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Zandvoort Town Hall
Zandvoort Town Hall
Flag of Zandvoort
Coat of arms of Zandvoort
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Zandvoort in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°22′N 4°32′E / 52.367°N 4.533°E / 52.367; 4.533
ProvinceNorth Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorNiek Meijer (VVD)
 • Total43.97 km2 (16.98 sq mi)
 • Land32.12 km2 (12.40 sq mi)
 • Water11.85 km2 (4.58 sq mi)
Elevation3 m (10 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total17,011
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
2040–2042, 2116
Area code023

Zandvoort (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzɑntfoːrt] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands; it has a long sandy beach. It is bordered by coastal dunes of Zuid-Kennemerland National Park and the Amsterdam water supply dunes. It hosts the country's most prominent motor racing circuit, Circuit Zandvoort.

The municipality of extends to take in Bentveld; it had a population of 16,954 in 2017. A nudist bathing section of the beach begins about 2 km to the south, with six eateries, which extends kilometers further.


Topographic map of Zandvoort, 2014
Topographic map of Zandvoort, 2014
Organ Grinder in Zandvoort, 1883 painting by Fritz von Uhde. Click to expand.
Organ Grinder in Zandvoort, 1883 painting by Fritz von Uhde. Click to expand.

Zandvoort is known to exist in 1100, called Sandevoerde (a combination of "sand" and "voorde", meaning ford; compare English Sandford). Until 1722 the area was under the control of the Lords of Brederode. The village was dependent on fishing for many centuries until the 19th century when it started to transform itself into a seaside resort, following the pattern set by similar towns in the United Kingdom. In 1828 the first resort was inaugurated. Thereafter many notable persons would visit Zandvoort, including Elisabeth of Bavaria in 1884 and 1885. In the middle of the same century, potato cultivation started in the dunes.

In 1881 the railway station near the coast opened, followed by tram connection to Haarlem in 1899, which greatly increased the beach tourism. In 1905 one of the earliest Dutch fictional films was shot in the town, De mésaventure van een Fransch heertje zonder pantalon aan het strand te Zandvoort. During World War II, Zandvoort was heavily damaged. On May 23, 1942, beach access was no longer permitted and several months later the town was almost completely vacated. Resorts and avenues were demolished to make way for the coastal fortifications of the Atlantic Wall.

After the war, the town's growth accelerated, matching the growth in tourism. In 1948, Circuit Zandvoort was built, hosting the Dutch Grand Prix for several decades, until 1985. The Dutch GP will return in 2021, in the 2021 Formula One World Championship. Zandvoort continues to be a major Dutch resort location, where nearly half of all employment is related to tourism. The Dutch singer Willem Duyn's De Eerste Trein Naar Zandvoort ("First train to Zandvoort"), modeled on the American song Chattanooga Choo Choo and chronicling chaos and mayhem on the first seaside train, was a hit in the summer of 1983.

Zandvoort, water tower
Zandvoort, water tower


Zandvoort has a station, with half-hourly services to Haarlem and Amsterdam, with extra services from Haarlem during the summer. The station is Zandvoort aan Zee railway station.

Local government

Zandvoort aan Zee
Zandvoort aan Zee

The municipal council of Zandvoort consists of 17 seats, which are divided as follows since 2010:

  • VVD 5 seats
  • Ouderen Partij Zandvoort[5] 3 seats
  • PvdA 2 seats
  • CDA 2 seats
  • Gemeente Belangen Zandvoort[6] 2 seats
  • GroenLinks 1 seat
  • Sociaal Zandvoort[7] 1 seat
  • D66 1 seat

Notable people

William Merritt Chase
William Merritt Chase
Stella Maessen
Stella Maessen



  1. ^ "Burgemeester Niek Meijer" [Mayor Niek Meijer] (in Dutch). Gemeente Zandvoort. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 2042KB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Ouderen Partij Zandvoort". Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  6. ^ LM. "GBZ-2018".
  7. ^ "Sociaal Zandvoort". Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  8. ^ Stichting, Anne Frank (23 September 2010). "Margot (left) and Anne Frank on the beach at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, August 1940".
  9. ^ "Giant Lego Man Found in Dutch Sea". Reuters UK. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-07.

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