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Baarn
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Coordinates: 52°13′N 5°17′E / 52.22, 5.28Coordinates: 52°13′N 5°17′E / 52.22, 5.28
Country Netherlands
Province Utrecht
Area(2006)
 • Total 33.03 km2 (12.75 sq mi)
 • Land 32.56 km2 (12.57 sq mi)
 • Water 0.47 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
Population (30 June 2008)
 • Total 24,345
 • Density 748/km2 (1,940/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website www.baarn.nl

Baarn [baːrn]  (Speaker Icon.svg listen) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht.

The municipality Baarn Edit

The municipality of Baarn consists of the following towns: Baarn, Eembrugge, Lage Vuursche.

The town Baarn Edit

Map NL - Baarn - Baarn

The town of Baarn (darkgreen) in the municipality of Baarn.

Baarn, the main town of the municipality, received city rights in 1391. The town lies about 8 km east of Hilversum.

In 2001, the town of Baarn counted 22871 inhabitants. The urban area of the town was 4.66 square kilometres (1.80 sq mi), and contained 10076 residences.[1]

The royal family owns several houses around Baarn. The Soestdijk Palace in Baarn was the home of Queen Emma, Queen Juliana and Juliana's husband prince Bernard. Crown prince Willem Alexander and his brothers attended school (Nieuwe Baarnse School and Baarnsch Lyceum) in Baarn when Queen Beatrix (then princess) and her family lived at Castle Drakesteijn in the village of Lage Vuursche, before they moved to The Hague in 1980.

Baarn's shopping facilities are mainly located in the Laanstraat. Other visitor destinations include 'het Cantonspark' (a botanical garden) and Kasteel Groeneveld. In the north and east there are polders, and the river Eem. Recreation resources include the woodlands south-west of Baarn, connecting Baarn to Soestdijk, and called 'Het Baarnsche Bos'.

The Scout Centre Buitenzorg (Scouting Nederland) is located in Baarn.[2]

To the south lay the connecting road towards the city of Amersfoort, called 'Breemeentje'. This, approx. 10 km long straight of polder road, connects the town of Baarn to various roads in Soest and the industrial area of Amersfoort.

Due to good communications to Amsterdam, the town is home to a number of boutique international firms such as Bain & Co and Cerberus Capital Management. Unilever's Conimex and software company Seyoda Games are located in Baarn.

Paaskerk Baarn

Paas Kerk (Easter Church) in Baarn

TransportationEdit

Baarn has a railway station - Baarn railway station, with trains going every half hour to Utrecht (Utrecht Centraal) (35 minutes), Amersfoort (Amersfoort) (10 minutes) and Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal)(about 40 minutes).

The A1 motorway runs just north of Baarn.

Notable people from Baarn Edit

Twin city Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 [1]. Statistics are for the continuous built-up area.
  2. ^ Fred Kelpin. "My Gilwell Training" (PDF). http://www.kelpin.nl/fred/artikelen/gilwellcursus.pdf. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 

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