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Heiloo town centre
Heiloo town centre
Flag of Heiloo
Coat of arms of Heiloo
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Heiloo in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°36′N 4°43′E / 52.600°N 4.717°E / 52.600; 4.717Coordinates: 52°36′N 4°43′E / 52.600°N 4.717°E / 52.600; 4.717
Province North Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorHans Romeyn (CDA)
 • Total19.01 km2 (7.34 sq mi)
 • Land18.71 km2 (7.22 sq mi)
 • Water0.30 km2 (0.12 sq mi)
Elevation3 m (10 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total23,003
 • Density1,229/km2 (3,180/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Heilooënaar, Heilooër
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code072

Heiloo (About this soundpronunciation ) is a municipality and town in the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland. The community is part of the cooperation region Kennemerland and is located in the historical region of West Friesland. Heiloo had a population of 23,003 in 2017.

Origins of the name[edit]

Topographic map of Heiloo, June 2015

Heiloo (from the Dutch heilige loo, "sacred height") was given its name because Saint Willibrord was said to have performed a miracle there around 690 and created a church on a small hill.

Notable attractions[edit]

It has a town hall dating from 1926 and a church from the 12th century known as the Witte Kerk.[5] In the late Middle Ages, after a miracle, a Marian shrine came into being for Our Lady to Need (Onze Lieve Vrouwe ter Nood). The chapel was destroyed during the Reformation, however the pilgrimage started to flourish again when in the seventeenth century a source with miraculous water started to sprout. The Marian sanctuary, situated outside the village in a so called procession park, is one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the Netherlands, attracting pilgrims mainly from the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam. In the 1950s and 1960s the population grew quickly as many residents of Amsterdam moved to the area. Many residents work and attend school in the neighbouring city of Alkmaar.

Sporting clubs[edit]

  • FCC Boscrossers [6] – The local BMX club that has produced 5 World Champions,[7] 4 European Champions and many National Champions, the current (2013) 17-24 year old Double World Champion for 20" and Cruiser Class is Robin Van Der Kolk,[8] who won both titles in Auckland New Zealand.
  • AV Trias – The local athletics club that has produced 2 Olympic athletes, Lisanne de Witte and Laura de Witte.

Local government[edit]

The municipal council of Heiloo consists of 19 seats, which are divided as follows:

  • Heiloo 2000 – 5 seats
  • VVD – 5 seats
  • CDA – 3 seats
  • PvdA – 3 seats
  • GL – 2 seats
  • NCPN – 1 seat

Current Mayor: T.J. Romeyn (CDA)

Railway connections[edit]

Heiloo is connected to the Dutch railway network by Heiloo railway station. From this station there are many destinations available such as: Alkmaar, Hoorn, Uitgeest, Zaandam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, The Hague, Weert, Roermond, Maastricht and Heerlen. For the Zaanse Schans, you should travel to Uitgeest and change onto a train to Koog-Zaandijk

There used to be a second stop on the railway line between Heiloo and Limmen. Until October 2013 it was used once a month to bring pilgrims to the nearby chapel. The name of both station and chapel is 'Onze lieve vrouwe ter nood' or 'Our Lady to Need'; the station was known as Runxputte until 1914. One of the platforms was demolished in 1997 for safety reasons.[9]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Heiloo. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 1851JA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ www.boscrossers.nl
  7. ^ www.boscrossers.nl (2) Archived 19 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ tijdelijke halte Onze Lieve Vrouwe ter Nood - foto's en omschrijving op stationsweb

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