Fort Vechten

Utrecht, Netherlands

Fort Vechten was constructed between 1867 and 1870 as part of the so-called Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (The 'New Dutch Water Line') to defend the cities of the western Netherlands from overland attack.

The history of Vechten dates however back to the Roman times. The Romans, who apparently chose the spot because it controlled a side-arm of the Lower Rhine, built their castellum by the year 4 AD, and possibly named it after that river, Fectio. This fort was quite important from time to time as a supply-base for the invasion of Germany. It attracted the local population as well, which came to settle in the vicus at either end of the fort. The castellum was most likely abandoned by the late 3rd century, when the Roman Empire faced crisis after crisis. However, the main reason that the army never returned may well have been because the access to the fort silted up, which caused it to become land-locked, with all the ensuing logistical problems. The neighboring castellum at Trajectum/Utrecht may have supplanted it as local fort. Today there is a reconstructed Roman watch tower.



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Founded: 1867-1870
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands


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CL (15 months ago)
Nice little museum with a VR experience at the end to see the waterline from sky. The open area surrounding the fort is nice too.
Matthias von Blohn (3 years ago)
Don’t Go. Main attractions are closed due to COVID or under construction / repair !!
Amol Gore (3 years ago)
Great location. Good activities for kids in museum. These activities provides historic information.
Sean Eijkmans (3 years ago)
A historical ge hidden just outside of the city of Utrecht. Part of a vast historical background that never tot much attention. So something that Will surely will be interesting to national and international tourists that want to have a day away from the sprawling and active city of Utrecht.
Pearl Xia (3 years ago)
Small museum, nice and neat. Stuffs are very helpful, but exhibits are very few, hot many things to see or to do. The 3D experience is great, but it’s the only interactive thing.
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