Winsum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪnsɵm] (listen)) is a town and a former municipality in the northeastern Netherlands. On 1 January 2019 the municipality merged with the municipalities of Bedum, De Marne and Eemsmond to form the new municipality Het Hogeland.

Town and former municipality
Monumental house in Ezinge
Coat of arms
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°20′N 6°31′E
MunicipalityHet Hogeland
  Total102.53 km2 (39.59 sq mi)
  Land101.11 km2 (39.04 sq mi)
  Water1.42 km2 (0.55 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Parts of 9000 range
Area code0595
Dutch Topographic map of Winsum, July 2013

The town of Winsum was officially established in 1057 as the fusion of three historic villages: Obergum (North), Winsum (center) and Bellingeweer (South). The majority of the town's 8,000 inhabitants commute to the nearby city Groningen.

The town boasts two traditional Dutch wind mills, two historic churches, two canals, and one of the Netherlands' oldest taverns. The two mills, "De Ster" ("The Star") and "De Vriendschap" ("The Friendship") were built in 1851 and 1801 respectively. The building that the tavern "De Gouden Karper" ("The Golden Carp") now occupies has been in use as a tavern since the 16th century, and is the oldest (unverified) in the Netherlands.

Twin town

Winsum is twinned with [3]



Winsum hosted the start and finish of stage 4a during the 2012 Energiewacht Tour and the individual time trial (stage 3a) at the 2013 Energiewacht Tour. Due to the success of the 2012 Energiewacht Tour the city became host city for the men's and women's 2013 Dutch National Time Trial Championships on 19 June 2013.[4][5] The individual time trial at the 2013 Energiewacht Tour took place on the same course.[4]

Notable people


  1. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. "Postcodetool for 9951AC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  3. Gemeente Winsum: Raadsvoorstel Jumelage, 17 February 2009
  4. "NK tijdrijden vindt plaats in Winsum". 5 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  5. "Winsum organiseert NK tijdrijden 2013". Wieler Revue. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013.