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Inspiring trip to the Defence Line of Amsterdam

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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.

The Defence Line: allways different

Experience, enjoy and relax

Are you interested in special events that offer you a new experience and are just that little bit different from anything else? Do you enjoy arts and culture, a nice dinner, being with friends and an unexpected surprise? The Defence Line of Amsterdam is the place to visit if you’re looking... read more...

Attack and defence

Are you interested in the past of the country that you’re visiting, and its military history in particular? Do you like to visit fortresses, war memorials and battlefields while on holiday? The Defence Line of Amsterdam brings war stories to life and lets you delve into Dutch military history. read more...

Experience the beauty of nature

Do you like to get out and explore nature? Do you enjoy spending your free time being active in the outdoors? The Defence Line of Amsterdam offers plenty of opportunities to hike and bike in beautiful surroundings and get a breath of fresh air. read more...

Fun activities with the kids

A day out or holiday with the whole family is guaranteed to be a success if there are fun activities to do for the kids and you have time to enjoy yourself as well. The forts of the Defence Line of Amsterdam are there to be discovered by every member of your family. read more...


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Images of the Defence Line

Fort north of Purmerend

Experience for kids

Fort along the Drecht

Experience the beauty of nature

Hiking routes by Natuurmonumenten

Fort north of Spaarndam

Fort near Spijkerboor

Fort Krommeniedijk

Discover the Defence Line

West battery

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