Unique enclave situation

Baarle-Hertog-Nassau,

It is often thought that Baarle is located exactly on the border of the Netherlands and Belgium, with the border running through one street. However, this is incorrect. Read more

It is often thought that Baarle is located exactly on the border of the Netherlands and Belgium, with the border running through one street. However, this is incorrect. In Baarle there is in fact an enclave situation. An enclave is a piece of territory that is completely surrounded by territory of another state. What makes Baarle so unique is that there is no single enclave; there are thirty in total!

So in Baarle the border runs criss-cross through roads, houses and gardens. In the built-up area of Baarle the enclave boundaries are made visible everywhere by means of special paving tiles and aluminium plates in the road surface. In this way you can see exactly where the border runs. The national tricolour shown on the house number plates also shows whether the front door of a house or building is in Belgium or the Netherlands.

The Belgian Baarle Hertog consists of 22 enclaves. These 22 pieces of land are entirely surrounded by Dutch territory. The Dutch Baarle-Nassau in turn has 8 enclaves, 7 of which are located as sub-enclaves in the two largest Belgian enclaves and one near the church village of Zondereigen.

ONTDEK HIER ALLE ENCLAVES

Baarle-Hertog-Nassau,