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Church "De Rietstap": the smallest church in the Netherlands
Church "De Rietstap": the smallest church in the Netherlands
Flag of Dinxperlo
Coat of arms of Dinxperlo
Coat of arms
Location of the former municipality of Dinxperlo in the Netherlands
Location of the former municipality of Dinxperlo in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 51°51′45″N 6°29′14″E / 51.86250°N 6.48722°E / 51.86250; 6.48722
 (1 January 2011)

Dinxperlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɪŋkspərloː]) is a town and former municipality (7442 inhabitants)[1] in the eastern Netherlands (Achterhoek region), situated directly at the border with Germany. Since 1 January 2005, Dinxperlo has been part of the municipality of Aalten.

The name of the village probably is derived from dingspel (justice court or area)[2] and loo (wood). A popular explanation is that in the Middle Ages there was a court in the woods here. Dinxperlo used to have a coat of arms depicting Lady Justice.

One of the town's main attractions is the Netherlands' smallest church (Kerkje "De Rietstap"), another one is a border museum (Grenslandmuseum).

One street in Dinxperlo, Heelweg, is partly German; the road itself lies in the Netherlands, but one side of the housing zone is in Germany (where it is called Hellweg).[3] The houses there belong to the small town of Suderwick, which might be translated as "southern area". Also, Dinxperlo houses a shared Dutch-German police station.

Besides Dutch and German, at both sides of the border a common dialect is spoken, which is a variety of Low Saxon.

Before 2005, Dinxperlo was a separate municipality, covering the town of Dinxperlo itself and the village of De Heurne.

The nearest train stations are Aalten railway station and Terborg railway station, with train service operated by Arriva every half-hour. Bus number 40 connects Dinxperlo to Terborg station and bus number 195 connects Dinxperlo to Aalten station. Both services start in the Willem van Oranjeplein; the service runs from Arnhem (Arnhem railway station) to Doetinchem and Winterswijk stopping at various places on the way.

DinxperFM internet radio[edit]

DinxperFM is a non-profit internet radio station focused on Dinxperlo, it is active with music, local news and information. The channel is managed by the Dinxperlo Media Management Foundation; the audio stream of the station can be listened to via TuneIn, but also directly via the DinxperFM webpage. DinxperFM is also active on social media such as Facebook. More information about DinxperFM can be found on the website: https://www.dinxperfm.nl




  1. ^ "Aalten / InternetOud / login". Archived from the original on 2011-11-22.
  2. ^ cf. Thingspiele
  3. ^ "Dinxperlo (NL) / Suderwick (D)". grenzen.150m.com. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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Coordinates: 51°52′N 6°29′E / 51.867°N 6.483°E / 51.867; 6.483