In order to present Europe’s forts and fortifications to a larger European public, international partners, together with EFFORTS, the European Federation of Fortified Sites and defence lines, and the Dutch foundation Stichting Liniebreed Ondernemen present the annual Europe-wide event ‘European Fortress Day’.  From all participants, the annual EFFORTS AWARD is selected and presented at the EFFORTS annual congress.

In its first edition in 2018, in the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 69 fortified sites in 9 countries participated in European Fortress Day.

The second edition of European Fortress Day in 2019 counted 100 participants !

Come and join us in 2020 >


For centuries, fortifications have been used to fend off enemies. Today, our fortress heritage is used to welcome the public in a peaceful manner. European Fortress Day is the best way to show our Europe-wide diversity to its citizens.

Europe is a patchwork of cultural diversity, and we are connecting the dots: together and all over Europe celebrating the second European Fortress Day.

This event coincides with the European Heritage Days,  therefore the European Fortress Day can take place on different dates in different countries.

Send us your photos and let us know how you have experienced European Fortress Day.


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