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Forte di Bard

Bard, Italy
39 0125 833811
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Bard
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Fortress of Bard complex is the protagonist of a wide project aimed at the creation of a cultural pole in the Western Alps of Italy. From impregnable... more » Owner description: Fortress of Bard complex is the protagonist of a wide project aimed at the creation of a cultural pole in the Western Alps of Italy. From impregnable defence for the valley the Fortress has been transformed into a gateway to the Alps’ culture and traditions, with a museum centre in the forefront of the international scenery dedicated to the mountain. Nowadays the Fortress offers only a part of the several activities planned by the project, whose purpose is to bring together innovative cultural spaces, services and accommodation in one single structure. To complete the project, in addition to the Museum of the Alps, The Children’s Alps, and the space for temporary exhibitions, Fortress of Bard will host two other museums (Frontiers Museum; Fortress Museum), an info-point to promote the cultural artistic heritage of Valle d’Aosta Region (already working); a school area provided with a lecture room for lessons, meetings and film projections; two conference rooms; a media centre; historical and thematic paths; a small refined hotel, a restaurant and a café (already working). « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

An amazing huge defensive fortress designed to protect the valley and now a cultural centre with various museums and exhibition spaces. 3 wonderful small glass funiculars take you to the top - these are free and you can wander the building for free - you only pay for exhibits and museums. Appeared to be fairly good facilities for those who... More

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Macao
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Fantastic museum of the Alps, spent 3 hours there but could have stayed longer. The shop has plenty of souvenirs and nice books, T shirts... The "prisoner" exhibit is for the Napoleon aficionados.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Excellent view. Easy accessible owing to the lift. Nice info panels orund the forth with themes from history, geology, botany... Interesting Museum of the Alps. Problem = museum is lacking signs in english. Everything is written in Italina and French only. Be aware since the ticket is not cheap...

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Forte di Bard looks impressive from the motorway, but up close it is even bigger. The 4 funiculars take you up to the top and the top floors host the museum of the Alps. it is a modern museum with computer displays, projections on the walls, but also has historic stuff like old buildings, equipment used for climbing before the... More

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Martigny, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My husband and I took our two grandchildren, ages 5 and 6, to the Forte de Bard for the day. We live in Switzerland and the drive took almost two hours - and it was well worth it ! We have a sort of history project going on with the children and are visiting as many local castles as we... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Visited Forte di Bard on the way from the mountains to Malpensa. Have seen the fort many times before as it can be easily spotted from the highway A5. Easy access by car and multiple lifts. Visited the Alpine and photography exhibitions, but you can visit the place even free of charge and take photos to the valley until the... More

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Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

In the Middle Ages anyone going into and out of the Aosta Valley passed through Bard and its wonderful to see how a Fort like this and its predecessors completely dominated all of this traffic. Now a lot of money has been spent on this facility. The location is impressive, the glass lifts give great views. I suspect though that... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

The Bastion of Bart is something of huge: the location creates something of Majestic around this massive architecture. It's extremely fascinating, but the interior is modern: the bastion is used like art gallery, not always related to the castle life. Be always careful in case of congress. It's just my point of view, but it's a shame that the interior... More

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I had for years meant to visit this fort in the middle of Val d'Aosta in northwestern Italy on the road to France and the tunnel under Mont Blanc. Being the castle was over run, after a long siege by Napeleon and virtually distroyed, much of the historical features were lost, and now is a cultural center. The village at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

at the top of a mountain, stunning fortress with modern exhibitions, often concerts and good food

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