Walk along the Zuiderwaterlinie

In the past, water was often used as a wartime defence; when the enemy came too close, the landscape was flooded. The water would be too high for a horse and carriage and too low for a boat.

Photo credits: Lieske Meima

North Brabant is home to the Zuiderwaterlinie, the oldest, longest and most-used of all Dutch waterlines. All the way from Bergen op Zoom in the south-west to Grave in the north-east of Brabant. A unique chain of 11 fortified towns and their surrounding countryside, connected by the typical Dutch practice of water defence. Where the soldiers once guarded the line, you will now find examples of the famed Brabant hospitality against the backdrop of a rich history. Enjoy the charming historical fortified towns, visit the sturdy forts or breathe the fresh air in the lovely countryside.

Photo credits: Lieske Meima

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A walking trail has been mapped out along the Zuiderwaterlinie using the system of walking junctions in Brabant. The walking route with a total length of 290 kilometres can be recognised by the green and yellow signs with the Zuiderwaterlinie symbol. This is a considerable distance, of course, which is why there are also shorter routes within the longer one. The fortified towns along the Zuiderwaterlinie are Bergen op Zoom, Steenbergen, Willemstad, Klundert, Geertruidenberg, Breda, Heusden, 's-Hertogenbosch, Megen, Ravenstein and Grave.


Photo credits: Lieske Meima