Soest, Netherlands

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Soest
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Church in Soest
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Flag
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Coat of arms
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Location in Utrecht
Coordinates: 52°11′N5°18′E / 52.183°N 5.300°E / 52.183; 5.300 Coordinates: 52°11′N5°18′E / 52.183°N 5.300°E / 52.183; 5.300
Country Netherlands
Province Utrecht
Government
[1]
  Body Municipal council
   Mayor Rob Metz (VVD)
Area
[2]
  Total46.43 km2 (17.93 sq mi)
  Land46.25 km2 (17.86 sq mi)
  Water0.18 km2 (0.07 sq mi)
Elevation
[3]
13 m (43 ft)
Population
(August 2017) [4]
  Total46,099
  Density997/km2 (2,580/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Soestenaar, Soester
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
3760–3769
Area code 035
Website www.soest.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Soest, June 2015 Gem-Soest-OpenTopo.jpg
Dutch Topographic map of Soest, June 2015

Soest [sust] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ) is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht. It is about 6 km (4 mi) west of Amersfoort.

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.

Utrecht (province) Province of the Netherlands

Utrecht is a province of the Netherlands. It is located in the centre of the country, bordering the Eemmeer in the north-east, the province of Gelderland in the east and south-east, the province of South Holland in the west and south-west and the province of North Holland in the north-west and north. With an area of approximately 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi), it is the smallest of the twelve Dutch provinces. Apart from its eponymous capital, major cities in the province are Amersfoort, Houten, Nieuwegein, Veenendaal, IJsselstein and Zeist.

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Population centres

Soestdijk was a village in the municipality of Soest, Utrecht, Netherlands and gives its name to Paleis Soestdijk, which from 1937 to 2004 was the residence of Princess and later Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard.

Klaarwater is a residential area in Soest, Netherlands. The neighborhood lies between the Koningsweg, Beukenlaan, Dalweg and Vrijheidsweg.

Soestduinen is a town in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is a part of the municipality of Soest, and lies about 3 km south of Soest.

The town of Soest

The oldest documents mentioning Soest (then written as Zoys) date from 1029. Its oldest church (the Oude Kerk, meaning Old Church), which is still in use today, dates from the fifteenth century. Traces of earlier habitation are found though. The area of "Hees", now at the outskirts of Soest may date in to the Early Middle Ages, and prehistoric burial mounds in the Soesterduinen point to early habitation in this area.

Middle Ages Period of European history from the 5th to the 15th century

In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the three traditional divisions of Western history: classical antiquity, the medieval period, and the modern period. The medieval period is itself subdivided into the Early, High, and Late Middle Ages.

Human prehistory is the period between the use of the first stone tools c. 3.3 million years ago by hominins and the invention of writing systems. The earliest writing systems appeared c. 5,300 years ago, but it took thousands of years for writing to be widely adopted, and it was not used in some human cultures until the 19th century or even until the present. The end of prehistory therefore came at very different dates in different places, and the term is less often used in discussing societies where prehistory ended relatively recently.

Agricultural activity is still visible as there is much farmland within Soest. The biggest area is in the center of the town, on a hill, and are called 'de Engh'. A small street is het Kerkpad (literally, the Church Path). The Soesterduinen (sand dunes), is a popular area for recreation.

Numerous churches depict the Calvinist/Catholic tradition of Soest and the region. Christengemeente Soest, Wilhelmina Kerk Soest, Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt, Emmakerk and the Evangelische Kerk Soest are the main churches.

Currently some 50,000 inhabitants live in Soest, consisting mainly of commuters.

Transport

Soest has three railway stations:

The biggest of the three is Soest Zuid.

Soest can be reached by train from Utrecht (every half-hour, xx:06 and xx:36) and Baarn (xx:22 and xx:52); all trains stop at the three stations. The station of Soestduinen is situated on the railway between Utrecht and Amersfoort was closed in 1998, after being in use for 135 years. It is now a restaurant.

Baarn Municipality in Utrecht, Netherlands

Baarn[baːrn](listen) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht.

Soestduinen railway station

Soestduinen was a railway station in the town of Soestduinen, near Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Utrecht Centraal railway station railway station

Utrecht Centraal is the central railway station for the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. It is the largest and busiest railway station in the Netherlands, with sixteen platforms and with more than 176,000 passengers per day. With Utrecht being located centrally in the Netherlands, Utrecht Centraal is also the most important railway hub of the country with more than 900 trains leaving this station per day, making it the largest junction station in the Netherlands. Therefore, disruptions at the station can easily affect the rest of the country's railway network.

The stations that can be reached directly from Soest are:

Baarn railway station

Baarn is a railway station on the Amsterdam–Zutphen railway and the Den Dolder–Baarn railway located in Baarn, Netherlands. The station is operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). The station was opened on 10 June 1874.

Den Dolder railway station

Den Dolder is a railway station located in Den Dolder, Netherlands. The station is located on the Utrecht–Kampen railway (Utrecht-Amersfoort-Zwolle) and the Den Dolder–Baarn railway. It was opened in 1895. The current island platform was opened in 1914. This station was previously called Dolderscheweg (1895-1912).

Bilthoven railway station

Bilthoven is a railway station located in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. The station is located on the Utrecht–Kampen railway between Utrecht and Amersfoort, and was opened on 20 August 1863. The current island platform was opened in 1907. The station was previously called De Bilt (1863-1918).

Soest has a number of bus stops and three bus lines, all of which leave from the bus station at Soest Zuid exactly at the half-hour. Line 70 however, travel both directions to Amersfoort and Hilversum. Line 74 travels within the town of Soest. And multiple others travel through Soest. (272 Bunschoten-Spakenburg to Uithof, Utrecht vv. More info found at 9292ov.nl for all the ublic transport connections

Sport

There are four football clubs in Soest: SEC,VV Hees, SO Soest en VVZ'49. Soesterberg have there own football club named: VV 't Vliegdorp

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Soest, Netherlands is twinned with:

See also

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References

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