Square in Waalwijk with restaurants and church
Location in North Brabant
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Nol Kleijngeld (PvdA)|
|• Total||67.65 km2 (26.12 sq mi)|
|• Land||64.59 km2 (24.94 sq mi)|
|• Water||3.06 km2 (1.18 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|• Density||747/km2 (1,930/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Waalwijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋaːlʋɛi̯k] (listen)) is a municipality and a city in the southern Netherlands. It had a population of 48,240 in 2019 and is located near the motorways A59 and N261. The villages of Capelle, Vrijhoeve-Capelle, Sprang (the former municipality of Sprang-Capelle) and Waspik together with the city of Waalwijk form the municipality of Waalwijk. The city has an old town center, which has recently been modernized.
The city of Waalwijk
Waalwijk is a city in North Brabant that lies north of Tilburg and west of 's-Hertogenbosch. To its north runs the river Bergse Maas. River Waal is further to the north.
Waalwijk used to be known for its shoe business.
Waalwijk is also known for an event in the city and surroundings: the "80 van de langstraat", held every September, in which a few thousand people make an 80-km walk through all towns that are part of the Langstraat region.
Some other events:
- Waalwijk Modestad (Waalwijk Fashion City), a weekend full of fashion
- Nacht van het levenslied (Night of the "Dutch song"), where Dutch and local singers perform
- Straattheaterfestival (street theatre festival), a weekend full of street performers and theatre acts
Twin towns — sister cities
Waalwijk is twinned with:
Notable people from Waalwijk
- Willem Hendrik Johan van Idsinga (1822 in Baardwijk – 1896), politician and Governor of the Dutch Gold Coast and Surinam
- Hendrikus Chabot (1894 in Sprang – 1949), painter and sculptor
- Martinus J. G. Veltman (born 1931 in Waalwijk), theoretical physicist, joint winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in physics for work on particle theory
- René Mioch (born 1959 in Waalwijk), journalist and presenter for radio and TV
- Juan van Emmerloot (born 1965 in Waalwijk), drummer, music producer and composer
- Jan-Hein Kuijpers (born 1968 in Waalwijk), lawyer and columnist
- Wieki Somers (born 1976 in Sprang-Capelle), designer
- Olcay Gulsen (born 1980 in Waalwijk), fashion designer
- Ariën van Weesenbeek (born 1980 in Waalwijk), drummer with the Dutch metal band Epica
- Bas van Daalen (born 1996 in Waalwijk), known as Will Grands, record producer, singer and songwriter
- Frans Slaats (born 1912 in Waalwijk – 1993), professional cyclist who broke the world hour record
- Ramon van Haaren (born 1972 in Waalwijk), former footballer with 291 club caps
- Patrick van Balkom (born 1974 in Waalwijk), former sprinter, competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Jos van Nieuwstadt (born 1979 in Waalwijk), former footballer with 310 club caps
- Yuri van Gelder (born 1983 in Waalwijk), gymnast on the rings, competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics
- Frank van Mosselveld (born 1984 in Waalwijk), former footballer with 266 club caps
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