Beaches aren't really my thing normally. I'm not the sort who wants to sit in the sun just to soak up rays for a day. But even I was quite taken by Oostende's Beach and seafront, which surprised me as... more
If the Church is open then you should take a look inside! It's dark and full of atmosphere that defies the relative youth of this church (only just over 100 years old despite it's appearance). Come in... more
Leopold Park was designed by the architect Louis Fuchs and its construction took place over nine years, between 1861 and 1870. The park's first set of regulations, written in 1862, permitted free... more
This statue of a reclining nude lady in the middle of busy Leopold II Laan and near the Leopold Park is officially called De Zee (The Sea), however, it has gained the perhaps less flattering nick name... more
A walk along the Albert I Promenade is a must. After all, the fresh North Sea air is really why you came, right? Well, in my case, I came because I fell asleep on the train, but the fresh air was... more
Warm Wullocks anyone? No trip to Ostend is complete without a visit to the Visserskaai (Fishermen’s Quay) the town’s famed seafood quayside. Everyday summer and winter from early morning to evening,... more
This late 19th century, three mast sailing ship was once used as a training ship for the Belgian navy and also had the honour of winning the Oslo-Oostende race as well as travelling on missions to... more
The Wapenplein is Oostende's main square. Like the rest of the town it had to be rebuilt after the second world war and so it can't compete with the main squares of many other Flemish towns with their... more
This Museum of Fine Arts (Museum voor schone kunsten) focuses round the painters from Oostende, but you can also see some contemporary art from other European countries.
The museum's open daily... more
This little aquarium between the train station and Fish Market (Vistrap) won't take you long to look around but it's probably worth a quick look inside. Admission is €2 per adult and it seems to close... more
Seaside town with nothing much to offer.
2) the shopping street
We even took a long walk to Media Markt - the so called biggest electronics store in Belgium. Or did we hear... more
Its so quite and peaceful in these gardens, with the waterfall, little bridge and clear ponds with their shimmering koi carp.
You cannot eat or smoke in the gardens and bicycle owners have to leave... more
Another old boat is the IJslandvaarder Amandine (Iceland Fishing Boat Amandine). Launched in 1961, the Amandine was the last Ostend trawler to work the rich fishing grounds off Iceland, and now sits... more
Named after the Duke of Wellington. Trotting races and gallop races take place daily during the Summer. Many gamblers spend a good deal of money at the races. Each year we... more
The KONINKLIJKE GAANDERIJEN (Royal Galleries), 400m (1,300 ft.) long, from 1906, were built under Léopold II's tutelage, and connected the Royal Villa with the racetrack. They protected the king and... more
I have been living in Oostende all my life and i really love this city. Oostende is also known as "The Queencity of the Coast" because one of our kings had a house here. You can do everything (almost)...