Dutch Topographic map of Stichtse Vecht, July 2013
Stichtse Vecht is a municipality of the Netherlands and lies in the northwestern part of the province of Utrecht.
The municipality has about 63,000 inhabitants and covers an area of about 107 km².
Stichtse Vecht has been newly formed by a merger of the municipalities of Breukelen (in the west), Maarssen (in the east) and Loenen (in the north) on January 1, 2011.
Stichtse Vecht is situated north of the city of Utrecht, in an area called the Vechtstreek. It is located below sea level and mostly a rural area with lots of pastures.
Within its boundaries lay the Maarsseveense Plassen, which are recreational lakes. Northeast it borders the Loosdrechtse Plassen, also recreational lakes, which lay in neighbouring municipality of Wijdemeren.
The Amsterdam–Rhine Canal and the river Vecht crosses the municipality from south to north.
The municipality contains many stately homes (buitenplaatsen) and several castles, like Nijenrode Castle, Slot Zuylen and Huis te Mijnden.
The A2 motorway crosses the municipality from south to north.
There are two railway stations:
The municipal council consists of the following parties:
VVD, CDA, D66, ChristenUnie-SGP, Streekbelangen and Het Vechtse Verbond have formed a coalition. Together they have 22 seats. Members of the executive board are:
- Pieter de Groene (D66)
- Gera Helling-Zeisseink (CDA)
- Vital van der Horst (Streekbelangen)
- Piet Ploeg (VVD)
- Jaap Verkroost (CDA)
- Klaas Wiersema (VVD)