Fort Bourtange

Fort Bourtange

Willem Lodewijkstraat 33, 9545 PA Bourtange, Netherlands

Fort Bourtange is a fort in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. It was built under orders of William the Silent.

Built in the late 1500s, Bourtange Fortress represents the pinnacle of the fortifications of the era. It could withstand months of siege by an invading army, and famously checked the Bishop of Münster's advance on Groningen in the 17th century.


  • Terra Mora: the main exhibit, with a section on the area's natural history and  simulated cannon volleys
  • Captain's House: the life of the militia stationed at Bourtange in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Baracquen: artefacts and curios uncovered during the fort's reconstruction