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Walking and Cycling

Walking and cycling enthusiasts can indulge in The City by the Sea. The vibrant city center has a lot to offer throughout the year, but just outside the center there are a lot of possibilities. Several cycling routes will take you to unique green spots in and around Ostend, while a (digital) walk makes you look at the city and its history in a completely different way.

Must do: The Crystal Ship art route

More than 40 renowned and world-famous artists made enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces in Ostend. All together, this creates an artistic journey in and around Ostend.

‘The Crystal Ship - art festival in the city' is the biggest festival of its genre in Europe.

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Walks in the city

Walk: Marvin Gaye in Ostend

Marvin Gaye arrived by boat in Ostend on a cold winter morning in 1981. The singer had fled the US, without a penny to his name and battling a cocaine addiction. His arrival marked the beginning of a fascinating tale about Ostend and Marvin Gaye and how they influenced each other.

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