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—  Municipality  —
Ermelo town hall
Ermelo town hall
Flag of Ermelo
Coat of arms of Ermelo
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 52°18′N 5°37′E / 52.3°N 5.617°E / 52.3; 5.617
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Area (2006)
 - Total 87.38 km2 (33.7 sq mi)
 - Land 85.67 km2 (33.1 sq mi)
 - Water 1.72 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (1 January, 2007)
 - Total 26,297
 Density 307/km2 (795.1/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
For the South African town with the same name, see Ermelo, Mpumalanga

Ltspkr.pngErmelo (Low Saxon: Armelo or Armel) is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland in the Veluwe area with a population of over 26.000.



Ermelo comes from "lo" woods[1] and "irmin" for which several explanations are given. Some of those are "great"[1], "divine"[2] or it refers to an old Germanic god called Irmin[3].


The town has been known to exist since at least 855, when the name Irminlo first appeared in a legal document. Human presence in the area goes back further however, with many archaeological finds of the Bell-Beaker culture having been made in the area.

For a long time the town most likely consisted of little more than a few farms and some other buildings like a windmill and a church and it didn't really grow much until the 19th century; in the year 1830 a road was made to make this part of the Veluwe more accessible and at the end of the 19th century the town got a train station. Because the trainstation was some distance away from the town centre a road was constructed, the Stationsstraat, which is now considered to be the centre of the town. After the second world war a shortage of houses resulted in a rapid growth of Ermelo. In 1973 Nunspeet became its own separate municipality after having been part of Ermelo before. In 2005, Ermelo celebrated its 1150 year long existence. Various artists from across the country performed during the festivities. A classic windmill dating from 1863 located in the town centre, named De Koe (The Cow), partially burned down in 1990 after having been hit by lightning, but was restored to working order in late 2008. A nightclub moved out due to the complete renovation.


There are many campsites in the forests surrounding Ermelo which are popular place to stay for mainly Dutch and German tourists. Cycling through the forests and heaths is a popular activity, especially during the summer. The nearby Veluwemeer allows for recreation on the water or beach. The town centre is home to various bars and restaurants and a tourist information centre.

In March 2010 Ermelo hosted a sell-out International Boogie Woogie Festival, featuring such notable performers as pianist Little Willie Littlefield and saxophonist Big Jay McNeely.[4]


The town's trainstation is located near the town centre, with a train normally leaving every 30 minutes during the day both north towards Zwolle and south towards Amersfoort. By car, it can be easily reached from highway A28 which passes west of the town and provincial road N303 which passes through the town. There are also various bus routes passing through the town. Horst is easily accessible from the A28. A pedestrian and cyclist only ferry operates between Horst beach and Zeewolde, crossing the Veluwemeer.


Ermelo is home to various sports clubs. At the time of UEFA Euro 2000, the Portuguese national team stayed in Ermelo and played against one of the local clubs, DVS '33. This club organizes an annual international tournament for young players [5]. Spanish La Liga football team Valencia CF has regularly used Ermelo as a base for their preseason training, and have played a number of matches at the local ground against other visiting clubs from Europe, such as Lokomotiv Sofia in 2007 and Fenerbahçe in 2006.[6] In May 2009 it became clear that plans for a merge of DVS '33, EFC '58 and KC Ermelo were cancelled.[7]

Population centres

Manor in Leuvenum
  • De Beek
  • Drie
  • Horst
  • Houtdorp
  • Leuvenum
  • Speuld
  • Staverden
  • Telgt
  • Tonsel
Castle Staverden

People born in Ermelo

Living in Ermelo

  • Evert ten Napel (born 1944), well known football commentator

External links


  1. ^ a b M. Gysseling (1960), Toponymisch Woordenboek van België, Nederland, Luxemburg, Noord-Frankrijk en West-Duitsland (vóór 1226), blz. 327, George Michiels N.V., Tongeren
  2. ^ G. van Berkel en K. Samplonius (3de druk 2006), Nederlandse plaatsnamen, herkomst en historie, blz. 130, Het Spectrum, ISBN 9789027420978
  3. ^ D.P. Blok (3de druk 1979), De Franken in Nederland, blz. 67, Fibula-Van Dishoeck, Haarlem, ISBN 9022837394
  4. ^ Ermelo Boogie Woogie Festival
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Valencia CF, once more in Ermelo, the ideal setting for the élite's training" 12 July 2006 Link accessed 28.05.08
  7. ^

Coordinates: 52°18′N 5°37′E / 52.3°N 5.617°E / 52.3; 5.617


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

ERMELO, a district and town of the Transvaal. ' The district lies in the south-east of the province and is traversed by the Drakensberg. In it are Lake Chrissie, the only true lake in the country, and the sources of the Vaal, Olifants, Komati, and Usuto rivers, which rise within 30 m. of one another. The region has a general elevation of about 5500 ft. and is fine agricultural and pastoral country, besides containing valuable minerals, including coal and gold. Ermelo town, pop. (1904) 1451, is by rail 175 m. S.E. of Johannesburg, and 74 m. S.S.W. of Machadodorp on the Pretoria-Delagoa Bay railway. A government experimental farm, with some 1000 acres of plantations, is maintained here.

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