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—  Municipality  —
Windmill 'De Vlijt'
Windmill 'De Vlijt'
Flag of Wageningen
Coat of arms of Wageningen
Coat of arms
Motto: City of Life Sciences
Coordinates: 51°57′52″N 5°39′47″E / 51.96444°N 5.66306°E / 51.96444; 5.66306Coordinates: 51°57′52″N 5°39′47″E / 51.96444°N 5.66306°E / 51.96444; 5.66306
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Municipality Wageningen
 - Mayor G.J.M. (Geert) van Rumund (PvdA)
 - Aldermen S.L. (Stella) Efdé
M.H. (Mariëtte) Kroes
I.A. (Ingeborg) Stadhouders
M.S.G. (Minie) Walma-Schreur
 - Secretary J. (Jaap) Diepeveen
Area (2006)
 - Total 32.35 km2 (12.5 sq mi)
 - Land 30.57 km2 (11.8 sq mi)
 - Water 1.88 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (31 May 2009)
 - Total 36,492
 - Density 1,198/km2 (3,102.8/sq mi)
  Source: Wageningen,
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 6700 - 6709
Area code(s) 0317

About this sound Wageningen is a municipality and a historical town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland. It is famous for Wageningen University, which specializes in life sciences. The city has 36,224 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2009), of which many thousands are students. The university and associated institutes, now consolidated in Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR), employs about 7400 people. Wageningen also is the central city in Food Valley. Food Valley is the Dutch food & nutrition cluster concentrated around WUR and comprising many institutes, companies and state-of-the-art facilities in the food & nutrition field. Food Valley is regarded as the largest food & nutrition Research & Development cluster in the world. The current mayor of Wageningen is mr. Geert van Rumund.



Wageningen is situated on the north bank of the Lower Rhine, ("Nederrijn" in Dutch) and at the border between the Gelderse valley and the Veluwe, of which the southwest hill is called the Wageningse berg. Wageningen can be reached by car from highways A12, A15 and A50, and from railroad station Ede-Wageningen where a 15 minute bus drive connects to the central bus station in the town center.

Founding of the city

The oldest known settlements in the Wageningen area were located north of today's town centre. They were mentioned as early as 828. During the early Middle Ages a small church was built on the hill east of the town. Several wood farms have been found near the top of the hill. In the twelfth century people settled at what is currently the Bergstraat. Close to Hotel de Wereld a stone floor has been found dating back to this period. After the construction of a dike to protect the city from the acidic water from the moors that then occupied the Gelderse Vallei (the current Hoogstraat), the oldest part of the present city was built to the south. The parts of the city north of the Hoogstraat were built later. Wageningen received city rights in 1263. The city was protected by a city wall and a ditch, and in 1526 a castle was built. The castle was dismantled during the 18th century, but the foundations of three of the towers and part of the wall remain visible today.

Recent history

Major K. Henninger, a German Army Signals officer, negotiating with Canadian forces

In 1918 the town acquired its first institution of higher education, Landbouwhogeschool Wageningen, which was based on the previous agricultural college founded in 1876, and which later became Wageningen University. This initiated the development from a small historical town into a modern technological community, a process which still continues today. Wageningen has now become the center of Food Valley, a large agglomeration of companies and research institutes specializing in food innovation.

Wageningen is also world famous for its military history. On 5 May 1945, the German general Blaskowitz surrendered to the Canadian general Charles Foulkes, which officially ended the Second World War in the Netherlands. The Generals negotiated the terms of surrender in the Hotel de Wereld, which since 2004 has again been serving as a hotel. On 5 May, which in the Netherlands is Liberation Day, the city hosts a large festival to celebrate the liberation. At this festival, veteran soldiers parade through the city and are honoured for their service.

Notable people born in Wageningen



External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Wageningen is a town along the Rhine river within the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. Because of its famous agricultural university, it is more lively than one would expect from a Dutch town with 36,000 inhabitants.
De Vlijt Windmill
De Vlijt Windmill
  • Arriving from Ede-Wageningen train station, take the Bus No. 88 to downtown Wageningen.
  • If coming from Arnhem, take Bus No. 86 which also heads to Wageningen.

Get around

Cycling is the best mode of the transport and there are several stores downtown which can provide bike rentals.

Bus No.88 also takes you around most of Wageningen but it really doesn't make much sense to ride the bus here.

  • Wageningen University, [1]. Originally an agricultural university, Wageningen Universiteit is a renowned international university famous for its agricultural sciences. It has a large community of international students making it one of the most multicultural universities in the Netherlands. The university arboretum along Generaal Foulkesweg is quite beautiful in the summer.  edit
  • Hotel de Wereld, [2]. Translates to 'Hotel of the World'. Site of the formal surrender of the Germans to the Allies in the Netherlands on May 5th, 1945. Wageningen is the place to be on 5th of May as celebrations in the Netherlands are centred around Wageningen.  edit
Hotel de Wereld
Hotel de Wereld
  • Windkorenmolen De Vlijt, Churchillweg, [3]. A 19th-century wind-powered flour mill. Upper floors of the mill, where the actual milling process can be observed, is open to the public every Saturdays for free. The store downtairs sells a range of both organic and non-organic baking supplies.  edit
  • Wijngaard Wageningse Berg, [4]. There is a local winery that produces biological wine close to the Wageningse Berg Hotel. Worth a visit as it is one of the few wineries in the Netherlands.  edit
  • Casteelse Poort Museum, Bowlespark Avenue, [5]. The Casteelse Poort Museum showcases the history of Wageningen as well as the Wageningen Castle ruins over which the museum was built. The house was formerly the property of a wealthy 19th century family until it was converted to the current museum. Highlight of the museum is the archeological dig on display in the basement of the museum, which uncovers part of the foundation of the old Wageningen castle that had been discovered. Behind the museum is a preserved section of the wall and watch tower foundations of the said castle.  edit
  • High Veluwe. Wageningen borders the High Veluwe, a large nature reserve in the Netherlands. Very nice for biking and nature walks as well as for spotting the local wildlife.
  • Cycle/walk along the dyke. Enjoy the beautiful view of the countryside along the dyke amongst the grazing sheeps and cows of the surrounding farms.
  • Rhine River. Take a walk along the Rhine river. Popular among the locals as a place to go fishing and swimming especially during the warmer months.


Main shopping street in Wageningen is the Hoogstraat although selection is limited. Try bigger cities nearby such as Arnhem or Utrecht for shopping needs.

  • Duniya - Indian/Surinamese restaurant in the centrum.
  • Pannekoek House - Traditional Dutch pancake restaurant within the centrum.
  • Open Markt - on Wednesday morning (09:00-12:00) and Saturday (09:00-17:00). Offers typical Dutch foods. The freshly made stroopwafels on Wednesdays are fantastic.
Cafes in the centrum.
Cafes in the centrum.

There are many cafes located around the church in the centrum with good selection of beers. One you can't miss is De Vlaamsche Reus which has over 120 beers many of which Belgian.

Most student residences (triangular-looking buildings) also have their own bar downstairs.

  • Hotel de Wageningse Berg, [6]. Atop the Wageningse Berg hill. Very nice vantage point looking out at the Rhine river and plains from the hotel.  edit
  • Hotel de Wereld, [7]. Historic hotel, Look for its history at its "See" listing above. On the pricier side..  edit

Get out

Wageningen is not the place for nightlife although there are some nice bars/pubs to hang around and drink beers! On Saturday and Sunday, the town is quite empty since Dutch students go back to their hometowns to spend their weekend with friends and family. International students hang around the International Club across from the student residence of Haarweg. If you are looking some Dutch nightlife try Arnhem, Utrecht or Rotterdam!

There are also a few coffee shops in town for those who are looking for 'alternative entertainment'.

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