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Fort Napoleon

Vuurtorenweg 1/Z, Ostend 8400, Belgium
+32 59 32 00 56 ‎
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Ranked #9 of 21 Attractions in Ostend
Type: Historic Sites
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Merelbeke, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The children loved the fact they had their own story. Too long for our 6-year-old, our 8-year-old twin listened to the entire story. Very humbling experience.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Good views, good audio guide, interesting temporary exhibit. Learned a lot about forts and lives of soldiers who lived there.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very nice restaurant, when making reservations make sure you mention either the restaurant area ( $$, view of the dunes) or bistro ($, also nice location). You can go there by taking the cross ferry, it's quite a walk but at the same time a nice activity and make sure to check the time table to get back in time!

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Cardiff UK
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Quite disappointing, the building has been well restored but lacks any real exhibition, The audio guides did not work properly kept going back to start no matter what number was keyed in. Somewhat disabled friendly but would not recommend it. Would not visit this site again

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Dublin, Ireland
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19 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Enjoyable enough way of spending an hour or so. Take the free ferry from beside the Aquarium and walk through the old port and shipyards. The audio guide is entertaining but the exhibit would benefit from the presence of some Napoleon era artefacts. We had a bowl of soup in the Bistro for lunch which was excellent.

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Bitburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a very well restored and maintained facility, and worth a couple of hours of your time in Oostende. You'll want to take the tram there probably, but it is an easy ride from downtown. The day we visited it seemed like we were the only guests, so my photos turned out fabulously. There is a very nice terrace... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were visited Fort Napoleon today. It was nice, quick bicycle trip. We took the little ferry from the promenade, and after about 5-8 minutes we were on the other side of the city :) next 5 min and you can see there's architecture growing, filling the void. Inside nothing special, but having special handset you can hear a story... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Located on the eastern shore of Oostend. There is a little "ferry-service" (free of charge) that offers you passage every 15 minutes or so, Although the passage only takes about 5 minutes, the atmosphere on the eastern shore is completely different. You can see the dunes (which are non existing on the western shore). In 1811 Napoleon (who feared an... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Did I mention the fort is sturdy? :) We went there on a Sunday morning. We almost had the place to ourselves. To reach the fort from the Oostende train station, you have to walk North and take the ferry (it was free, at least the day we went) to reach the body of land to the East. From there,... More

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Bredene, Belgium
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20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

It is worthwhile taking the tour as it explains the reason for being of this place. It is hard to imagine the level of paranoia that existed in those Napoleonic days, and the misery soldiers took for granted. Great place for a snack, on the rooftop terrace weather permitting, or for a cozy dinner in the very modern dining area.... More

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