Bad Nieuweschans in 2005
(1 January 2004)
Bad Nieuweschans (Dutch pronunciation: [bɑt niuʋəsxɑns]) is a village with a population 1,510, located in the north-eastern Netherlands on the border with Germany. It forms part of the municipality of Oldambt. Nieuweschans means "new fortification (sconce)". In 2009, the word Bad ("spa") was prefixed to the name of the village to promote it as a tourist destination.
Nieuweschans was a separate municipality until 1990, when it became a part of the municipality of Reiderland. In April 2009, the municipality of Reiderland changed the name from Nieuweschans to Bad Nieuweschans, to promote the town as a spa. On 1 January 2010, Reiderland in turn became a part of the municipality of Oldambt.
Close to the village is the easternmost point of the Netherlands on the border with Germany.
It is located about 12 km east of Winschoten.
Georges Simenon's novel Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets starts in the railway station.
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Nieuweschans". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
- Media related to Bad Nieuweschans at Wikimedia Commons