Inspiring trip to the Defence Line of Amsterdam
Fort north of Spaarndam
A remarkable defensive ring made up of 46 forts and batteries as well as a multitude of dikes and sluices encircles the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. It’s the Defence Line (or ‘Stelling’) of Amsterdam. A historical monument, the Defence Line is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.
A large portion of the Defence Line of Amsterdam is (partly) open to the public and makes for a great day out for people young and old. A visit to the ‘Stelling’ offers a peek into the history of Dutch warfare and battle techniques and brings tales of war and defence back to life.
People of all ages can visit these extraordinary locations for a tour, exhibition or lunch. In addition, the Defence Line forms a point of departure or arrival for various hiking and biking trails through the beautiful Dutch landscape.
A visit to the ‘Stelling’ is easy to combine with a trip to Amsterdam or other tourist destinations and sights, such as the towns of Haarlem and Volendam, the windmills at the ‘Zaanse Schans’ or the cheese market in Alkmaar.