The fortress is located approximately one kilometre (0.6 miles) east of the centre of the old town of Edam, on the coast of lake Markermeer and close to Edam’s outer harbour and the Strandbad campsite.
Completed between 1907 and 1914, the Fort near Edam was aimed at defending the Zuiderzeedijk (South Sea dike) on both the north and south side of Edam. It protected the sea sluice that was situated directly behind the fortress and that served as an important inlet point for inundation water. In the fort’s kitchen you can still find the original large cooking kettles and boiler.
From April through October, the fort is open to the public every first and second Sunday of the month and on Wednesdays. A guide will tell you about the history of the fortress and the Stelling and will show you around the furnished rooms. Visitors can also explore the fortress themselves with the use of short directions.
If you come by boat, you can moor it in Edam’s outer harbour. If your boat is moored in the new marina, you’ll first have to walk across the sea sluice to get to the Oorgat (where the fortress is located).
There is free parking for cars at the fort’s grounds. Cars with a trailer, camper vans and buses can park for free at the parking lot near Edam’s outer harbour.
Partially wheelchair accessible.