estates arose at the foot of the Veluwezoom, forming an almost unbroken row from Arnhem to Dieren. Examples are Middachten Castle (14th century), Biljoen Castle (16th century) and Huis Rhederoord (18th century). The estates and their residents provided work for the local population. The castles also provided a safe haven in times of unrest.

The municipality of Rheden was formed in 1573 when the schoutambten Velp and Rheden were merged to form the schoutambt Rheden.The choice of the name Rheden was made because the Rheden sheriff's office had more inhabitants. The municipality was divided into two new municipalities on January 1, 1812: Dieren and Velp. Already on January 1, 1818, the old situation was restored.

Between 1650 and about 1900 there were seven country estates in the village of Rheden: Scherpenhof, Den Brink, Heuven, De Kruishorst, Snippendaal (until 1916 part of De Kruishorst), Rhederhof and Valkenberg.[6]

During the 19th century, many retirees and pensioners settled in the municipality of Rheden, particularly in De Steeg and Velp. The nearby presence of a city (Arnhem) and beautiful nature were factors that stimulated the growth of the municipality of Rheden. The population quadrupled in a century from 5,000 to 23,000. Velp is now the largest village in the municipality.


Notable residents

Public thinking and Public Service

Louis Couperus
Anouk van Dijk, 2009

The Arts

  • Mina Kruseman (1839 in Velp – 1922) a 19th-century Dutch feminist, actress and author
  • Louis Couperus (1863 – 1923 in De Steeg) a Dutch novelist and poet
  • Baroness Ella van Heemstra (1900 in Velp – 1984) a Dutch-British aristocrat and the mother of Audrey Hepburn[7]
  • Simon Carmiggelt (1913–1987) author, who had a home in De Steeg
  • Teun Jacob (1927 in Rheden - 2009) a Dutch wall painter and sculptor
  • Jan Siebelink (born 1938 in Velp) a Dutch author
  • Paula van der Oest (born 1965 in Laag-Soeren) a Dutch film director and screenwriter[8]
  • Anouk van Dijk (born 1965 in Velp) a Dutch choreographer, dancer, artistic director and teacher
  • Maarten Demmink (born 1967 in Goudriaan), known as Demiak, a Dutch painter, photographer and sculptor
  • Jorrit van der Kooi (born 1972 in Rheden) a Dutch film and TV director and presenter[9]



  • The Gazelle bicycle factory is situated in Dieren.



  1. ^ "College burgemeester en wethouders" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Rheden. Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 16 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 6994AB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ Statistics on Rheden.nl Archived 2013-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Buitenplaatsen
  7. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 10 October 2019
  8. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 11 October 2019
  9. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 11 October 2019

External links

  • Media related to Rheden at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website

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