Favorite thing: Oostende has a more urban, modern feel that most of the other towns I visited in Belgium. It obviously has a lot of oversized apartment buildings and offices that have been built in the last fifty years, so if you're coming to Belgium for Old World charms, you might be disappointed here.
Favorite thing: Ostend was the result of three villages merging, the eastern village of the island of Testerep (which became incorporated into the mainland), the western village of Westende and the central village of Middelkerke. In the 15th century the Duke of Burgundy Philip the Handsome built the port of Ostend which boosted the development of the then small fishing village. From July 1601 to September 1604 the siege of Ostend was part of the Eighty Years' War, ending with the victory of the Spanish over the Dutch who held the fortified port.
We met on the beautiful square in front of the station.
Fondest memory: The statue was beautiful, but I still prefere that little lady in red '-)
If you are one of the unhappy few that really wants to get rid of his/her money because it is aching and itching so much in your pocket, then you can go to the local casino '-)
or you can give it to sharity and save you a boring night at the roulette hehehe
NOW !!! I am KIDDING!!!
In addition to the Kappellestraat, Adolf Buylstraat, Witte Nonnestraat (which are all traffic-free) there is the Alfons Pieterslaan and the Torhoutsesteenweg, where you can shop the whole year through.
Every Thursday is market day in Ostende on the Wapenplein, Groentemarkt and Mijnplein..
Off-season, many of the shopping streets have their own special sales-days.
Pic = boats in Ostende'Port.
Me and my friends at The carnival.
Ostend is the carnival city par excellence of the Belgian coast. Each year carnival is celebrated around a different theme (China '95, Rio '96, Hawaii '97, Europe '98).
Ostend is an important city in Belgium with around 90.000 inhabitants, which started life as a a small village built on the island of Testerep, situated between the North Sea and a beach lake. Even though the the village was not very big in size,around 1265 it became a city after the people was given the right to to build a market hall and hold a market. Fishing was the main source of income for the people of Ostend. The coastline of the North Sea has always been rather unstable and in 1395 the inhabitants decided to build a new city of Ostend behind large dikes, further away from the devouring sea. It's strategic position on the North Sea coast did have it's advantages, as a harbour but also proved to be a place of conflict. Ostend was frequently taken, destroyed and rampaged by conquering armies.
Later, traffic connections were improved and Ostend's harbour continued to expand because of this. A railway connection with Brussels was constructed in 1838. Then in 1846, Ostend became a transit harbour to England when the first Ferryboat sailed to Dover. The Belgian kings, Leopold I and Leopold II, both liked to spent their holidays in Ostend and this boosted the city's profile. Important monuments and villas were built to please the Royal Family. The rest of aristocratic Belgium followed and soon Ostend became known as "The Queen of the Belgian sea-side resorts" .
These 'abri's', places where you can get on and off you will find all along the way.........
Once more: the tram drives along the coast / beach for some 100 km.!
A very enjoyable tour!
Fondest memory: Most of the time you will be driven along the sea.....
Oostende was my first trip abroad. we sailed from dover to Oostende. I think it was in July.
This town as a very good beach with plenty of sov shops a harbour lots of bars and caffes. It is.very close to France and Holland.handy for a day trip to these countries.
We also went on a day trip top Holland on a ferry I think it was Middleburg?.
Fondest memory: I have been to Oostende 3 times.
My last visit was 1971. We went for a long weekend and we arived about 7am and I remember nocking on the hotel doors looking for cheap room to stay. We found one ok.
I can remember driving to Bruges and having a few drinks in a bar the bar man kept feeding us with cheese.
I have a lot of memories about Belgium. I liked the food and especialy the beer.
This was about 1991.
We sailed from Hull to Zeebruger.
This was a VIP trip to Mechelen.
I have been in the car trade from leaving school in 1962 mainly with car accident repairs and restoration of old cars.
At that time Du Pont Paint was one of the best for car refinnishing.
Things change a bit with the introduction of water based paint.
Mechelen was a very nice place and we stayed in Antwerp band traveled to Mechelen the 2 days we were there.
Fondest memory: The people at Du Pont made us very welcome and spent a lot of money entertaining us.
The food at the restaurants were we were taken was very good and the wine flowed down like nectar.
The person who was looking after us was fron Denmark.
We had a great time not al educational but plenty of booze.
The last day I remember eating in Antwerp this looked a real nice City .
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.
If just visiting for the day, by whatever means of transport, if you need somewhere to leave your luggage the main railway station has a set of lockers. If I remember correctly these take both cash and cards and once you have selected your locker, put your bag in and closed the door you pay at the central slot and get a scannable receipt. An airline-size carry-on type of bag cost about 3 Euros for up to 24 hours (October 2010).
The train station is next door to the both the bus and tram depots and so is convenient no matter how you are arriving/departing.
I recomend that everybody that visits Oostende tastes the "french" fries which actually are Belgian.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Oostende was probably the beach. Its not big and while I was there there really wasn't good weather but the beach always looked friendly.
After sampling the local lager type beers, we decided to try Rodenbach, a dark looking beer. Its quite delicious, a cross between mild and bitter but not as gassy. Cost approx 5.40 euros for a pint and a half.
Fondest memory: My best memory of Oostende is sitting outside a bar, after having a couple of Rodenbachs and feeling absolutely relaxed and chilled.
Fondest memory: This is the place where you'll have the chance of listening to pleasant music from the loudspeakers as you walk up and down the main street.