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Galle Fort, Galle
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Visit the World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, a historic 16th-century fortress noted for its well preserved walls and Dutch colonial architecture. Jutting out into the sea on the Bay of Galle, the fort was built in 1588 by Portuguese settlers, while the Dutch solidified it and populated its walls from the early 17th century until the British took over. Take a stroll along the narrow streets and alleys of the fortified city, admire the typical Dutch-style buildings, or take a guided tour to learn more about its history. Today, a museum, as well as many charming shops and cafes, can be found in the fort's interior. Plan to visit Galle Fort and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Galle attractions using our Galle vacation trip planner.
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  • It can only recommend the trip to Galle. Very well maintained with beautiful buildings. Had a great walk through the old town and on the wall facing the sea! Great shops not so teuet and very attractive cafés with finally a good coffee...
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  • Historical Duch Fort with many restaurants etc. Visited 3 times this Fort.It's a place where you easily can spend many hours. 
  • We have visited the old city during the low season, so not too many tourists there were. But alone the low traffic (no honking) within the old town was a boon. The view from the walls of the city is very beautiful and a walk through the old town with its old buildings and small shops is very worthwhile.
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