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Coordinates: 52°46′N 5°06′E / 52.77, 5.1Coordinates: 52°46′N 5°06′E / 52.77, 5.1
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
 • Total 270.61 km2 (104.48 sq mi)
 • Land 135.35 km2 (52.26 sq mi)
 • Water 135.26 km2 (52.22 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2011)
 • Total 41,500
 • Density 307/km2 (800/sq mi)
  Source: CBS,[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Medemblik ([ˈmeɪ̯.dəm.ˌblɪk]; West Frisian: Memelik) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia.[2]


Medemblik was a prosperous trading town, when, in 1282, Floris V, Count of Holland, successfully invaded West Friesland. He built several fortresses to control the region, one of which was Kasteel Radboud in Medemblik, and awarded Medemblik city rights in 1289. After Floris V had been murdered in 1296, the local Frisian besieged the castle, but in 1297 an army from Holland thwarted their efforts to starve out the inhabitants, which included Medemblik citizens.[3]

Several more attacks took place in the following centuries. The most notorious of these happened in June 1517, when Medemblik was attacked from mainland Frisia by about 4000 pirates known as the Arumer Zwarte Hoop, led by Pier Gerlofs Donia and Wijard Jelckama. Many citizens fled to the castle, which the pirates unsuccessfully besieged. Eventually, they took out their fury on the town, which burned to the ground. After this the band continued their marauding path on land throughout present day North Holland.[4]

Medemblik obtained town walls in 1572, so that the castle lost its roll as a refuge for the citizens, which led to its partially dismantling in 1578. Over the centuries the castle fell into decay, but in 1889 it became property of the crown and was restored to be used as a courthouse, which function it served until 1934. Anticipating the German invasion, the Rijksmuseum in September 1939 chose the castle as the initial hiding place of Rembrandt's Night Watch.[3]

On 1 January 2007, Medemblik merged with the municipalities of Noorder-Koggenland and Wognum, yet retained its own name in the surviving municipality, even though it was the smallest of the three in population. Again on 1 January 2011 Medemblik merged with Andijk and Wervershoof into the municipality Medemblik.

The new cityhall is the former office building of the DSB Bank in Wognum.


Medemblik is best known in Europe for its sailing events. Medemblik further has a picturesque small innercity with many houses from the 17th and 18th century, two big churches, an old orphanage, a town hall and, of course, castle Radboud, which is just at the border of the innercity.

Local government[]

The municipal council of Medemblik consists of 27 seats, which are divided as follows:

  • VVD - 8 seats
  • CDA - 6 seats
  • PvdA - 3 seats
  • Gemeentebelangen - 3 seats
  • Progressief West Friesland - 2 seats
  • ChristenUnie - 1 seat
  • D66 - 1 seat
  • Andijker Belang - 1 seat
  • PW2010 - 1 seat
  • Onafhankelijke Westfriese Partij - 1 seat

Born in Medemblik[]

  • Jan Albertsz Rotius (1624) Painter
  • Willem Vogelsang (1956)



  1. ^ "?". Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek. Retrieved 4 August 2010.  Statline
  2. ^ "Gemeente Medemblik". Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Ben Dijkhuis The Castle at Medemblik
  4. ^ Ben Dijkhuis Grote Pier en de Zwarte Hoop in 1517 (in Dutch)
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