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Skyline of Limmen
Coat of arms of Limmen
Coat of arms
Location of Limmen
The town centre (darkgreen) and the statistical district (lightgreen) of Limmen in the municipality of Castricum.
The town centre (darkgreen) and the statistical district (lightgreen) of Limmen in the municipality of Castricum.
Coordinates: 52°34′N 4°42′E / 52.567°N 4.700°E / 52.567; 4.700Coordinates: 52°34′N 4°42′E / 52.567°N 4.700°E / 52.567; 4.700
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Municipality Castricum
Population 6,817 (1 January 2,006)

Limmen is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Castricum, and is situated about 9 km southwest of Alkmaar. Before 2002 it was a separate municipality.

In 2001, the town of Limmen had 5602 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 1.2 km², and contained 2061 residences.[1] The wider statistical area of Limmen has a population of around 6860.[2]


Limmen has been mentioned in various documents since 750, by the name Limbon and later Limmen. It has seen prosperous times, but also times of struggle.

When the people of Limmen became more dependent on agriculture instead of trade at the beginning of the 15th century, the more wealthy moved away. For three centuries Limmen did not develop or grow, despite some efforts made to make the town more attractive. Around the year 1850 Limmen had only 450 inhabitants left.

Limmen was made more accessible in the late 19th century as an effect of the growing Dutch infrastructure, making Limmen a growing town. More work was created, especially by growing bulbs, which made Limmen the so-called "bollencentrum" (bulb-centre) of the northern part of Holland.


The annual "Bloemendagen" (Flowerdays) are a tradition in Limmen in the month of May. People living there make mosaics with the flowers of the Hyacinthus orientalis and set up the mosaics in front of their house. People from the neighboring village of Castricum judge the mosaics and various prizes are awarded.

The village also has a botanical museum.

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  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2007-01-24. . Statistics are for the continuous built-up area.
  2. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Gemeente Op Maat 2004: Castricum [1].
  3. ^ 10th anniversary of Armenian and Dutch sister cities marked in the Netherlands

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