Oostende Travel Guide

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Oostende Things to Do

  • Down on the Beach

    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 I hadn't expected to be particularly impressed with what I knew to be a fairly modern seafront. It's true that there are a lot of tall blocks of...

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  • St Petrus & Paulus Church

    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 the late afternoon and the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows makes a real show of colour for you to enjoy. The original stained...

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  • Harbour / Docks

    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, colourful stalls are set up and vendors sell prepared plates of cooked fish, seafood cocktails and bowls of streaming hot whelks.

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Oostende Hotels

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  • Golden Tulip Bero Oostende

    Standard single : 57 EURO. Superior single : 62 EURO. Junior suite single : 85 EURO. Standard double...

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  • Prado

    Suggested to us by the very helpful tourist information office close by (see later tip). Friendly...

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  • Hotel Louisa

    Comfortable hotel close to the town centre and not far from the beach, railway station and ferry...

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Oostende Restaurants

  • Curing The Midnight Munchies!

    There's nothing like an evening's bar cruising for working up an appetite and of course the perfect cure is a meaty doner kebab. Hot 'N Spicy was ideally located between my last bar and my hotel and so it just had to be done.This is friendly, spotlessly clean, takeaway with a lot more than just kebabs on its menu, but it was a kebab I needed and a...

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  • Giving In To Impulse!

    After an afternoon and early evening of following the sun around the various terraces of the town's bars an attack of the munchies had me suddenly getting the urge for something spicy and then on the corner was this little Chinese restaurant.Unfortunately it wasn't very busy, in fact it wasn't busy at all - there was only one other table occupied...

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  • See Food And Eat It!!

    This is of course the rejoinder to the "I'm on a seafood diet..." and sums up my impression of this little row of stalls along the harbour-side. Yep, it just has to be done when the weather permits.I blessed with a marvellously sunny October day during my visit this time and sitting on the harbour wall with a seafood cocktail for lunch was almost...

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Oostende Nightlife

  • Pubs / Bars

    Cafe Botteltje should have been a paradise for me. I do enjoy a beer, or two, and if served in a characterful pub, at reasonable prices, I'm in heaven. I can appreciate little backstreet single-bar pubs just as much as I enjoy the glitzy grand-cafe places. Botteltje was a disappointment though. It prides itself on stocking over 300 beers, with 13...

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  • Discos / Nightclubs

    1 July 2009 DJ JaMo (Jan Mortelmans) & Kevin Beirens got inspiration in a Berlin club with hip interior & music and will open a new club in our Casino in Oostende. This is our first 'real' trendy club. La Nuit Events, gave already monthly partys with a big audience, but missed the lack of a real club in Oostende, so they decided to start one...

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  • Casino Kursaal

    Cultural event in Ostend The siege of Ostend started in 1601 by spanish troops of reigner Albrecht of Austria and his wife Isabella and took more than 3 years. A "religion war" between protestants and catholic believers. Time and history will never change

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Oostende Transportation

  • Train / Tram

    Following a recent (2011) initiative by the Belgian Fietsenwerk and NMBS, the Belgian Railways Company, most main Belgian train stations now have a bicycle sharing "station" on their forecourts. I'm not sure whether this is available to everyone or whether it is just for the use of Belgian (and maybe Dutch/French/German - see comment below)...

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  • Airplane

    Flying from Prestwick with Ryanair couldn't be cheaper...flights as low as 99p! You need to get a train from Brussels but it only costs 10 Euros (I think thats to anywhere in Belgium actually)if you buy from the Ryanair booking office in the airport.

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  • Ferry / Ship / Yacht

    The main reason that most people come here is to get to and from the rest of Belgium (except for day shoppers). So here's the information about the ferry service. This service runs daily between Oostend and the British Isles. It can take you to Dover, Ramsgate, Ipswich, London, Folkestone and Harwich. Despite the opening of the Chunnel between...

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Oostende Shopping

  • Other Oostende Markets

    As well as the fishmarket Oostende is well-known for its other markets. Thursday is the main market day with fresh produce, clothing, textiles, perfumes, jewelry and plants for sale at the Wapenplein, Groentemarkt and Mijnplijn in the city centre. On Saturday mornings there is also a market on the Wapenplein and Groentemarkt and on Sundays there's...

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  • Where To Get Your Fresh Fish

    Oostende still has a very active fishing fleet with a couple of dozen boats, of varying sizes, working out of its harbour. Bulk catches are sold by auction at the auction hall that it shares with Zeebrugge on the main commercial quay but smaller catches are sold on the Visserkaai at the fishmarket, known locally as the Vistrap, there.The market is...

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  • Like Fish?

    The Fish Market on Visserkaai cotinues the long local tradition in Oostende of Fishermen selling their daily catch in the town. The current fish market has a great position along the Visserkaai beside the harbour where you can watch the comings and goings of boats of all sizes whilst choosing your favourite fish. Opposite there is a wealth of...

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Oostende Local Customs

  • Museums

    THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. Different works of art from Ostend such as Ensor, Permeke, Spilliaert, Finch, De Clerck, etc.. there’s a large variety of works from Belgian masters from 1830 until 1914. Location : Wapenplein - 8400 Oostende

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  • If You Need A Laundrette

    Not something I've had to use here, yet, but always useful to know. There's a laundrette (wassalon) at Langestraat 54, part of the Ter Weide apartments building, which is open 7 days a week from 0800 until 2200. I've no idea what it costs but it looks like it has everything required for casual use.Langestraat is the street than runs from the...

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  • A Very Powerful Piece Of Imagery

    This is a sculpture in the Maria Henrikapark by the African-American artist Michael Ray Charles. It is part of his "Forever Free" series which examines racial stereotypes and attitudes and is cynically entitled "Three Graces".The obvious image is of course three Klu Klux Klan members and the fact that he has stylised them as bullets adds to their...

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Oostende Warnings and Dangers

  • DO NOT FEED THE SEAGULLS!!

    Seagulls are wild birds whose natural habitat is the sea and its immediate coast and islands. They are mainly carnivorous; feeding on fish, crustaceans, insects and even land-based species such as worms. They are however very adaptable and if they have an easier food source than hunting and fishing they will use it, even if it doesn't agree with...

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  • Bad weather sometimes....

    Checkout the local weather if you want to enjoy the beach, it's not always sunny...Here a picture of the autum stormy sea...

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  • POOP!

    I don't think this tip really needs an explanation. You're near the sea. There are a lot of seagulls swooping just overhead. You do the math (and bring a hat).

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Oostende Tourist Traps

  • Crab in prawn's clothing!!

    On the harbour side are small fish stalls selling portions of seafood, costing 3 euros and upwards. We selected what looked like a dish of king prawns with a piece of crab claw meat at the end. How disappointing - its all crab, which is OK if you really really want all crab. Ask what the dish is first before you buy it. Appearances can be...

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  • The James Ensor atelier

    This is the house were he lived. The paintings are all reproductions and the only object original are the seashells and masks. Not very expensive.. but it is not worth it at all. Don't go. Pass on If you like James Ensor go to the Art museum of Ostende. There is a few paintings of him and in the Art museum of Antwerp.

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  • Ostende beach

    This is the worst beach of Belgium. There is a lot of people you can't even see the sand! And if you see the sand you want to be sure not hurting your feet because there is a lot of garbage within the sand. The water is not a nice colour, the Port is not far... Be careful with your feet and try to catch a nice day, sunny day. Go further to the...

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Oostende What to Pack

  • Good Beer guide to Belgium.

    As the title suggests, a rundown on most of the beers brewed in Belgium, and some good places to try them. A great help when confronted by a beer menu with up to 300 different beers!It's by Tim Webb and published by CAMRA in the UK.

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  • Weather

    The climate is mild, humid and wet. Winds are mostly W or SW and most winter gales are from the SW. The sea often breaks over the outlying sandbanks especially when the wind blows against the tide.Temp. : JAN 5 ° APRIL 11 ° JULY 20 ° SEPT. 19 ° NOVEMBER 10 °

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Oostende Off The Beaten Path

  • Down on the Beach

    When a grain of sand enters an oyster shell, the oyster covers it with nacre, a substance the oyster also uses to coat the inside of its shell. Layer upon layer of nacre is deposited on the grain of sand, which gradually turns into a lustrous pearl. But…only 1 out of 15.000 wild oysters contains a pearl! So keep on searching!

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  • Museums

    For those with an interest in Second World War history one of the best preserved sections of Hitler's coastal defence, the Atlantik Wall, is to be found just outside Oostende. This was a series of connected gun emplacements, bunkers and barracks which stretched the whole of the coastline from Norway down to Spain in order to repel the threatened...

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  • Mercator

    MERCATOR MARINE. You cannot miss it arriving at Ostend. The Mercator Yacht Harbour,the three masted sailing ship 'Mercator',it also contains many yachts. It is nice to take a walk among the pride of many seaman.

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Oostende Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking

    Around Ostend you find miles of bicycle paths along canals, from town to town, or from quaint cafés to gastronomic restaurants. Bikes can be rented at several places in the city. TIP : to rent a good and cheap bicycle, go to the railway station (6,50 € half a day and 9 € for the day). The picture shows the WIJNENDALE biking route, 58 km., situated...

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  • Hippodrome Oostende

    Oostende's Hippodrome was originally constructed, in 1883, as a horse racing venue. It was designed by the French architect Alexandre Marcel and opened by the Duke of Wellington and King Leopold II.Horse racing was suspended during the Second World War, after which the Hippodrome was only used for occasional races during the summer. In the late...

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  • K.V. Oostende – De Kustboys (The Coast...

    K.V. Oostende is a Belgian association football club that was originally formed in 1904 as V.G. Oostende, in 1981 the club merged with A.S. Oostende to become K.V. Oostende.K.V. Oostende currently play their home games at Albertpark which is a multi-use municipal stadium in Ostend. The stadium is one of the best loved pieces of public architecture...

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Oostende Favorites

  • Down on the Beach

    It's not exactly the French Riviera, but the beach in Oostende is a wide and sandy place that on a sunny day, could be quite enjoyable. However, this is the North Sea, so you can expect cold water and gusty winds at any time throughout the year.

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  • Fish Market

    Night and day the 'VISSERSKAAI' is a wonderful place to walk and let your eyes feast on what is going on there.......and believe me there is a lot to be seen. Strolling around can be so very rewarding and....never forget your camera! having breakfast/luncheon/dinner/tea someplace on the boulevard, where you can let your eyes travel to the...

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  • Harbour / Docks

    Ostend is 'The City on the Sea'. It became popular just before the 1900's and a lot of the architecture reflects this. Ostend has literally everything - its own beaches, a world famous casino and racecourse, and outstanding shopping. Nightlife, as you would expect in a major resort and city, is excellent - many bars close when the last person has...

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