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All items tagged: "Hiking".


  • Wandelen Spijkerboor

    Hiking along the Beemster Polder forts

    The Beemster Polder is steeped in culture, history and nature. It’s an area where you can see sturdy farmhouses with a characteristic cheese-cover shape or pay a visit to the museums and...
  • het Gein

    Walking between Fort Abcoude and the Fort near Nigtevecht

    The walk along the Liniepad provides a good picture of the former Defence Line of Amsterdam between Fort Abcoude and the Fort near Nigtevecht.
  • Wandelen Spijkerboor


    The Defence Line of Amsterdam offers beautiful hiking routes that take you along and around the various parts of the ‘Stelling’. Walking through Dutch landscapes in nature reserves,...
  • het Gein

    Continuous footpath Defence Line of Amsterdam

    The continuous footpath Defence Line of Amsterdam is a unique hiking route of no less than 135 kilometres (84 miles), which connects the towns of Volendam and Muiden. Along the way you’ll be...
  • wandelaarsopdedijk

    The hiking routes of Dutch Railways

    Walking from one train station to the next. That’s exactly what you’ll do if you follow the long-distance hiking routes that were developed by Wandelnet for Dutch Railways (NS). Some...
  • Wandelaars (op de Bres)

    Hiking routes by Natuurmonumenten

    The nature reserves around the Defence Line of Amsterdam are managed, amongst others, by Natuurmonumenten – a society for the preservation of nature monuments in the Netherlands. The hiking...
  • Nature walk De Woude

    Amidst the North Holland landscape you can find a small but beautiful island, the Westwouderpolder. A 7-kilometre (4.3-mile) tour takes you around the entire island, which is situated in Lake...
  • Markenbinnen


    Along the road connecting the towns of Krommenie and Alkmaar you’ll find the sheltered little village of Marken-Binnen, which is popular amongst tourists. You can walk around the village on...
  • Liniepad

    Het Liniepad

    The walk along the Liniepad provides a good picture of the former Defence Line of Amsterdam between Fort Abcoude and the Fort near Nigtevecht. The hiking trail partly follows the Liniedijk (defence...
  • Walking route Fort Nigtevecht

    This 15-kilometre (9.3-mile) route starts in close proximity to Lake Gaasperplas. Then you’ll walk via the town of Driemond and along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Fort Nigtevecht. Towards the...
  • Waterlanders wandelen

    Noord-Hollandpad – discovering North Holland on foot

    The Noord-Hollandpad is a unique, signposted long-distance hiking route through the ‘inlands’ of the Province of North Holland. In total, the trail measures an impressive 270 kilometres...
  • Aetsveldroute

    Aetsveld Route

    A walk from the fortified city of Weesp, along the winding river Vecht, through the beautiful Aetsveldsche Polder. The fortified city of Weesp and Muiden were important parts of the north-east side...
  • Ijmondpad


    This three day long hiking route in the IJmond region will allow you to experience nature and culture. The IJmondpad connects the characteristic landscapes of the municipalities Heemskerk,...
  • Fortenpad_wandeling

    Fort path

    A walk from the Kwakel passed some forts on the Southside of the Stelling van Amsterdam. “Vrouwenakker” (womensfield), the name alone invites you to come take a look. And you will not be...
  • Vleerplas_wandeling


    This is a short hiking route along the eastside of Haarlem. In the Netherlands everything is culture. That becomes even more apparent during this hike. Even the beautiful puddles and swamp areas are...
  • Rondje_zuidoostbeemster_wandeling


    Visit two World Heritage sites! This route starts at railway station Purmerend. Originally Purmerend was a small town but it has turned into a center of growth with huge suburbs, also known as the...
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Passable part of an inundation in the form of elevated terrain, a road, (railway) embankment or waterway.

Collective term for projectile weapons.

Also called bulwark. An outward-projecting pentagonal structure, suitable for delivering flanking fire.

A storage site for military equipment. The parks in the Defence Line are spread out over sectors (sector parks) and groups (group parks).

A battery that is positioned behind armour plates.

A fort with one or more armoured artillery positions.

A number of artillery pieces combined into one group.

Shielded position from which defenders can harass the enemy.

A (low) defensive structure that extends into the moat and can be used to give flanking fire.

A space that is protected against enemy fire and is outfitted with a gun port, behind which a piece of artillery is placed.

An army division whose tasks include, amongst other things, the construction of temporary and permanent defensive structures. The term ‘engineer’ is derived from the French word ‘ingenieur’.

Also called covert way. A pathway that is protected from enemy fire by an earthen wall and can be used for transporting soldiers and military equipment.

Also called stop-log sluice. A temporary dam that stops the inundation water when beams are stacked up in its recesses.

Water purification system that improves the quality of drinking water by extracting iron.

Earthen elevation surrounding a defensive structure, featuring a breastwork.

A (wooden) shed where artillery and military engineering equipment were stored.

The part of a terrain that can be fired at.

Long-range flanking fire: fire support for the secondary forts. Short-range flanking fire: fire that covers the surroundings of the defensive structure itself.

Known in Dutch as ‘Vestingwet’. The act of the 18th of April 1874 that stipulated which forts would become part of the Dutch national defence system.

The side of a defensive structure that is facing away from the enemy.

In the Defence Line forts this is a casemate giving short-range and long-range flanking fire.

Undercarriage for a cannon or other heavy firearm.

Shell that is filled with highly explosive material.

The flooding of land to keep the enemy at bay.

Also called inlet sluice. A sluice that is constructed with the aim of letting water into a certain area.

An independent system of connected defensive structures.

Artillery that gives frontal fire over large distances, directly aimed at enemy positions.

A simple (temporary) defensive structure manned by a small number of soldiers.

An underground connecting passageway that is shellproof.

Known in Dutch as ‘Kringenwet’. Act of January 1853 that stipulates restrictions with regard to the construction of buildings in the vicinity of defensive structures, the so-called forbidden zones (‘kringen’), in order to guarantee a free field of fire.

A chart that is installed next to the gun port to give the operators of the artillery insight into the distances of targets and the corresponding firing angles.

A place of last refuge for the defenders of a fort, which can be defended independently.

A turret that is lifted up to give fire and is retracted and thus made almost invisible once the firing has stopped.

Position that provides shelter to retreating troops.

Battery that is situated in close proximity to a fort and performs some of the tasks that have been assigned to that fort.

The ability of a building to withstand gunfire thanks to brickwork, concrete or a bottom layer.

A shellproof depot for storing artillery and other essential military equipment.

A fort’s courtyard.


A turnable armoured artillery position.