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The Grebbe Line of Defense

The Grebbe Line of Defense

Defense-line hiking past bunkers and trenches

Leusden - The Grebbe Line is best known from the early days of World War II. During those May days of 1940, the line was the main line of defense against the Nazi-German attacks. But the history of the line goes back much further.

From Rhenen to Spakenburg

The Grebbe Line extends over sixty kilometers, from Rhenen to Spakenburg. Nowadays it is a green winding ribbon through the provinces of Utrecht and Gelderland where you can walk, canoe and cycle. In between you can make a stop at a fort, trench or casemate.

Construction of the Grebbe Line

The history of the Grebbe Line dates back to the sixteenth century. As early as 1590, a redoubt was constructed near Woudenberg with the idea of flooding the surrounding areas during the war.
It remained a long time planning until the French invaded the Netherlands in 1672. Under Stadtholder William III, the French army was expelled and a decision was made to establish a line of defense through the Gelderse Valley, from Rhenen to Eemnes: the Grebbe Line of Defense.
Ultimately it took until 1744 before serious construction was done. The reason was a European war that threatened to spread to the Dutch Republic.

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Visitor information

The Grebbe Line of Defense

Address: Langesteeg (Museumbunker)
Zip / City: 3831 RZ  Leusden

Additional information: The best way to explore the Grebbe Line is by walking along the dike, but it is also possible to discover parts by bicycle or canoe.
The location on the map is the bunker on the Langesteeg near the bridge over the Valleikanaal, in which a tiny museum about the Grebbe Line is housed.

On the Aschatterkeerkade located further away you will find a bunker and a few pieces of trench.
Important: The location on the map is for indication only and can differ from reality.


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