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Street in 2010
Street in 2010
Location in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands
Location in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands
Location in the municipality of Menameradiel
Location in the municipality of Menameradiel
Coordinates: 53°12′N 5°39′E / 53.200°N 5.650°E / 53.200; 5.650Coordinates: 53°12′N 5°39′E / 53.200°N 5.650°E / 53.200; 5.650
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityWaadhoeke Waadhoeke
(January 2017)
 • Total3,281
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Telephone area0517

Dronryp (Dutch: Dronrijp) is a town in the Dutch municipality of Waadhoeke. On January 1, 2017, it had 3,281 inhabitants.[1]

History and architecture[edit]

Before 2018, the village was part of the Menameradiel municipality. A few centuries BC, a settlement developed around where the street Tsjerkebuorren is now (Stenvert et al., 2000). Another settlement came into existence nearby when a canal between Leeuwarden and Harlingen was completed in 1507. (Part of it was filled up in 1940.) Between roughly 1850 and 1950, these two gradually merged.

The oldest known reference to the town dates from 1132, when it was called Denningrip, meaning a "rip" (narrow stretch of land) where a family called Drenninga lived.[2]

Of the old mansions in the area only the early 18th century Schatzenburg remains.

Miscellaneous information[edit]

The Van Harinxma canal, completed in 1953, runs along the south side of the town. The A31 runs along the north side. Dronrijp also has a railway station.

Painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born in the house at 2 Dûbelestreek, Eise Eisinga, famous for his planetarium, at 13 Tsjerkebuorren.



There are three windmills in Dronrijp; De Poelen, Kingmatille, and the Hatsumermolen.


  • Stenvert, R. et al. (2000), Monumenten in Nederland: Fryslân, Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle, the Netherlands. ISBN 90-400-9476-4.
  1. ^ Feiten en cijfers - Menameradiel
  2. ^ Groenedijk, T. (2000). Nederlandse plaatsnamen. Slingenberg Boekproducties, Hoogeveen, 2000. ISBN 90-76113-81-5. (Presumably, Groenedijk means "Drenningrip" here.)

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Dronryp at Wikimedia Commons