Bourtange: Small Town in a Fortress

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Bourtange, Small Town Explorer | 4 comments


Bourtange: Small Town in a Fortress, written by my friend and fellow travel blogger Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations, is the first small town expose in the series  Small Town Explorer.  The villages and towns we visit in our travels are often the hidden gems of a country or region. Readers are introduced to small towns and cities around the globe; featuring their uniqueness, their history, what to see and do, and where to stay and where to dine.


Imagine a cobblestone plaza. Trees around its edge throw dappled shadows. Nine streets radiate from the plaza, but you see no cars, only an occasional bicycle. Small houses – some red-brick, some white-painted brick – face the plaza, simply designed with little embellishment. The wind rustles the trees from time to time, and you hear children shouting, footsteps on the cobbles, low conversation.

You sit on a chair on the edge of the plaza, a café table in front of you, sipping a drink. A beer? A coffee? A soft drink? Your choice. You take it all in, relaxed.

This plaza is called Marktplein, and it sits at the exact center of the small village of Bourtange, population just under 500.

But Bourtange is more than just a village. It’s a fortress, and it’s a museum.


Bourtange from the fortress wall

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