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For the surname, see Holten (surname).
Flag of Holten
Coat of arms of Holten
Coat of arms
Holten is located in Overijssel
Location in Overijssel
Coordinates: 52°16′53″N 6°25′07″E / 52.28139°N 6.41861°E / 52.28139; 6.41861Coordinates: 52°16′53″N 6°25′07″E / 52.28139°N 6.41861°E / 52.28139; 6.41861
Country  Netherlands
Province Overijssel
Municipality Rijssen-Holten
Population (1 January 2009) 8,740
Website www.rijssen-holten.nl

Holten (Dutch Low Saxon: Hooltn) is a small village in the municipality of Rijssen-Holten in the Dutch province of Overijssel, with approximately 10,000 inhabitants. Holten is located in a forested area just south of the Holterberg, a 65-metre (210 ft) hill, and is part of the "Sallandse Heuvelrug" National Park. The National Park is the only area in the Netherlands in which the black grouse (in Dutch: korhoen) can be found. This grouse population is on the brink of extinction, so parts of the National Park are closed to the public during its breeding season.

Holten Canadian War Cemetery[edit]

Holten Canadian War Cemetery[1] is the second-largest World War II cemetery in the Netherlands and is administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is located in a forested area 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north-east of Holten railroad station, and is accessible by car or bicycle via a number of sand roads. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the cemetery on May 4, 2015, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.[2]


The scenic location of Holten has stimulated considerable tourism in the village, which is served by a number of hotels and camp sites. During the summer, the number of tourists exceeds the number of locals.


Holten has a railway station on the Deventer-Almelo railway line (Holten railway station), which is served twice per hour.

Notable residents[edit]

Holten is the home village of Olympic 1500m speed skating gold medalist Mark Tuitert, jazz trombonist Wolter Wierbos, and film and documentary director and Academy Award winner Bert Haanstra.


As well as Standard Dutch, local inhabitants speak a variety of Dutch Low Saxon, which is considered to be part of the Sallaands sub-dialect, with a few Tweants traits that are a natural result of the village's proximity to Twente. While in surrounding communities the use of dialect is relatively widespread, Holten has seen a decline over the past few decades.

Notable Residents[edit]

  • Bert Haanstra, (31 May 1916 – 23 October 1997), film and documentary director


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