The IJssellinie was constructed in the early 50s to protect against a possible Russian invasion. As the name suggests, the line is located on the river IJssel. In the event of an inundation, the line between Nijmegen en Camps with a length of no less than 127 meters on land will be flooded. With this inundation, the Allies from, among others, Great Britain would have time to come to the area and protect themselves against the Russians.

The construction and existence of the line had to remain a big secret, the line was disbanded in 1964, but it remained a big secret until 1990. People from the west worked on the construction of the line, they had little to do with the environment and the inhabitants, so there was little or no talk about it in the area. Even the government was not aware of the construction, it was only known by

Kampen, fortified town on the IJssellinie

Route of the IJssel Line

The IJssellinie runs along the river IJssel, from Nijmegen by Arnhem, animals, Zutphen, Deventer, olst, Zwolle to Camps and ends on the Ketelmeer.

ice cream on the map

Tip!

Join a guided tour or visit an open day. More information on IJssellinie.nl

Use of the IJssel Line

Whether the line would have actually worked is unclear, the line has never been in use. From calculations by the TU Delft in 2015 the line would have worked, you can view an animation of this on YouTube by here to click.

Fortified city of Deventer, city on the IJssellinie