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Deutekem is a city and municipality in the east of the Netherlands. The municipality had a population of 57, in and consists of an area of This makes Doetinchem the largest town by population in the Achterhoek.

On 1 Januarya municipal restructuring merged the neighbouring municipality of Wehl as well as the Zelhelmse Broek area with Doetinchem. The local government organization in the Netherlands is complex and fine-grained see municipality and Govt Stats, [5] with municipalities being divided into various entities. The municipality of Doetinchem consists of:. Wehl was a separate municipality with about 6, inhabitants, dooetinchems Nieuw-Wehl until 31 Decemberwhen it merged with the municipality of Doetinchem.

Doetinchem – Wikipedia

It is known from archaeological finds of skulls, pottery shards, and flint arrowheads that the area was inhabited more than 11, years ago.

These prehistoric hunters were followed by Celtic and Germanic tribes like the Franks and Saxons. Roman coins have been found and there is also archaeological evidence of the Vikings having plundered the area. For a long time Doetinchem remained a small place but around it started to grow and, after suffering several attempts by plunderers, a town wall was built.


InDoetinchem faced increasing danger from plunderers, and so the city wall was raised by doetincuems metre. There were four barriers in the wall which, being weak points, were replaced over time by four large city-gates known as: Despite these defences, Doetinchem was besieged many times and during the Eighty Years’ War — was besieged and conquered twice.

However, eventually the walls became seen as doetiinchems or perhaps ineffective and inthey were torn down. However, it was not until the second half of the 19th century that the city-gates and most of the rampart were removed. From its early doetinchrms, Doetinchem had been an important marketplace for farmers to sell their wares; the market was held in the central square called the Simonsplein right up until the Second World War. Doetinchem has had its fair share of disasters.


Apart from the sieges mentioned above, in a large fire destroyed most of the city including the city archives which means that many earlier dates in the history of Doetinchem are somewhat unreliableand in most of the city was killed by plague. There was also occasional flooding. Even during the Second World War, Doetinchem came off fairly lightly at first; there was only a small German occupying force and the city even escaped the worst effects of the Hunger Winter.

However, some prisoners were executed after being implicated in the shooting death in Putten of an important German officer by the Dutch Resistance and disastrously, in March and Aprilthe centre of Doetinchem was largely destroyed by Allied bombing which was either intended for nearby German towns or, as some say, was to destroy the German defenses in Doetinchem.

Which of the two is true has never really been clarified and there is still some discussion about the true intentions of the bombardment.

The city itself was liberated by The Calgary Highlanders in after a brief battle there.

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In a writer called Karel Berkhuysen researched about the Allied bombing. He found that the Germans were researching nuclear fission in a converted school. This information was then passed to the Allies. In doetincjems decades after the war, Doetinchem grew and in a few years had outgrown its “competitors” in the Achterhoek, namely DoesburgWinterswijk and Zutphen. The Dutch company, Philipshad a factory for doetincnems years in the city. From tillthe city grew enormously as new districts such as Dichteren were built, and as Doetinchem incorporates outlying villages such as Wehl into its municipality.

Inthe city is still growing.

By building new district as het Loo and Isseldoksand the opening of a brand new theatre and cinema, Doetinchem is the biggest growing city in Gelderland.

Although originally a Roman Catholic church, it became Dutch Reformed in The city has three windmills. A few other important buildings in the city are the Amphion-Theaterthe Gruitpoorta big cultural centre, the Rietveld Lyceumthe biggest high school in Doetinchem and the Tax administration office.

The home of De Graafschap was completely revamped to transform it into an all-seater arena. Vizzier stands are fully covered, with the roof painted in the blue and white of the club. The city has an indoor swimming pool, Rozengaarde.


In April or May, a local evening four-day marathon is organized. Since a four-day marathon is vizieer which starts and ends in Doetinchem and runs through the Achterhoek. The marathon was held from 23 August to the 26th. Doetinchem has an annual street-theater festival Buitengewoon Extraordinaryand the City Festival, a big festival with musicacts, ivzier, a carnival and fireworks. Doetinchem has been connected to the Dutch national highway system since Novemberwhen the Zevenaar-Doetinchem section of Highway 15 A15 was opened.

This section was extended to Varsseveld in vkzier Today the A15 is called the A Doetinchem is served by rail services from Arnhem by the regional train to Winterswijk with two stations, one in the city centre — Doetinchem and Doetinchem De Huet lying to the west between the suburbs of De Huet and Dichteren.

Doetinchem receives four trains doetinchemz hour to Arnhem Monday to Friday and there are always 2 trains per hour between Arnhem and Winterswijk. The rail company is Syntus. InArrivawho already operates all the busservices, will take over the rails between Arnhem and Winterswijk.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Municipality in Gelderland, Netherlands. Jewish cemetery of Doetichem. Niels Joosten bc” in Dutch. Archived from the original on 14 July Retrieved 23 June CBS Statline in Dutch. Retrieved 12 March Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland in Dutch.

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