—  Municipality  —
Market Square.
Flag of Oosterhout
Coat of arms of Oosterhout
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 51°39′N 4°51′E / 51.65°N 4.85°E / 51.65; 4.85
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
 - Total 73.09 km2 (28.2 sq mi)
 - Land 71.59 km2 (27.6 sq mi)
 - Water 1.50 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Population (1 June, 2008)
 - Total 54,015
 - Density 755/km2 (1,955.4/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Oosterhout (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a city in the South of the Netherlands. At June, 2008, the city population was 54,015.



Oosterhout is mentioned for the first time in 1277, although archaeological excavations showed the existence of human settlements in the area in prehistoric times. The Knights Templar had a temple here dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It was home to a castle which later acquired control over the surrounding area, up to Breda and Bergen op Zoom. The castle was destroyed by Spanish troops during the Eighty Years War, in 1573; only a tower of it survives today.

The city became the seat of a flourishing ceramics industry, which lasted until the 19th century. In 1625 the city was besieged by Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, and suffered heavy damage.

Despite the rise of Protestantism, it was home to several Catholic monasteries, including that of the Premonstratensians, which is still active. Oosterhout received city rights in 1809, by will of Louis Bonaparte.

Main sights

  • Slotjes (Castle)
  • Unfinished basilica of St. John. A Romanesque church existed in 1277, but from around 1473 it was rebuilt in the current Gothic style, being finished in 1493. The tower was constructed from 1519 to 1552. It was restored several times in the following centuries.
  • Monastery of St. Catherine, once a castle held by the Knights Hospitaller.

Population centres

  • Oosterhout (population: 47,920)
    • Baarschot
    • Groenendijk
    • Heikant
    • Heistraat
    • Hespelaar
    • Seters
    • Steelhoven
    • Vijfhuizen
    • Vrachelen
  • Dorst (Oosterhout) (2,440)
    • Steenoven
  • Oosteind (1,350)
  • Den Hout (1,210)
    • Eind van den Hout
    • Ter Aalst


Oosterhout is home to several sports clubs, for example volleyball club VOKO, football clubs SCO-Tofs, VV Oosterhout, baseball club Twins and hockey club De Warande.

Notable people

External links

Coordinates: 51°39′N 4°51′E / 51.65°N 4.85°E / 51.65; 4.85

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Oosterhout — (spr. Ohsterhaut), Marktflecken im Bezirk Breda der niederländischen Provinz Nordbrabant; große Töpfereien u. Ziegeleien, Leinwand u. Holzhandel, ansehnliche Märkte; 8100 Ew …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Oosterhout — (spr. haut), Gemeinde in der niederländ. Provinz Nordbrabant, Bezirk Breda, an einem Kanal, der nach Geertruidenberg, und einer Dampfstraßenbahn, die nach Geertruidenberg und Breda führt, mit einer schönen römisch katholischen und einer reform.… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Oosterhout — (spr. haut), Dorf in der niederländ. Prov. Nordbrabant, (1899) 11.545 E …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Oosterhout — Oosterhout,   Gemeinde in der Provinz Nordbrabant, Niederlande, am Wilhelminakanal, 50 600 Einwohner; Metall und Kunststoffverarbeitung, Bekleidungs , Schuh , elektrotechnische Industrie, Maschinenbau, Süßwarenherstellung.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Oosterhout — Gemeinde Oosterhout Flagge Wappen Provinz Nordbrabant Bürg …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Oosterhout —  Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents lieux partageant un même toponyme.  Pays Bas Oosterhout, ville et commune du Brabant Septentrional Oosterhout, village de la com …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Oosterhout — 1 Original name in latin Oosterhout Name in other language State code NL Continent/City Europe/Amsterdam longitude 51.88 latitude 5.82639 altitude 11 Population 2340 Date 2009 09 03 2 Original name in latin Oosterhout Name in other language… …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Oosterhout — Sp Òsterhautas Ap Oosterhout L Nyderlandai …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Oosterhout — Sp Òsterhautas Ap Oosterhout L Olandija …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Oosterhout (Brabant-Septentrional) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Oosterhout. Oosterhout …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.