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Forte di Bard, Bard

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A fortified castle built in the 19th century by the House of Savoy, Forte di Bard reopened in 2006 as the Museum of the Alps. Although the main structure dates from the 19th century, the complex is built atop the foundations of a fifth- and tenth-century castle complex. The fortress repelled Napoleon's army of 40,000 with a mere 400 soldiers manning the castle. Visit the museum to learn more about the castle's defenses and the Alps. Put Forte di Bard into our Bard holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bard.
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  • This fortification has a story so fascinating that alone is worth the trip to visit. Parking Board connected to the Fort (costs about 4 hours for a couple of hours). For the climb to the highest point it is better to use the 4 lifts free of charge (even access to the Fort is free and you only pay for access to any ongoing events and exhibitions). Pleasant downhill walk that allows you to see and understand many details of the structure. Don't miss the video projected in a mail room at the top of the fortification, explaining the history from the year 1000 to the present. The downhill walk, can also pass through the ancient medieval village, which has always placed at the base of the Fort. In a nutshell ... not to be missed!
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  • Charming fortress with bodies on several levels within easy reach with panoramic elevators or stroll around the walls. Suggestive prisons. Recommended for families with children in strollers (just for the prisons there are two flights of stairs). The only drawback with the heat is the high temperature inside the elevators (greenhouse), maybe a fan inside might solve the problem. Convenient parking below the fortress at 4 euro all day. Nice walk to the village of Bard although I expected more.
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  • The Fort itself already is very nice, it's the Museum inside even more. Was refurbished very well and both the Museum of the fortifications that especially the mountain are not the classic old style Museum but also a modern and technological equipment to complement your visit
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  • It's got a great history but the local state of the place is a cheesy replica of history. Don't pay for anything. See it from the outside and move on before you see the tragedy of what the European Union does to history. Modern doors of glass, total control of the inside and no history left. It's an art museum. That's all.
  • Huge fortress from the 19th century. Wonderful views over the valley and very interesting art expositions inside. Bar, restaurant and hotel in the main building. Worth a stop, even just for a coffee.
  • Beautiful scenery and incredible exhibitions inside the different parts of the castle! A must go 👌🏻🇮🇹🏰🏔
  • nous avons visité le fort lorsqu'il était enneigé, c'était juste magique, la vue est superbe, vous pouvez visité le fort et également faire d'autres activités, comme par exemple visité l'exposition du célèbre photographe Robert Doisneau. Superbe journée qui vous plonge au coeur de l'histoire du fort et de la ville de Bard, a refaire, je le conseille vivement
  • medieval village with twisty main street, labyrinthic fort on top of the steep hill, loads of little museums and exhibitions and a hotel in the fort to boot. what's not to like?

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