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"The canons and the outer field" Bourtange Things to Do Tip by Pavlik_NL

Bourtange Things to Do: 34 reviews and 44 photos

  Keeping the space open wide
by Pavlik_NL

Here too again are some canons present to make the scenery complete. Bourtange Vesting organises weekly shooting practices from April until October each year. It could be interesting to combine your visit with such event. More information on the website.
Canons and their shooting range have long time fixed the surroundings of many town and fortress. Even though towns grew in numbers of inhabitants, for long times the administration didn't allow people to built houses outside the walls. The terrain surrounding the fortress or in most cases the town, should be wide open and cleared of all hiding places to prevent the enemy from sneaking up. In Bourtange still the immediate vicinity of the East, South and North-Eastern sides of the fortress are cleared of houses, though trees have gotten the chance to grow and block the view in some places. Here the inundation (flooding) tactics also made it unwished to built in the outer terrain.


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  • Updated Apr 6, 2005
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