Wijk bij Duurstede

Wijk bij Duurstede
Aerial view of Wijk bij Duurstede
Aerial view of Wijk bij Duurstede
Flag of Wijk bij Duurstede
Coat of arms of Wijk bij Duurstede
Highlighted position of Wijk bij Duurstede in a municipal map of Utrecht
Location in Utrecht
Wijk bij Duurstede is located in Netherlands
Wijk bij Duurstede
Wijk bij Duurstede
Location of Wijk bij Duurstede
Coordinates: 51°59′N 5°20′E / 51.983°N 5.333°E / 51.983; 5.333Coordinates: 51°59′N 5°20′E / 51.983°N 5.333°E / 51.983; 5.333
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • Total50.40 km2 (19.46 sq mi)
 • Land47.62 km2 (18.39 sq mi)
 • Water2.78 km2 (1.07 sq mi)
5 m (16 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total23,925
 • Density502/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
3945–3947, 3960–3962
Area code0343

Wijk bij Duurstede (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɛiɡ bɛi ˈdyːrsteːdə] (listen)) is a municipality and a city in the central Netherlands.

Population centres



Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Wijk bij Duurstede, 2013.


The city (population as of 2007: 23,377) is located on the Rhine. At Wijk bij Duurstede, the Kromme Rijn (Crooked Rhine) branches off, and the main branch is called Lek River downstream from Wijk bij Duurstede.

The name 'Wijk bij Duurstede' means 'Neighbourhood by Duurstede'. Duurstede is the name of the nearby castle/ruin, also called Dorestad, where the bishop of Utrecht used to live. Wijk bij Duurstede is the former location of Dorestad, an important Frisian trade settlement during Carolingian times that was pillaged around 850 by the Vikings.

Wijk bij Duurstede has the only drive-through wind mill in the world. The mill is often confused with the mill that was made famous by Ruisdael's 1670 painting The windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede, but that mill no longer exists (its foundations can still be seen a couple of blocks away from the remaining mill). At the market place of Wijk bij Duurstede is one of the few church towers in the Netherlands with a flat roof, as built because the bishop could not afford to build a spire. Inside the tower a picture displays the planned construction of the tower. The tower was supposed to become higher than the Domtoren in Utrecht.

Wijk bij Duurstede received city rights in 1300.

Rorik by HW Koekkoek

Notable people



  1. ^ "Burgemeester Tjapko Poppens" [Mayor Tjapko Poppens] (in Dutch). Gemeente Wijk bij Duurstede. Retrieved 10 April 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 3962CL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.

External links

  • Media related to Wijk bij Duurstede at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
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