Grave, Netherlands

Grave (Dutch: [ˈɣraːvə] (listen); formerly De Graaf) is a city and former municipality in the Dutch province of North Brabant. The former municipality had a population of 12,486 in 2021. Grave is a member of the Dutch Association of Fortified Cities.

City and former municipality
Grave town centre
Grave town centre
Flag of Grave
Coat of arms of Grave
Highlighted position of Grave in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location of the former municipality of Grave in North Brabant
Grave is located in North Brabant
Location in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
Grave is located in Netherlands
Grave (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 51°46′N 5°44′E / 51.767°N 5.733°E / 51.767; 5.733
ProvinceNorth Brabant
MunicipalityLand van Cuijk
 • Total3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Elevation10 m (30 ft)
 • Total8,580
 • Density2,600/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0486
Map of the former municipality of Grave, 2015

The former municipality included the following towns : Grave (capital), Velp, Escharen and Gassel.

Grave, Boxmeer, Cuijk, Mill en Sint Hubert, and Sint Anthonis merged into the new municipality of Land van Cuijk on 1 January 2022.


Grave received city rights in 1233.

The former municipality of Grave was formed in the Napoleonic era (1810) and coincided with the fortified Grave and immediate surroundings. The history of the town was thus linked to that of the place.

This changed in 1942. Then there was a reclassification place where the municipality Grave was expanded with the previously independent municipalities Velp and Escharen. Moreover, in 1994 the neighboring municipality of Beers was abolished and a part thereof, the parish Gassel, was also added to the municipality Grave.

Popular attractionsEdit

Near to Grave lies a bridge, now called John S. Thompsonbrug, built in 1929. It is the northern connection to Gelderland, spanning the river Maas. The bridge was one of the key strategic points in Operation Market Garden; the city was liberated at 17 September 1944, but suffered very little damage. The bridge was named in 2004 after Lieutenant John S. Thompson who commanded the platoon of the 82nd Airborne Division that captured the bridge.

The Hampoort is the old entrance to the city, and it is still largely intact and can be visited.

Notable peopleEdit

Mary of Guelders




See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 5361CV". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.

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