Erpe -Mere is a Belgian municipality located in the Denderstreek in the Flanders region. It is located in the province of East Flanders and belongs to Arrondissement Aalst. The municipality has 19,475 inhabitants ( 1 January 2012) and an area of ​​34.03 km ². The municipality has a total of eight boroughs, Aaigem, Bambrugge, Burst, Erondegem Erpe, Mere, Ottergem and Vlekkem. Borough Bambrugge also has a hamlet: Egem.

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The municipality was established in 1975 by the merger of the eight sub- communities today, while the part of municipalities and Erpe Mere about the new name for the whole community were not initially agree. Erpe had the largest area, Mere, however, was central in the entire area and had more inhabitants. As a compromise, the current double name originated.


The city is bordered to the north by Lede, to the east by Aalst and Haaltert to the south and to the west by Herzele Sint -Lievens -Houtem.

Erpe -Mere lies north of the foothills of the hill zone of the Flemish Ardennes, in the land of the Dender. The area north of the N9 ( Aalst Ghent) is 10 to 30 m height, the area between N9 and E40 (Brussel -Gent ) is on 25 to 50 meters and the area south of it has hill peaks of up to 80 meters in height. The most famous of them is the Gotegemberg in Mere. Not his height of 68 meters, but its steepness of 18% making it popular for cyclists as a challenge. In addition, one has from the mountain a cheap foresight.

The base area is characterized by two streams in a northeasterly direction through which both of them bear the name Molenbeek. The Molenbeek for Upper Scheldt runs through burst, Bambrugge, Ottergem, Vlekkem, Erondegem s Erpe before it flows into the Scheldt. The Molenbeek- Ter Erpenbeek flows into the Dender.

Already the Romans knew early on that it ( arduin Vlaamse or Lediaanse Steen called ) white stone in Steenberg is to Bambrugge. It could be used as a foundation for the masonry of Roman villas, fountains or as material for columns and capitals of the temple of the Romans. From about the 11th or 12th century has already been reduced white sandstone in Bambrugge ( Steenberg ). The most common white stone in Brabant in the 16th to 17th centuries, the sandstone obtained there. Only after the Second World War was one of the quarry. Today, the administrative center of Erpe -Mere it is home.

In the following parts of Aaigem (municipality Erpe -Mere ) and Heldergem (municipality Haaltert ) is the approximately 205 -acre nature reserve the yolk.

The sports hall of Erpe -Mere to Steenberg in Bambrugge

The library of Erpe -Mere to Steenberg in Bambrugge

The pond of Steenberg in Bambrugge


Erpe -Mere has a motorway to the A10 / E 40 and a regional train station on the railway line Kortrijk - Oudenaarde - Zottegem - Erpe - Mere - Aalst - Brussels. In addition, run the N9 ( Gentsesteenweg ), N442 ( Leedsesteenweg ) and the N46 ( Oudenaardsesteenweg ) by the municipality.

The highway bridge (E 40) of Mere over the Oudenaardsesteenweg


  • The water tower of Tussengemeentelijke Maatschappij voor Vlaanderen the Watervoorziening.


  • Worth seeing, especially the mills of the community, passing through the addition of the South Denderroute the Molenbeekroute. Due to the geographical situation, there are eleven water mills in Erpe -Mere, most in the whole of Belgium, seven of them are also legally protected ( historical monument). A mill was largely destroyed, but there are still remaining population selenium vond this mill and the miller's house ( the house of the miller ) is still intact. Another mill was converted into a house.
  • On the Koudenberg, one of the highest hills of the community, there is also a windmill. It was in 2006 again placed on its base, after it was restored in 2004 by a studio in Roeselare. The Kruiskoutermolen was completely restored in 2006 and is operational. It can be visited by appointment with the tourist service. The mill is a listed building.


Waterwheel of Engelsmolen in Aaigem

Ratmolen in Aaigem

Waterwheel of Ratmolen in Aaigem

Zwingelmolen in Aaigem

Place where the water wheel in the Zwingelmolen Aaigem was

Müller House of the Egemmolen in Bambrugge

About Stay selenium from the Egemmolen in Bambrugge

Front view of Molens Van Sande in Bambrugge

Side view of Molens Van Sande in Bambrugge

Place where the water wheel of the Molens Van Sande in Bambrugge was

Front view of Cottemmolen in Erpe

Side view of Cottemmolen in Erpe

Waterwheel of the Cottemmolen in Erpe

Van Der Biestmolen in Erpe

Waterwheel of Van Der Biestmolen in Erpe

Front view of the De Graevesmolen in Mere

Side view of De Graevesmolen in Mere

Waterwheel of De Graevesmolen in Mere

Gotegemmolen in Mere

Waterwheel of Gotegemmolen in Mere

Kruiskoutermolen in Mere

Molen te Broeck in Mere

Waterwheel der Molen te Broeck in Mere

Front View of the Water De Meulen in Ottergem

Rear view of the De Water Meulen in Ottergem

Waterwheel of the Water De Meulen in Ottergem

Interior of the Water De Meulen in Ottergem


Church of Bambrugge

Church of burst

Church of Erondegem

Church of Erpe

Church of Mere

Church of Ottergem

Church of Vlekkem


Erpe -Mere once had seven football clubs, who belonged to the Royal Belgian Football Association ( CBFA ). Remains can still four left: KRC Bambrugge, KFC Olympic burst, Mere FC and SK Aaigem. FC Edixvelde went on in the FC Mere. FC Oranja Erpe and KFC Olympic Erondegem merged to KVC Erperondegem, which was merged in the FC Mere.

The Steenberg Cross, the first international Querdfeldeinrennen, was held in Bambrugge on the Steenberg domain. The Belgian " National Clubhouse " of the motorcycle club " Blue Angels" is located in Erpe.