Fort island IJmuiden

Fort island IJmuiden, seen from the harbor

Fort island IJmuiden, seen from the harbor


Defense Line of Amsterdam

IJmuiden - Fort island IJmuiden is strategically located at the mouth of the port of IJmuiden. The imposing fort is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam and served to protect the North Sea Canal and the IJmuiden lock complex. What is special is that initially the fortress island was not an island at all.

Largest fort of the Defense Line of Amsterdam

The only fortress islands of the Defense Line of Amsterdam are the island of Pampus near Muiden and the fort in the harbor of IJmuiden. The Fort of IJmuiden is the largest fort of the defense line around Amsterdam. Spread over three floors, there are different areas. For example, the fort had five heavy guns for coastal defense and an armored cupola with two guns for the defense of the sea locks and the North Sea Canal. The various spaces are connected by an underground network of corridors of five hundred and eighty-five meters.

How Fort IJmuiden became an island

When the Fort at IJmuiden was built between 1880 and 1887, it was located on the northern harbor mouth. In the 1920s it became a fortress island when a new canal was dug north of the fort.

World War II: Festung IJmuiden

During the Second World War, extra bunkers were built by the Germans and the fort was used as a crew quarters. The turret and guns were removed and melted down by the Germans, but the armored gallery has remained. From this time there are also some soldier drawings behind the armored gallery.

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IJmuiden trips in the area

    Adress and visitor information

    Fort island IJmuiden

    Postal code and City: IJmuiden
    Province/Region: Noord-Holland
    Web: Forteiland IJmuiden

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 2,5 hours.
    The Fort Island is open to a limited extent and can only be visited during public days. Check the website for more details. The boat to the fortress island departs from the so-called "head of the harbor", zip code 1975 AG. Parking is available at the head of the harbor and on the Halkade.

    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.



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