|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Laurens de Graaf (CDA)|
|• Total||78.98 km2 (30.49 sq mi)|
|• Land||75.57 km2 (29.18 sq mi)|
|• Water||3.41 km2 (1.32 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||192/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||0182, 030, 0348|
Lopik lies within the Lopikerwaard region, which used to be occupied by swamps and forests until the area was cultivated in the eleventh century. Lopik was first mentioned as "Lobeke" in 1155 CE. Most of the population settled along the canals that were used for transport and drainage (and which are still used for the latter purpose). It was not until after World War II that villages in the area were expanded beyond the original ribbons of buildings, and Lopik remains a well-known example of a linear settlement within the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands, "Lopik" is often used as a reference to the broadcasting facilities located in the eastern part of the municipality and in neighbouring IJsselstein. These include the Gerbrandy Tower, a structure that is the tallest structure in the Netherlands, and the world's largest Christmas tree during the period around Christmas.
The entire municipality lies within the Dutch Green Heart and has a rural character. The two main access roads are the N210 and N204 provincial roads, which connect the area with major cities that include Rotterdam and Utrecht. The river Lek lies behind a high dike, which is visible from most of the south of the Lopik municipality. In the end of the eighties and early nineties the dike was strengthened and extra height was added in preparation for increasingly high water levels. Ambitious planning for continued improvement to the dikes continues.
The municipality of Lopik consists of the following towns, villages and/or districts:
Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Lopik, June 2015
Lopik in November
Lopik water tower
Lopik - panorama