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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.

    Europacentrum

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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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    Europa-building...

    by Cichlide Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Europa-building 'Europacentrum'

    This building (100m high) is the highest along the European coast. On the 34th 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, the Flemish inland and lots more from the terrace.

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    Walk the Pier.

    by alectrevor Written Sep 14, 2014

    Built of wood, Ostend pier is a great place to fish from or go for a walk along, no commerce kiosks.

    Ostend wooden pier. Low tide at the pier.

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    WWII fortifications

    by bonio Written Oct 1, 2008

    Just out of town on the way to Middelkerke there are several old guns and defensive installations. Put there by the Germans in WWII presumably to defend the harbour and coast.
    An interesting visit.

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    11 Feb - 13 Feb Weekend : Romance in Ostend

    by Innovator Written Mar 5, 2005

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    Just before Valentine our city has a special theme for Valentin lovers. Visit Ostend this period and you will see what happens...

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    Stedelijk Zwembad

    by patrikske Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    Het Stedelijk Zwembad - Ostend swimming pool ( 50m x 20m, saltwater, indoors, 28°C (82°F). On the picture you see the outdoor poor and the Thermae Palace Hotel.

    OSTEND SWIMMING POOL

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    Thermae Palace Hotel.

    by patrikske Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    Next to the statue of King Leopold II rises the 'Thermae Palace Hotel', which was always the most prestigious hotel in Oostende.

    THERMAE PALACE HOTEL

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    NEXT SURPRISE TIP.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 24, 2004

    Again: a surprise tip, this time 3 lovely places that are a real MUST.

    You only have to enlarge the picture and everything will be clear to you!

    Make your choice and enjoy!

    EXTRA INFO

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    MUSEUMS AND MORE INTERESTING PLACES....

    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 24, 2004

    This is a surprise TIP: not one but 4 TIPS at the time!

    You just have to enlarge the picture and there they are: the ADDRESSES and whatever you need to know!

    Curious? Just click.

    MUSEUM INFO

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    Watch the sunrise

    by chicabonita Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    After a great night out in Leuven and when we stepped out the last pub we decided to go to Oostende for a walk at the beach.

    We came right on time to enjoy a wonderful sunrise!

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    Pleintje

    by patrikske Updated Jul 19, 2003

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    A nice painted facade from a pub in Ostend.
    Don't forget Ostend is situated in Belgium, and this country is a beer paradise.
    Cheers !
    LOCATION : 't Pleintje.

    Pleintje

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    Stene Dorp

    by patrikske Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    OOSTENDE-STENE DORP.
    A picturesque village, known for its annual horse-blessing, its windmill, and other activities. The picture shows the ST.ANNA church.

    Stene Dorp

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