During the Disaster Year 1672, the Netherlands relied on the Dutch Water Line as its defence. That year, the headquarters of Prince William III of Orange were located between Nieuwerbrug and Bodegraven. His army camp stretched from Nieuwerbrug to Zwammerdam.
But at the end of December, the French army was able to cross the frozen water line, after which they wiped Bodegraven and Zwammerdam off the map.
To prevent a repetition, Fort Wierickerschans was built in 1673. This icon of the Old Dutch Water Line is definitely worth a visit. But there is more to remind you of the old headquarters. 

The most memorable stories about the Disaster Year unfolded right here. You can walk, cycle or sail along the dikes, locks, mills and farms. These stories are still embedded in the landscape.

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Extraordinary is the word that we believe best sums up our villages in the Bodegraven-Reeuwijk municipality. You will find peace and quiet here, thanks to the vast open spaces with lots of green and water. And unique places for recreation with the whole family and activities for a fun group outing. Enjoy a long weekend getaway in the fresh air or a holiday in Holland’s Green Heart, one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful scenic areas.

Bodegraven-Reeuwijk has a lot to offer for your leisure and pleasure, ranging from walking and cycling routes, museums, shopping, and a wide choice of dining experiences and options for a fun night out. You will find quirky shops here, as well as cosy coffee bars and fine restaurants. Indulge in the many regional delights from local farms or go for an organic high tea. Each village in our municipality has its own history and distinct character. The atmosphere is always good, and the people are friendly. You are welcomed with open arms!

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