Vlieland Widerstandsnest 12H

Vlieland Widerstandsnest 12H

Vlieland Widerstandsnest 12H


Bunkermuseum Wn 12H

Vlieland - During the Second World War, the German occupiers built a defense line along the entire North Sea coast, the Atlantic Wall. This was also the case on the Wadden Island of Vlieland. Not that the Germans were afraid that the Allies would land on Vlieland, but because of bombers flying over. Every night the RAF, the English Royal Air Force, flew over to bomb cities and factories in Germany. The Netherlands was darkened during the war. Therefore, it was difficult for the English pilots to navigate. By counting the Wadden islands, the pilot knew where the plane was. The Atlantic Wall consisted of several large, strategically located Festungen and several smaller Stellungen, such as the Widerstandsnest on Vlieland.

Aerial target artillery

The bunkers on the Wadden Islands were mainly equipped with anti-aircraft artillery. If necessary, the guns could also be used against ships.

Restricted Area

During the war, a large part of Vlieland was a restricted area. The beach and dunes were largely closed and cordoned off with barbed wire. Most traces were removed after the war. Only the 12H nest of resistance remains from this period.


The German occupiers had divided the airspace over the Netherlands into different zones. All named after an animal. The area around Vlieland, Terschelling and Ameland was called "Tiger". The area over Texel "Salz Herring" and the area over Schiermonnikoog "Schlei"

Vlieland Widerstandsnest 12H photo gallery

  • The Atlantic Wall ran along the entire western coast of Europe. From the Pyrenees on the border with Spain to the North Cape in Norway. The defense line was built by the Germans during the Second World War, in just a few years. The Atlantic Wall would consist of 15,000 buildings. 10,000 of these have actually been completed. In the course of time much has been cleaned up or disappeared under the sand. Here on Vlieland, the bunker complex has been excavated from the sand and is now a museum.

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      Adress and visitor information

      Vlieland Widerstandsnest 12H

      Address: Kantonnierspad 1
      Postal code and City: 8899 KD  Vlieland
      Region: Vlieland
      Province/Region: Waddeneilanden
      Web: bunkermuseumwn12h.nl

      Visit: An average visits takes approx. 1 hours.
      The Bunker Museum is located about 450m west of Ankerplaats on Vlieland

      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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