Fort Rhijnauwen was built between 1868 and 1875 as part of the New Dutch Water Defence Line. Because of its architectural style and good state of preservation, the fort is historically unique. Due it was closed to the general public for years it became a paradise for many endangered plants and animals. There are also weasels, foxes, roe, grass snakes and many varieties of butterflies. In winter, hundreds of bats hibernate in the fort. The fort consists of bombproof shelters, powder magazines, barracks, flank defences, group shelters and a large practice and parade square. Surrounding the complex is a double moat. Today, the fort can be visited on a guided tour.

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Founded: 1868-1875
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Phil Buckley (2 years ago)
We had a good tour guide who gave great information about the History of the fort, but the fort itself was not as impressive as I expected.
E.B. de Vries (2 years ago)
Beautiful but inaccessible. Protected nature reserve. Only guided tours.
Koen Hemels (2 years ago)
Great place for your weekend lunch, dinner or coffee. Idyllic surroundings and beautiful when the sun is out
Beau Franke (2 years ago)
Excellent tour of the fort. Guide knew his history and did very well to do the whole thing in Dutch and English
Frank Klaassen (2 years ago)
Beautiful nature surrounds an old water line fortress. Hiking the walking the 2,7 Km bunker trail is a nice experience.
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