Eighty Years' War: Bourtange fortress

Bourtange fortress

Bourtange fortress


Passage through the swamp

Bourtange - Centuries ago, the area between the city of Groningen and Westphalia in Germany was a vast swamp. A sand ridge formed the only passage. To protect his trade route to Germany, William of Orange built here in 1580 a fortress: Bourtange.

Pentagonal fortress

Like other fortresses and fortifications from the same period, the building plan of Bourtange is based on a pentagon. The enemy could be more easily attacked. Between 1607 and 1672, the fortress was expanded with two ravelins and crown work. Between 1737 and 1742 Bourtange was again expanded and strengthened further.
New weapons and dry up of the marshes, the fortifications became obsolete in 1851 and sold a few years later.

In 1972 the fortress and its town were completely restored to its former state by the residents. Nowadays you step back in time in Fortress Bourtange: the time of the Eighty Years' War of independence of the Netherlands.

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Bourtange trips in the area

    Adress and visitor information

    Eighty Years' War: Bourtange fortress

    Address: Marktplein
    Postal code and City: 9545 PH  Bourtange
    Province/Region: Groningen

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 4 hours.
    Bourtange is located near the German border.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



    Waxing Quarter

    1568: Battle of Heiligerlee

    In the spring of 1568 the unrest in the Netherlands came to a head. The first attack on the Spaniards near Roermond, financed by William of Orange, did indeed fail, but the armed forces of his brother Lodewijk, a month later, were a great success. On May 23, 1568, he defeated the hated Spaniards within 2 hours. It was the beginning of a war that would last eighty years.

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