Visit the fortified cities - Experience the Old Dutch Water Line

Highlights of the water line

Montfoort Castle

In Montfoort you can see the old castle and numerous remains of the city wall and ramparts. Montfoort was razed by the French army in 1672. When they left, all that remained of the castle was its entry gates. Today, this is a lovely venue for lunches, dinners, parties and other functions.

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Nieuwersluis Fort

Though extensively renovated in the nineteenth century, Nieuwersluis Fort pre-dates the creation of the New Dutch Water Line. Tip: Go on the Water Line Walk in Nieuwersluis and discover more about its history.

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Linschoten Line

The historic water line is still visible in the landscape around Linschoten. Also check out the concrete scale model of the line, four metres in length. The Linschoten Line originally stretched more than a kilometre and had ramparts four metres high encircled by canals.


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Woerden Castle

Woerden Castle is the town's most imposing monument. The start of construction of this castle dates from as early as 1415. The first resident was the steward Heynric Hermans, who was the landlord and represented Duke Jan van Beieren, of Brabant.

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Leerdam and its environs formed one of the easternmost sections of the Old Dutch Water Line. A number of defence works were built in the region, several of which, like the city wall and its square towers, can still be seen today.

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