Explore a semi-underground fortress, try archery and rappelling or search for coins. Fort Island IJmuiden is ideal for adventure seekers and history lovers.
Rappelling, archery or a free fall?
Fort Island IJmuiden is a semi-underground fortress that is situated at the estuary of the North Sea Canal near IJmuiden. A visit to the Fort Island starts with an atmospheric trip across the water.
Situated on an island measuring about 4 hectares (10 acres), the fortress has an extensive system of corridors, more than 40 rooms and an impressive domed hall that make wandering through the fort an exciting experience. During the summer, active families can enjoy adventurous day programmes. Wander the island in search of hidden coins, try your hand at archery and rappelling or make a free fall. For lovers of history there's plenty to enjoy as well. The excitement of past events is still tangible around every corner of this impressive defence system.
Guided tours during Open Days
From March through November on the first Sunday of the month, experienced guides from the 'Vrienden van het Forteiland' (Friends of the Fort Island) conduct tours of the island. It's a fun and educational experience for young and old. Check out the Fort Island's website for extensive historical information.