Mini Guide to Bourtange, Netherlands

Mini Guide to Bourtange, Netherlands

The small village of Bourtange is probably something you have never heard off unless you are from the Netherlands yourself. This small village was built in 1530 and is a fort built in a star.

Additionally, it is a pretty typical old Dutch town and is pretty cool to have a look at when you are in Holland.

In this blog post, I will show you the must-know information about this village and what you can expect when going to this cool little town.


Fort Bourtange (Dutch: Vesting Bourtange) is a fort in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. it is located in the center of the municipality of Westerwolde and in the east of the province of Groningen near the German border.

This fort dates back to 1580 and is built up in a star shape which was typical for these fortress towns.

Go back in time and see the medieval architecture, canals, and typical Dutch dikes.

The town has four museums, several restaurants, historical shops and a hotel in the former soldier barracks.

This amazing village is located about 230 kilometres from Amsterdam and is about 2.30-hour drive.


Underneath are just some pictures of the amazing little town. It shows you how great this place is and why you should hop in the car and check this place out.


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Since this town is a very typical and old fashioned town, you should try some of the Dutch famous and delicious snacks and foods. I had a broodje krokette when I was there and it was flipping delicious.
  • Raw Herring – If you like eating fish, you should definitely try this one. The traditional herring is served raw with chopped onions and gherkins. You eat it by grabbing the fish by the tail and hold it high above your head and lower it into your mouth. (bit strange but that’s how we eat them, NO JOKES!.)
  • Cheese – Gouda cheese is the most famous, and most produced, Dutch Cheese, followed by Edam, Maasdam, Boerenkaas, Leyden and lesser-known cheeses.
    The Netherlands is famous for being one of the biggest exporters of cheese in the world.
  • Bitterballen – A MUST TRY – These are absolutely delicious and a must-try. These savoury meatballs with crunchy crust are usually served with mustard.
  • Kroketten – The common English translation of kroket is croquette. A typical Dutch croquette is made of meat ragout (or salpicon) covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried until golden and crispy.
  • Stamppot – In winter this is ‘The go-to” dinner. This dish is made from mashed potatoes with kale or sauerkraut and sausage.
  • Stroopwafels –  A stroopwafel is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle (YUM).
  • Poffertjes – Poffertjes are very small Dutch puffy pancakes about 5 cm (2 inches) wide that are mostly flat, but are puffed up a little bit. They are made from white wheat flour, butter, milk, eggs, yeast and salt and then typically covered in soft sugar and butter… (my Aussie friends who have tried these say “they are the best”!)
  • Drop – You either hate or love licorice, the Dutch people are in the team of those who absolutely LOVE it. They love it so much that they have the highest licorice consumption per capital in the world.



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