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Address: Vuurtorenweg 1/Z, Ostend 8400, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 59 32 00 56 ‎
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Just facing to Ostend beach

You can see Napoleon fort from beach side. History says that Napoleon leaves here in his last days. You can see shallows in sea. Also you can see some of historical artifacts in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Pune, India
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English first
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is one of two forts built by Napoleon to prevent the English from attacking the continent. Boy it must have been boring, waiting for hours, days, weeks, months for an enemy that never came. You can feel the cold and loneliness of those poor soldiers who waited in vain. The restoration of this fort is an example. And if... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The first floor looks more like a kindergarten than a museum. Audio guides play out loud, so that pretty much everywhere you go you are surrounded by relentless, echoing sounds of the recording. If I had the choice again, I would skip this visit. Not worth the time or the money for the tickets.

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Pune, India
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

You can see Napoleon fort from beach side. History says that Napoleon leaves here in his last days. You can see shallows in sea. Also you can see some of historical artifacts in fort.

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Bitburg, Germany
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82 reviews 82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A very quick ride on the tram from downtown Oostende. This fort was built to battle and to last. Cool history of all the goings on at the fort since it was built. After your self guided tour, visit the terrace restaurant for a meal and a drink and take in the spectacular views of the dunes, the ocean, and... More 

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Merelbeke, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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318 reviews 318 reviews
192 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 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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24 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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109 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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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