Berkel en Rodenrijs

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Berkel en Rodenrijs
Flag of Berkel en Rodenrijs
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Coat of arms of Berkel en Rodenrijs
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Location of Berkel en Rodenrijs
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Municipality Lansingerland
Hoofdplaats Berkel en Rodenrijs
Area
 • Land 18.62 km2 (7.19 sq mi)
 • Water 0.29 km2 (0.11 sq mi)
Population (1 July 2006) 20.189
Major roads N209, N470, N471, RandstadRail
Town sign

Ltspkr.pngBerkel en Rodenrijs is a town and former municipality in the Western part of the Netherlands, and is located in the Dutch province of South Holland.

History[edit]

Berkel en Rodenrijs was founded in 963. Its character changed across the centuries. Prior to its development, the land consisted of peat soil, which was cultivated for the production of turf. This cultivation resulted in the appearance of moors. During the 18th century the moors were drained and agricultural use of polder land commenced. The years that followed resulted in significant changes to the town due to residential and commercial building developments. (source: Gemeente Lansingerland)

In 1850 the town had a population count of 1,250, which by 1950 had expanded to 5,700.

On 1 January 2007, the town was merged with neighbouring towns Bergschenhoek and Bleiswijk to form the new municipality of Lansingerland. On January 2008, the former municipality had a population of 22,626 (source: official municipality guide), and covered an area of 18.91 km² (7.30 mile²) of which 0.29 km² (0.11 mile²) is water.

Public transport[edit]

  • RandstadRail Line E
  • Since 9 December 2012 RET provides bus services. Line 170, 171, 173, 174, 270 and 273.

The line 170 runs on a new dedicated bus road through Lansingerland and known as the ZoRo bus ( Zoetermeer - Rotterdam ). The route is from Zoetermeer Central Station to Rodenrijs Station.

People born in Berkel en Rodenrijs[edit]

Other famous people who lived in Berkel en Rodenrijs[edit]

  • Rob Madna (nl) (born 8 June 1931 in Den Haag, died 5 April 2003 in Berkel en Rodenrijs), pianist, trumpeter and composer.[1]
  • Annie M.G. Schmidt (*20 May 1911 – 21 May 1995) Dutch poet and well known children's book author lived in Berkel en Rodenrijs for some time during the mid 1960s.

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Coordinates: 51°59′N 4°28′E / 51.99°N 4.47°E / 51.99; 4.47