Berkel en Rodenrijs

Berkel en Rodenrijs (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɛrkəl ən ˈroːdə(n)rɛi̯s] (About this soundlisten)) is a town and former municipality in the municipality of Lansingerland, in the province of South Holland, Netherlands.

Berkel en Rodenrijs
Flag of Berkel en Rodenrijs
Official seal of Berkel en Rodenrijs
Berkel en Rodenrijs is located in Netherlands
Berkel en Rodenrijs
Berkel en Rodenrijs
Location within the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 51°59′N 4°28′E / 51.99°N 4.47°E / 51.99; 4.47
Country Netherlands
ProvinceSouth Holland South Holland
MunicipalityCoat of arms of Lansingerland.svg Lansingerland
 • Total18.91 km2 (7.30 sq mi)
 • Land18.62 km2 (7.19 sq mi)
 • Water0.29 km2 (0.11 sq mi)
 (January 2020)
 • Total31,650
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)010
Roads and RailN209, N470, N471, RandstadRail
Town sign


Berkel en Rodenrijs was founded in 963. Its character changed across the centuries. Prior to its development, the land consisted of peat soil, which was cultivated for the production of turf. This cultivation resulted in the appearance of moors. During the 18th century the moors were drained and agricultural use of polder land commenced. The years that followed resulted in significant changes to the town due to residential and commercial building developments. (source: Gemeente Lansingerland)

In 1850 the town had a population count of 1,250, which by 1950 had expanded to 5,700.

The municipality of Tempel was abolished in 1855 and added to Berkel en Rodenrijs.

On 1 January 2007, the town was merged with neighbouring towns Bergschenhoek and Bleiswijk to form the new municipality of Lansingerland. On January 2008, the former municipality had a population of 22,626 (source: official municipality guide), and covered an area of 18.91 km² (7.30 mile²) of which 0.29 km² (0.11 mile²) is water.

Public transportEdit

  • RandstadRail Line E
  • RET has provided bus services since 9 December 2012: bus numbers 170, 173 and 174.

Bus 170 runs along a new dedicated bus route through Lansingerland, known as the ZoRo bus ( Zoetermeer - Rotterdam ). This route goes from Zoetermeer Central Station to Rodenrijs Station.

Notable peopleEdit

Born in Berkel en RodenrijsEdit

Lived in Berkel en RodenrijsEdit

  • Rob Madna (born 8 June 1931 in Den Haag, died 5 April 2003 in Berkel en Rodenrijs), pianist, trumpeter and composer.[1]
  • Annie M.G. Schmidt (*20 May 1911 – 21 May 1995) Dutch poet and well-known author of children's books lived in Berkel en Rodenrijs for some time during the mid 1960s.
  • Wibi Soerjadi (born 2 March 1970) pianist and composer, has a younger brother Ardjoena Soerjadi who is also a musician. Both were infant prodigies.
  • Ria Visser (born 20 July 1961), All-round speed skater, National Speed Skating Champion (1980, 1983, 1984, 1985,1986), Silver medal 1500m. 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
  • Kiki Bertens (born 10 December 1991) WTA professional tennis player, reached number 4 in the world 5/2019.



  1. ^ "Rob Madna Info". Archived from the original on 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2011-04-25.

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