The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in Amersfoort. The gate was built between 1380 and 1425 as part of the second city wall. The whole wall was completed around 1450. The gate was attacked in 1427 during the siege of the city, but this attack was repelled.

The gate was opened and closed every day by the appointed 'wheel-turners'. A minimum of twelve wheel-turners were collected morning and evening by several guards. It was an extremely dangerous task; if they did not begin walking simultaneously, then one could fall, dragging the rest along with often fatal results. Before the gate could come down, it had to be raised, to pull out the iron pins that held it in place. Only then could it come down. While the gate was going down, walking in the wheel grew ever easier and faster, and many people stumbled and broke their limbs. The koppelpoort was also never breached.

The Koppelpoort was given its current appearance during the restoration by Pierre Cuypers in 1885 and 1886. Among other things, Cuypers removed a step between the two gates and replaced it with a slope.

The latest restoration was completed in 1996. It was carried out very cautiously, and with respect for the old building materials.



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Founded: 1380-1425
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Ricardo Munsel (2 years ago)
One of the impressive gates of Amersfoort. Showing its importance in past times.
Dayana Rodríguez (2 years ago)
Historical place with an amazing fort. We enjoyed a beautiful walk through the city.
Magdalena Ćwioro (2 years ago)
I don't know what I was expecting from it. Nice place to see, though not exactly like in the pictures.
Pierre Jean F. Dupuis (2 years ago)
This location will show up as the number one spot to visit in Amersfoort on most sites. Yes, it's pretty. Yes it will remind you of Anton Pieck images (Google if you don't know, also try his name in combination with "Efteling".) And (as the center of Amersfoort is just small), it's only a short walk to main center shopping streets and squares. But, at this point you do have a better alternative. Standing on the optimal viewing point (the cycling bridge) turn left and walk towards the Koppelpoort. When reaching it, you will find a "hidden" opening (again to your left) that leads you to the 'plantsoen noord' (north park). This is indeed a park, but it follows the (leftover 50%) of the outer moat that used to surround the 2nd of two city walls. Follow this untill you reach Monnikendam (at this point you will be in the east park) - walking time maybe 30 to 40 minutes. If you look at the map of Amersfoort closely, you will understand why I am suggesting this. The Monnikendam gate is nearly as beautiful as the Koppelpoort (in a different way). BUT... Along this path, you will see a major part of the old mideaval citywall still standing. Just for fun; a take a picture of the towers at the Koppelpoort, take a picture of the largest tower on the remaining part of the wall (halfway on your walk) and take one more picture (at the bottom) of the towers at the Monnikendam gate. Now compare the pictures of these towers And now you understand what was once there. Yes, the Koppelpoort is pretty. But the scale is now clear, especially if you've kept your eye on the map. Above-ground archeology, there for anyone to see... Sorry for all the modern architecture you kept seeing on your right hand. All the pretty stuff was behind it (don't get tempted to turn right before Monnikendam!). But now you can take a well deserved brake at the Marienhof and then head to the city center. It's likely you'll get close to the Koppelpoort once again... Doing this will turn a forgettable visit with some pretty pictures to post on your Instagram or Facebook page into an ACTUAL experience that YOU will remember yourself. And... it's literally a walk down the park :-)
Dion Padma Hartanujaya (2 years ago)
Its a very nice place, chill and beautiful scenery. Very good tourist attraction, for some tourist that rarely seen a street with bike. This place would be awesome to be an attraction or photoplace.
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