For those with an interest in Second World War history one of the best preserved sections of Hitler's coastal defence, the Atlantik Wall, is to be found just outside Oostende. This was a series of connected gun emplacements, bunkers and barracks which stretched the whole of the coastline from Norway down to Spain in order to repel the threatened Allied invasion.
At Ravesijde, a couple of kilometres down the coast from the city, is a two kilometre section of this Atlantik Wall with much of its original construction intact including the guns themselves. The museum is open from April until November and it is recommended that visitors give it a whole day to fully appreciate the scale and detail of the site.
The pics here were taken from the Kusttram.
A visit to Oostende is not complete without a visit to the Provincial Domain of Raversijde.
One moment you will find yourself in the Middle Ages, the next shivers will run down your spine in the trenches of the unique open-air Atlantikwall museum!
NO MORE WAR.....a visit to the impressive Atlantikwal war museum will make this statement more meaningful than ever!
There are 60 constructions serving as silent witnesses to the horrors of the 2 World Wars.
They have been connected by 2 km. of trenches and underground passages.
Observation posts, staff bunkers, gun-mounts - you do not need a lot of imagination to hear the roar ofguns, the explosions of bombs and to see the mud splattering in the distance.
When you close your eyes you will hear swearing, screaming, moaning and you will think: no....no more WAR.......
Situated between Oostende and Middelkerke it covers an area of no less than 50 hectares.
Besides the archaeological site Walraversijde, the Atlantikwal and the Prince Charles Memorial, visitors can also go for walks in the park, which boasts beautiful ponds,.....or they can play sport in the recreational part or...relax in the caf?, near parking 1.
JAMES ENSOR (Painter of Ostende) HOUSE :
Home and studio of James Ensor situated in the Vlaanderenstraat 27. On the ground floor you will find a collection of shells and souvenirs from his aunt and his uncle. On the first floor there is a documentation room and an exhibition room. On the second floor you can visit the painter’s original sitting room and studio.