Along the Bunkerdorp
Alternate walk through forest and dune and along a bunker village
The Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen provides drinking water for Amsterdam. In addition to the beautiful nature, the canals, wells and roads also form part of the landscape. You can deviate from the paths here and stroll through the dune. You will experience a beautiful dune landscape with valleys that have special flora and fauna. In the past it was a hunting ground. There were also small farms that were leased. A trained eye can still discover the remains of this. When the potato disease broke out and no more dune potatoes could be grown, the farmers could no longer pay their rent and they had to leave their farm.
Difficulty: light walk on good paths
Length: 3.9 kilometers
Duration: 1 hour
Marking: white posts
Starting point: Entrance Zandvoortselaan
Public transport: Bus 80 from Zandvoort or Haarlem / Amsterdam. Stop: Water pipe / New Unicum
Catering: Pancake house ‘De Duinrand’ at the entrance
Admission: Day tickets 1.50 euro Parking 2.00 euro.
You follow the white posts from the entrance. The first part coincides with the green route. You go through a forest with leaves and pine trees and you pass the Tonneblink (32 meters). After the junction of the green route the path goes towards Rozenberg (35 meters). The mountain is so named because it is covered with dune roses and is the highest mountain in the dune. In clear weather you can see the Euromast of Rotterdam and the control tower of Schiphol. We now come to a bunker village. German soldiers who were in charge of coastal surveillance lived here during the war. Striking is the bunker with three chimneys, which is called kitchen bunker, but was in fact a storage bunker. You can visit the bunker across the other site. Now it is not far to the stone bridge and the starting point of our walk.
The bunker village was part of the Atlanticwall, a defense line running from the northern tip of Norway to the Spanish border. He was 2600 kilometers long. In the dunes, launch sites for V1 rockets were build, which were fired to England. The village was part of the defense belt and was called ‘Stützpunktgrüppe Zandvoort’ (support group Zandvoort). It was enclosed on the landside and secured against attacks by the Allies with a high concrete wall. The remains of this can still be seen everywhere in the area.