Vliet, Utrecht

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Vliet is a hamlet in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is located about 1 km southwest of the city of Oudewater, on the south bank of the Hollandsche IJssel.

Vliet or Ratelsvliet was a separate municipality between 1817 and 1846, when it became part of Haastrecht. During that time, the area was part of the province of South Holland.[1]

Ruins of castle Te Vliet in 1646 or 1647.

According to the 19th-century historian A.J. van der Aa,[2] there was no hamlet in the area in the middle of the 19th century. There were just eight houses, with a population of about 50. The area used to be a manor, also called Vliet or "Ratelesvliet", and contained a castle, Te Vliet. The castle was probably built between 1250 and 1300, and existed at least until 1515. In 1647, it was already a ruin, and nowadays just one wall still exists.[3]


  1. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
  2. ^ Abraham Jacob van der Aa, "Aardrijkskundig woordenboek der Nederlanden", vol. 11 (T-V), 1848, p. 756.
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Middeleeuwse Kastelen", http://www.kasteleninnederland.nl/kasteel1200.php

Coordinates: 52°01′N 4°51′E / 52.017°N 4.850°E / 52.017; 4.850