Fun things to do in Oostende

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    TAZ

    by tweetycaro Written Jul 21, 2005

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    Theater Aan Zee (theatre by the sea) has become a yearly tradition in Oostende, this year from 28/7 till 6/8. Also all across of the city, a lot of the shows you have to pay for (between 4 and 8€) go to the tourism office to buy tickets because a lot of the shows are already sold out. But there are also free acts, go to the tourism office to get the full program. Go and check out the street theatre, always great fun !!! And take the kids along.

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    Cirque du Soleil

    by tweetycaro Written Jul 21, 2005

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    who doesn't know CDS ?? They are back in Oostende with Dralion, go and check them out, it's worth every penny. They are near FORT NAPOLEON, easy acces by car or take the tram and get off at DUIN EN ZEE

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    Kiosk on Ice

    by tweetycaro Written Dec 22, 2004

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    Every year from the beginning of december till beginning january, Kiosk on Ice in Oostende !!!!!
    These past 8 years, Kiosk-on-Ice has been an absolute crowd pleaser during the Christmas period. In 1995, Oostende was the first city in Belgium to build an open-air skating rink and organise a Christmas market around it. This event immediately proved to be a major success. During one month, thousands of people come to the beautifully decorated Wapenplein in the city centre to do their Christmas shopping or to have a drink in a unique atmosphere.

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    The Casino - FINALLY OPEN

    by tweetycaro Written Dec 22, 2004

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    After the official opening on December 17th 2004, the Kursaal Oostende will be one of the largest and best equipped congress and concert halls in Belgium. This is not only due to its location on the seafront – most of the halls are overlooking the sea – but also thanks to the new concept! With us it is not a question of ‘either or’ but rather of ‘and, and and’
    One auditorium, four multifunctional halls, one meeting centre with six duly equipped halls, three restaurants, one lounge bar and the casino gaming room! You will find everything under one roof and in the hands of one contact!

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    A square thing on the promenade - what is it??

    by Joan40 Written Nov 14, 2004

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    On the Promenade, nearer to the marina end. There is a large metal box. When you enter this box it is like a room made from copper covered in verdigris. It's weird, but all the children - young and old - loved it. It sits at an angle, anyone know anything about it? Anyway go in and see - very interesting and slightly spooky.

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    Fort Napoleon-protected monument-open daily+resto

    by Innovator Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    The 'Fort Napoleon' in Oostende is the only still completely intact Napoleonic fortress left in Europe. The 'Fort' stands in the dunes north of the city center. In 1810 Napoleon Bonaparte, then Emperor of France, had it constructed during the French occupation of Belgium. Five hundred Spanish prisoners of war had to build it together with bricklayers from the Oostende area. The fort was finished by September the 26th 1812 . A total of 8.800.000 bricks were used for a construction space of 8.772 m. The Fort Napoleon could house a garrison of 260 soldiers. It was defended by 46 canon-guns. In the Second World War, it was used as barracks for the German officers, later it became a playground for the local schools. It now serves as a training ground for climbers.
    Now there's a restaurant in the fort where you can eat or have a drink.

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    29 Oct - 7 Nov Halloween in Ostend (yearly)

    by Innovator Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Special acts in the city during the day, futuristic cars,...

    In the evening horror appearances in the park, with lots of famous horror-stars, a family spectacle with lights,firework, video,music.

    Watchout for the flyers/posters advertising everywhere.

    All the shops have a special Halloween decoration also.

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    Pier 1

    by mjtoronto Written Oct 19, 2004

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    Deze pier wordt gebruikt als scheidingslijn van de Oostendense haven en het strand. Het begint vanaf iets achter de vismarkt en eindigt verschillende tientallen meters diep in zee.
    Hier wandelen is zeer ontspannend en zeker als je er geniet van het prachtige uitzicht.
    Aan het eind van deze pier bevind er zich een verhoogt restaurant waarin u letterlijk in zee iets kan eten of drinken.

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    THE NEXT SURPRISE PICTURE.........

    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 25, 2004

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    THE NEXT pictures go without words........

    Again surprisingly wonderful place to go and enjoy!

    All are special museums and I thought it nice to show them to you as if they are somewhere in a museum but....they only give you the addresses and specifics in a original way!

    Make your choice and have a nice time!

    VVV = Tourist Info Center can give you answer to all your questions .....

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    Fort Napoleon

    by tweetycaro Written Mar 12, 2004

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    The 'Fort Napoleon' in Oostende is the only still completely intact Napoleonic fortress left in Europe. The 'Fort' stands in the dunes north of the city center. In 1810 Napoleon Bonaparte, then Emperor of France, had it constructed during the French occupation of Belgium. Five hundred Spanish prisoners of war had to build it together with bricklayers from the Oostende area. The fort was finished by September the 26th 1812 . A total of 8.800.000 bricks were used for a construction space of 8.772 m³. The Fort Napoleon could house a garrison of 260 soldiers. It was defended by 46 canon-guns. In the Second World War, it was used as barracks for the German officers, later it became a playground for the local schools. It now serves as a training ground for climbers

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    Casino - THE FUTURE

    by tweetycaro Written Mar 12, 2004

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    Restoring the Casino Kursaal to all its former glory. And more. That was the assignment for architects Storme Van Ranst. The restoration of the Casino Kursaal will take 2 years to complete. The casino of the Casino Kursaal will remain open during the works .

    The entrance from the seawall, from the Petit Nice end, is being restored. The present small streets around it will be domed with glass. All this will enhance the transparency of the building and give it a fresh and modern look.
    The most drastic change will undoubtedly be the lowering of the theatre floor and the theatre tower. It will allow for more seating in the concert hall and the architectural proportions (originally drawn by Leon Stijnen) will be restored. The acting space and the ultra modern technical refurbishing of the theatre will allow any kind of production to be presented in Oostende.
    Out on the marvellous patio on the roof visitors will be able to enjoy a drink and an overwhelming view.
    Constantly changing video projections will transform the glass gable of a unique 'videowall', which will be suitable for both cultural and commercial ventures.
    More than ever before it will serve as a distinguishing mark, a meeting place and as a social and cultural epicentre, after the reopening in 2004.
    The Casino-Kursaal will re-establish itself as the throbbing heart of Oostende.

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    Casino- THE PAST

    by tweetycaro Written Mar 12, 2004

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    This building dominates the view of the Albert I-promenade.
    The casino was based on the plan of Leon Stynen (1953), an architect from Antwerp, and is built in white Portland stone; it stands on the site of the first casino which was built in 1875. However, this casino was demolished during the Second World War as it had to make way for the German Atlantic Wall.

    After the war it took eight years before the present Casino was built. This remarkable building which covers an area of one hectare and is therefore the largest casino in the country, is a typical example of modernism.

    Nevertheless, almost all the halls have been thoroughly renovated over the years. The concert hall for example was originally built overlooking the sea. Later on it was rebuilt and transformed into a theatre with a blind wall behind the stage so that the view of the sea fell away.
    The entrance hall was built facing the city after the Zeedijk had been declared a pedestrian area. Moreover, a second entrance was constructed on the western side of the building.
    The eye-catcher is of course the playing hall with murals by Paul Delvaux. In fact art plays an important role here. Famous artists have collaborated with regard to the decoration of the building, both inside and out: Georges Gerard, Van Vlasselaar and Marc Mendelssohn. Outside on the gallery leading to the hall is the ‘Four Elements’, a bronze sculpture by Oscar Jespers.
    In addition to the playing hall, the casino also comprises exhibition and congress rooms, private salons, a reading room, an impressive main hall, a restaurant and an impressive amphitheatre seating 1650 people, where various different spectacles, concerts and performances are held all year round.

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    Europacentrum

    by benidormone Written Feb 13, 2004

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    The tallest building of Oostende and probably of the Belgium coast.Not the most beautiful building.A few years ago you could go to the top have a drink and a view over the city.It has a height of 104m,35 floors and it was completed in 1969.

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    Sinterklasstreffen

    by Kettleman Written Feb 25, 2003

    Annually on the first weekend in December to coincide with St Nicks Day, the local motorcycle club organises a massive rally based at the Velodrome.

    On the Saturday, upto 2000 bikers and their friends meet St Nick himself off a fishing boat. Accompanied by his helper, Piet, St Nick travels around the town and environs in a motorcycle sidecar distributing sweets (candy!) as he goes. The streets ae lined with well wishers.

    The club also collects toys for local childrens homes from the participants.

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  • FORT NAPOLEON :

    by annelies77 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The 'Fort Napoleon' in Oostende is the only still completely intact Napoleonic fortress left in Europe. The 'Fort' stands in the dunes north of the city center. In 1810 Napoleon Bonaparte, then Emperor of France, had it constructed during the French occupation of Belgium. Five hundred Spanish prisoners of war had to build it together with bricklayers from the Oostende area. The fort was finished by September the 26th 1812 . A total of 8.800.000 bricks were used for a construction space of 8.772 m³. The Fort Napoleon could house a garrison of 260 soldiers. It was defended by 46 canon-guns. In the Second World War, it was used as barracks for the German officers, later it became a playground for the local schools. It now serves as a training ground for climbers.

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