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looking toward the Hellendoorn town centre
looking toward the Hellendoorn town centre
Flag of Hellendoorn
Coat of arms of Hellendoorn
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Hellendoorn in a municipal map of Overijssel
Location in Overijssel
Coordinates: 52°22′N 6°28′E / 52.367°N 6.467°E / 52.367; 6.467Coordinates: 52°22′N 6°28′E / 52.367°N 6.467°E / 52.367; 6.467
Country Netherlands
Province Overijssel
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Anneke Raven (CDA)
 • Total 138.99 km2 (53.66 sq mi)
 • Land 138.07 km2 (53.31 sq mi)
 • Water 0.92 km2 (0.36 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 10 m (30 ft)
Population (February 2017)[4]
 • Total 35,682
 • Density 258/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 7440–7449, 7687–7689
Area code 0546, 0548
Website www.hellendoorn.nl

Hellendoorn (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the middle of the Dutch province of Overijssel.

There is an amusement park near the town of Hellendoorn called Avonturenpark Hellendoorn.

Population centres[edit]

The municipality comprises:





Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Hellendoorn, June 2015


The central part of the municipality consists of a hilly and sparsely populated area that extends south into the municipality of Rijssen-Holten, called the Sallandse Heuvelrug (Salland Ridge). The highest point lies at about 70 metres (230 ft) above sea level and is part of the Noetselerberg (nl). A large chunk of the area is covered by forest, but there are also heathlands. This scenery is now part of the Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park.

Originally part of the region of Salland, Hellendoorn is now administratively considered part of Twente; a fact reflected in the inclusion of Hellendoorn in the city region of Twente (Kaderwetgebied Regio Twente) as defined by the Dutch government.


The municipality of Hellendoorn is the only place in the Netherlands where gold mining took place.

The Germans operated a V-2 launching platform near the town of Hellendoorn during World War II, harassing the city of Antwerp [(Rudi Velthuis - Tracy Dungan - Ed Straten - Cor Lulof (From V2Rocket.com A-4 V-2 Resource site].[5]

On March, 22nd 1945, Nijverdal was severely bombed by allied bombers who were targeting the German Reichskommissar of Austrian origin Arthur Seyss-Inquart. Seyss-Inquart was fleeing the advancing Allied forces and had set up his temporary headquarters in the Reformed School in Nijverdal, but had already left town at the time of the bombing. Over 70 people were killed, mainly at de Grotestraat.

A small part of the film A Bridge Too Far was filmed near Hellendoorn.

In 1955, part of the municipality of Wierden was annexed (Eversberg, Konijnenbelt, Slettenhaar and Lochter) which is the only part of the municipality located on originally Twente soil. In the late-1970s the quarter of 'het Lochter' arose here.

Notable residents[edit]



  1. ^ "Burgemeester en wethouders" [Mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Hellendoorn. Retrieved 29 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 7442MA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  5. ^ SS Werfer Abteilung 500 in Hellendoorn / Dalfsen, Holland Rudi Velthuis - Tracy Dungan - Ed Straten - Cor Lulof (From V2Rocket.com A-4 V-2 Resource site)

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