Oostende

At the only true 'City at the Sea' you will discover over 9 kms of great sandy beaches that invite you to delightful sunbathing and a refreshing dip in the North Sea, alternated with a brisk walk along the promenade.

  • But this bathing resort has a lot more to offer besides just the sun, the sea and the beach.
  • After a delightful dip in the sea you will be ready to discover a city that offers you a sea of possibilities.
  • You will be able to thoroughly enjoy sports and relaxation, strolling and shopping, music and museums, etc. ...

Beach and promenade in Oostende this summer

The general safety measures apply at all times.

  • What is absolutely worth knowing?
    Oostende operates a free registration system (for residents included) that will be used for peak days on the 3 busiest beaches (Klein Strand, Groeistrand and Groot Strand). Peak days (mainly during weekends between 15 July and 15 August) will be announced 3 days in advance. Owners/renters of beach cabins are exempt from this system. Bubbles are welcome on the beach berm; the foreshore has been turned into a walking zone. At that, the use of beach windbreaks is very much recommended. During code green, cyclists are welcome on the promenade, go-carts are free to fly around here at any time.

 

It is compulsory to use mouth masks on sea dikes, at (evening) markets, in shopping streets and in built-up areas. In Ostend you also have to wear a mouth mask when you go for a walk on the beach. If you sit down on the beach you do not have to wear a mouth mask. If you move around on the beach to go swimming in the sea or to practise a water sport activity (such as surfing), you don't have to wear a mask either. 

 

With good weather in sight, the registration system for the three busiest beaches in Ostend will be reactivated from Thursday 6 August to Sunday 9 August. 

How to sign up? 

You can log in in 4 ways

  • On the Internet 
  • By phone: 0800 62 167 (free number)
  • At the counter
  • At Tourism Ostend (Monacoplein 2 - across the Kursaal)
  • On the beach
    • Only if there is still space available you can register your spot with a steward with a scanner
       
  • We’ll make sure that you’ll have a brilliant, carefree holiday!
    The beach has been subdivided into zones. Beach coaches will be on duty to check registrations (where applicable), to steer everything in the right direction and to answer any questions. In addition, the level of activity on both beach and promenade will be monitored.
    To conclude, Oostende would like to offer you a few more tips for your outing:
    • Mariakerke: child-friendly
    • East bank: quiet
    • Centre: sunbathing and city
       

More info?

  • Check the Ostend website
  • Check out the overview of all the beach and promenade plans here
     

Current level of activity in Oostende

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Weather forecast

Weather for the next days
monday  09/08/2021
AM 17° 3 ENE NE 5 hours 10%
PM 20° 3 4 NE NNE 6 hours 10%
Night 11° 4 3 NE ENE 10%
thursday  09/09/2021
AM 16° 2 ENE 5 hours 10%
PM 20° 2 3 NNE 7 hours 10%
Night 11° 2 3 NE 20%
saturday  09/10/2021
Day 11° 21° 1 VAR 3 hours 20%
tuesday  09/11/2021
Day 14° 19° 4 SW 2 hours 70%

Must sees

Fort Napoleon

At the end of the 18th century, France annexed the region. Napoleon feared an invasion from England via Oostende harbour and therefore ordered an imposing fort to be built in the dunes in 1811. In both world wars, the fort got a new lease of life as artillery quarter for the German army. Since 1995, Erfgoed Vlaanderen (the Flemish Heritage Association) has managed the fort. It made sure it was restored and turned into an open monument.

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Royal and Venetian Galleries

The Galleries were designed at the request of King Leopold II in 1900. The covered walkway of almost 400 meters was constructed in 1905 at the edge of the beach to connect the royal villa to the Wellington racecourse. It served to protect guests against the sun, rain and wind.

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Mercator

Arctic traveller Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 54 voyages. In 1961, it was equipped as a museum ship. Since 1964, it has been the pearl in Oostende’s crown.

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James Ensorhuis

Do not fear. To truly understand the master, you must visit his house at least once. The displaying cupboards full of crazy, bizarre, bewildering objects will bring you into the atmosphere of his work, breathing in the air on the piano nobile will do the rest.

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Midnight Love tour

This summer you will discover four new works in the green outskirts of Ostend: DFace, Elisa Capdevila, ERES and Case Maclaim let their creativity loose on our city. The work of Alexis Diaz (created in 2017) will be given a new location on the East Bank and Strook also came by to give his wooden artwork above Tourism Ostend a facelift. 

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Maria Hendrikapark

Visit the fabulous Maria Hendrikapark.

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Domain Raversyde

Walk through two world wars via bunkers and trenches ... More than sixty bunkers, observation posts and gun batteries connected with two kilometres of open and underground passages together form one of the best preserved parts of the German Atlantic wall defences. You can also visit the medieval fishertown of 'Walraversijde'.

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Family Quest

This brand-new Ostend quest will take you past various stops, including Ensor's tomb, the Gardens of Stone and the Raversyde Provincial Domain. Each stop is accompanied by a question or assignment.

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Tourist Office in Oostende

Tourist office Oostende

Website of Tourism Oostende

 

How to get there?

BY CAR:

E40: The E40 motorway connects Brussels with Ostend. The journey from Brussels to Ostend by car or coach takes about one hour.

E17: If travelling from Antwerp, take the E17, and then the E40 to Ostend.

 

BY TRAIN:

The train station, which is located in the city centre, is within walking distance of the dike and the shopping streets. Direct trains to Kortrijk, Brussels and Antwerp leave from here. There is also a good service to Ostend and Lille. You can even get to Paris easily through Brussels (Ostend-Brussels with an IC train / Brussels-Paris by Thalys).

The Coast Pass

With the FREE Coast Pass you get good discounts at more than 40 attractions at the Coast amounting to a total of €300!

Due to the corona crisis, opening hours and timetables may vary. If in doubt, it is best to contact the entrepreneur himself.
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