City and municipality

Culemborg market square


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Culemborg in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°57′N 5°14′E / 51.950°N 5.233°E / 51.950; 5.233Coordinates: 51°57′N 5°14′E / 51.950°N 5.233°E / 51.950; 5.233
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
  Body Municipal council
  Mayor Roland van Schelven (D66)
  Total 31.14 km2 (12.02 sq mi)
  Land 29.42 km2 (11.36 sq mi)
  Water 1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
  Total 27,568
  Density 937/km2 (2,430/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Culemborger
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4100–4107
Area code 0345
Town gate: de Binnenpoort
Windmill: molen de Hoop

Culemborg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkyləmbɔrx]; formerly also spelled Kuilenburg or Kuylenburgh) is a municipality and a city in the centre of the Netherlands. The city is situated just south of the Lek River. The cities of Utrecht and 's-Hertogenbosch can be reached easily by train.


Culemborg in Joan Blaeu's map from his Tooneel der Steeden, 1649

It received city rights in 1318.

In Joan Blaeu's map of 1649, Culemborg remains entirely enclosed by walls behind its city moat-like encircling canals. The moated castle stands outside the city walls. Houses present a united front along streets and the two canals that cut the city in three sections, but they all face gardens behind, and market gardens are plentiful within the city walls.

In 1995, Culemborg was one of the cities which was temporarily evacuated because of the risk of flooding.


Culemborg is served by Culemborg railway station, which offers trains to Utrecht (city) 4x per hour and 2x per hour to Breda and Tiel each. The railway station also provides a bus hub, offering buses to the various neighbouring cities and villages (namely Buren, Beusichem and Nieuwegein).


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Culemborg, June 2015


Dough processing company Rademaker BV, founded in 1977, moved to Culemborg in 1981 and still has their headquarters here.


There are two traditional windmills in Culemborg, De Hoop and Johanna. The base of a third mill, De Koornvriend, also survives.[5]

Notable residents


  1. "Burgemeester Van Schelven" [Mayor Van Schelven] (in Dutch). Gemeente Culemborg. Retrieved 23 June 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 4101BK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. "De Koornvriend, Culemborg" (in Dutch). Molendatabase. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
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