Bodegraven is a place in the municipality of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk and until 2011 it was its own municipality. The site has about 18000 inhabitants and is centrally located in the Green Heart of the Netherlands, the green area enclosed by the Randstad. In Bodegraven the reformed village church, the St. Gallus church and the Willibrord church, are a Roman Catholic church. Also on the south side of the Old Rhine is the Arduduff mill of 1697. This is now the "De Molen" brewery.
In Roman times, Bodegraven was already inhabited and it was certain that around the year 1050 a small settlement had arisen, probably around the current village church. Later, Bodegraven became a well-known center of the cheese trade, although there is not much more about it than a cheese monument for the church and the cheese museum in the village. In addition to cheese, Bodegraven is also associated with shampoo: in the 40's, barber André de Jong established the Andrélon factory.
Bodegraven offers many possibilities for recreation such as a large swimming pool with outdoor swimming pool, subtropical paradise and an indoor swimming pool. There is also a large cultural center which includes the cheese museum. In addition, there is a schot, called Wierickerschans, next to Bodegraven, which is also used as a cultural center today and where the Tourist Office has recently been. Just south of Bodegraven, the recreation area is the Reeuwijkse Hout and the Reeuwijkse plassen, where recreational beaches are. Further north of Bodegraven lies the Nieuwkoopse peas and large open areas. The ANWB has several signposted routes running through the surrounding area of Bodegraven for both hikers and cyclists. The supply of restaurants has also increased significantly in the past, both in number and in variation.