Schoorl (coord|52|42|N|4|42|E|type:city(2855)) is a village in the Dutch province of
North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Bergen, and lies about 8 km northwest of Alkmaar. Until 2001, Schoorl was also a municipality of its own.
Schoorl is a village in between the polder area of
North Hollandand the Kennemer dunes. The village is about 8 km (5mls) long and never wider than 2 km (1mls). The village is heavily protected by the highest and widest dunes of the Netherlands, which reach about 54m (164ft) above sealevel right behind the center of Schoorl, and are more than 5 km (3mls) wide.
Schoorl is a major local tourism location in the summer and counts over 25 campsites, the largest concentration of campsites in the
The village, earlier named "Scorel" contains evidence of a long history in the form of two "raadhuisjes" (town hall) aging from 1600. The Dutch painter and evangelist
Jan van Scorelwas born here. Meidenmarktis the most renowned yearly festivity that is celebrated once a year on the second day (Monday) of pentecost(see also this list of dates to see when pentecost begins). The celebration is a 100-year old tradition where the local youngsters can meet partners of the opposite sex. The celebration takes place on the klimduinin the center of town. This klimduinis a century old attraction and many Dutch people spent their school trips here.
[http://www.meidenmarkt.nl/wisselfoto/30x.jpgPicture of Meidenmarkt 2005]
In 2001, the village of Schoorl had 2855 inhabitants. The built-up area of the village was 0.84 km², and contained 1208 residences.Statistics Netherlands (CBS), "Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001" [http://www.cbs.nl/nl-NL/menu/themas/milieu-natuur-ruimte/ruimte/publicaties/cartografie-geografie/geografische-data/2001-bevolkingskernen-in-nederland.htm] . Statistics are for the continuous built-up area.] The wider statistical area "Schoorl with
Bregtdorp" has a population of around 3420.Statistics Netherlands (CBS), "Gemeente Op Maat 2004: Bergen (NH.)" [http://www.cbs.nl/nl-NL/menu/themas/nederland-regionaal/nederland-regionaal/publicaties/gemeente-op-maat/2004/alfabet/B/2004-bergen_nh.htm] .]
The former municipality of Schoorl also included
Aagtdorp, Catrijp, Groet, and Camperduin, and had about 6500 inhabitants.
* [http://www.kuijsten.de/atlas/nh/kuyper_nh_schoorl.html Map of the former municipality in 1868]
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