Hoensbroek (Limburgish: Gebrook) is a Dutch town in the municipality of Heerlen. It is situated in the southeast of Limburg, a province in the southeast of the Netherlands. Until 1982, Hoensbroek was a separate municipality.
|• Total||1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
|• Density||4,300/km2 (11,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Hoensbroek is known for its medieval castle, Kasteel Hoensbroek, named after Knight Hoen, a member of the Hoen Family. It dates from around 1250.
In medieval times, the town was known under the name of Gebrook, meaning as much as "Swampy Landscape", and belonged to the Family Hoen. Their family name eventually mingled with the original one, resulting in the name Hoensbroeck for the location and Van Hoensbroeck as the family name. The spoken dialect, Gerbrooker Plat, refers to the ancient name of Gebrook.
Coal mining The town remained modest until the early 20th century, when several mines were opened (including the Emma), caused a substantial increase in population. This necessitated the construction of new residential areas, with the result that Heerlen & Hoensbroek grew closer to each other.
Today Hoensbroek & Heerlen now form a contiguous and built-up area. Only the tip, the former Oranje Nassau III mine, currently designed as a park, represents a kind of barrier between the towns. The mines in the area are now all closed, but many of the workers before landscaped areas still exist.
Bus: The town can be reached by bus, in this city there are public buses from Veolia Transport(Limburg)
- Max van Heeswijk, road racing cyclist
- Willy Quadackers, footballer
- Henk van der Linden, film director
- Jaloe Maat, actress
- Fernando Ricksen, Dutch national team footballer
- Simone Simons, lead singer of symphonic metal band Epica
- Egidius Slanghen, historian
- Lambert Verdonk, footballer
- Klaas de Vries, politician and jurist
- Hoensbroek travel guide from Wikivoyage