Simpelveld (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsɪmpəlˌvɛlt] (About this soundlisten); Limburgish: Zumpelveld) is a municipality and a town in the southeastern Netherlands. It is part of the municipal cooperative unit Parkstad Limburg.


Skyline of Simpelveld
Skyline of Simpelveld
Flag of Simpelveld
Coat of arms of Simpelveld
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Simpelveld in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 50°50′N 5°59′E / 50.833°N 5.983°E / 50.833; 5.983Coordinates: 50°50′N 5°59′E / 50.833°N 5.983°E / 50.833; 5.983
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorRichard de Boer (VVD)
 • Total16.03 km2 (6.19 sq mi)
 • Land16.03 km2 (6.19 sq mi)
 • Water0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
Elevation138 m (453 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total10,516
 • Density656/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
6350–6353, 6369
Area code045

Simpelveld is part of the Mergelland, named after the presence of chalk (mergel), hill country popular with tourists. The Mergellandroute passes through the town.

The population centre of Simpelveld has 28 national monuments, amongst which are the Oude Molen and the Saint Remigius Church. Simpelveld has a heritage railway station and is the home base of the South Limburg Railway Company. On one weekend in October there is a Day out with Thomas from the children's television series Thomas and Friends.

Population centresEdit

Besides these official centres there are other hamlets which fall under the municipality:

Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Simpelveld, June 2015


The municipality has two churches within its borders:

The city also has two monasteries, these are

Neither of the monasteries is inhabited.

Regional languageEdit

Simpelveld is part of The Netherlands and therefore the official language is Dutch. A lot of people also speak Simpelvelds, a regional language that depending of the definition belongs to Ripuarian or Limburgish. It is also referred to as Southeast Limburgish.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Burgemeester mr. R. (Richard) de Boer" [Mayor mr. R. (Richard) de Boer] (in Dutch). Gemeente Simpelveld. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  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 6369AH". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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