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Fort Napoleon

Vuurtorenweg 1/Z, Ostend 8400, Belgium
+32 59 32 00 56 ‎
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Ranked #9 of 22 Attractions in Ostend
Type: Historic Sites
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Bitburg, Germany
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
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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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266 reviews 266 reviews
157 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 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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21 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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186 reviews 186 reviews
80 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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