Atlantikwall Raversyde

Atlantikwall Raversyde, Ostend

Atlantikwall Raversyde
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
In accordance with the instructions of the National Security Council, you must book your visit in advance. You can do so by means of the online ticket system. See www.raversyde.be Raversyde has developed a circulation plan for both its sites, making sure visitors virtually always go in one direction and do not cross the path of other visitors. At the ANNO 1465 site, you can enter two of the four cottages; you can look inside through the windows of the other two. The rest of the museum is fully accessible save for a few minor elements. The audio guides are currently unavailable. At the Atlantikwall site, we have developed a completely new route avoiding any covered and narrow spaces. You cannot enter most of the bunkers. You can look inside several bunkers and large photo panels showing the interior of the closed spaces have been installed. Additional information panels have been installed to replace the audio guides, which are not handed out. Dogs are not allowed
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Dave D
21 contributions
Jun 2021
It is historic and interesting but then again not that impressive. It wasnt a main battleground at all.

Dirk Ruppenthal, Physio
Written November 9, 2021
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June A
Surrey, UK2,301 contributions
Jul 2020
A bit off the radar and not easy to find via public transpor but well worth the effort as one of the best preserved Wartime sites, there is much to see and experience here for those of all ages. Advance booking essential.
Written June 13, 2021
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Toby_McGrobie
Brussels, Belgium76 contributions
Apr 2021
I say open air... There are interesting housing, fortifications, tunnel networks and much more to give you a great feel for how these defences once functioned. Exceptionally well put together and highly recommended...
Written April 27, 2021
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Stephen H
Brussels, Belgium471 contributions
Aug 2020
While a bit hard to drive too - small roads with lots of bikes and people - great place to go! Kids loved the walking tour, and want to return to see the open exhibits. WWI and WWII covered. Worth every penny. Recommend parking by the Radar near the main road and walking. Mainly outside visit, so dress accordingly. Restaurant just off site not bad. MAKE SURE TO RESERVE - COVID 19 restrictions require it.
Written August 17, 2020
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Fany
Puerto Real, Spain107 contributions
Aug 2020
It was the first time I was visiting this museum. I had high expectations because of the reviews and what I have read about the museum. But... it was a deception.
To sum up: too much covid restrictions
Just from the starting of the tour you feel a lack of information, there are few information boards to understand the history and what you are seeing. What you see the most is the "audioguide" icons, but these are not available. I would say that in more than 4 months they had the time to offer a different system (obviously using your own earphones). Also, you can see several interaction panels that are removed. You feel all the time that you are only viewing a part of the museum.
But the worst part comes with the closed zones. Which does not make sense, as there other small zones which are permitted (the forum is counted). I attach some pictures. It's really frustrating to see all the places you cannot go.

A few more remarks:
- One of the guides inside the museum did not speak English. So we also missed this explanation.
- 90 min estimation is fairly low. We spent 2 hours and half was closed, so...

Still, I think the museum has a lot of potential and it can be a really really good museum. For example it would be great the the guides insides would be characterised.

I wish I could come back and see the 100% of what it can offer
Written August 3, 2020
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Oaklands87
Bristol, UK54 contributions
Jul 2020
Were it fully open, Atlantikwall would be great for WW2 buffs. But its Covid restrictions are overzealous and illogical. Despite a one-way system and timed ticket entry, the most interesting parts (i.e. the furnished bunkers) are closed off. Given that many of the other tunnels and indoor displays are open, this didn't seem to make sense. Despite the lovely sea views, we didn't really feel our visit was worth it. Better to leave it till next year perhaps.
Written July 29, 2020
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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK771 contributions
Mar 2020
From Ostend you can walk to the Atlantic Wall along the promenade (which takes about 90 minutes), or there's also a coastal tram, which stops just outside.

The Atlantic Wall is an open-air military museum. It was previously a fortification used by the Germans in both WWI and WWII. I'm not particularly interested in military history but found walking through the 2km of trenches to be absolutely fascinating. I also liked the gun emplacements and views out to sea.
Written March 20, 2020
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Christian B
Koksijde Bad, Belgium92 contributions
Mar 2019
Great historic place of a part of the Atlantik Wall of World War 2 in combination with a nice nature walk.
Written February 12, 2020
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ignatia2016
Brussels, Belgium16 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Very interesting visit giving a glimpse of the war during lovely walk through dunes. Also very good food in brasserie at the entrance of the site on Nieuwpoortsesteenweg and not expensive!
Written December 21, 2019
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Alex S
East Kilbride, UK49 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I was recently on a motorcycle trip across wester Europe and decided to make a visit to the site which has both First World War and Second World War Atlantic Wall installations in-place.

It takes about two hours to work your way through the bunkers, gun in-placements and link tunnels. The site not only shows the extent which the Germans whet to defend the coast but also shows the way the that they went about their daily life manning the wall.

The interactive handset works well, it has one snag in that when your handset is telling you about the installation you are looking at, the person before you or after you may also be listening to their unit and it becomes hard to hear the commentary. The units don’t have headphones.

For me I’m glad I made the detour and spent the time visiting the museum.
Written November 5, 2019
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