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Address: Willem Lodewijkstraat 33 | The Star Fort, 9545 PA Bourtange, The Netherlands
Phone Number: (0599)354600
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Nice open air museum with free entrance.

It is a nice fortress which gives a good impression how people lived when the place was still in use as a fortress to protect the border.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 10, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

It is a nice fortress which gives a good impression how people lived when the place was still in use as a fortress to protect the border.

Thank normandic
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Bourtange is right on the Eastern border of the Netherlands with Germany and is therefore probably not visited by as many visitors from the Amsterdam area as from Germany; it is probably best accessed by car. Access to the fort itself is actually free, however for an additional payment of EUR8.50 you get access to the few museums that are... More 

Thank Johnpsau
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Perfect for a day trip from Groningen. We had never heard of Bourtange before but we are very glad we visited. It has been beautifully restored and is full of lovely museums. Perfect to wander around in the sun. A bit tricky to get to using public transport however.

Thank Laura L
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Bourtange is most beautiful as seen from the sky. Don't worry, no need to rent a helicopter; just buy a postcard or placemat in the souvenir shop. This is a small village built as some sort of fortified holdout, with an amazing starlike geometrical pattern of canals around it. It can be visited free of charge. I don't think there... More 

Thank Philip R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This rebuilt (started mid 1960) fortress is well worth a visit. Very picturesque with beautiful small houses and narrow streets. A number of small museums tell the story of the original development of the fortress as well as the renovation.

Thank Per N
Vantaa, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

What a hidden gem! Lovely, lovely small village with couple of restaurants, shops and with the laid-back atmosphere. Plenty to see even though it's not that big place.

Thank MiaFinland
Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Went early on Sunday before too many visitors. Great walking around the fortifications and then warming up with hot chocolate around the square later. Markets take place mid-morning on Sunday which add to the small village atmosphere. Wish I could have seen it from the air but a picture gives you the idea. Most enjoyable!

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

Bourtange represents an interesting part of Dutch history. It has been nicely preserved and rebuilt and gives an excellent overall impression. Despite it being cold and a bit wet on the day we visited, we enjoyed a brisk walk around the perimeter of the old city walls and a cycle ride through the narrow streets and alleys. We visited at... More 

Thank staghunter
Breukelen Ut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016

This is not a place to spend hours and hours, but it is interesting to hear and read about of Bourtange and its role in history. The synagoge museum was small, but informative and the staff member was very helpful in telling us about the building and its use. We also enjoyed the foam ball air guns and the movie... More 

Thank WorldTravelOne
Groningen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016

There is much here that is very interesting. The fortress itself is well worth walking around and I found teh synagogue particularly fascinating. However, most of the museum exhibits (split over various buildings in the fortress) and not well executed. Entry to the fortress is free, you only have to pay for entrance to the indoor museum exhibits. But what... More 

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