You’re in Netherlands and already managed to explore its capital ? We offer you to go dip into this outstanding country and discover the hidden miracles of it.
Fort Bourtange, also known as ‘Star Fort’, is located in the Netherlands. It was built during the ’Eighty Years’ War, a Dutch War of Independence against Spain. The architects of that time came up with a whole new type of fortification to protect the fort against direct artillery fire. The war ended with a Peace of Münster treaty, after which the fort was abandoned. Some time later they returned to the fort in order to strengthen the bastion and expand its territory. Henceforth, starting from the 19th century the Star Fort belongs to the local community. So the next time you find yourself in Groningen, take the Bourtange tour; not only is it a good food for thought, but you can also let your eyes feast upon the marvelous scenery surrounding it.
During this full tour, your destinations will be the picturesque Giethoorn and the fortress Bourtange. Giethoorn, where no cars are allowed in the old town, whose history dates back to the middle ages. Bourtange, in which you will find in and around the fortress many interesting sights from earlier centuries. Buildings which previously had a military function, are now in use as a museum, overnight accommodation, restaurant or shop. A professional, experienced and friendly guide will accompany you throughout the day. What You Can Expect Bourtange Meet your guide/driver at our central meeting point in Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destinations. The journey takes you through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea, and most of the land where you drive through today was a sea until the 1950-ties. Your first destination will be Giethoorn, definitely one of the most picturesque villages of the Netherlands. The town has been one of the most popular tourist villages in the country and is nick named the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking. No cars are allowed in the old town, whose history dates back to the middle ages. During a short walking tour trough the village, your guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. You’ll also experience Giethoorn from the water in a 1 hr boattrip. After that you will enjoy a one course meal of high quality. After that you will depart to Bourtange. Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. It was built in 1593 under the orders of William the I of Orange, to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen, which was controlled by the Spaniards during the time of the Eighty Years’ War. You will be guided through the highlights of Bourtange. Late afternoon we drive back to Amsterdam via the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), one of the most famous waterworks of Holland! Highlights: Instant Confirmation All entrance fees included Pickup from a centrally located meeting point Informative, friendly and professional guide Explore the canals of picturesque Giethoorn Enjoy the highlights of Bourtange Drive across typical Dutch “polders” (land reclaimed from the sea) Enjoy some free time to explore Giethoorn on your own Drive over the Enclosing Dike
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Departure point 8:30am:
Wyndham Apollo hotel, Apollolaan 2 8:40am: Heineken Experience busstop, Stadhouderskade 78 9:00am: Inside the souvenir shop of the A’DAM tower, overhoeksplein 5 opposite central station. Catch the 5 minute free ferry (buiksloterweg) behind the station to get here.
Every Tuesday between 8:30am – 9:00am Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
12 hours (approx.) Return details A’DAM tower, overhoeksplein 5 opposite central station.