Low Defence Line

The Low Defence Line lies to the south of the city, only a short walk from the town centre. The ground in front of this defence line consists of marshy land and a blind arm of the Oude IJssel. The Low Defence Line itself consists of a series of simple, sloping embankments and an open field of fire. These are surrounded by fabulous wetlands and rich fields of reed. You can walk the unpaved path across the Low Defence Line by starting at the Turfhaven or Kraakselaan road.

High Defence Line

The High Defence Line lies in open country to the east of Doesburg. This part of the defence lines consists of ramparts, dry ditches, trenches, batteries, embankments, open fields of fire and a so-called terreplein (the flat ground between the defence lines and the city). As the name implies, the High Defence Line is higher and more heavily fortified than the Low Defence Line. This is because it was meant to protect what was regarded as Doesburg's more vulnerable side. In the past the High Defence Line also featured firing ranges complete with lookout towers and stop butts that are now an intrinsic part of the history of the Doesburg fortifications. The closure of the area to the public resulted in the creation of a wonderful natural environment where tours are organised a few times each year. For more information contact Streekmuseum De Roode Tooren in Doesburg.