Location in Groningen
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Berend Hoekstra (VVD)|
|• Total||64.28 km2 (24.82 sq mi)|
|• Land||63.33 km2 (24.45 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.95 km2 (0.37 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|Population (May 2014)|
|• Density||310/km2 (800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postcode||9350–9359, 9810–9819, 9827–9829|
|Area code||050, 0594|
Leek (Dutch pronunciation: [leːk] ( listen); Gronings: De Laik; West Frisian: De Like) is a municipality and a village in the Groningen province in the northeastern Netherlands, bordering on the Drenthe and Fryslân provinces.
The village grew around a fortification that was constructed here during the Eighty Years' War with Spain. The name 'Leek' was derived from a brook, the "Leke". The town is sometimes also called "The Leek". In Dutch the people from Leek are called "Leeksters".
Attractions in the Leek Municipality
The main attraction in the village is the "Nienoord" estate. The estate was founded in 1508. After a destroying fire a new manor-house was built in 1887. The gardens and the shell grotto were restored.
In this manor-house is situated the National Carriage Museum. In 1958 the National Carriage Museum rented the house and gardens. The National Carriage Museum presents an overall view of the various types of carriages and sleighs from the 18th to the 20th century. The 250 coaches in the museum’s collection were used by farmers, the common man, the nobleman and royalty.
In Tolbert and Midwolde are churches from the 12th century. The churches are built in the Romano-Gothic style. Typical for this style are the walls and gables of brick that are richly decorated with recesses and patterns of bricks.
- "Het college van burgemeester en wethouders" [The board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Leek. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 9351BJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Official website
- Carriage museum (Dutch & English)
- Media related to Leek, Groningen at Wikimedia Commons
|Opsterland (FR)||Noordenveld (DR)|