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Dutch Waterline

Visit the Unesco World Heritage of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie. This is an extension of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. You don't just become a World Heritage Site. The heritage is of universal and unique value and is therefore absolutely worth a visit!

VISIT DE FORTS AND SHELTERS
It might seem hard to find the old dikes, canals, forts and shelters, but they are still present! Many of them are still intact and are turned into a monument or gastronomic place.

In the region of Zaltbommel, you will find the following vestiges:
 • Loevestein Castle
 • Shelter below Brakel
 • Shelter below Poederooijen
 • Fort Vuren
 • Fortress town Woudrichem
 • Fortress town Gorinchem

POSSIBILITIES FROM THE HOTEL
 • Start a hiking tour along the forts
 • Try one of the beautiful bicycle routes along the defense line
 • Follow a guided tour on one of the forts
 • Visit Loevestein Castle

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WATER LINE
The Dutch Water line has a length of 85 km and runs from the town ‘Muiden’ to nature park ‘Biesbosch’. The line exists of 50 forts, 2 castles, 6 fortress towns, 85 casemates for machine guns, 700 shelters and 100 military locks and watermarks.

FUNCTION OF THE WATERLINIE
The name says it all:  The water line is a defense mechanism that is based on water. In times of war, the areas of land were flooded on purpose. In the way, area affected became too deep for the infantry soldiers and vehicles and too shallow for the boats. This made the West of The Netherlands impassable for the French and the German soldiers.

Since July 2021, De Hollandse Waterlinie has been added to the World Heritage List. More information can be found at: www.unesco.nl/nl/artikel/unesco-plaatst-waterlinies-op-werelderfgoedlijst