Genhout is a village in the Dutch province of Limburg. It is located in the municipality of Beek, and consists of two former settlements: the village Groot Genhout (Big Genhout) and the hamlet Klein Genhout (Little Genhout). Since 2005, the two settlements are no longer distinguished. It is located about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north-east of Maastricht.[3]

St Hubertus Church
St Hubertus Church
Genhout is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Genhout is located in Limburg, Netherlands
Location in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 50°55′42″N 5°49′11″E / 50.9283°N 5.8196°E / 50.9283; 5.8196Coordinates: 50°55′42″N 5°49′11″E / 50.9283°N 5.8196°E / 50.9283; 5.8196
 • Total1.77 km2 (0.68 sq mi)
Elevation84 m (276 ft)
 • Total1,145
 • Density650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code046


Both settlements were first mentioned in 1557 as Grootgenhout and Kleyngenhout. It means "elevated deciduous forest".[4][5] Genhout developed on the plateau of Schimmert in the Middle Ages. Klein Genhout is located to the west of the Groot Genhout.[6] The valleys of Limburg had already been cultivated before the Middle Ages. During the 12th and 13th century, cultivation started of the forests of the highlands.[7]

The Catholic St Hubertus Church in Groot Genhout is a single aisled cruciform church with a round tower placed to the site. It was built between 1936 and 1937 and designed by Alphons Boosten. The church was restored in 1956.[6] The tower is 42 metres (138 ft) tall and has a copper plated spire.[7]

The grist mill Sint Hubertus in Klein Genhout was built in 1801 at the highest point. In 1941, a Diesel engine was installed, however the price of fuel during the war implied that the wind mill was still regularly in service. It remained in service until the late-1940s. In 1966, it was sold to the municipality for ƒ1.00. In 1971, the wind mill was back in working order.[8]

Genhout was home to 312 people in 1840.[7] In 1906, two Roman farms were discovered near Klein Genhout.[9] The village Groot Genhout and the hamlet Klein Genhout used to have different place name signs. In 2005, both settlements have received Genhout signs.[7]



  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 April 2022. 160 people in Klein Genhout
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 6191AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Distance Genhout, NLD -> Maastrict, NLD".
  4. ^ "Groot Genhout - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Klein Genhout - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b Sabine Broekhoven, & Ronald Stenvert (2003). Groot Genhout (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90 400 9623 6. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d "Genhout". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Sint Hubertus". Molen database (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  9. ^ Maastricht en Zuid-Limburg (in Dutch). The Hague: ANWB. 1939. p. 54. Retrieved 26 April 2022.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Genhout at Wikimedia Commons