Grave, Netherlands

Grave town centre
Grave town centre
Flag of Grave
Coat of arms of Grave
Highlighted position of Grave in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°46′N 5°44′E / 51.767°N 5.733°E / 51.767; 5.733Coordinates: 51°46′N 5°44′E / 51.767°N 5.733°E / 51.767; 5.733
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Lex Roolvink (VVD)
 • Total 28.03 km2 (10.82 sq mi)
 • Land 27.18 km2 (10.49 sq mi)
 • Water 0.85 km2 (0.33 sq mi)
10 m (30 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total 12,483
 • Density 459/km2 (1,190/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
5360–5364, 5438
Area code 0486
Dutch Topographic map of Grave, June 2015

Grave (Dutch: [ˈɣraːvə] (About this soundlisten); formerly De Graaf) is a municipality in the Dutch province North Brabant. The municipality had a population of 12,483 in 2019. Grave is a member of the Dutch Association of Fortified Cities.

The municipality includes the following towns : Grave (capital), Velp, Escharen and Gassel.


Grave received city rights in 1233.

The municipality Grave was formed in the Napoleonic era (1810) and coincided with the fortified Grave and immediate surroundings. The history of the town was thus linked to that of the place.

This changed in 1942. Then there was a reclassification place where the municipality Grave was expanded with the previously independent municipalities Velp and Escharen. Moreover, in 1994 the neighboring municipality of Beers was abolished and a part thereof, the parish Gassel, was also added to the municipality Grave.

Popular attractions

Near to Grave lies a bridge, now called John S. Thompsonbrug, built in 1929. It is the northern connection to Gelderland, spanning the river Maas. The bridge was one of the key strategic points in Operation Market Garden; the city was liberated at 17 September 1944, but suffered very little damage. The bridge was named in 2004 after Lieutenant John S. Thompson who commanded the platoon of the 82nd Airborne Division that captured the bridge.

The Hampoort is the old entrance to the city, and it is still largely intact and can be visited.

Notable people

Mary of Guelders




See also


  1. ^ "College" [Board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Grave. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 28 May 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 5361CV". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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