The smallest city in the Netherlands

A church, a water pump, a small museum, a restaurant and a shop, a few houses and medieval city rights. The latter is the only thing that makes this little village in the Netherlands a true city. Because it is the last place in the Netherlands that received city rights, it is actually also the latest city in the lower countries. Furthermore it is the smallest city- only 150 people live in the city of Bronkhorst.

Bronkhorst. City rights since 1482

It is not known exactly how far history goes back in the era. It is known that the town received city rights in 1482 and from that moment on it could call itself a real city. Unfortunately, the city walls and moat have disappeared over the centuries.

Small(est) city?

Incidentally, it is always difficult to determine which city is really the smallest. The claim of the smallest must therefore also be taken with a grain of salt, because is this now the area, the number of houses or the number of inhabitants? Whatever the unit of measure, Bronkhorst is small. About 150 people live there. Actually too small to be a city?


Smallest village in the Netherlands

Close to Nijmegen is Persingen, the 'smallest village' in the Netherlands. It was once a prosperous community, but due to flooding of the Waal river in 1809 and 1820, not much of the town remains: 4 streets, a 13th century church, 4 farms, some houses and a few inhabitants.

Top 5 other smallest cities in the Netherlands

To outsmart discussions of what a small city is, here's our top 5 of other smallest cities in the Netherlands.
  • 1
    Staverden is located in the middle of the Veluwe. The town has had city rights since 1298. When it comes to fame, Staverden has grown over the years into a city of stature. Not in terms of population and dimensions. You'll be through it in a minute
  • 2
    Sint Anna ter Muiden
    The town of Sint Anna ter Muiden is located on the border with Belgium, at the westernmost tip of the Netherlands. With a few houses, the town is not large. But it does have city rights in 1242!
  • 3
    The town of Eembrugge is located in the Eem Valley near Baarn. The town has over 120 inhabitants
  • 4
    The Frisian town of Sloten feels big in this list. In reality it is only a small town
  • 5
    Schiermonnikoog is of course not a city. But because there are less than 1000 people living in this municipality, the island is in our list at number 5

The town of Bronkhorst in Gelderland is known as the smallest town of The Netherlands
The streets of Bronkhorst on a misty midwinter day

Bronkhorst Photo Gallery

Bronkhorst. The smallest city in the Netherlands
Bronkhorst. The smallest city in the Netherlands


Smallest village in the Netherlands

Persingen is known as "smallest" village in the Netherlands. Persingen was once a prosperous community in the Ooijpolder, but due to flooding of the Waal in 1809 and 1820, little has remained of the village: 4 streets, a church, some farms and houses and a few inhabitants.
The centerpiece of the village is the Gothic church from the Middle Ages that is used for weddings and exhibitions.

What do visitors say about Bronkhorst?

Adress and visitor information


Address: Bovenstraat
Postal code and city: 7226  Bronkhorst
Province: Gelderland
Additional information: The town of Bronkhorst is located on the IJssel between Zutphen and Doetinchem. With a ferry you can go to the slightly larger town of Brummen on the other side of the river.

Note: The location on the map is an indication. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route



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