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Bourtange is a walled village in Groningen, Netherlands, near the German border. For several hundred years, Bourtange was a stronghold of strategic significance, which was on a trade route between the Netherlands and Germany. Beceause of the drying up of the surrounding swamps and the further development of war techniques, the village lost its role in the 19th century.


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From Groningen, take the train to Winschoten. From there, take bus 11 towards Bourtange. 'Bourtange Vesting' is the final stop of this bus. This journey takes around 1 hour and 24 minutes.

If you travel by car, take the motorway A7 towards Winschoten and leave the motorway at junction 47. Bourtange is located along the provincial road N365.

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