Fort Uitermeer forms part of the "New Dutch Water Line" - a defence line built in the 1840' s - and is unique due to its strategic location on the river Vecht. I will not claim that the remains of the fort are beautiful, but they are an important part of Dutch history and therefore worth preserving. If you want to read more about defence lines jump to the informative website by René G.A. Ros (I).
An old rusty gun near the ruin - Summer 2007
The area though, is very recommendable and I like to be there just before sundown. You can sit on the small bridge and look at all the boats passing by at the river Vecht.
View from the small bridge to the sluice - 2007
Fort Uitermeer - Evening sun - Summer 2020
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Pictures from the area near the ruin - Summer 2007
The sluice near Fort Uitermeer - Summer 2020
Fort Uitermeer’s function was to defend the road running alongside the canal and the railway line Amsterdam-Hilversum. It was constructed in 1873 as a portion of the New Holland water defence line. In 1959 the fortress lost its function as a defensive structure. Although Fort Uitermeer is not accessible to the public it is possible to enjoy the fort from a short distance or from the restaurant near by - Paviljoen Uit & Meer.