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Naarden is a city and former municipality in the Gooi region in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. It has been part of the new municipality of Gooise Meren since 2016.HistoryNaarden was granted its city rights in 1300 (the only town in Het Gooi with these rights) and later developed into a fortified garrison town with a textile industry.Naarden is an example of a star fort, complete with fortified walls and a moat. The moat and walls have been restored.Jan Amos Komensky (Comenius) was buried in the city, his mausoleum can be visited.Despite its earlier importance, Naarden's population was surpassed by Hilversum in the 18th century and today it is smaller than its neighbour Bussum.The city's distinctive shape made it a rallying point for Allied bombers returning to England after raids on Germany.Naarden was a separate municipality until 2015. On 1 January 2016, the municipality of Naarden merged with Muiden and Bussum to form the new municipality of Gooise Meren.GeographyThe city of Naarden is located in the municipality of Gooise Meren in the west of the Netherlands. It is situated in the Gooi region in the southeast of the province of North Holland.Use our The Netherlands trip builder site to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Naarden.
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