Historic fortress route along the Defense Line of Amsterdam

Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands

Hiking route: 780308

based on 11 reviews

Provided by: Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude

6.3 km
01:34 h
356 kcal
0 m


The short circular walk at Spaarndam is a real Stellingommetje, full of military heritage. Two impressive fortresses are connected by a line wall with batteries. Discover this route and dive into the history of this area.

From fortress to fortress
On this fort route you go back in time and take a circular walk from Fort north of Spaarndam to Fort south of Spaarndam in the Spaarnwoude recreation area. The fort is located in the Oude Spaarndammerpolder and, together with the Fort north of Spaarndam, is part of the larger Position at Spaarndam, which in turn is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. This defense line around Amsterdam was built at the end of the 18th century. The line was intended to keep the city out of the hands of the enemy in the event of war. The position was built very spaciously around the city, so that food could be grown here during a long siege.

Bird breeding area
The Hekslootpolder is a peat meadow area where many birds breed. On the Assendelver footpath that runs right through this polder, you can see the representation of the line constructed in the mobilization years 1917-1918 on the right. See the sights of long ago, but don't forget to enjoy the natural beauty here. Fancy a snack or a drink on the go? Then settle down at Kunst en Theatercafé Fort Zuid.

A look at Spaarndam
Take a short trip to the village of Spaarndam (at 09). Then you come across the world famous statue of Hansje Brinker. The story is that he prevented a flood disaster by closing a hole in the dike with his thumb.

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Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude

Between Haarlem, Hoofddorp and Amsterdam you will find an oasis of green called Spaarnwoude. You can relax here and endlessly walk and cycle in the peat meadow areas that can be found everywhere. Fancy an adventure? That is no problem at all in Spaarnwoude. From a mountain bike trail to fun festivals and much more, you will find it all here.

You do not want to miss this

Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats (Villa Westend, 1991AL, Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
1 (Westlaan, 1991AL, Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.02 km
2 (1991AK, Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.06 km
Fort Benoorden Spaarndam (Fort benoorden Spaarndam, 2063 JD, Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.12 km
8 (Redoute, 2063, Haarlem, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.79 km
9 (Visserseinde, 2063JD, Haarlem, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.21 km


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