Battle of Bourtange

Battle of Bourtange

Fort Bourtange lies close to the German/ Dutch border in Westerwolde. Among the unique historic defences, bygone times are relived. Unusual activities occur in this fortified town, including the annual ‘Battle of Bourtange’.

During the 'battle' on 4 and 5 June, Bourtange returns to 1814 for two days as the army of the former 'Nederland' attempts to capture the fort.

The battle is re-enacted on both days, including the roar of cannons in the town. The old fortress town is inhabited by hundreds of commanders, gunners, musketeers, pike men, flag-bearers, drummers and camp guards; everyone a volunteer. The inhabitants bed down in tents. Everything is a throwback to the past: their clothing and weapons, but also their cooking utensils and tents.

A visit to Bourtange offers a treat for the entire family. In addition to a number of small shops, the fort has catering establishments and four museums, including the Kapiteinswoning (Captain's house), where you can see how people lived in the past.

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