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Bourtange Travel Guide: 61 reviews and 104 photos

An old fortress
The history

Bourtange is located in a former unpassable area of moors. From the city of Groningen in the North there was an important passage to the South following a partly stretch of sand (tange) sticking out of the moors.
In 1580 Pince William of Oranje gave the order to build a fortification.
After the Spanish invaded at 1607 till 1672 the fortress was extended.
Around 1740 Menno van Coehoorn ordered more improvements and extensions. At the Greman border a seperate defence line was made.
Due to cultivation of the moors and newer arms the fortress lost its importance and was sold in 1851.
From 1972 a reconstruction of the old fort was started.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful for a daytrip visit
  • Cons:Cobblestones
  • In a nutshell:Historical Dutch Fortress
  • Last visit to Bourtange: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    This looks like a worthwhile place to stop on the way from Oldenburg to Groningen, for example.

  • Oct 9, 2005 at 8:31 AM

    This looks like an interesting place to stay PJ - might be a little tooooo quiet for me though!


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