Capelle aan den IJssel

Coordinates: 51°56′N 4°35′E / 51.933°N 4.583°E / 51.933; 4.583
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Capelle aan den IJssel
Stadsplein square in Capelle
Stadsplein square in Capelle
Flag of Capelle aan den IJssel
Coat of arms of Capelle aan den IJssel
Highlighted position of Capelle aan den IJssel in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 51°56′N 4°35′E / 51.933°N 4.583°E / 51.933; 4.583
ProvinceSouth Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorPeter Oskam (CDA)
 • Total15.40 km2 (5.95 sq mi)
 • Land14.14 km2 (5.46 sq mi)
 • Water1.26 km2 (0.49 sq mi)
Elevation−2 m (−7 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total67,319
 • Density4,761/km2 (12,330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code010

Capelle aan den IJssel (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˈpɛlə ʔaːn də(n) ˈɛisəl] ; English: Capelle on the IJssel) is a small city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality had a population of 67,319 in 2021, and covers an area of 15.40 km2 (5.95 sq mi), of which 1.26 km2 (0.49 sq mi) is water. It is situated on the eastern edge of Rotterdam, on the Hollandse IJssel river.

The town has what is probably the country's smallest museum, the Dief- en Duifhuisje ("House of Thieves and Pigeons"). Now a historical museum, it served as the prison for the castle of Capelle and is all that now remains of the 17th-century castle.

On opposing sides of the A16 motorway are two business parks called Rivium and Brainpark respectively. Companies based in the larger Rivium include Rockwell Automation, Pfizer Nederland, Sodexho Nederland, Royal Dutch Shell, Van Oord, and many more.


Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Capelle aan den IJssel, June 2015.

Public transport[edit]

Capelle aan den IJssel is connected to the Rotterdam Metro system:

On 15 November 1899 the Capelle train accident took place.

Notable people[edit]

Jan Peter Balkenende, 2006



  • Bart Latuheru (born 1965) is a Dutch retired professional footballer with 450 club caps
  • Ferry de Haan (born 1972) is a Dutch retired footballer with 179 club caps and club manager
  • Nick Viergever (born 1989) is a Dutch footballer with over 250 club caps
  • Noa Lang (born 1999) is a Dutch footballer that plays for PSV



  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor]. Bestuur en Organisatie (in Dutch). Gemeente Capelle aan den IJssel. Archived from the original on 20 November 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 2903AR". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.

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