Gorinchem, nestled between the Linge and Merwede rivers, is truly a fortified city. Early in the 17th century, this medieval city was ‘modernised’ with brand-new fortifications. The original city earthwork ramparts with bastions are almost completely intact, making Gorinchem the largest authentic fortified city in the Netherlands.
On 26 July 2021, the New Dutch Water Line was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as an extension of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Gorinchem is the largest authentic fortress in the Dutch Water Line, and, together with the Vestingdriehoek, it is a true icon of this World Heritage Site.
The Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB) has declared Gorinchem the most beautiful fortified city in the Netherlands in 2021.