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Viator Exclusive: Private World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels
"After morning pickup from your central Brussels hotel travel by comfortable luxury private vehicle through Ghent toward Flanders Fields. As you travel your knowledgeable and passionate guide will share facts figures and stories about the war that started a century earlier. You will learn of the enormous toll of World War I and the sacrifices of the brave soldiers who fought and died on the battlefields you visit. Your first stop on this exclusive tou where more than 25000 soldiers are buried. Walk among the somber rows of markers and see the heart-rending sculptures of 'Grieving Parents' by Käthe Kollwitz whose youngest son is buried in the cemetery. Continue to the town of Diksmuide
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Bruges Highlights Private Tour with a Local
"Discover the main highlights of Bruges during a 2 hour private tour with your local host Rebecca. Belgium may be known for chocolate fries and beer but what is Bruges famous for? You will get to find out the answer to this question and more during your private guided tour. Rebecca will walk you over the canals of Bruges while explaining the history the unknown interesting facts and we'll slowly uncover the beauty of this amazing city. You'll also get to see the Basilica of the Holy blood go over the oldest bridge in town and make a stop at the traditional fish market. You won't get to miss out on the Sint Salvador Cathedral either. Here you get too see amazing architecture on the way and you can even check out the Beer museum. Re and great deals for waffles and beer. Suggested Tour: 9:00 - Meet guests 9:15 - Bruges history in a nutshell9:30 - Checking out the canal views oldest bridges and the beer wall10:00 - Stops at Burg Sq Town Hall and Basilica of the holy blood and Astrid Park/gazebo10:30 - Fish market visit
From EUR12.00
 
Bruges Highlights Private Tour with a Local
"Discover the main highlights of Bruges during a 2 hour private tour with your local host Rebecca. Belgium may be known for chocolate fries and beer but what is Bruges famous for? You will get to find out the answer to this question and more during your private guided tour. Rebecca will walk you over the canals of Bruges while explaining the history the unknown interesting facts and we'll slowly uncover the beauty of this amazing city. You'll also get to see the Basilica of the Holy blood go over the oldest bridge in town and make a stop at the traditional fish market. You won't get to miss out on the Sint Salvador Cathedral either. Here you get too see amazing architecture on the way and you can even check out the Beer museum. Re and great deals for waffles and beer. Suggested Tour: 9:00 - Meet guests 9:15 - Bruges history in a nutshell9:30 - Checking out the canal views oldest bridges and the beer wall10:00 - Stops at Burg Sq Town Hall and Basilica of the holy blood and Astrid Park/gazebo10:30 - Fish market visit
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Train / Tram Tips (30)

Train

The train station is located on the eastern edge of town right by the marina and the Vissers Kaai. Oostende's main center isn't big, so if you make a mistake like I did, and end up here by accident, you can take a quick tour in a couple hours. There are coin-operated lockers, which made it easy for me to drop off my bulky backpack and head out to explore.

The station itself is an attractive, early 20th century building which definitely has some Baroque influence, but I can't figure out the rest. Oostende is also the main hub for trams and other transportation to visit the rest of the Belgium coast. Taxis and buses line up right in front of the station.

There is also a nearby catamaran terminal for those who are headed across the channel toward Dover.

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acemj
Apr 23, 2006

Trains

Trains constantly run from Oostende, very clean and inexpensive. Brugge is only 14 minutes away and Brussels about 1 hour, when staying in Oostende I actually went to Brugge twice in the same day and was back in Oostende for 6pm in the evening !

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brianclark
Jan 30, 2006

Easy Access!

A great number of Belgian cities, including Oostende, can be visited by train.

Trains from Brussels operate almost every half an hour and it takes 1 hour to get to Oostende.

If you intend to just visit Oostende and then move to another town, you should buy a Go Pass (under 26) for EUR 43 or a Rail Pass (over 26) for EUR 65.

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viddra
Jan 25, 2006

How to reach Oostende?

Plane, train, boat, .... There's no transport that doesn't bring you to Oostende.
The best way to get around in Oostende and along the coast is the tram. Low in price and great in service.
The train brings you to all the other big cities in Belgium (Brugge, Gent, Antwerpen, Brussel,...) check the site of the railway company www.nmbs.be .
Oostende isn't that big, it's easy to explore the city on foot.

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tweetycaro
Mar 12, 2004
 
 
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Trains and Trams

Getting to Oostende is a snap. From England, you can take a boat, but chances are more likely that you'll be hopping a train. Oostende is the western terminus to the major line that runs from Brussels through Gent and Brugge. As a result, trains run all the time, allowing Belgians from all over the country the ability to spend a summer afternoon in Oostende and still make it home for bedtime.

Around the corner from the massive train station is a tram station -- a light rail line runs from Oostende up and down the coast between the Dutch and French borders. This makes Oostende a perfect stop on the way to smaller resorts, such as De Haan.

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DrewV
Jul 24, 2003

OSTEND RAILWAY STATION01

OSTEND RAILWAY STATION (constructed in 1910-1913).
If you arrive at Brussels National Airport, you can take any train to Brussels. At Brussels Central Station, change to the direct train to Oostende (frequency: every hour, last train around 23 hr).

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patrikske
Jul 12, 2003

train to oostende

from brussels you have direct trains to oostende, where's the endstation. the journey from brussels takes you about an hour. price around 12 euro.

in and around oostende a good transportation vehicle is the bike. the area is very flat so it's no problem to bike and you can come very far and have a stop wherever you want.
there are also trams in oostende, but i never used these so i can't tell you much about them.

from oostende harbour you can also take the hover speed ferry to and from dover/england

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banshee11
Oct 12, 2002

To and from the rest of Europe

Trains run hourly to and from Oostende station, right at the head of the Visserskaai, to Brussels, Antwerp and Kortrijk. There are occasional trains to Lille. The Brussels trains extend alternatively to and from Cologne and Eupen.

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KennetRose
Sep 26, 2002

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" Oostende - Home Sweet Home..."
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"The city at the Belgian coast"
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Trains from Brugge take only...

Trains from Brugge take only 15 minutes, and run 3 times an hour. It takes 2 hours to get to Brugge from Brussels or Antwerp.
Oostende is a rather small city, and you can easily walk from the train station, down the harbour, to the ocean in 5-10 minutes.

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Venturingnow
Aug 25, 2002

Along the coast, there is a...

Along the coast, there is a tram line from De Panne till Blankenberge.

So you can walk for hours on the beach, from one town to another (each with a lot of terraces & pubs so you can take a break while walking).

And if you want to go back, but you are too tired, just cross the beach and walk to the street to the next tram-stop and take the tram back to your point of departure.

on the photo: The old tram-shelter of De Haan.

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B_Caro
Aug 24, 2002

A ride along the coast

The kusttram takes you everywhere,with the kusttram you can see the whole 66km coastline.The easiest way to travel.

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benidormone
Feb 13, 2004

The Thalys

Oostende has excellent train connections.From here you can easy go to places like Bruges,Antwerp,Brussels or even with the high speed train (Thalys) to Paris.

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benidormone
Feb 13, 2004

Things to Do Near Oostende

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The Wellington Renbaan.

Wellington racecourse 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...
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Burg Square

The buildings in Burg Sq. represent a variety of architectural styles from the Gothic to Renaissance to the Neo-Classicist which includes what is perhaps the most beautiful building in Bruges,...
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Belfry Tower - Belfort

The Belfry (Belfort) on Brugge's market square is a must-visit, despite the fact that it's rather expensive (8 Euros) and you normally have to queue for quite some time. However, you've got a great...
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Friet Museum

A different kind of museum is this museum all about fries & potatoes! It was pretty big with tons of info. At the end of your visit you can stop at the fryshop in the basement to buy some really tasty...
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The Markt

"Markt Square" or the "Grand Place” is undoubtedly the heart of Brugge. Since medieval times the Markt has been the center of activity, and historically where people conducted government business,...
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Minnewater - Lake of Love

This is less of a thing to do than to see if your putters take you ‘round to Ten Wijingaarde: Brugge’s famous beguinage. Minnewater is a man-made pool which connected to a channel for Medieval-era...
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