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Flag of Raalte
Coat of arms of Raalte
Highlighted position of Raalte in a municipal map of Overijssel
Location in Overijssel
Coordinates: 52°23′N 6°16′E / 52.383°N 6.267°E / 52.383; 6.267Coordinates: 52°23′N 6°16′E / 52.383°N 6.267°E / 52.383; 6.267
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorMartijn Dadema (GreenLeft)
 • Total172.29 km2 (66.52 sq mi)
 • Land170.99 km2 (66.02 sq mi)
 • Water1.30 km2 (0.50 sq mi)
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total37,511
 • Density219/km2 (570/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Raaltenaar, Raalter
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
8055, 8100–8119, 8140–8144
Area code0572
Dutch Topographic map of Raalte, June 2015

Raalte (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈraːltə] (listen)) is a municipality and a town in the heart of the region of Salland in the Dutch province of Overijssel.

Population centres[edit]

The municipality consists of the following towns and villages. Raalte is the main place of the municipality, with over 20,000 mostly Roman Catholic inhabitants. It is a regional market, education and shopping centre.

Number of inhabitants per town,
1 January 2017
Town Number of inhabitants
Raalte 19,248
Heino 6,993
Heeten 3,618
Luttenberg 2,213
Broekland 1,181
Nieuw-Heeten 1,157
Mariënheem 1,469
Laag Zuthem 598
Lierderholthuis 429
Source: Municipality of Raalte


Raalte railway station and Heino railway stations are located along the minor railroad ZwolleEnschede. Frequency: mostly twice per hour.

An important road for motorists is the N348 Deventer – Wesepe (mun. Olst-Wijhe – Raalte – Lemelerveld – Ommen ( in northeasterly direction from Deventer). In Raalte it crosses a road (N35) from Zwolle going south-east over Heino, Raalte, Mariënheem and Nijverdal to Wierden, where it continues as a highway (A35) to Almelo and Enschede.


Raalte has a lot of small industrial enterprises, many of them processing agricultural products. For the local economy, trade, agriculture (especially breeding cattle) and tourism are more important.

Sights and events[edit]

  • Once a year there is a harvest festival called Stöppelhaene. Its name in regional dialect means: a rooster made out of straw. It is held in Raalte in the last week of August. The event was established in 1950.
  • Luttenberg is known for its motorcycle races every summer.
  • Luttenberg is also known for its Lourdes Cave, an artificial cave with a statue of the Virgin Mary of Lourdes, situated at the centre of the village opposing the parish church.
  • South-west of Heino, just across the railroad and the border to the municipality Olst-Wijhe, stands the castle Nijenhuis. It hosts an important art museum ( Constant Permeke, Van Gogh et al.). Around the castle is a sculpture garden (Ossip Zadkine et al.).
  • Near Luttenberg there is a small hill (Luttenberg) covered with heath and forest, where nice walks can be made.
  • The Roman Catholic basilica "Kruisverheffing" (Exaltation of the Holy Cross) in Raalte. This Neo-Gothic church, designed by Alfred Tepe, was built in 1892. During "Stöppelhaene" there is an exposition of mosaics made out of seeds, representing religious themes. The festival starts and ends with special Holy Masses in this church.
  • The small "Plaskerk", the oldest building in the centre of Raalte, is a Protestant church. A typical example of Dutch religious tolerance was the fact, that the Protestants were allowed to hold their Sunday services in the big Roman Catholic church, as the Plaskerk was restored in 2006.
  • Once a year there is a blues festival called "Ribs & Blues". The festival is held close to Ascension Day. Some bands and artists that have played during this festival over the last few years include: The Beach Boys, Status Quo, and Candy Dulfer.[5][6][7]

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "Samenstelling B en W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Raalte. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 8101AC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ Muelter, Wolfgang (3 June 2017). "The Beach Boys 2017". Wolfgang Muelter Concert Photography. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Status Quo at Ribs and Blues Festival". bandsintown. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  7. ^ Bakker, Jeroen (27 May 2015). "Verslag: Ribs & Blues 2015 – Raalte, 24 en 25 Mei 2015". Blues Magazine. Retrieved 18 September 2020.

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