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Fortress Bourtange

W. Lodewijkstraat 33, 9545 Bourtange, The Netherlands
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Bourtange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
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Brussels, Belgium
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Just happened to choose to stay near Bourtange on the weekend of a medieval re-enactment. Entertaining and very well presented. Even on a quiet day I'm sure it would be a very interesting place to visit.

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My husband's friend took us here by surprise when we visited him in Gronigen. It was on our Places to visit in The Netherlands "bucket list." There are little shops, places to eat, and relax all around. I was very surprised to find out that people LIVE in the houses inside the fort. I thought they were actors at first.... More

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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is a well developed tourist attraction and would probably be great to stay there for the night but we just cycled through and spent an hour or so there. Plenty of buildings to see and the wall to walk around as well as cafes and bars for food. Much has been reconstructed but gives you a feel for the... More

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Dormagen, Germany
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I was there on a Sunday in August, and although it has been busy it never felt overcrowded. There was parking space (for free), and enough seating in the restaurants or simply on benches to watch some spectacle or other (occasional canon fire or some sort of play - my knowledge of the language wasn't sufficiant to understand most of... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Great place to stop off and relax for a few days, Drenthe and the hunbedden close by. Bourtange much quieter at night with good food and atmosphere, deservedly an unesco wh site

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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We visited Bourtange in July and was greeted with a very warm and friendly atmosphere in a historical setting that has been meticulous renovated to its former glory by locals and volunteers. For all interested in historical surroundings and those interested in attractions that have yet to be discovered Bourtange has my best recommendations.

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Ayr, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
30 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Bourtange fortress is such an important part of Dutch history. It was first conceived by William of Orange as a symbol of Dutch military might. This rebuilt reconstruction provides a step back in time. The video was a little dated but very informative Also very important is the little synagogue. All of the Jewish members were taken by the Nazis... More

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Veendam, The Netherlands
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

When you visit Bourtange it's hard to imagine that it has only been reconstructed a few decennia ago. A great way to see a real Vauban-style fortess.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This town used to be an entrance gate from Holland to other countries though a marshy like area. The fortified walls are interesting, to be sure. But also the old homes and shops which are now like a museum.

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

this is such a nice place. one of the most beautifull little places in Europe. And not far from Bourtange you can find Oudeschans. Even smaler then Bourtange, but so nice. Go to Bourtange en Oudeschans. Walk around this beautifull little villages and you will never forget this.

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