Zeist (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzɛist]) is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands, located east of the city of Utrecht.

Zeist city hall
Zeist city hall
Flag of Zeist

Coat of arms of Zeist

Coat of arms
Location in Utrecht
Location in Utrecht
Coordinates: 52°5′N 5°14′E / 52.083°N 5.233°ECoordinates: 52°5′N 5°14′E / 52.083°N 5.233°E
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorKoos Janssen (CDA)
 • Total48.65 km2 (18.78 sq mi)
 • Land48.51 km2 (18.73 sq mi)
 • Water0.14 km2 (0.05 sq mi)
Elevation4 m (13 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total63,148
 • Density1,302/km2 (3,370/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
3700–3712, 3734–3735
Area code030

Population centres

Dutch Topographic map of Zeist (municipality), Sept. 2014

Town of Zeist

The town of "Seist" was first mentioned in a charter in the year 838. The original settlement was located at the present Dorpsstraat. In the late 12th century, a church was built here. Its tower is now a part of the Reformed Church, the remainder of which was built in the 19th century. Until medieval times, a branch of the river Rhine flowed close to the centre of the town. Three mansions were built near the village: the Huis te Zeist, Kersbergen, and Blikkenburg.

Slot Zeist

From 1677 to 1686, the "Slot Zeist" was built on or near the ruins of "Kasteel Zeist", the original castle (donjon) of Rodgar van Zeist. There is very little documentation on the family that lived there, but a few names are found: in the 12th century a Godefridus de Seist and in the late 13th century another Godefridus, a knight, with his son Johannes and his daughter Petronilla. (Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van Zeist, deel 1, ed. Van Hinsbergen) The last member of the van Zeist family was a woman, Elisabeth (?), who married a member of the Borre van Amerongen family. They had a son who adopted his mother's name and his father's coat-of-arms.

In the last quarter of the 17th century, Count Willem Adriaan van Nassau, an illegitimate descendant of Prince Maurice of Orange, acquired the property and built Slot Zeist in the Dutch Classisist style. Murals by Daniel Marot are still largely intact.

Members of the Evangelische Broedergemeente (Evangelical Brethren's Congregation), the Dutch name for the Moravians, settled in Zeist in 1746, building for their community an impressive array of 18th century Classisist houses planned around two squares. Their headquarters are still located in the centre of town, next to "the palace". The oldest Dutch archives of the Moravians are kept at the Utrecht Archival Centre at Utrecht.

In the 19th century, Zeist became a favorite residence for the rich, mainly from the city of Utrecht.

Camp New Amsterdam, (vliegbasis Soesterberg) a former Royal Netherlands Air Force military airbase near this town, was the venue for the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial to take place outside the UK, but under Scots law. The court was designated the Scottish Court in the Netherlands, with the former airbase being referred to as 'Camp Zeist'. (See the article on the trial and the reports on the trial at Camp Zeist by United Nations observer Dr. Hans Köchler: Hans Köchler's Lockerbie trial observer mission.)

Zeist is the location of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV) and the International Korfball Federation(IKF), and is also known for the forests surrounding the town. For many years the Dutch National Archaeological Research Service (Rijksdienst voor het Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek) was housed at Slot Zeist.

Notable people

The following notable persons were born in Zeist:




  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Zeist. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 3701HS". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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Anthon van Rappard

Anthon Gerard Alexander van Rappard (May 14, 1858, Zeist – March 21, 1892, Santpoort) was a Dutch painter and draughtsman. He was a pupil of Lawrence Alma-Tadema and for about four years a friend and mentor of Vincent van Gogh, who is said to have appreciated him for his social engagement, among other reasons.

Ben Swagerman

Ben Swagerman (born 7 July 1959) is a Dutch politician and former prosecutor. He was a member of the Senate for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy from 10 November 2015 until 12 July 2016 and previously served between June 2011 and June 2015.

Bernard Lievegoed

Bernardus Cornelis Johannes Lievegoed (2 September 1905, Medan – 12 December 1992, Zeist) was a Dutch medical doctor, psychiatrist and author. He is most famous for establishing a theory of organizational development. He founded the N.P.I., or Netherlands Pedagogical Institute, which works with organizations and individuals to help these realize their economic, social and cultural goals. He also founded the Vrije Hogeschool in Driebergen.

Bert Blyleven

Bert Blyleven (born Rik Aalbert Blijleven, April 6, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992. A renowned curveball pitcher, Blyleven was a two-time All-Star and World Series champion. He ranks fifth all-time among pitchers in strikeouts, 14th in innings pitched, and 27th in wins. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. Currently, he is the color commentator for the Minnesota Twins on Fox Sports North.

Bosch en Duin

Bosch en Duin is a village in Zeist municipality, in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The village is located north of the town of Zeist, and borders Huis ter Heide to the east and Den Dolder to the north. It had 2,540 inhabitants (2006). The village is entirely made up of expensive estates surrounded by forest.

The estate De Horst in Bosch en Duin, designed by architect Karel de Bazel, is now a protected landmark. Dutch journalist Willem Oltmans grew up here. Other prominent residents of Bosch en Duin are Belinda Meuldijk, singer Rob de Nijs and Prof. Bob Smalhout (1927 - 2015).

Driebergen-Zeist railway station

Driebergen-Zeist is a railway station located between Driebergen-Rijsenburg and Zeist, Netherlands. It is located in the municipality of Utrechtse Heuvelrug. The station was opened on 17 June 1844 and is located on the Amsterdam–Arnhem railway. The station is operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In a Railpro survey in 2005 there were approximately 8,368 passengers per day using Driebergen-Zeist station. The station is currently undergoing a major upgrade to improve the local traffic situation, improve parking facilities and modernise the pedestrian areas. Due for completion 2020.


Eva de Goede

Eva de Goede (born 23 March 1989) is a Dutch field hockey player who played in the Dutch teams that won the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics and at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She also won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was part of the Dutch squad that won the 2007 Champions Trophy.

She plays as a midfielder for Dutch club AH&BC. At the 2018 Hockey Stars Awards, she was named the FIH Player of the Year.

International Korfball Federation

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) is the governing body of korfball. IKF is responsible for the organisation of korfball's major international tournaments, notably the IKF World Korfball Championship.

The IKF was founded on 11 June 1933 in Antwerp, Belgium as a continuation of the International Korfball Bureau established in 1924 by the Dutch and Belgian Associations. The headquarters is in Zeist, Netherlands. The IKF is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1993 and is affiliated to SportAccord, the Association of the IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA).

The IKF aims to spread korfball around the globe and increase the level of play in the affiliated countries. The IKF has currently 67 member countries. It provides the affiliated countries via five Continental Confederations (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania) with financial, material and structural support to achieve the goals. It has established a network of contacts in many countries and is constantly expanding this network. IKF actively promotes the game by transferring knowledge internationally by exchange programs and inviting selected korfball players, coaches and administrators to its training courses in order to assist in the creation of a stable local organization and structure in all the affiliated countries.

Jan van de Pavert

Johannes Antonius van de (Jan) van de Pavert (born May 10, 1960) is a Dutch artist, working as sculptor, painter, draftsman, animator, and video artist.

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (born 5 April 2000) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ajax.

Mark Overmars

Markus Hendrik Overmars (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrkɵs ˈɦɛndrɪk ˈmɑrk ˈoːvərˌmɑrs]; born 29 September 1958 in Zeist, Netherlands) is a Dutch computer scientist and teacher of game programming known for his game development application Game Maker. Game Maker lets people create computer games using a drag-and-drop interface. He is the former head of the Center for Geometry, Imaging, and Virtual Environments at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. This research center concentrates on computational geometry and its application in areas like computer graphics, robotics, geographic information systems, imaging, multimedia, virtual environments, and games.

Overmars received his Ph.D. in 1983 from Utrecht University under the supervision of Jan van Leeuwen, and has since been a member of the faculty of the same university. Overmars has published over 100 journal papers, largely on computational geometry, and is the co-author of several books including a widely used computational geometry text.

Overmars has also worked in robotics. He was the first to develop the probabilistic roadmap method in 1992, which was later independently discovered by Kavraki and Latombe in 1994. Their joint paper, Probabilistic roadmaps for path planning in high-dimensional configuration spaces, is considered one of the most influential studies in motion planning, and has been widely cited (more than 2500 times as of 2014 according to Google Scholar).In 2011, Overmars and game designer Jochem Schut developed a snake video game called Super Snake HD as a mobile app; it was published by YoYo Games.Overmars founded and is CTO of Tingly Games in 2012. Tingly focuses on HTML5 games and e-cards / casual games, the latter of which is called "greeting games".He is also the original author of the XForms toolkit.

Mirjam Sterk

Willemina Roziena Catharina (Mirjam) Sterk (born 23 May 1973 in Zeist) is a Dutch former politician, civil servant, NH editor as well as educator. As a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (Christen-Democratisch Appèl) she was an MP from 23 May 2002 (on maternity leave from 8 April to 29 July 2008, replaced by Sabine Uitslag) to 19 September 2012. She focused on matters of integration policy and social affairs.

Sterk is a member of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) and studied theology at Utrecht University. She is married and has three children. From May 2002 to September 2012 she was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives.

Following the controversial French Romani repatriation, Sterk advocated the deportation of Romani from the Netherlands. She said in an interview for Algemeen Dagblad that sending Romani, that are unemployed and cause nuisance, back to Hungary and Romania is a "good approach".

Remco Dijkstra

Remco Jan Dijkstra (born 18 August 1972, Zeist) is a Dutch politician. As a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) he has been an MP since 20 September 2012. Previously he was a member of the municipal council of Buren from 2006–11, and subsequently a member of the provincial parliament of Gelderland from 2011-12.

Royal Dutch Football Association

The Royal Dutch Football Association (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond, pronounced [ˌkoːnɪŋkləkə ˌneːdərlɑntsə ˈvudbɑlbɔnt], or KNVB [ˌkaːʔɛnveːˈbeː]) is the governing body of football in Netherlands. It organises the main Dutch football leagues (Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie), the amateur leagues, the KNVB Cup, and the Dutch men's and women's national teams.

For three seasons in the 2010s, the KNVB and its Belgian counterpart operated a joint top-level women's league, the BeNe League, until the two countries dissolved the league after the 2014–15 season and reestablished their own top-level leagues. The KNVB is based in the central municipality of Zeist. With over 1.2 million members the KNVB is the single largest sports association in the Netherlands.

SV Saestum

SV Saestum is a sports club from Zeist, Netherlands.

It is most known for its successful women's football team.

Scottish Court in the Netherlands

The Scottish court in the Netherlands was a special sitting of the High Court of Justiciary set up under Scots law in a former United States Air Force base called Camp Zeist in Utrecht, in the Netherlands, for the trial of two Libyans charged with 270 counts of murder in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21 December 1988. A school on the former base was converted into a judicial court for the trial.


Soesterberg (52°0′N 5°17′E) is a town in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is a part of the municipality of Soest, and lies about 5 km northeast of Zeist, on the road between Amersfoort and Utrecht.

In 2001, the town of Soesterberg had 5,798 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 1.31 km², and contained 2503 residences.

Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank N.V. is a bank based in the Netherlands with branches in Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom and Spain. It claims to be a pioneer in ethical banking. Triodos Bank finances companies which it thinks add cultural value and benefit both people and the environment. That includes companies in the fields of solar energy, organic farming or culture. The name Triodos is derived from the Greek "τρὶ ὁδος - tri hodos," meaning "three roads" (people, planet, profit). Triodos Bank's balance sheet was worth EUR 5.3 billion by the end of 2012. The bank was founded as an anthroposophical initiative and continues to honor the work of Rudolf Steiner as the inspiration for its approach to banking.Savers can open conventional savings accounts, as well as ethical funds and venture capital. Triodos also has an active international department, supporting microfinance initiatives across the developing world. Triodos is the only commercial bank in the UK to provide an annual list of all the loans the bank has made.In 1980 Triodos launched the first "green fund", a fund for environmentally friendly projects, on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Friends of the Earth in the Netherlands claims that transferring 10,000 euros in savings from a "climate laggard" such as ABN Amro to Triodos will effectively result in a carbon dioxide emissions saving equivalent to what would be achieved by not driving a car for six months. The bank compensates 100% of its own CO2 emissions.Triodos took over the British ethical bank Mercury Provident in 1994.As of 2019, Triodos Bank has 715.000 customers worldwide.The bank operations and customer relations are mainly based on the web, but adapt to local customs. In Spain, for example, physical offices are preferred by the clients and therefore several commercial offices have been opened in the major towns.

Utrecht (province)

Utrecht (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈytrɛxt] (listen)) is a province of the Netherlands. It is located in the centre of the country, bordering the Eemmeer in the north-east, the province of Gelderland in the east and south-east, the province of South Holland in the west and south-west and the province of North Holland in the north-west and north. With an area of approximately 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi), it is the smallest of the twelve Dutch provinces. Apart from its eponymous capital, major cities in the province are Amersfoort, Houten, Nieuwegein, Veenendaal, IJsselstein and Zeist.

In the International Organization for Standardization world region code system Utrecht makes up one region with code ISO 3166-2:NL-UT.

Places adjacent to Zeist
Populated places in the municipality of Zeist
Municipalities of Utrecht


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