Along forts in the Brabant polder

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Moerdijk
  • 48.77 km (Approximately 02:52 u)
  • Cycling route 613821

Along forts in the Brabant polder

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Moerdijk
  • 48.77 km (Approximately 02:52 u)
  • Cycling route 613821

From Zevenbergen you can drive straight into the vast Brabant sea clay polders. In addition to panoramic views, you will also find some old fortresses here. The jewel on your route is the Willemstad fortress.

Beautiful Zevenbergen
You will cycle along the harbour, which was filled in around 1970. Just past junction 34 you can see some sixteenth-century defenses on the edge of Klundert. They were part of the Defense Line of the Hollands Diep. Noordschans is named after the former Fort Hollandia that was lost in a flood in 1682.

Fortress de Hel
Fort Bovensluis dates from 1862. You can easily taste the history in the beautifully preserved fortress of Willemstad. What a nice atmosphere! Further on is Fort de Hel that was built by the French in 1811. In the polder you pass Oude Molen, a flour mill from 1845. Just past Standdaarbuiten you cycle for a while on the dike along the Markvallei. How nice and quiet it is here!


# Description Distance
7 (4761AH, Moerdijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
14 (4761PS, Moerdijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.59 km
36 (4791SK, Moerdijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 4.41 km
34 (4791AG, Moerdijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 6.65 km
41 (4791HE, Moerdijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 8.06 km
30 (4791SE, Moerdijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 12.92 km


Fort Bovensluis

4797 SC Moerdijk

Fort Bovensluis between Willemstad and Noordschans is part of the Defense Line of Willemstad and had to provide cover for Fort De Ruijter, now Fort Sabina. The fort was built in 1861-1862 and probably served to replace a battery for the artillery of Fort Haaren from 1673. With the construction of Fort Bovensluis, the dilapidated fort Haaren was demolished and redesigned. Four cannons, Coehoorn mortars, a wet ditch and a redoubt were built here. The defense network served as a barracks with 188 soldiers. Concrete bunkers were dug in the 20th century. After the fort lost its military function, the building was bought by Mr. Boertjes in 1952. He knew what to do with the now dilapidated fort: thanks to the thick walls, it turned out to be a perfect cold store for potatoes. Until today, the fort is in the hands of the Boertjes family and is one of the nice sights in Willemstad. It is located in the middle of the recreation park of the same name and houses the cozy family restaurant Fort Bovensluis.

Fort de Hel

4754 AD Moerdijk

At Fort De Hel in Willemstad you can taste, in addition to culture and history, the delicious dishes with the authentic taste of the farm, straight from the Sabina Henrica polder! The dishes are freshly prepared in the mobile restaurant kitchen. In addition, the fort forms the atmospheric backdrop for theater performances and the Night of the Po? See. You can walk around the fort. It is therefore not without reason included in the Floris V-pad, a long-distance walking path of 244.5 kilometers from Amsterdam to Bergen op Zoom. The fort was under explosive stress in the French era, when the fort could hold 9,500 kilos of gunpowder and 14 troops. The French built Fort l 'Enfer in 1811, to defend Willemstad against the English. The square fort provided back cover for Fort Sabina Henrica. Two years later, the French left and it was given the Dutch name De Hel. The Dutch modernized Fort De Hel in Willemstad in 1884 so that 118 soldiers could enter. In 1896 they armed the fort with six cannons, four mortars, two machine guns and four Coehoorn mortars. In 1941 the Germans occupied Fort De Hel, until the South Wales Borderers expelled them on 5 November 1944. Just like Fort Frederik and Fort Sabina, the fort was built according to the so-called 'Tour mod? Le' style. Here there are only three of them in the Netherlands and all in the Defense Line of Willemstad.

Oude Molen

De Oude Molen
4793TG Moerdijk

De Oude Molen is a corn mill from 1845, located in the hamlet of Oudemolen. In 2005, large parts of the mill were replaced and restored. The mill is grinding.

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