Loon op Zand

Last updated
Loon op Zand
Municipality
Kaatsheuvel molen De Eendragt.jpg
Windmill in Kaatsheuvel
Flag of Loon op Zand.svg
Flag
Loon op Zand-wapen.svg
Coat of arms
Map - NL - Municipality code 0809 (2009).svg
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°40′N5°2′E / 51.667°N 5.033°E / 51.667; 5.033 Coordinates: 51°40′N5°2′E / 51.667°N 5.033°E / 51.667; 5.033
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government [1]
  Body Municipal council
   Mayor Hanne van Aart (VVD)
Area [2]
  Total 50.71 km2 (19.58 sq mi)
  Land 50.15 km2 (19.36 sq mi)
  Water 0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
Elevation [3] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (August 2017) [4]
  Total 23,090
  Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5170–5176
Area code 013, 0416
Website www.loonopzand.nl
Loon op Zand, sculpture in the street Loon op Zand, sculptuur Doctor van Kesselstraat-Kerkstraat foto6 2015-08-13 16.45.jpg
Loon op Zand, sculpture in the street

Loon op Zand (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈloːn ɔp ˈsɑnt]  ( Loudspeaker.svg   listen )) [5] is a municipality and a village in the southern Netherlands. It had a population of 23,090 in 2017.

Municipality An administrative division having corporate status and usually some powers of self-government or jurisdiction

A municipality is usually a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. It is to be distinguished (usually) from the county, which may encompass rural territory or numerous small communities such as towns, villages and hamlets.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

Contents

Population centres

Topography

Gem-LoonopZand-OpenTopo.jpg

Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Loon op Zand, June 2015.

Kaatsheuvel

Kaatsheuvel is the location of the amusement park Efteling.

Amusement park park with rides and attractions

An amusement park is a park that features various attractions, such as rides and games, as well as other events for entertainment purposes. A theme park is a type of amusement park that bases its structures and attractions around a central theme, often featuring multiple areas with different themes. Unlike temporary and mobile funfairs and carnivals, amusement parks are stationary and built for long-lasting operation. They are more elaborate than city parks and playgrounds, usually providing attractions that cater to a variety of age groups. While amusement parks often contain themed areas, theme parks place a heavier focus with more intricately-designed themes that revolve around a particular subject or group of subjects.

Efteling fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands

Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. The attractions reflect elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore.

Loon op Zand

The charter from 1269 that loans the land from John I, Duke of Brabant to Willem van Horne. Namesake of Loon op Zand. Akte van Belening van Loon op Zand.jpg
The charter from 1269 that loans the land from John I, Duke of Brabant to Willem van Horne. Namesake of Loon op Zand.

Loon op Zand is the oldest village of the municipality. Somewhere around the year 1000, this village was founded in a very wet and swampy area. There was also a lot of drift-sand whose origin, according to geological experts, dates back to the last ice age. As of this moment, Loon op Zand has the biggest driftsand area in all of western Europe. The presence of this driftsand explains the name of Loon op Zand. It means Village build on sand. Historically, the presence of this driftsand has caused the relocation of the village on several times. Hinerland farmers build many sandy embankments or levies to protect their land against the ceaseless drifting sand.

For 200 years, Loon op Zand and Kaatsheuvel were the centre of the leather tanning and shoe manufacturing industry of the region. There were a lot of factories; most of these were in people's backyards. There were some big shoe manufacturers like Van Lier. This world-famous shoe brand originated in Loon op Zand. Just prior to the new millennium, Van Lier abandoned their factory in Loon op Zand and moved to a bigger factory in Breda.

Related Research Articles

Waalwijk Municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

Waalwijk is a municipality and a city in the southern Netherlands. It had a population of 47,551 in 2017 and is located near the motorways A59 and N261. The villages of Capelle, Vrijhoeve-Capelle, Sprang and Waspik together with the city of Waalwijk form the municipality of Waalwijk. The city has an old town center, which has recently been modernized.

Midden-Drenthe Municipality in Drenthe, Netherlands

Midden-Drenthe is a municipality in the northeastern Netherlands. The municipality was created in 1998, in a merger of the former municipalities of Beilen, Smilde, and Westerbork. Between 1998 and 2000, the name of the municipality was Middenveld.

Tynaarlo Municipality in Drenthe, Netherlands

Tynaarlo is a municipality in the northeastern Netherlands. Though located in the province of Drenthe, many of its communities serve as suburbs of the neighbouring city of Groningen, capital of the province of the same name.

Gulpen-Wittem Municipality in Limburg, Netherlands

Gulpen-Wittem is a municipality in the southeastern Netherlands with 14,249 inhabitants as of 2017.

Weert Municipality in Limburg, Netherlands

Weert is a municipality and city in the southeastern Netherlands. Weert had a population of 51.000 in 2017. It lies on the Eindhoven–Maastricht railway line, and is also astride the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal.

Beuningen Municipality in Gelderland, Netherlands

Beuningen is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands. The municipality consists of the towns Beuningen, Ewijk, Winssen and Weurt. 1.5 kilometres (1 mi) to the north lies the river Waal

Hattem Municipality and city in Gelderland, Netherlands

Hattem is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands. The municipality had a population of 12,108 in 2017. The municipality includes the hamlet of 't Zand.

Alphen-Chaam Municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

Alphen-Chaam is a municipality in the southern Netherlands.

Dongen Municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

Dongen is a municipality and a village in the southern Netherlands. In the past it was home to a profitable leather industry, to which a few old shoe factories in the town's older sections still testify. The town is formed near a small river called "Donge", the water of which was used extensively for the leather industry. The Aerts Automobile was built here in 1899.

Geldrop-Mierlo Municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

Geldrop-Mierlo is a municipality in the southern Netherlands, in the province of North Brabant. The municipality was created from the two former municipalities of Geldrop and Mierlo on 1 January 2004.

Werkendam Municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

Werkendam is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands. The municipality, part of Land van Heusden en Altena, contains a large part of De Biesbosch area as is located in the province of North Brabant. On January 1sth 2019 it will join Woudrichem and Aalburg in the new municipality of Altena.

Westland (municipality), Netherlands Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Westland is a municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. It covers an area of 90.58 km2 (34.97 sq mi) of which 11.05 km2 (4.27 sq mi) is covered by water and had a population of 106,752 in 2017.

Oude IJsselstreek Municipality in Gelderland, Netherlands

Oude IJsselstreek is a municipality in the eastern Netherlands. It was established on 1 January 2005 through a merger of the former municipalities Gendringen and Wisch.

Utrechtse Heuvelrug Municipality in Utrecht, Netherlands

Utrechtse Heuvelrug is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht. It was formed on 1 January 2006 by merging the former municipalities of Amerongen, Doorn, Driebergen-Rijsenburg, Leersum, and Maarn.

Lansingerland Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Lansingerland is the name for the new municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. It was formed on 1 January 2007, by the merger of the municipalities of Berkel en Rodenrijs, Bleiswijk and Bergschenhoek, collectively known as the "B-Triangle". The former municipality of Tempel, abolished in 1855, is also part of Lansingerland.

Kaatsheuvel Village in North Brabant, Netherlands

Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. With a population of roughly 16,600, it is the largest village in and the capital of the municipality of Loon op Zand, which also consists of the villages of De Moer and Loon op Zand. As Kaatsheuvel is a municipality capital, it had a town hall located in the town centre. The town hall was torn down in 2010 as part of an ambitious plan to build a lively new town centre. Currently the new town centre is being built, working title Bruisend Dorpshart. Kaatsheuvel is (internationally) well known for the Efteling theme park and a gateway to National Park Loonse en Drunense Duinen.

Oldambt (municipality) Municipality in Groningen, Netherlands

Oldambt is a municipality with a population of 38,057 in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. It was established in 2010 by merging the municipalities of Reiderland, Scheemda, and Winschoten. It contains the city of Winschoten and the villages Bad Nieuweschans, Beerta, Blauwestad, Drieborg, Finsterwolde, Heiligerlee, Midwolda, Nieuw-Beerta, Nieuwolda, Nieuw-Scheemda, Oostwold, Scheemda, 't Waar, and Westerlee. The mayor was Pieter Smit of D66.

Zuidplas Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Zuidplas is a municipality in the Netherlands located in the province of South Holland. It was established on 1 January 2010 by the joining of Moordrecht, Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel and Zevenhuizen-Moerkapelle. It had a population of 41,753 in August 2017.

Súdwest-Fryslân Municipality in Friesland, Netherlands

Súdwest-Fryslân is a municipality in the Northern Netherlands, located in the province of Friesland. It had a population of 84,092 in August 2017. Sneek is the municipal seat. With a total area of 841.56 km2, Súdwest-Fryslân is the largest municipality by area in the Netherlands.

Stichtse Vecht Municipality in Utrecht, Netherlands

Stichtse Vecht is a municipality of the Netherlands and lies in the northwestern part of the province of Utrecht.

References

  1. "Burgemeester dhr. W.C. Luijendijk" (in Dutch). Gemeente Loon op Zand. Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 5171EJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. Zand in isolation: [ˈzɑnt] .