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The Gulp River through Gulpen
The Gulp River through Gulpen
Flag of Gulpen-Wittem
Coat of arms of Gulpen-Wittem
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Gulpen-Wittem in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 50°49′N 5°53′E / 50.817°N 5.883°E / 50.817; 5.883Coordinates: 50°49′N 5°53′E / 50.817°N 5.883°E / 50.817; 5.883
Country Netherlands
Province Limburg
Established 1 January 1999[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Bas van den Tillaar (CDA)
 • Total 73.35 km2 (28.32 sq mi)
 • Land 73.16 km2 (28.25 sq mi)
 • Water 0.19 km2 (0.07 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 95 m (312 ft)
Population (May 2014)[5]
 • Total 14,431
 • Density 197/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6270–6289, 6320–6321
Area code 043

Gulpen-Wittem (About this sound pronunciation ) (Limburgish: Gullepe-Wittem) is a municipality in the southeastern Netherlands (in the province of Limburg) with 14,431 inhabitants as of 2014.

Gulpen-Wittem came into being after the merger of the municipalities Gulpen and Wittem. This took place after a request of both municipalities. At the time of the merger, both municipalities had about 8000 inhabitants, although Wittem was bigger than Gulpen. The town hall was situated in Gulpen, and has kept its function as town hall in the new municipality. The former town hall of Wittem was situated in a manor house in Mechelen since 1986, which is now being used as a "nursing hostel".

The municipality is very rural, with a lot of castles, half-timbered houses and old monumental farms. Yearly, Gulpen-Wittem attracts many tourists from the entire country because of its relatively sloping landscape, especially during the summer.

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Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Gulpen-Wittem, June 2015


Apart from beer brewing ("Gulpener" (at Gulpen) and "Brand" (at Wijlre)), vinager production ("Gulpener") and agriculture, tourism is essential aspect of economical activity in this municipality. Especially Slenaken is a distinct tourist site.


The river Gulp near Slenaken
Hilly landscape near Slenaken


  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 1999" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 1999]. (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "College van Burgemeester en Wethouders" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Gulpen-Wittem. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Postcodetool for 6271BG". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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