For other uses, see Heemstede (disambiguation).


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Heemstede in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°21′N 4°37′E / 52.350°N 4.617°E / 52.350; 4.617Coordinates: 52°21′N 4°37′E / 52.350°N 4.617°E / 52.350; 4.617
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
  Body Municipal council
  Mayor Marianne Heeremans (PvdA)
  Total 9.64 km2 (3.72 sq mi)
  Land 9.21 km2 (3.56 sq mi)
  Water 0.43 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
  Total 26,429
  Density 2,870/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Heemstedenaar, Heemsteder
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 2100–2106
Area code 023
Website www.heemstede.nl

Heemstede [ˈɦeːmsteːdə] is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.


Heemstede formed around the Castle Heemstede that was built on the Spaarne River around 1286. Before 1296, Floris V, Count of Holland, granted Heemstede as a fiefdom to Reinier of Holy. During the 14th century, a village formed near the castle, which was destroyed and rebuilt several times in this period. A resident of this castle was Adriaan Pauw, who bought it in 1620. In 1653, Bennebroek split off from Heemstede, becoming a separate fiefdom.

Growth was slow, and in 1787 Heemstede counted 196 families. Even at that early date Heemstede had already gained the reputation it has today, of being primarily a "bedroom community" for the cities of Haarlem and Amsterdam. Wealthy city families left the cities in the summer, escaping "canal fever" which caused illness from the putrid canals. As a result, many estates were built in the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which (partially) remain until today such as Oud-Berkenroede, Berkenrode, Ipenrode, Huis te Manpad, Hartekamp, Bosbeek, Meer en Bosch, Meer en Berg, and Gliphoeve.

In 1857, the municipality Berkenrode was merged with Heemstede. In 1927, the northern portion of Heemstede, including a large part of the Haarlem Forest, was in turn added to the city of Haarlem.

Monuments and parks


The town is served by Heemstede-Aerdenhout railway station, which lies on the Oude Lijn between Haarlem and Leiden.


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Heemstede, June 2015

Local government

Heemstede City Hall

The municipal council of Heemstede consists of 21 seats, which are divided as follows:

Notable residents

Image gallery


  1. "Samenstelling & portefeuilles" [Members and tasks] (in Dutch). Gemeente Heemstede. Retrieved 5 March 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 2101HA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 5 March 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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