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Star shaped village

The fortress village of bourtange is build in the shape of a star in order to have functional... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Neat fortress and village accessible from the Netherlands or Germany

Cool fully restored 17th century fortress with a cute Dutch village inside. Only 5 minutes drive... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Ian B
Silver Spring, Maryland
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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“small village”(5 reviews)
“hidden gem”(4 reviews)
“re enactment”(4 reviews)
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
W. Lodewijkstraat 33 | The Star Fort, 9545 PA Bourtange, The Netherlands
+31 599 354 600
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

The fortress village of bourtange is build in the shape of a star in order to have functional defenses. It is worth the visit when you are aroud

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank francien2015
Reviewed 24 October 2018

"The site itself is worth a look at, but don't bother with the combination Museum ticket, as there is very little that is translated into English and what is, is quite trivial, and offers no historical or cultural perspective. The combination ticket includes a 20...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Clearwater_JC
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Cool fully restored 17th century fortress with a cute Dutch village inside. Only 5 minutes drive from the German - Dutch border. Restored around an existing well tended village with gardens, you can walk the ramparts, visit a functional windmill, learn the history of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ian B
Reviewed 5 June 2018

This place was beautiful and full of history. Small museums, shops and restaurant made this place very nice.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 624kaisan
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Imagine a six-pointed fortress in the middle of the 17th century Groningen swamps, guarding and cutting off the only access to the city. Impossible to besiege, let alone capture. This very important place in the religious wars is restored as it was in 1742, and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank GeorgeFromSingapore
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Bourtange is probably best visited on a sunny day. It will make for a nice walk around the fort wall and in the small village. It is quite similar to Naarden but much much smaller, only a few short streets. But the walk along the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Krugg31
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

The fort is in an excellent condition, frequently events are organised, we visited the christmas market, which was nicely organised with a mix of stalls

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Our family went on a rainy excursion to this star fort. Most of the stores in the village were closed. But we had an excellent lunch at the restaurant and walked around the fort to see the church (open) and windmill outside. It was amazing...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank CarlSJB
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This reconstruction of how the fortifications looked in 1742 was made in the 1970s.The pentagon form of the fort and the surrounding canals are clearly visible. It is not hard to imagine why this fortress retained its function well into the 19th century (given up...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Robert937
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Amazing place with a lot of history and lots of cool stuff to look at. Only that all information was in either Dutch og German at the museums. There was a movie theater that showed a short film clip of the history of the place,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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