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Holten is a charming village located in the region of Salland, Overijssel, Netherlands. It has been part of the Twente municipality of Rijssen-Holten since 2001. Before this, it was an independent municipality. As of January 1, 2023, Holten had a population of 9,595. The village is nestled at the southern end of the Sallandse Heuvelrug and is bordered by picturesque neighborhoods such as Dijkerhoek and Espelo to the west, and the natural area De Borkeld to the east. To the south, you can find the Beuseberg neighborhood and the Lookerenk, which transitions into a wooded hill also known as Beuseberg or Zuurberg. The area is also known for its extensive meadows, which have been bisected by the A1 highway since the early 1970s.

Holten’s history is deeply rooted in agriculture, but the 20th century saw tourism become a significant source of income. The village has also attracted a number of industrial and service companies, creating a surplus of jobs. Notable employers include the meat processing group Enkco, salt spreader manufacturer Aebi Schmidt Nederland, and Müller Transport. The village also witnessed the bankruptcy of a major employer, Oad Reizen, in 2013, but the site has since been repurposed as the headquarters for engineering firm Aveco de Bondt.

Culturally, Holten is home to several attractions. Just outside the village lie the foundations of the medieval castle De Waerdenborch, which dates back to 1377. The Holten Canadian War Cemetery and the Natuurmuseum Holterberg are located on the Holterberg. The cemetery is particularly notable as it is Canadian territory, gifted by the Dutch government to honor the Canadian soldiers who fought during World War II. The cemetery is not only a place of remembrance but also a symbol of the long-standing friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

For those looking to explore the natural beauty of Holten, the Sallandse Heuvelrug offers a range of outdoor activities. Whether it’s a challenging climb, a peaceful canoe ride along the Regge, or exploring the local culture and history, Holten provides a serene and welcoming atmosphere that reflects the down-to-earth nature of the eastern Netherlands.