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Fort Napoleon, Ostend

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  • Super expo, the kids went there all the way in on and lived both with language and fantasy as with the race course in the basement from
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  • very nice, kids went there all the way in on, filled smooth everything in and then lived in the basement by the Spider Web and about the crocodiles:-)
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  • Not so very special but still worth a see. The building is pretty well restored and gives a nice impression of what the forts in that time. Beautiful tour with iPod.
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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