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The invisible Mozesbridge

The hidden underwater Trench Bridge

Fort De Roovere, at the edge of the village of Halsteren, is part of the 'West Brabant Waterlinie', a line of defence from the Eighty Years' War, the Dutch War of Independence from 1568–1648. Part of the Fortress is the 'invisible' Mozes Bridge, also called the Trench Bridge.

Inverted Infinity Pool

During the refurbishment in 2010, the trench bridge was constructed. This striking bridge is sunk below the water surface like an inverted infinity pool.
The Moses Bridge, because that is its official name, is therefore almost invisible from a distance. From the fortress you reach the bridge via a 15 meter high staircase. On hot days you can regularly see a dog swimming past from the bridge.

Fort De Roovere and Fort Prinssen

The West Brabant Waterline was constructed in 1628 between the fortified towns of Bergen op Zoom and Steenbergen. The purpose of the line was to protect both cities from a Spanish attack. In addition, it served to secure 'de Eendracht, the shipping connection between Zeeland and Holland.
Fort De Roovere was built together with the line in 1628. A century later, some improvements were made, including an earthen connecting wall with the neighboring Prinssen fortress.

Six times underwater

In total, the waterline consisted of 4 forts, inundation areas that could be flooded and a line wall. Between 1620 and 1830, the area was flooded no fewer than six times. Once against the Spaniards, four times against the French and the last time in 1830 against the Belgians. In 1832 the fortification was lifted.


You can walk along the earthen ramparts and in the vicinity of Fort De Roovere.

What do visitors say about The invisible Mozesbridge?

Adress and visitor information

The invisible Mozesbridge

Address: Schansbaan 8
Postal code and city: 4661 PN  Halsteren
Province: Noord-Brabant
Additional information: To prevent damage from frost, the Trench Bridge can be submerged in winter. The bridge is then not accessible.
Some walks have been set out around the fort.

Let op: The location on the map is an indication. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route



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