Neerpelt is a municipality in the Flemish region in Belgium with 16,686 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2012). Neerpelt belongs to the province (administrative district ) of Limburg. The village borders on the Netherlands and is located approximately 25 km south of Eindhoven.


Neerpelt is the neighboring Overpelt separated from the Dommel River, a tributary of the Meuse. The river flows through the town center.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Jean Laurent (1909-2001), violinist and music teacher
  • Stijn Coninx ( born 1957 ), film director
  • Wim Mertens ( b. 1953 ), composer and musicologist
  • Roy Sentjens ( b. 1980 ), cyclist
  • Belle Pérez (born 1976 ), singer

Personalities who have worked on site

The Irish monk Willibrord built end of the 7th century a chapel in the district Neerpelter Herent.

European Music Festival for Young People

In Neerpelt since 1953 every year there is a renowned competition for youth choirs and orchestra. This European Music Festival for Young People, in which participate many German groups, dedicated to the alternating vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Operation Market Garden

In September 1944 Neerpelt was, together with the adjacent Lommel and Overpelt, starting location for the land forces of Operation Market Garden after the conquest of the bridge Joe 's Bridge in Lommel.