Groeneveld castle in Baarn


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Baarn in a municipal map of Utrecht
Location in Utrecht
Coordinates: 52°13′N 5°17′E / 52.217°N 5.283°E / 52.217; 5.283Coordinates: 52°13′N 5°17′E / 52.217°N 5.283°E / 52.217; 5.283
Country Netherlands
Province Utrecht
  Body Municipal council
  Mayor Mark Röell (VVD)
  Total 33.01 km2 (12.75 sq mi)
  Land 32.53 km2 (12.56 sq mi)
  Water 0.48 km2 (0.19 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 6 m (20 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
  Total 24,373
  Density 749/km2 (1,940/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Baarnaar, Barenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 3740–3749
Area code 035

Baarn [baːrn] is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht.

The municipality Baarn

Topographic map of Baarn, June 2015

The municipality of Baarn consists of the following towns: Baarn, Eembrugge, Lage Vuursche.

The town Baarn

Paaskerk (Easter Church) in Baarn

Baarn, the main town of the municipality, received city rights in 1391. The town lies about 8 km east of Hilversum.

In 2001, the town of Baarn had a population of 22,871. The urban area of the town was 4.66 km2 (1.80 sq mi), and consisted of 10,076 residences.[5]

The royal family owns several houses around Baarn. The Soestdijk Palace in Baarn was the home of Queen Emma, Queen Juliana and Juliana's husband prince Bernard. Crown prince Willem Alexander and his brothers attended school (Nieuwe Baarnse School and Het Baarnsch Lyceum) in Baarn when Queen Beatrix (then princess) and her family lived at Castle Drakesteijn in the village of Lage Vuursche, before they moved to The Hague in 1980. A piece of forest, the Baarnse Bos, is adjecent to the palace and historically belonged to it.

Baarn's shopping facilities are mainly located in the Laanstraat. Other visitor destinations include 'het Cantonspark' (a botanical garden) and Kasteel Groeneveld. In the north and east there are polders, and the river Eem. Recreation resources include the woodlands south-west of Baarn, connecting Baarn to Soestdijk, and called 'Het Baarnsche Bos'.

The Scout Centre Buitenzorg (Scouting Nederland) is located in Baarn.[6]

To the south lay the connecting road towards the city of Amersfoort, called 'Breemeentje'. This, approx. 10 km long straight of polder road, connects the town of Baarn to various roads in Soest and the industrial area of Amersfoort.

Due to good communications to Amsterdam, the town is home to a number of boutique international firms such as SEI Investments Company, Bain & Co and Cerberus Capital Management. Unilever's Conimex and software company Seyoda Games are located in Baarn.


Baarn has a railway station - Baarn railway station, with trains going every half-hour to Utrecht (Utrecht Centraal, 35 minutes), Amersfoort (Amersfoort, 10 minutes) and Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal, about 40 minutes).

The A1 motorway runs just north of Baarn.

Notable residents

Twin city


  1. "Samenstelling college van B&W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Baarn. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 3743EN". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. 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.
  6. Fred Kelpin. "My Gilwell Training" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-03.

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