Baarn (Dutch pronunciation: [baːr(ə)n] (listen)) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, near Hilversum in the province of Utrecht.

Groeneveld Castle in Baarn
Flag of Baarn
Coat of arms of Baarn
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
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorMark Röell (VVD)
 • Total33.01 km2 (12.75 sq mi)
 • Land32.54 km2 (12.56 sq mi)
 • Water0.47 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
Elevation6 m (20 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total24,767
 • Density761/km2 (1,970/sq mi)
DemonymsBaarnaar, Barenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code035
Topographic map of Baarn, June 2015

The municipality of BaarnEdit

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

The town of BaarnEdit

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 adjacent 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 Groeneveld Castle. 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 with 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 Centraal, 10 minutes) and Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal, about 40 minutes).

The A1 motorway runs just north of Baarn.


Freighter SS 'Baarn' (1927) of the KNSM, assigned to the allied invasion fleet for Sicily and sailing in convoy KWS 16, loaded from Alexandria with tanks, trucks, ammunition and petrol (in cans) and 4 LCMs, under captain LH Mager, 11 July 1943, anchored off the coast of Sicily, on the roadstead of Avola, attacked by 12 German bombers. The 'Baarn' is hit and catches fire. All those on board manage to save themselves and are on the landing beach within an hour. The 'Baarn' will later be sunk as a wreck by British warships.[7]

Notable residentsEdit


Princess Beatrix, 2015

Public Intellectual & Public ServiceEdit

The ArtsEdit

Betty Callish, 1906


Fanny Blankers-Koen, 1988

Twin cityEdit

Baarn is twinned with:



  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 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  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. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 "2001 Bevolkingskernen in Nederland". 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). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
  7. ^ "Stichting Maritiem Historische Data - Schip". Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  8. ^ Tax men pounce on Spartacus, Gay Journal, 1986–87, retrieved 20 December 2019
  9. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 24 December 2019
  10. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 24 December 2019
  11. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 24 December 2019

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