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Forte di Bard

Bard, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Bard
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
Owner description: Fortress of Bard complex is the protagonist of a wide project aimed at the creation of a cultural...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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).

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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

In a somewhat out of the way destination, positioned majestically on a high rocky spur at the entrance into the Valle d'Aosta (78 km from Torino and mid way point on the A5 motorway between Milano and Geneva). We had seen the intriguing forte off in the distance on a number of our Switzerland journeys and decided to spend the... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The fort has a tremendous history related through very well designed installations , and doubles as a wonderful art museum.

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Helsinki, Finland
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48 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Forte di Bard is famous for having resisted Napoleon for two weeks in 1800 when he was coming down the Aosta valley to defeat the Austrians in Marengo. 400 Croatians kept 40 000 french soldiers at bay. For this feat Napoleon ordered the fort destroyed, so the fort which is now there is a very modern construction, not very beautiful... More 

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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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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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