Fort aan de Ossenmarkt (Vesting Weesp)

A while ago, the Fort at the Ossenmarkt was restored. The draw mechanism of the former drawbridge is still present at the entrance to the fort. On the former engineering grounds you’ll now find a garden shop, whereas the wooden artillery depot dating back to 1877 is used as an exhibition space. In addition, the Fort at the Ossenmarkt houses a music school and is home to various associations and offices.

During the Defence Line Season, the Historisch Maatschap (a historical association) organizes tours and cruises in and around the Fort at the Ossenmarkt. The Fort at the Ossenmarkt also serves as the starting point for the sound walk ‘Waterlanders’ (approximately 4 kilometres; 2.5 miles). The ‘Waterlanders’ walk takes you on a theatrical voyage of discovery along the river Vecht. During Stellingmaand (Defence Line Month) in September, the Fort at the Ossenmarkt is open to visitors every Saturday.

After 1815, the fortified town of Weesp formed part of the New Dutch Waterline. In 1892, it was incorporated into the Defence Line of Amsterdam. The Fort at de Ossenmarkt was built to defend both banks of the river Vecht, the sluices and the Amsterdam-Hilversum railroad with the bridge over the river Vecht. The tower fort at the Ossenmarkt dates back to 1861. Later, a protective wall was erected on the east side and the moat was filled. In 1983-1985, this wall was removed and the moat and bridge were restored to their former glory.

Historische Maatschap
T 0294 25 40 47

Wheelchair accessible: Yes.  

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