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    Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap '

    by budapest8 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was a beautiful sunny warm September Sunday afternoon,
    we had a couple of hours to kill before we had to take the train
    back to Brugge to pick up our bags then by train back to Brussels.
    There were lots of people enjoying the Indian Summers weather that day.
    For me living in a landlocked land called Hungary, coming from
    England and growing up by the sea, this trip was a real treat.
    Smelling the sea air, gulls flapping around and perched everywhere
    like in Hitchcocks film, The Birds, the seafront was buzzing with
    suspense in the air.

    Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap ' Oostende Yummy seafood in Oostende Belgium Yummy seafood in Oostende Belgium
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    The Railway Station

    by viddra Written Nov 16, 2005

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    If you get to Oostende by train this will definitely be the 1st building you'll see. But don't just pass, stop for a while and admire its architectural beauty.

    The building was constructed between 1910 and 1913.

    the railway station

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    PAULUSFEESTEN

    by tweetycaro Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The yearly place to be in oostende between 10 and 16 august, the Paulusfeesten. It's a 6days FREE festival with different locations. On the website there's a little location map. Starting in the early evening and going till early in the morning, all kinds of music, all kinds of food, all kinds of people. ENJOY !!!

    Sorry but the site is only in dutch, go to ONTHAAL and on the right you see PROGRAMMA 2005, click on this for the full program. Or on EDITIE 2005 for the little map.

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    11 Dec - 9 Jan : Kiosk on Ice + Atmospheric Park

    by Innovator Updated Dec 23, 2007

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    Every year from +- 20 december, there is an ice-skating track of 108m around our famous 'kiosk' at the marketplace (very centre of the city).

    Around there are christmas market stalls & huts with lots of lights and atmosphere (see my personal picture).

    You can drink various Jenevershots for €2, Glühwein, hot chocolate, special coffee's with liquor, or eat a hot dog, hot waffle, and buy Christmas presents offcourse.

    In the park with the famous flowerwatch, it's always decorated with thousands of lights, fairy tale like.

    + 18 december from 18h special atmospheric acts of music, theatre,dance,art (watch calendar for exact date), drinks & snacks,and artists that bring a special christmas atmosphere.

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    29 May-1 June: Oostende voor Anker (ancient ships)

    by Innovator Updated May 24, 2009

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    Every year, the last weekend of May, you can visit 'Oostende voor Anker'.

    It's an ancient ship showcase with ships from Belgium / Holland / France / Spain / ...
    Even restored pirate ships from 18xx Nice attraction and lots of tourists every year.
    In 2009 it's the 10th edition allready.

    It's a free event,only when you want to take a 3 hour sailtrip with drinks on board, or just go on board to watch, you have to pay. Every year there is a new guest country. In 2006 it was I reland.

    Enjoy a (hopefull) sunny day with thousands of tourists, spectacle, old costumes, paella stands, waffles, music from the guest country, and nostalgical local fishermenmusic and livesongs, atmosphere, very busy period

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    1 Jul - 31 Jul : Summer Sales

    by Innovator Written Jul 19, 2008

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    Need new clothes at cheap prices? Ideal for tourists are the summer sales (whole month July).
    Oostende has been chosen as the best shoppingcity in Flanders and the whole coast.

    Sales start at -25% reduction, ending the last week of the month for about -70%!

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    Kinepolis Cinema

    by Innovator Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    The cinemacomplex has 10 movie-rooms and will be built partly under the Wellingtonrenbaan on the parking between Cafédroom and the ex-fuelstation.

    The horse-racing track will take place for a professional golf terrain with 9 holes, waterparts, heights and a parking with 942 places. A movie is about €7 worth.

    Montly there is an exclusive 'ladies night' and 'mens night' with one special movie dedicated to them, together with free gifts from sponsors (perfume,cola light,cornflakes,...) & prices to win (beauty arrangement,travelcheque)... Entrance is €10 for this Event.

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    29 Sept - 2 Oct : Braderie Kapellestraat

    by Innovator Written Sep 30, 2006

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    The last weekend of September, yearly you can visit the 'braderie' where local shops sell in open air at reduced prices. Very busy period, watch out not to be aborbed by the crowd ;)
    It's together with the big fair, so lots of animation and things to do!

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    Seastar cruise (july - august) with lunch, bbq,...

    by Innovator Updated Oct 1, 2006

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    Since more than hundred years you can book a mini-cruise during summer (July/August) from Ostend to Nieuwpoort or Brugge / Diksmuide. The service is renewed since 15 years now, sometimes with themes, barbecue on sea (saturdayevening), ... You get a permanent view of 500m from the shoreline.

    The cheapest formulla is around €18 without lunch.

    Daily you can book a lunchcruise Oostende - Nieuwpoort - Oostende
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    You embark in the harbour of Ostend, you see the fisherboats, the on sea you can see the transformation from the sea to the dunes. You get presented a piece of history with the Royal Galleries, The Thermae Palace Hotel (where Michael Jackson stayed once during a concert) and further the Atlantic Wall in Raversijde.

    During the take-off you get an apetizer, Ostend shrink-dish and a glass of wine.
    After 1h30 we arrive at Nieuwpoort where you get 1 hour freetime to explore the city or walk at the promenade.

    At 15hr return to Oostende, passing hundreds of sail and motorboats, the nature domain at the IJzermonding.

    Practical info:
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    Departure in Oostende 12 h 30
    Arrival in Nieuwpoort 14 h 00
    Return from Nieuwpoort 15 h 00
    Arrival in Oostende 16 h 30

    Tarif: 32 € Ostend-Nieuwpoort-Ostend with apetiser (Kir or fruitjuice) , Ostend shrink-plate with french fries and a glass of white wine.

    There's also a formula of €18 without lunch, or a formula on saturday evening with Barbeque (starts at 20hrs in the evening). Checkitout at Seastar offices, or call number below. Children beneath 5y free.

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    21 March 2008 - 22 March 2009 : Art on table

    by Innovator Updated Aug 20, 2008

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    "Kunst aan Tafel" is a gastronomical & cultural event. Best restaurants & artists combine art & food. After you have eaten in an Art plate, you get the plate as a collectors item.

    See here for more info http://www.dekust.org/dekust/event.aspx?id=117978

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    13 May - 14 may : International Kites Festival

    by Innovator Updated Aug 20, 2008

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    Program example :
    SATURDAY
    10.00-18.00 : kiting nationale & Internationale teams
    10.00-18.00 : Ostend Windgarden
    10.00-18.00 : Expo ‘alle kinderen vliegen’
    10.00-18.00 : Expo Kite Aerial Photography
    10.00-18.00 : Expo Mini Kites, Pins & Posters
    10.00-12.00 : Kinderatelier
    11.00-12.00 : Rokkaku gevecht
    11.30-12.30 uur: Kite initiatie
    13.00-14.00 uur: Happy Rotor Hour
    14.30-16.30 uur: Kinderatelier
    15.30-16.30 uur: Snoepjesdropping
    16.30-17.00 uur: Mega Team
    22.00 uur: Nachtvliegeren

    ZONDAG
    10.00-18.00 uur: kiting nationale & internationale teams
    10.00-18.00 uur: Ostend Windgarden
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo ‘alle kinderen vliegen’
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo Kite Aerial Photography
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo Mini Kites, Pins & Posters
    10.00-12.00 uur: Kinderatelier
    11.00-12.00 uur: Rokkaku gevecht
    11.30-12.30 uur: Kite initiatie
    13.00-14.00 uur: Happy Rotor Hour
    14.00-14.30 uur: Mega Team
    15.30-16.30 uur: Snoepjesdropping
    16.00-16.30 uur: Prijsuitreiking

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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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    30 Jul - 8 Aug : Theatre @ Sea - great event

    by Innovator Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    Don't miss the opening night! The theater itself starts 2 days before the official opening night in various theaters and pubs.

    The opening night is the first weekend (this year Saturday 29th July 23hrs - 0hrs at the station square). It's a breathtaking spectacle of 1 hour in open air (free) with futuristic acts on the square.

    Malaya is a dreamworld with big birds, a big floating airbaloon with a woman in white costume that sings over the audience high in the air, stiltwalkers fight each other with weapons and fire. Great futuristic beings. The spectacle is impressive due to the interaction of light, sound, the story and the public. The spectacle is a battle in a mythical dreamworld of big statues, fire, light and sound.

    You can describe it as science-fiction theatre, they march through the big audience on stilts, dressed as some sort of robots, with some princesses in great costumes.

    They set some things on fire and walk close through the audience with torches and lightguns, some special metal scafolds, and they perform a science fiction-like story.

    The music is great, the square is with 4 surroundspeakers, which makes the public feel they are part of the spectacle, you hear the futuristic robots speak a foreign language to make it more exiting with the fire. Not for small kids, they may be frightned!

    SPEKTAKEL CLOSE-ACT / WHITE WINGS on the station square (half hour)
    And at 23hrs starts the big fireworks on our small beach, to close the Theater Aan Zee spectacle officially.

    So the theaterfestival is for 9 days, acts everywhere, on the beach, through the shopping streets in the centre, in pubs and theaters and on big squares.

    Some acts are for free, some are to be paid (+-€6) and fast sold out, but make sure you don't miss the opening or closing spectacle in open air, it's really great!! See the 4 other pictures! For the whole program see www.theateraanzee.be

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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.

    Nadia op pier 1.

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