Hollandse Waterlinie (Old Dutch Waterline)

The elaborate defence system, the Oude Hollandse Waterlinie (Old Dutch Waterline), was built to defend Holland in the 17th century. The line consists of zones that could be flooded deliberately and were connected by fortified towns and defence structures. However, neither of the redoubts on either side of the Old Rhine could prevent the French troops from crossing the line in December 1672, when all the water was frozen. Many of the villages along the Oude Rijn, including Bodegraven, were burnt down during that Disaster Year. In 1673, Governor William III commissioned the reconstruction of the redoubt at Nieuwerbrug into a highly defensible redoubt, Fort Wierickerschans The Oude Hollandse Waterlinie was replaced by the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (New Dutch Waterline) further to the east. Starting at Bodegraven station, the 50-kilometre northern part of the Waterline route passes through Woerden and Nieuwersluis to Weesp and Muiden. Our hiking– and bicycle page offer beautiful routes that take you past memorable places along the Waterline.

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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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