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Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°21′N4°37′E / 52.350°N 4.617°E / 52.350; 4.617 Coordinates: 52°21′N4°37′E / 52.350°N 4.617°E / 52.350; 4.617
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
  Body Municipal council
   Mayor Astrid Nienhuis (VVD)
  Total9.64 km2 (3.72 sq mi)
  Land9.18 km2 (3.54 sq mi)
  Water0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
1 m (3 ft)
 (January 2019) [4]
  Density2,972/km2 (7,700/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Heemstedenaar, Heemsteder
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code 023
Website www.heemstede.nl
Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Heemstede, June 2015

Heemstede (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦeːmsteːdə] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a town and a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. It is the fourth richest municipality of the Netherlands.[ citation needed ]



Heemstede formed around the Castle Heemstede that was built overlooking the Spaarne River around 1286. Before 1296, Floris V, Count of Holland, granted Heemstede as a fiefdom to Reinier of Holy. During the 14th century, a village formed near the castle, which was destroyed and rebuilt several times in this period. A resident of this castle was Adriaan Pauw, who bought it in 1620. In 1653, Bennebroek split off from Heemstede, becoming a separate fiefdom.

Growth was slow, and in 1787 Heemstede counted 196 families. Even at that early date Heemstede had already gained the reputation it has today, of being primarily a "bedroom community" for the cities of Haarlem and Amsterdam. Wealthy city families left the cities in the summer, escaping "canal fever" which caused illness from the putrid canals. As a result, many estates were built in the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which (partially) remain until today such as Oud-Berkenroede, Berkenrode, Ipenrode, Huis te Manpad, Hartekamp, Bosbeek, Meer en Bosch, Meer en Berg, and Gliphoeve.

In 1857, the municipality Berkenrode was merged with Heemstede. In 1927, the northern portion of Heemstede, including a large part of the Haarlem Forest, was in turn added to the city of Haarlem.

Monuments and parks


The town is served by Heemstede-Aerdenhout railway station, which lies on the Oude Lijn between Haarlem and Leiden.

Local government

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Heemstede City Hall

The municipal council of Heemstede consists of 21 seats, which are divided as follows:

Notable residents

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Portrait of Thomas Hope in Turkish Costume, 1805
Floortje Dessing, 2010 Floortje Dessing.jpg
Floortje Dessing, 2010
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Roepie Kruize, 1969


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