Kuinre is a place in the municipality of Steenwijkerland in the Dutch province of Overijssel with about 700 inhabitants. The oldest notes, which mention Cuinder, date from about 1100. Kuinre was an autonomous municipality until 1973 and then rose in IJsselham. Since 2001 it is part of Steenwijkerland. On the outskirts of Kuinre you can find the Kuinderbos. In Kuinre is the former Waag of 1776 and the former water tower of 1933 with the status of National Monument.
The inhabitants are called Kuundersen. Kuinre previously used to be a river named by the Frisians Tsong, and by Stellingwervers Kuunder.
Kuinre was a modest fishing and port town, but was found dry by the construction of the Noordoostpolder in 1942. The polder was laid to a large extent, contrary to the Zuiderzeewet, directly to the existing country (Overijssel), without a border lake in between. A decision which was later regretted in connection with the consequences for water management. The Kuinre harbor headquarters renovated in the 1990s lies on the county border, in the middle of the country, about one kilometer outside the city.
Also in the pastures and forests just before Kuinre in Overijssel are now the dry reconstructed remains of a zoo castle, the first Kuinder castle. The Kuinre Men were the worst merchants of Northern Netherlands, comparable to robbers such as Zwag van Bentheim, Herbrun van Putten ('the choir of Veluwe') and Zweder van Voorst. Their castle was in a very strategic location compared to the Hanzeroutes to the Baltic Sea region. Merchants from, among others, Danzig (Gdansk) and Hamburg were awarded a lot of money and locked for a ransom at Koure castle.
Kuinre has a total of seven national monuments, including the Reformed Church and Water Tower. In addition, Kuinre has another eleven municipal monuments.