Aerial photography of the historic city of Naarden
Aerial photography of the historic city of Naarden
Highlighted position of Naarden in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°18′N 5°10′E / 52°18′N 5°10′E / 52.300; 5.167
Province North Holland
MunicipalityGooise Meren
 • Total32.90 km2 (12.70 sq mi)
 • Land21.40 km2 (8.26 sq mi)
 • Water11.50 km2 (4.44 sq mi)
Elevation[2]3 m (10 ft)
Population (August 2017)[3]
 • Totaldata missing
Demonym(s)Naardenees, Naardenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code035

Naarden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnaːrdə(n)] (About this sound listen)) is a city and former municipality in the Gooi region in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It has been part of the new municipality of Gooise Meren since 2016.


Naarden was granted its city rights in 1300 (the only town in Het Gooi with these rights) and later developed into a fortified garrison town with a textile industry. The actual fortification was built by the Spanish Empire in 1572 by the King Phillip II of Spain.

Naarden is an example of a star fort, complete with fortified walls and a moat. The moat and walls have been restored.[when?]

Jan Amos Komensky (Comenius) was buried in the city, his mausoleum can be visited.

Despite its earlier importance, Naarden's population was surpassed by Hilversum in the 18th century and today it is smaller than its neighbour Bussum.

The city's distinctive shape made it a rallying point for Allied bombers returning to England after raids on Germany.[citation needed] The shape of the fortification is an example of a typical Spanish fortification easily to find among old Spanish Empire.

Naarden was a separate municipality until 2015. On 1 January 2016, the municipality of Naarden merged with Muiden and Bussum to form the new municipality of Gooise Meren.

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