Museum Het Bolwerk: about battling and defending

The village of IJzendijke in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is the location to visit Museum Het Bolwerk. Here you learn more about the story of the Eighty Years’ War (1568 - 1648). Hear about Menno van Coevoorden, fjords, enemy lines and Prince Maurits: a very important person in Dutch history. IJzendijke is situated at 13 kilometres, fifteen minutes drive or half an hour cycling, from Breskens.

Museum Het Bolwerk shows you how the inhabitants of the border region defended themselves against hostile attacks like the ones occurring during the Eighty Years’ War. The most important element of the collection of the museum is the State-Spanish enemy lines, a unique complex of defences. It is unique because a part of the historical origin of the Netherlands is still visible and can be physically found in the modern landscape.

Visit the old war zone

Many of the hundreds of fortresses, dykes and enemy lines that were built centuries ago, are still visible in the Zeeuws-Vlaanderen landscape. Museum Het Bolwerk is situated right in the centre of an old war zone. Many battles took place here: starting with the Romans in Aardenburg and ending at the bunkers of the Second World War around the estuary of the river Scheldt.

Children are able to discover and to build for themselves

There is plenty to see and to discover in the museum for children. It has, for example, a fun Lego room where children can replicate some fjords and enemy lines to their heart’s desire.

Museum Het Bolwerk is largely run by volunteers. The two attendants, Jeanine and Trude, are amazing hosts who are happy to provide you with any information you’d like. Museum Het Bolwerk is definitely worth a visit during you holiday at the Zeeland coast.