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Fort Napoleon, Ostend
(3.3/5 based on 200 reviews on the web)
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  • A beautiful fort in the dunes between Ostend, Bredene. Quiet location but also so far away from public transport. Unfortunately not really what we thought. Too little relevant historical settings, too much of the same but on three floors. On the roof a beautiful view. The iPod for audio guide is a positive point
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  • The fort is pleasantly restored. Try the audio guides in a playful way the past back to life. The Cafe/bistro is not recommended. The control does not find it necessary to people, even after repeatedly asked to have, something.
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  • This well-preserved fort from the Napoleonic era, is worth a visit. An audio guide provides a lot of info the history and restoration of the fort. Also nice is that there is a difference is made between info about the building/how it is now and about how it was to live in the fort by means of different voices: a woman and the soldier François. A must see along the Belgian coast.
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  • Nice! Certainly the audio-guide for the kids is great! Great to finish the visit with a refreshing drink on the terrace.
  • Nice. Audioguide included. Good view from the top.
  • Robust and Solidly fortified fort makes for an enjoyable landmark visit 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, follow the signs to the fort. The fort itself is a pentagonal napoleonic bunker multiple times remodelled by its various occupants, most notably during WWI, when it accommodated german soldiers. The entry fee was I believe 6.50 euros per adult and included an audio guide. From the entrance you simple have to follow the numbers, punch them into the handheld device, and listen to the explanations. There is some modern and weird art on display along the way, but we didn't care much for it. What is interesting is the building itself. We enjoyed in particular, the moat, the arrowslits, the thick thick walls (2,5 metres !!!) and the view from the top. The path takes you through every nook and cranny of the fort and the audio guide explains the history of the building and its various occupants, the purpose of each room and explores the military strategies employed during attacks. It's a great place for anyone that enjoys castles. Tips & Tricks Birds have made their nest in some of the exterior arrowslits: go take a look! The Mercator near Oostende station makes for a great complementary visit. Visited in April 2014
  • Certainly worth a visit, impressive location
  • Small and a rip off