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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Pier - Westerstaktsel

    by zadunajska8 Written Jun 10, 2012

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    The Westerstaktsel is Oostende's pier. It's true to the original idea of a pier as allowing people to walk out and be surrounded by the sea (rather than being full of candy floss, fortune tellers and gaming machines. It's quite a walk to the end of the pier where there is a rather run down looking café building, but the views back along Oostende's seafront and further along the Belgian coast are well worth the walk.

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    Casino Kursaal Oostende

    by csordila Updated Feb 14, 2008

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    From OOSTENDE magazine 2006:
    "There is a unique beginner’s formula for those who enjoy a bit of a gamble but dislike the idea of simply walking into a casino. One of the casino members of staff introduces you to the principles of the two most popular casino games, roulette and blackjack.
    You can start playing once you have mastered the basic rules. For this you receive six beginners’ chips. This tells the croupiers and your fellow players that you could do with a bit of extra help. Beginner’s formula with six chips plus cocktail: 14,00 euro per person."

    Open every day from 3pm. Free entrance.
    Minimum 21 years of age / Identity card required.

    Only for accomplished player! Casino Kursaal
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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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  • 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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    St Pieterstoren

    by zadunajska8 Written Jun 7, 2012

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    This strange Octagonal tower behind Sint Petrus-en-Pauluskerk is the last remnant of an earlier church (St Peter's, which burnt down in 1896). Most of the church dated from the 15th century but this tower was a later addition from 1729.

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    Boat trips in Oostende Fishing-sightseeing FRANLIS

    by budapest8 Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    Boat trips in Oostende

    Franlis

    A view of Oostende from the sea ! Departures daily in July and August, every hour.
    Info COPIED FROM Franlis website
    A wonderful sea trip…

    Embark and make a wonderful sea trip with the MS Franlis III from the port of Ostend! Enjoy the sun, the wind, the water...

    While you enjoy the fresh sea breeze you will admire the Belgian Coast from another point of view. The trip takes you offshore to the Buitenstroombank buoy, makes a bow to the coast to sail back – close to the beach - to the port of Ostend. You will pass big ferries, sailing boats, motorboats with fishermen in action with flying seagulls but also the beach and the dunes. The excursion (45 minutes) gives a complete particular view on the port and the city.

    Our shipping company has an experience of over 40 years in passenger transport at sea. Our vessel has state of the art navigation equipment and must observe very strict safety regulations. The boat can accommodate 97 passengers. Possibility to charter the entire ship exclusively for receptions, company events, sea burials... Special prices for groups, companies, schools...

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    Boat trips in Oostende---Seastar

    by budapest8 Written Feb 12, 2009

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    Seastar

    The Seastar will take you on a trip along the Belgian coastline.
    This company has 2 vessels "Seastar" and the much smaller "Yserstar".
    The company operates a line between two Belgian coastal cities Oostende and Nieuwpoort.
    address: Seastar NV
    Havengeul 17
    8620 Nieuwpoort
    Tel: ++32 (0)58 23 24 25
    Fax: ++32 (0)58 23 24 00
    website: www.seastar.be
    email: info@seastar.be

    Daily departures in July and August from the 'Visserskaai'.

    Time schedule July and August 2008:

    Sea-excursion
    Departure Oostende: 12.00 am Arrival Nieuwpoort: 1.30 pm
    Departure Nieuwpoort: 2.30 pm Arrival Oostende: 4.00 pm

    Sea-trip
    Departure Oostende: 4.30 pm Arrival Oostende: 5.30 pm

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    Boat trips in Oostende

    by budapest8 Written Feb 12, 2009

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    Two Master Nele

    Past, present and future go hand in hand on board this two-master.
    The 'Nele' was built after the design of the historical Oostende two-mast
    smack and in accordance with the best sailing traditions.
    The 'Nele' was launched on 7 May 2005 and made its maiden sailing
    trip soon after. A classic ship for a new millennium no less than
    20 by 5.60 metres large! Over 200 square metres of modern luxury
    under 185 sq ms of sails. The best ingredients for a perfect day off on the water.

    Standard facilities on board: radio, DVD player, CD player, video recorder
    and flat screen (+TV & monitor, laptop connection possible).

    Prices 2008

    To be agreed upon - see contact

    Trips with the two-mast smack the "Nele" for one or several days

    (Teambuilding, reunions, pamper your customers, associations, family parties ….)

    Day at sea: € 1000
    (25 passengers + 5 crew members)

    Half a day at sea: - Morning (9am - 12u30pm): € 500
    - Afternoon (1u30pm - 6pm): € 600
    - Evening (8pm - 12pm): € 600

    The "Nele" can also be hired in the port, whether or not following a sea trip.
    (Prices on request, catering not included)
    Information: E-mail:

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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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    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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    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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