Fort cycle route

42,8 km
During this extensive fort cycle route of no less than 42,8 kilometers you will pass the special historical monuments of Haarlemmermeer. These forts form a dense line of defense that is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. A unique piece of cultural heritage in Haarlemmermeer.
Aerial view of Fort of Hoofddorp

So unique that it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List! The Defense Line of Amsterdam was originally built as a defense line around Amsterdam, is 149 kilometers long and consists of a total of 45 forts. 

Starting point

The route starts at the station in Hoofddorp. From here you cycle via the Geniedijk past the Battery on the Sloterweg, as the first part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam.

1 Fort near Aalsmouderbrug

Via Hoofddorp you cycle on to the village of Aalsmouderbrug. Here you will find the first historic fort of the route: the Fort near Aalsmeer where you CRASH Air War & Resistance Museum '40-'45 finds. In this museum you can learn everything about the crashed planes from the Second World War. But also about their crews, the people in hiding in Haarlemmermeer and much more!

CRASH Air War & Resistance Museum '40-'45

2 De Cruquius pumping station

Via Rozenburg you cycle up, past the Battery on the IJweg and the Haarlemmermeerse Bos. Via Zwaanshoek you eventually arrive at Cruquius. Here lies the historical De Cruquius pumping station. This steam pumping station from 1849 is one of three pumping stations with which Haarlemmermeer was drained between 1849 and 1852. This unique location has since been converted into a cultural hotspot with an innovative museum.

Pumping station De Cruquius in spring time

3 Kunstfort Vijfhuizen

When you arrive in Vijfhuizen you will find it beautiful Kunstfort Vijfhuizen. As the name suggests, this is also one of the forts that are part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. In this special place, visual art and military heritage come together. Here you can view exhibitions, participate in workshops or enjoy delicious food.

Art fort near Vijfhuizen

4 Fortress of Hoofddorp

From Vijfhuizen you cross the Battery on the IJweg again and cycle to Hoofddorp, where you will find the Fortress of Hoofddorp finds. There is much to experience at this unique location. For example, you can attend theater performances and concerts in the open-air theater and view exhibitions in this beautiful monumental building. You can also enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at restaurant Fort NOXX (#).

Fort of Hoofddorp with Mill De Eersteling in the background.

End point

The route ends where you started, at the station in Hoofddorp. Have you been inspired to do this extensive fortress cycling route? Then quickly view the entire route via the link below! 

More about the starting point

Starting point route
Hoofddorp station
Van Heuven Goedhart Avenue
2132 LR Hoofddorp
The Netherlands