Fort near Abcoude is the oldest Defence Line fort and is surrounded by nature. Consisting partly of bricks and partly of sections of ‘brikkenbeton’ (concrete with broken fired clay bricks as coarse aggregate), the fort is a unique hybrid of the older brick forts of the Dutch Waterline and the subsequent concrete forts of the Defence Line of Amsterdam.
The Fort near Abcoude is located directly south of the residential area of the village of Abcoude.
Each second Saturday of the month, from May through September, tour guides from the Fort Abcoude Foundation will show you the buildings and the forest area that surrounds the fort. The tours last an hour and a half and starts as soon as several visitors have gathered. Part of the tour is a demonstration with the salute battery, which is always a special event. A small fee is asked.
Built between 1883 and 1885, Fort Abcoude served to defend the accesses that were formed by the Utrecht-Amsterdam railroad and the rivers Angstel and Gein as well as the roads running along them.