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Address: Vuurtorenweg 1/Z, Ostend 8400, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 59 32 00 56
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Not a lots there, just an empty shell. Not one of Napoleon's better ideas! Best access is via the free ferry which runs across the harbour from the Fishmarket

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3,739 reviews
1,821 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 766 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Renoved fortress to visit, to have an impression of ancient time and life, some explications; there is a brasserie, for drinking a good coffee and perhaps also a restaurant to organize feasts.

Thank Manuela L
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a lots there, just an empty shell. Not one of Napoleon's better ideas! Best access is via the free ferry which runs across the harbour from the Fishmarket

Thank phil1828
Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017

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 outside path to the top of the dunes.

Thank patricia1862
Rome, Italy
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Fort Napoleon is really impressive fort built from the french general Napoleon. It has a pentagram shape helping for the protection. If you are interested in history - it is good to visit. I was there last week and what impressed me that now they made it, in the season before Christmas, there is very interesting exhibition for small children.... More 

Thank Nina A
Stockport, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

An interesting place with old bunkers and tunnels, You can also explore the docks and old slipways if you like boats and ships its a great place opposite the fish market get ther with the free ferry beside the new fish market.

Thank Oostende42
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438 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

On a beautiful October day we walked from De Haan to Ostend along the beach and Spinoladijk (about 6.2 miles). We met a preserved bunker from the German World War II Atlantic Wall defences and a path leading to “Fort Napoleon”. We climbed the dunes to have a closer look at the impressive pentagonal fortification with its surrounding wall and... More 

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Avelgem, Belgium
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114 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Fort Napoleon is definitely worth a visit; The fort is renovated in a very nice way with a modern and good) restaurant integrated in the old fortress. The audioguide is interesting as long as the actor playing a French soldier is not speaking, very annoying.

Thank Jan D
Belfast, Canada
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25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The refurbishment work here is impressive, to turn around a ruined fort, restore it to very good condition, including a modern bar/restaurant, and well made audio visual guide via ipod. The ferry and walk over to the Fort is also very pleasant. Make sure to say hello to friendly French soldier Francois when you're there.

Thank JimmyRiddle119
Ghent, Belgium
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433 reviews
279 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is the best preserved fort that was build by Napoleon. Although used throughout the ages, there was a Roman fort before on the site, by the military of several countries, it never was invaded or saw military action, and is largely so well preserved because the dunes mostly covered it several times. There is an outer wall and then... More 

Thank Katrien S
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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214 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

This place is actually a port that has never been really functioned. It was built around the end of the Napoleon reigning time. Although it has never functioned as the original purpose, this place still worth a visit if you have spare time in Ostend. There is a fee for the entrance of the fort. The fee includes an audio... More 

Thank Timothy S

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