Town and former municipality
|• Total||48.65 km2 (18.78 sq mi)|
|• Land||44.48 km2 (17.17 sq mi)|
|• Water||4.17 km2 (1.61 sq mi)|
(1 January 2007)
|• Density||329/km2 (850/sq mi)|
|Source: CBS, Statline.|
|Time zone||UTC+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.
Nyenrode Business University
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.
- Breukelen railway station
- Bus services 120, 130, 143, 524 and 526
- Film actor Rutger Hauer, who was born in Breukelen.
- 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).
- Statistics are taken from the SDU Staatscourant