Fort bij Spijkerboor

Fort bij Spijkerboor, Westbeemster: Address, Fort bij Spijkerboor Reviews: 4.5/5

Fort bij Spijkerboor
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Zu369
Bratislava, Slovakia137 contributions
An interesting walk through the corridors of the 2-floor fortress built between 1889 and 1911 for the defense of the Northern Front. At its time, this was one of the most modern and most heavily armed fortresses on the Defense Line of Amsterdam.
The place has been used mostly as a prison at various periods.
The fort still has many original elements such as the kitchen, lavatory and toilets, telephone exchange, generator room, and many murals of prisoners.
The entrance fee of 3,50 per person
Written August 24, 2020
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RHAHJ
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,977 contributions
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The fort at Spijkerboor is one of 42 in a circle around Amsterdam, all constructed around 1900. Of these, Spijkerboor is the largest and the most northern. I have seen quite a few Dutch forts now (aan den Ham, Kijkduin, Pannerden, Hoek van Holland, Pampus, and Naarden) and they are all quite similar (which is why I don't rate 5 stars now). This one is the only one that retained its steel armoured turret though - at all other forts the Germans took the (outdated) steel turrets for use in their war machinery, in WWII. Also nice are the paintings in the main corridor, made by troops stationed here during WWI, and in one of the rooms which functioned as a prison. Further, there are some nice items on display, such as hand weapons, forms and booklets (manuals, e.g.) used by soldiers, military uniforms, etc. I found it a little bit of a pity that our guide from Natuurmonumenten had quite a quiet voice, and that our group of 15 had to be crammed into some narrow rooms, but it all worked out. The environment is very nice, and I'd recommend biking here, so you can enjoy the watery polder landscape and water birds, the other forts in the ring, the once prosperous villages around (e.g., De Rijp, De Graft, Groot-Schermer, Purmerend, Jisp), and the many windmills, and in April/May also some tulip fields.
Written April 25, 2016
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