Finding Your Way Around
Oostende is quite a compact town with its centre being almost a penisula bordered by the sea and its docks. It is emminently walkable and the streets are laid out in a simple grid pattern.
It's almost impossible to get lost but if you are looking for somewhere specific there are useful street maps posted by the local tourist board all over the town. These highlight the main sights and other points of interest and also have a "You Are Here" arrow.
best thing is if you have a...
best thing is if you have a bike;) the area in oostende is very flat, so very comfortable to bike.
visit the beaches, very nice also when the sun doesn't shine. a walk on the beach is just so great... thanks to my friend, i felt so comfortable right from the beginning
At the extreme Western side of...
At the extreme Western side of the Sea Promenade King Leopold II had a 390m long gallery constructed in 1906. This beautiful promenade with its white columns in Belle-Epoque style goes from the Royal Villa to the Wellington horse-racing tracks. The elegant gallery with its Toscan columns was built by the French architect Charles Girault. At the end of the gallery is a small but beautiful pavilion. It is known as the 'Venetian Gallery'.
The former royal villa, built by Leopold II but renovated after W.W.II by the architect Dugardijn, now harbors a luxurious hotel. Not far from here is the equestrian statue of Leopold II.
Paul Delvaux museum
OK it's not in Ostende but a short tram or raod trip to St Idesbald. Follow the signs from the tram stop.
First noticed the work of this artist in the cafe on Bruges railway station, a little research took us to this museum.
Interesting and well laid out museum, good access for the disabled too.
On show many of his paintings, mostly surreal and nudity, but with a few railway scenes around as well.
Information on each picture in Flemmish, French, German and English.
There is a busy cafe and, of course, a souvenir shop.
This building (100m high)is the highest along the European coast.
On the 43th floor there is a café,which offers you next to a drink or a snack a panoramic view.
An ultra quick lift brings you to the 34th floor in just a few seconds.
When the weather is clear,you can see Bruges.