Kunstfort near Vijfhuizen is a destination for art, a unique location where visual art and military heritage come together. The exhibitions mirror the fort’s surroundings: a collage of engineered landscapes showcasing the deployment of nature for a wide range of—now often outmoded—purposes.
It’s also possible to get a guided tour in and around the art fortress. A tour takes about an hour and must be requested in advance.The fort also spotlights the history of the Defence Line of Amsterdam in general and of the Fort near Vijfhuizen in particular, as well as the fort’s location and building. Various interior spaces can be viewed and a visit to the fort can be combined with lunch or dinner at Restaurant 't Fort.The fort’s grounds are accessible on Tuesday through Friday. The exhibition space in the fort is open from Friday through Sunday. Children under 12, holders of a ‘Vrienden van Kunstfort’ (Friends of the Art Fortress) card and companions of visitors with disabilities can visit the fort for free.The Fort near Vijfhuizen was intended to defend the ring canal and dike of the Haarlemmermeer Polder as well as the strip of permanently dry land along the western edge of this polder. The reconstructed metal engineer depot is the only surviving example of this type. A secondary battery is located in the nearby Geniedijk, a dike that was constructed for the army. The fortress is surrounded by a double moat that received its water from the ring canal. The siphon system that was used to fill the moat is still present.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.