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Aalten town hall


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Aalten in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°56′N 6°35′E / 51.933, 6.583Coordinates: 51°56′N 6°35′E / 51.933, 6.583
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Bert Berghoef (CDA)
 • Total 97.03 km2 (37.46 sq mi)
 • Land 96.51 km2 (37.26 sq mi)
 • Water 0.52 km2 (0.20 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 31 m (102 ft)
Population (May 2013)[4]
 • Total 27,086
 • Density 281/km2 (730/sq mi)
Demonym Aaltenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 7090–7095, 7120–7126
Area code 0315, 0543

Topographic map of Aalten, Sept. 2014

Aalten (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a village in the eastern Netherlands. The former municipalities of Bredevoort (1818) and Dinxperlo (2005) have been merged with Aalten.

Notable inhabitants of Aalten include Angus Young, guitarist of the Australian rock band AC/DC, and Robert Gesink, a professional road bicycle racer. During World War II, 51 of Aalten's 85 Jews were hidden by local non-Jews, and thereby survived the war.[5] According to the War and Resistance Museum in Aalten, the village had the highest number of people in hiding during World War II. The village of approximately 13,000 residents hid some 2500 people.[6]

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Aalten railway station serves Aalten and the surrounding area. There is a half-hourly service between Arnhem and Winterswijk, which stops at this station. Arnhem railway station has services to Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport, Utrecht, Nijmegen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Tilburg and to cities in Germany.

Aalten also has an hourly bus service to Ruurlo and to Zelhem.



  1. ^ "Samenstelling college burgemeester en wethouders [Members board of mayor and aldermen]" (in Dutch). Gemeente Aalten. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten [Key figures for neighbourhoods]" (in Dutch). CBS Statline. CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 7121CS" (in Dutch). Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland. Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand [Population growth; regions per month]" (in Dutch). CBS Statline. CBS. 24 June 2013.,621,624-632&D3=l&LA=EN&HDR=T&STB=G1,G2&VW=T. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Martin Gilbert, 'The Holocaust' (1986), page 376,
  6. ^ 'Marline: de infozine v/d Achterhoek'

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