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STELLING VAN AMSTERDAM
The Defence Line of AmsterdamAmsterdam
Stelling Van Amsterdam
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When I take long bicycle rides around Amsterdam I often end up on polders strewn with odd mounds. Sometimes I can see a concrete wall or an armoured door. It's an unusual place for a ride, but it's loaded with city history.
An odd place
The mounds are the vestiges of what was once the Defence Line of Amsterdam (Stelling) which runs for 135 km around the city. They were built in the 19th century. They were later reinforced and used during the Second World War. The fortifications include 45 forts located about 20 kilometres outside of Amsterdam. They are surrounded by an area that could easily be flooded in the event of war. The Line of Defence is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Several of the forts are open to visitors. They include the Aalsmeer fort in the south, which is a war museum, and the Kommeniedijk fort which is perfect for bird watching. Other forts have been privatised, but many are open on heritage days. I really like walking along these unusual dikes and discovering the entrance to a bunker by chance...
I spend a lot of time in front of the computer, but I prefer to be followed on a bicycle than on Twitter. I love Amsterdam for...its little streets, riches, treasures and all of the spots where you can get a really good beer. Follow the guide! My little extra: discovering nature