Street in Castricum
Street in Castricum
Flag of Castricum
Coat of arms of Castricum
Highlighted position of Castricum in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°33′N 4°40′E / 52.550°N 4.667°E / 52.550; 4.667
ProvinceNorth Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorKaren Heerschop (VVD)
 • Total60.40 km2 (23.32 sq mi)
 • Land49.68 km2 (19.18 sq mi)
 • Water10.72 km2 (4.14 sq mi)
Elevation0 m (0 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total36,086
 • Density726/km2 (1,880/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
1489, 1900–1906, 1920–1921
Area code0251
Map of Castricum, June 2015

Castricum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkɑstrikʏm] ) is a municipality and a town in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands.

Castricum is a seaside town in the province of North Holland. It attracts tourists who come mainly to visit the beach and nearby dune landscape. Lake of Alkmaar-Uitgeest is in the vicinity, with facilities for sailing and windsurfing.


On 6 October 1799, a Franco-Dutch army under Guillaume Brune defeated an Anglo-Russian army under Ralph Abercromby and the Duke of York in the Battle of Castricum.

The municipalities of Akersloot and Limmen merged into the municipality of Castricum on 1 January 2002.

Population centres

The municipality of Castricum is made up of the towns, villages and districts of: Castricum, Akersloot, Bakkum, De Woude and Limmen.


The town is served by Castricum railway station. It has regular trains to Amsterdam, with a journey time of 28 minutes.

Local government

The municipal council of Castricum consists of 25 seats which, after the 2022 election, divided as follows:[5]

After 2022 the college van burgemeester en wethouders (the municipal board) was formed by Lokaal Vitaal, VVD, Green Left and CDA.[1]

Castricum aan Zee

Aerial view of Castricum aan Zee

Castricum aan Zee is the seaside resort of Castricum. It is located on the North Sea coast at 52°33′23″N 4°36′28″E / 52.5563°N 4.6077°E / 52.5563; 4.6077. It used to be called Bakkum aan Zee, and mainly consists of holiday homes, camping sites and the occasional house. Duincamping Bakkum is the oldest camp site of the Netherlands. The dune area used to be owned by Sophie, Princess of Albania. In 1906, a group of nature lovers asked permission to camp. The princess granted permission, and it developed into a permanent camp site.[6]

In 1942, construction started of the Atlantic Wall to defend against an Allied invasion. As part of the wall Stützpunkt Castricum was built, and 104 bunkers were constructed in the dunes. Many have been demolished, but some are still hidden under the sand. In 2020, a previously unknown bunker was discovered buried in the sand.[7]

Notable people

Wim Schermerhorn, 1946


See also



  1. ^ a b "Burgemeester en wethouders" [Mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Castricum. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  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 1902CA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Castricum municipal election 2022". (in Dutch). 16 March 2022. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  6. ^ "Bakkum aan Zee". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  7. ^ "Onbekende bunker uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog ontdekt". Castricummer (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  8. ^ Nico Keuning (1986). "Tirade. Year 30. #301-307". Digital Library for Dutch Literature (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 July 2020.