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.