Ruurlo Castle
Ruurlo Castle
Flag of Ruurlo
Coat of arms of Ruurlo
Ruurlo is located in Gelderland
Location in the province of Gelderland
Ruurlo is located in Netherlands
Ruurlo (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 52°5′14″N 6°27′28″E / 52.08722°N 6.45778°E / 52.08722; 6.45778
 • Total55.02 km2 (21.24 sq mi)
17 m (56 ft)
 • Total7,730
 • Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0573

Ruurlo is a village and former municipality in the province of Gelderland in the eastern part of the Netherlands.

The town has a station on the Zutphen to Winterswijk railway line, and is served by trains every half-hour in both directions. In the evening there is an hourly service.

Ruurlo Castle lies just outside the town and is a popular place for weddings. The castle was used as the town hall until 1 January 2005, when the municipality Ruurlo merged with the municipalities of Borculo, Neede and Eibergen into the municipality of Berkelland.


It was first mentioned in the 1180s as Ritherlo, and means "catlle near forest".[3] The village developed in the Middle Ages around Ruurlo Castle. The castle was first mentioned in 1326. It was enlarged in 1571, 1627 and 1727. The gardens date from 1801. After the 1984 restoration was completed, it served as town hall.[4]

The Dutch Reformed Church has 14th century elements. The tower dates from the late-15th century and was restored in 1793 and 1894. The Catholic Saint Willibrord was completed in 1871, and was designed by Pierre Cuypers.[4] In 1840, it was home to 419 people.[5]

The Ruurlo railway station opened in 1878. The building was demolished in 1982, and replaced by a simple bus stop which was removed in 2000.[6] The saw and gristmill Agneta dates from 1851. It was originally an oil mill, but was redesigned in 1917. The mill is sometimes used for sawing, however it is usually performed with an electric engine.[7]

Former population centres

Brinkmanshoek, De Bruil, De Haar, Heurne, Mariënvelde, Ruurlo and Veldhoek.



  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 7261AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Ruurlo - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 March 2022. 1118 document was a forgery
  4. ^ a b Ronald Stenvert & Sabine Broekhoven (2000). "Ruurlo" (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. p. 286. ISBN 90 400 9406 3. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Ruurlo". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Station Ruurlo". Stationsweb (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Agneta". Molendatabase (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 March 2022.

Coordinates: 52°05′N 6°27′E / 52.083°N 6.450°E / 52.083; 6.450

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