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 for enjoyment and relaxation at special locations in the vicinity of Amsterdam.
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The Defence Line of Amsterdam (Stelling van Amsterdam)

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 at only 15 to 20 kilometres distance (approximately 9 to 12 miles). It’s the Defence Line (or ‘Stelling’) of Amsterdam. The Defense Line is an extraordinary Dutch monument that is listed by UNESCO as one of only a few World Heritage sites in the Netherlands, as are the Rietveld Schröder House, the Beemster Polder and 17th century canal ring area of Amsterdam, for instance.

A special day out at the Defence Line

The Defence Line of Amsterdam is a monument that should be experienced. Let yourself be surprised and immerse yourself in an exclusive mix of arts and culture, breathtaking scenery, organic food and relaxing wellness treatments at unique locations. The Defense Line of Amsterdam is perfectly suited for anyone who is looking to get away from it all for a day or weekend without having to travel far from the Dutch capital. In the vicinity of the ‘Stelling’ you’ll find a multitude of extraordinary possibilities to spend the night, ranging from a comfortable farmhouse room to a luxurious overnight stay in a picturesque North Holland town.
In other words: the Defence Line of Amsterdam offers all that you need for a comfortable experience in which enjoyment and relaxation take centre stage. It’s the ideal outing for anyone who likes things just that little bit different.

Other things to do

  • At the cultural festival ‘Op de Bres’, held every year during the Whitsun (Pentecost) period, you can enjoy theatre productions at special locations, exhibitions, swinging music and good food,
  • Haarlem is close by and a visit to this beautiful historic city can be combined with a trip to the Fort near Vijfhuizen, where you can enjoy great art and top off your day with a nice dinner,
  • The Fort at the Ossenmarkt is known for its ‘sound walk’ to Uitermeer; you can also make a bike tour from the town of Bakkum to the forts in the northwestern part of the Defence Line.
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