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(Oude Kerk (Oosterbeek)  [ nl ])
Coordinates: 51°59′5″N5°50′40″E / 51.98472°N 5.84444°E / 51.98472; 5.84444
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Municipality Renkum
  Body Renkum Municipal council
   Mayor Mrs. A.M.J. (Agnes) Schaap [1]
11,388 [2]
Website www.renkum.nl

Oosterbeek is a village in the eastern part of Netherlands. It is located in the municipality of Renkum in the province of Gelderland, about 5 km (3.1 mi) west of Arnhem.

Village Small clustered human settlement smaller than a town

A village is a part of a world clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town, with a population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand. Though villages are often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighborhoods. Villages are normally permanent, with fixed dwellings; however, transient villages can occur. Further, the dwellings of a village are fairly close to one another, not scattered broadly over the landscape, as a dispersed settlement.

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 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.

Renkum Municipality in Gelderland, Netherlands

Renkum is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands. The municipality had a population of 31,406 in 2017 and has a land area of 46.01 km2 (17.76 sq mi). Renkum is situated along the river Rhine. The municipality Renkum is part of the Stadsregio Arnhem-Nijmegen.


The oldest part of Oosterbeek is the Benedendorp (Lower Village), on the northern bank of the Lower Rhine. [3] One landmark in the village is the Hervormde Kerk (Reformed Church), which has certain architectural sections that date back to the second half of the 10th century.

Nederrijn Dutch part of the river Rhine

Nederrijn is the name of the Dutch part of the Rhine from the confluence at the town of Angeren of the cut-off Rhine bend of Oude Rijn and the Pannerdens Kanaal. The city of Arnhem lies on the right (north) bank of the Nederrijn, just past the point where the IJssel branches off. The Nederrijn flows on to the city of Wijk bij Duurstede, from where it continues as the Lek. The once-important but now small Kromme Rijn branch carries the name "Rhine" towards the city of Utrecht.

10th century Century

The 10th century was the period from 901 to 1000 in accordance with the Julian calendar, and the last century of the 1st millennium.

Oosterbeek was a separate municipality until 1818, when the area was divided between Doorwerth and the village of Renkum. [4] In the 19th century, several mansions were built on the higher ground to the north of the old village. One of these mansions, called De Hemelse Berg, was destroyed in 1944. Another, called Hartenstein, is now home to the Airborne Museum. The construction of smaller buildings in the same area led to the creation of the Bovendorp (Upper Village). To the north of the built-up area lies the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.

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.

Doorwerth Place in Gelderland, Netherlands

Doorwerth is a village in the eastern Netherlands. It is located in the municipality of Renkum, Gelderland, about 8 km west of Arnhem and about 100 km southeast of Amsterdam.

Renkum (village) Place in Gelderland, Netherlands

Renkum is the name of a village in the municipality of Renkum.

The village is known for its involvement in the September 1944 Battle of Arnhem, during which it was heavily damaged. General Roy Urquhart of Britain had his headquarters at Hartenstein.

Battle of Arnhem Failed British airborne operation in Arnhem, Netherlands. Part of Operation Market Garden

The Battle of Arnhem was a major battle of the Second World War at the vanguard of the Allied Operation Market Garden. It was fought in and around the Dutch towns of Arnhem, Oosterbeek, Wolfheze, Driel, and the surrounding countryside from 17–26 September 1944.

Roy Urquhart British military officer

Major-General Robert Elliott "Roy" Urquhart CB DSO was a British Army officer who saw service during World War II and Malayan Emergency. He became prominent for his role as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 1st Airborne Division which fought with great distinction, although suffering very severe casualties, in the Battle of Arnhem during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Oosterbeek is also the location of the Hotel de Bilderberg, where the Bilderberg Group first met in 1954.

Oosterbeek School

Willem Roelofs (1867): Landscape with cattle in Oosterbeek (Gelderland province), Amsterdam Museum. SA 698-Landschap te Oosterbeek-Landschap met vee (provincie Gelderland).jpg
Willem Roelofs (1867): Landscape with cattle in Oosterbeek (Gelderland province), Amsterdam Museum.
The location of the Renkum municipality in the Netherlands. LocatieRenkum.png
The location of the Renkum municipality in the Netherlands.

The Oosterbeek School is known as the birthplace of Dutch Impressionism, along with the nearby village of Wolfheze. [6] Art historians call this the Barbizon of the North. The school's most successful period was from 1841 until 1870, before the artists turned to Laren, [7] Kortenhoef, [8] Egmond aan Zee, [9] Katwijk aan Zee, [10] Scheveningen, and Noordwijk, [11] where they founded new art colonies or painters' villages. During this time, they established the Pulchri Studio in The Hague and opened the second Golden Age of Dutch painting. Consequently, they became the forerunners of the Modern art movement in the Netherlands.

Impressionism 19th-century art movement

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s.

Wolfheze Place in Gelderland, Netherlands

Wolfheze is a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It is located in the municipality of Renkum, 10 km northwest of the city of Arnhem.

Barbizon Commune in Île-de-France, France

Barbizon is a commune (town) in the Seine-et-Marne department in north-central France. It is located near the Fontainebleau Forest.

Artists who were part of the movement near Oosterbeek include Gerard Bilders, Paul Gabriël, Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, Jacob Maris, Matthijs Maris, Willem Maris, Anton Mauve, Hendrik Mesdag, Willem Roelofs, and Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch.


Oosterbeek has a railway station that opened on 16 May 1845. It is on the Amsterdam–Arnhem railway (Rhijnspoorweg). Outside the station is a bus stop on a route that also goes to Arnhem.

Airborne March

The commemorative Airborne March is held in Oosterbeek every year on the first Saturday of September. The event started in 1947 and involves thousands of people, who walk 10 kilometers, 15 kilometers, or 25 kilometers. A 40-kilometer distance was added in the early 21st century. [12]

Well-known people

Football trainer Ronald Koeman used to live in Oosterbeek. Photo by Paul Blank. Ronald Koeman 3.jpg
Football trainer Ronald Koeman used to live in Oosterbeek. Photo by Paul Blank.


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  6. Wolfheze is away nearly 5 km.
  7. This colony is known under the name of Laren School.
  8. This colony is known under the name of Kortenhoef School.
  9. This colony is known under the name of Egmond School.
  10. This colony is known under the name of Katwijk School.
  11. Artists came over from The Hague or Katwijk for painting.
  12. "Airborne Wandeltocht – Airborne Wandeltocht Oosterbeek". www.airbornewandeltocht.nl (in Dutch).

Coordinates: 51°59′N5°51′E / 51.983°N 5.850°E / 51.983; 5.850