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Fort Napoleon, Ostend

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  • Better suited for couples with children For adults something to little But Nice to have a time to have seen the restaurant what would rather open may
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  • We visited the museum in the spring half-term and there was a temporary exhibition dedicated to children. Thereby it was very busy and we had to long queuing at the checkout. Fortunately we got a i-pod so we could experience the history of the fort well anyway.
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  • Just look at it from the outside don`t pay to go in 8 euro`s to walk round it took 10 minutes to see empty rooms, Nothing inside except bare walls and the view from the roof is same as walking up the ...  more »
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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