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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Heidi van Werkhooven (2 years ago)
Nice place beautifull walging area
Charl van der Merwe (2 years ago)
I word give it full marks if: (1) the model of Die Waterlinie would in a working condition (or if they would even just tell you that on the website and not still make it a major aspect of their marketing!) (2) find a way to help us interpret and follow the wonderful demonstrations and interactive displays without scores of kids randomly pressing buttons. Why not make a few simplified fun models as well? These are over the head so a 4 year old.
Frank Wils (2 years ago)
Guided tour, not the museum. The tour takes you around the buildings of one of the biggest and most strategical fortresses of the Dutch Waterfront. Lots of atmosphere in the otherwise mostly empty buildings brought alive by the knowledgeable guide. The nature around the fortress is also beautiful and interesting. Great place to walk around! Free entrance to the site, the museum, tour and access to the buildings are paid. Check the website from Staatsbosbeheer for tourdates.
Virjanand Panday (2 years ago)
Great use of computer visual techniques to create an interactive experience of the history and function of the forts and the waterlinie.
SMT Constance (3 years ago)
Great place with fantastic buildings and outdoor space. The staff were friendly and everything is affordable. There's quite some distance from the parking area to the actual fort so tired feet might find it challenging. Very picturesque lakes and greens pace and only 10 minutes away from Utrecht.
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