Nederland is niet het enige land met forten en verdedigingslinies. Overal in Europa staan forten, bunkers, kastelen en vestingsteden. Dit jaar slaan wij de handen ineen en vieren wij gezamenlijk voor het eerst een Europese Fortendag in september. Op deze pagina vind je de informatie van activiteiten van alle deelnemende Europese landen. Pak gerust eens de auto (of de trein) en bezoek de forten buiten Nederland! De Fortengordel van Antwerpen ligt bijv. maar op 1,5 uur rijden van Utrecht. European Fortress Day wordt mogelijk gemaakt door European Federation of Fortified Sites (EFFORTS) en Stichting Liniebreed Ondernemen (SLO).
TIP: European Fortress Day valt in de week van het Fortenfestival (1 t/m 9 september).
Europe is a patchwork of cultural diversity, and we are connecting the dots: together, all over Europe, we are celebrating the first European Fortress Day. This year this event coincides with the European Heritage Days, organised in each country on a day in September. On this page you find the partners of European Fortress Day and their activities. Some are just a car or train ride away. European Fortress Day is an initiative of the European Federation of Fortified Sites and Defence Lines (EFFORTS) and Stichting Liniebreed Ondernemen (SLO).
The Netherlands has 10 waterlinies: defense lines consisting of fortifications, forts and bunkers with an ingenious system of locks, dikes and canals. When the enemy approached, large plots of land could be put under water, not deep enough for ships and too deep for man and horse. Today, a large number of forts have been given a new destination. Saturday the 8th of september several forts are open to visit.
Visit the forts of Antwerpem Sunday the 9th of September. Professional guides tell you everything you want to know about the forts and their hidden stories.
The Spandau Citadel was built in the 16th century and is one of Europe ’s best preserved renaissance fortresses. Today it is an important cultural centre, as it houses five historical museums as well as two art galleries and is home to the annual Citadel Music Festival during the summer. The exhibition “Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments” invites the visitor for a walk through the changeful history of the monument landscape of Berlin. Furthermore, the Citadel is one of Germany ’s biggest hibernation areas for bats.
Visit a fort of the Vaubain in the weekend of 15 and 16 september. Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They represent the finest examples of the work of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV. The serial property includes towns built from scratch by Vauban, citadels, urban bastion walls and bastion towers. There are also mountain forts, sea forts, a mountain battery and two mountain communication structures. This property is inscribed as bearing witness to the peak of classic fortifications, typical of western military architecture. Vauban also played a major role in the history of fortification in Europe and on other continents until the mid-19th century.
Forte Marghera is a beautiful spot just at the end of the bridge that connects Venice the old city – to Mestre – its mainland. From May to September it’s perhaps one of the places most visited by locals, and even in winter it offers something special. The biggest former military fort of the area, with buildings dating back to the Napoleonic and Austrian period, Forte Marghera is now a large public space that brings together associations of the city of Venice. It is a perfect place for a walk, to have a drink with friends, to dine in conviviality, but also to listen to a free concert and see exhibits of local artists. On Saturday the 22th of September there are guided tours.
Croatia has left their mark on many different peoples, cultures and religions what you can see in its heritage.
September 20 – Klis
The Klis Fort is an Arab fort located in the fortified town of Klis. At the top of the fort you have a beautiful view. Fun fact: the Klis fort is used as a location in the popular drama Game of Thrones. Explore the fort yourself!
21 and 22 September – Sibenik
Two forts of Sibenak are open to visit: St. Michael’s Fortress and Barone Fortress on 21 and 22 September. Get acquainted with Šibenik’s heritage with ao on Friday 21 September, the conference “Fortified sites and communities in Europe – growing a audience” and the exhibition “Fortress engineers – European Šibenik of the 16th and 17th century” and on Saturday 22 September the ceremonial opening of the restored Gothic Column in the old town of Šibenik.
September 23 – Nin
Festival of the Sun in the Church of St. Nicolas in Nin. The church of Saint Nicholas was built in the form of a fortress. An important church for Croatia. Seven kings were crowned according to tradition.