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. ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Midnight Love tour
This documentary walk through the city tells you everything about the residence of Marvin Gaye in Ostend and how his comeback with the monster hit song 'Sexual Healing' came to life. Devices can be borrowed from: Tourist Office Oostende.
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'.
In 1995 the Amandine entered Oostende harbour for the last time. The last page in Oostende's book on Iceland Fishing had been turned. Now, 13 years later, the Amandine has started her second career, a career as an interactive museum.
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.
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).