Once King Leopold’s favourite seaside resort, Ostend is the largest of Belgium’s coastal cities and offers around seven kilometres of broad sandy shores. Besides its beautiful beaches and spacious promenade, the Flemish city is known for its eye-catching architecture and exceptional museums.
Ostend is home to some of the Flemish coast’s most noteworthy buildings, including a Napoleonic-era fort completed in 1811. You can also explore the neoclassical arcade of the Royal Galleries, made up of a royal villa, a horse racing track and a hotel amidst a seemingly endless cluster of Tuscan-style columns. The neo-Gothic Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is Ostend’s most striking building, with towering twin spires and majestic stained-glass windows.
Ostend’s long stretch of white sand draws in many tourists during the warmer months, but with six sections more than 100 metres wide in places, there’s room for everyone. Head west to find the Sportsrand, offering a variety of activities including beach volleyball, kitesurfing and more.
Head to Ostend’s Raversijde neighbourhood to discover the Atlantic Wall – a well-preserved fort used by the German army during the Second World War. Now a fascinating open-air museum, it allows visitors to explore two kilometres of tunnels, trenches and bunkers with the aid of an audio guide. Moored in front of the city hall, you’ll find The Mercator sailboat, featuring an onboard exhibition about the history of the vessel, including its crew and legendary voyages.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.08|
|Average weekend price||$139 per night|
|Average weekday price||$136 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
I visited ManiFiesta, an annual festival of solidarity at the Wellington horse track. It takes place in early September and it's a wonderful opportunity to see live music and dance, but also for debates, films and to meet like-minded people from all over Europe. I met trade unionists from all across the world, amazing. So nice that you can visit the festival and also enjoy the beach and the city of Ostend.
we go every year for the W-Festival. a lovely music festival accompanied by the lovely seaside ambient, beautiful promenade and beaches. Very close to Ghent and Brugges. reachable by train. An hour train from Brussels, 15 mins to Brugges and 30 mins to Ghent- Sint Peters.
We really enjoyed our visit, I guess we were lucky as we had our own personal tour guide, as our friend lives here! We a enjoyed the architecture, took lot's of photographs. The Harbour was lovely, everything was in walking distance. If you are a lover of fresh Seafood, it's in abundance, lot's of stalls selling fresh fish of all description.
The trams can be crowded at rush hour and they run less frequently than advertised at night. Beautiful location on the beach with an easy walk along the promenade. Friendly, helpful people that I could converse with in French or English (I don't speak Flemish).
Oostend is a real city, all year round, not like the other beach towns mostly only Summer resorts. Easily reachable by train. SOme times a bit crowded on Summer weekends. many cultural events in Summer time, also sometimes off-season
A LITTLE GEM OF A PLACE, I COULD HAVE STAYED MUCH LONGER, VERY CLEAN, LOTS OF RESTAURANTS, COFFEE SHOP, BARS, CAFE,FAST FOOD PLACES AND MORE, THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IS VERY GOOD, AND THE BEACH IS LESS THAN 5MIN WALK AWAY.
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