City and Municipality

Wijchen castle


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Wijchen in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°48′N 5°44′E / 51.800°N 5.733°E / 51.800; 5.733Coordinates: 51°48′N 5°44′E / 51.800°N 5.733°E / 51.800; 5.733
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
  Body Municipal council
  Mayor Hans Verheijen (CDA)
  Total 69.56 km2 (26.86 sq mi)
  Land 66.49 km2 (25.67 sq mi)
  Water 3.07 km2 (1.19 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 9 m (30 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
  Total 40,958
  Density 616/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Wijchenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6600–6606, 6613–6617, 6634
Area code 024, 0486, 0487
Website www.wijchen.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Wijchen, July 2013

Wijchen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋixə(n)]) is a municipality and a town in the province of Gelderland, in the eastern part of the Netherlands.

Population centres

Number of residents per population centre per 12 December 2009:


Source: Statistics Netherlands

The population centre Woezik (3,820 residents on 1 January 2005) and the township Laak are statistically included in Wijchen.


Neighbourhoods in Wijchen include:

Streets in most neighbourhoods are numbered instead of named. This is not common practice in the Netherlands, therefore the street numbers are included in the house numbering. E.g. someone living in Abersland, 11th street, house #05 will usually use Abersland 1105 in his address.

Wijchen Castle (town hall)

Parts of Wijchen Castle (Kasteel Wijchen in Dutch) date from the 14th century, but it took its current Mannerist form in the years 16091629. It is surrounded by a moat and used to serve as the town hall. Currently, the town hall is on the other side of the road, while the castle is only used for important meetings.[5]

Notable residents


  1. "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Wijchen. Retrieved 11 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 6602DE". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 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. Stenvert, R. et al. (2000), Monumenten in Nederland: Gelderland, p. 332333. Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers. ISBN 90-400-9406-3.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Wijchen.
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