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Aalten town hall
Aalten town hall
Flag of Aalten
Coat of arms of Aalten
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Aalten in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Bert Berghoef (CDA)
 • Total 97.03 km2 (37.46 sq mi)
 • Land 96.51 km2 (37.26 sq mi)
 • Water 0.52 km2 (0.20 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 31 m (102 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 27,008
 • Density 280/km2 (700/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Aaltenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 7090–7095, 7120–7126
Area code 0315, 0543
Website .nl.aaltenwww
Topographic map of Aalten, June 2015

Aalten (   ) is a municipality and a village in the eastern Netherlands. The former municipalities of Bredevoort (1818) and Dinxperlo (2005) have been merged with Aalten.

Notable inhabitants of Aalten include Angus Young, guitarist of the Australian rock band AC/DC, and Robert Gesink, a professional road bicycle racer. During World War II, 51 of Aalten's 85 Jews were hidden by local non-Jews, and thereby survived the war.[5] According to the War and Resistance Museum in Aalten, the village had the highest number of people in hiding during World War II. The village of approximately 13,000 residents hid some 2500 people.[6]

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Aalten railway station serves Aalten and the surrounding area. There is a half-hourly service between Arnhem and Winterswijk, which stops at this station. Arnhem railway station has services to Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport, Utrecht, Nijmegen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Tilburg and to cities in Germany.

Aalten also has an hourly bus service to Ruurlo and to Zelhem.


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