6 Forts to Explore in Netherlands

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Netherlands literally means 'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century.

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Forts to Explore in Netherlands

Castellum Hoge Woerd

Castellum Hoge Woerd is a contemporary reconstruction of a Roman fort in the Dutch hometown of De Meern . It houses, among other things, the Hoge Woerd Archaeological Museum , the Podium Hoge Woerd theater hall , a center for nature and environmental education and a café-restaurant. The largest object in the Hoge Woerd Museum is a 25 meter long Roman river prae from the 2nd century.

Fort Blauwkapel

Fort Blauwkapel is a Dutch fort near Utrecht . The fort was built in 1818-1821 as part of the New Dutch Waterline and is one of the largest forts of the line.The 19th century fort has a quadrangular basic shape with an extension in each corner (bastion). Around 1850 the bombproof guardhouse was built on the reduit. Two more bombproof barracks were added later, one of which remains.

Fort De Roovere

Fort De Roovere is an earthen fort, constructed as part of the Dutch Water Line, a series of water-based defences conceived by Maurice of Nassau in 1628 during the Eighty Years War where it defended against Spanish attackers. It is located near Halsteren.The fort is open from the ‘back’, and the ‘front’ consists of two bastions. Until the renovation in 2010 the fort's moat was dry and the surrounding area and banks were overgrown with trees.

Fort Rammekens

Fort Rammekens is a Dutch fortress near Ritthem , at the mouth of the former Welzinge Canal , which gave access to the port of Middelburg , a few kilometers east of Vlissingen on the Western Scheldt. The fortress played an important role in the Eighty Years' War between 1560 and 1575 , it changed occupiers several times. On February 8, 1574, the transfer of the city of Middelburg was signed here by Cristóbal de Mondragón and William of Orange .

Fort Rhijnauwen

Fort bij Rijnauwen is a Dutch fortress near the hamlet Rhijnauwen in the municipality of Bunnik. It is part of the New Dutch Waterline. With an area of ​​32 hectares , this is the largest fortress in the NHW. It was built in 1867 - 1869 as part of the forward line forts near Utrecht. This forward line served to close off the Houtense Vlakte. The fortress is built according to the modern polygonal system.

Fort Sint Pieter

Fort Sint Pieter is a fortress that came to Sjtand in 1701-1702 on the north flank of the Sint-Pietersberg in Mesjtreech. It was commissioned and designed by the military governor of Meshtreech Daniel Wolff, baron van Dopff , built in a viefhook to defend the southern fortress wall of Meshtreech.

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