Countryside in Bunschoten


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Bunschoten in a municipal map of Utrecht
Location in Utrecht
Coordinates: 52°15′N 5°22′E / 52.250°N 5.367°E / 52.250; 5.367Coordinates: 52°15′N 5°22′E / 52.250°N 5.367°E / 52.250; 5.367
Country Netherlands
Province Utrecht
  Body Municipal council
  Mayor Melis van de Groep (CU)
  Total 34.81 km2 (13.44 sq mi)
  Land 30.44 km2 (11.75 sq mi)
  Water 4.37 km2 (1.69 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 0 m (0 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
  Total 20,518
  Density 674/km2 (1,750/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bunschoter
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 3750–3754
Area code 033
Website www.bunschoten.nl

Bunschoten ([ˈbɵnsxoːtə(n)]) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht. It lies about 7 km north of Amersfoort. Its territory comprises the original municipality of Bunschoten (created in 1204 by the bishop of Utrecht) and the former municipality of Duyst, De Haar and Zevenhuizen, which was a part of Hoogland from 1854 until 1971.


Bunschoten was first named in 1294. It was located on the border between Utrecht and Guelders, and it suffered a number of times from invasions from Guelders. In 1383, the bishop of Utrecht gave Bunschoten city rights, which allowed the citizens to build an earthen wall around the town. The fortifications and a part of the town were destroyed at Christmas 1427 in a war between two rival bishops, and were never rebuilt.

Population centres

The municipality of Bunschoten consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts:


Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Bunschoten, June 2015.


  1. "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Bunschoten. Retrieved 5 April 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 3752CL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
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