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Town and former municipality
Bridge across the Vecht
Bridge across the Vecht
Flag of Breukelen
Coat of arms of Breukelen
Location of Breukelen
Coordinates: 52°10.3′N 5°0.1′E / 52.1717°N 5.0017°E / 52.1717; 5.0017Coordinates: 52°10.3′N 5°0.1′E / 52.1717°N 5.0017°E / 52.1717; 5.0017
MunicipalityStichtse Vecht
 • Total48.65 km2 (18.78 sq mi)
 • Land44.48 km2 (17.17 sq mi)
 • Water4.17 km2 (1.61 sq mi)
 (1 January 2007)
 • Total14,635
 • Density329/km2 (850/sq mi)
 Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Breukelen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbrøːkələ(n)] (listen)) is a town and former municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht. It is situated to the northwest of Utrecht, along the river Vecht and close to the lakes of the Loosdrechtse Plassen, an area of natural and tourist interest. It is located in an area called the Vechtstreek. It is the namesake of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City, United States.


During the 17th century, many wealthy Amsterdam merchant families built their mansions along the river Vecht. In the Disaster Year (1672) the village and no less than 8 castles and mansions near Breukelen were severely damaged by warfare. Most of them were burned down by the French.[1]

On January 1, 2011, Breukelen merged with Loenen and Maarssen to form Stichtse Vecht.

The New York City borough of Brooklyn in the United States is named after Breukelen (see History of Brooklyn).

Nyenrode Business University[edit]

The town is most well known for the being where Nyenrode Business University is located. Founded in 1946, Nyenrode is a university that offers business and finance-related higher education.


Population centres[edit]

The former municipality of Breukelen consisted of the following villages: Breukelen, Kockengen, and Nieuwer-Ter-Aa.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Prins, Linda (2022-02-14). "De buitenplaatsen van Breukelen in het rampjaar (The mansions in Breukelen in the Disaster Year)". Dag van het kasteel (in Dutch).