For centuries the Zuiderwaterlinie in Brabant served to protect the country against attacks. When the enemy came too close the land would be flooded. Inundation, we call that these days. The waterline runs all the way from Bergen op Zoom in the south-west to Grave in the north-east of Brabant.
Everywhere along the line you’ll find traces of an eventful past. The powder vapours in the fortified towns have disappeared by now, but the walls, ramparts and cannons are still there. Beautiful city monuments that are reminders of the time when soldiers still guarded the gates. Many of these monuments can be visited.
The Zuiderwaterlinie footpath is a 290-kilometre walk along the fortified towns, forts and their surrounding countryside in
The trail is marked out via the Brabant junction system, allowing you to walk from one junction to the next. The Brabant footpaths can be recognised by their green and yellow signage. You will come across the star-shaped Zuiderwaterlinie symbol at each junction.
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Willemstad is one of the eleven fortified towns along the Zuiderwaterlinie. Follow the junctions on an 8.0 kilometre walk and experience the special historical atmosphere of this town.
Things to do after townwalk Heusden:
From Heusden you can reach the city centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch within half an hour. Discover ’s-Hertogenbosch: charming alleyways, a historical centre and the mighty St. John’s Cathedral. The Museum Quarter, the Binnendieze canal and of course the local chocolate delicacy ‘Bossche Bol’; that’s ‘s-Hertogenbosch! Read more >>
Things to do after townwalk Willemstad:
Discover Breda, a contemporary city that is more than 750 years old. This lively town has centuries-old monuments, great restaurants, charming pavement cafes on the Market Place and bustling shopping streets. No wonder Breda has been named Best City Center of The Netherlands. Read more >>
Discover the rich and diverse landscape of West-Brabant where Van Gogh found his first inspiration.More info