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Fort Rotterdam

Penghibur Street | -5. 133966, 119. 405637, Makassar, Indonesia
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Makassar
Type: Architectural Buildings
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
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English first
Makassar, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very nice historical monumemt showing the umportance of Makassar as the center of trade flows from West to East Indonesia especially Amboin. The Fort had been neglected for years but with funds from Rotterdam Netherlands has been renovated. A small museum in the fort showing historical and cultural objects. It has not touristic modern facilities no restaurant and poor toilet... More

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Palmerston North
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133 reviews 133 reviews
32 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This fort could be a great attraction if there was more focus on English- speaking visitors. Although tours were offered there was a language barrier both in the guide's command of English and also in the majority of the signage being in the local language. Not sure if the tours were free either as no signage to indicate this. We... More

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Willemstad
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The museum in the fort is allright, but the fort itselve is not very interesting. If you have to stay in Makassar it is quite OK to go and visit.

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Budapest, Hungary
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19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

They charge now for the visit in the museum. I am not sure if you really are obliged to pay the entrance fee at the Fort itself ;)

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

You had to pay to see what? I found it pretty boring and a lot of the info was not in English, although some randomly was.

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Terrigal, Australia
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

On entry there is a donation charge. You can get a guide if you wish. The fort is laid out with various buildings and ramparts. Heaps of fun to explore and talk with people. I was so lucky as there was a traditional dance festival and it was so entertaining and the dancers were very friendly

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A 'nice to have' visit, I would say. Do not expect to much because this is just another Dutch building in Indonesia. Long time ago, it was used for Dutch defense area, also there is a prison and hole for torturing inmates. It was cheap, only around Rp10.000-Rp 15.000. Wear comfy shoes and bring your camera for taking photos, it... More

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Reykjavík, Gullbringusysla, Iceland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This fort is just as uninteresting as Makassar. You pay what you like at the gate (normally 10.000/person). Spend that money on something else unless you love dutch history (or if you are dutch).

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Fort Rotterdam is a very well preserved historical site but it's biggest drawcard is that you get to meet many friendly Indonesians on holiday.

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São Paulo
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

if you have a couple of hours to spare, fort rotterdam is a good window in the history of Sulawesi and the dutch invasion.

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