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Klee meets Ensor

Sun 30 Jan 2022
At first glance, there appear to be tremendous differences between Paul Klee (1879-1940) and James Ensor (1860-1949), both as artists and in their work. Not only do they belong to different generations; their origins and nationalities also set them apart. However, if you take a closer look, you…

TikTokTour

Ostend has its own TikTokTour now! This crazy TikTok tour takes you to ten highlights of our lovely City by the Sea where you can recreate fun TikTok videos.
Get your free TikTokTour at the Ostend Tourist Information Centre or download it here!

The Crystal Ship - Street Art in Ostend

Discover “The Crystal Ship” in Ostend: renowned and world-famous artists make enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces.

Het Groen Lint

Ostend has more to offer than just the sea. Did you know that Ostend has a surprisingly green city edge? To strengthen that green city edge, the City had a master plan developed to connect all green zones and landscapes: The Green Ribbon. This green ribbon forms an attractive 35 km loop for…

Ensor walk

Download the app and take the brand-new Ensor-themed walk to visit all the locations that were significant to the life and work of James Ensor. You will be given information and will be able to see things for yourself at each of these places, using the latest high-tech. Young and older Ensor fans…

Japanese Garden

Take a stroll in this magnificent 'Kaiyusschiki-style' garden and marvel at the various landscapes which unfold before your eyes. No-one would expect this oasis of tranquillity and contemplation so near to the sea and Oostende’s vibrant city centre.

During Belgian school holidays …

The James Ensor House

This newly created experience centre contains James Ensor’s original house and five interactive adventure spaces. Bring Ensor’s paintings to life, admire his interior decorations and carnival masks, look through his letters and photographs and then take a peek at his authentic home and studio…

Mercator

Arctic traveller Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 54 voyages. In 1956 it repatriated the remains of Father Damien from Molokai. In 1960, it sailed into the harbour of Antwerp and in 1961, it was equipped as a…

Guided ‘Visserskaaiwandeling’ walk

Participants can learn more about some fascinating aspects of current and historic port and fishing activities during this salty walk, which includes a visit to the former training ship ‘Mercator’, the last Iceland trawler O.129 ‘Amandine', the DAB Vloot office building, the North Sea Aquarium, the…

Guided walk on Oosteroever

The current port channel gradually developed at the end of the 16th century in the run-up to the famous Siege of Ostend (1601-1604). Since then, Oosteroever has often periodically played a role in military history, with Ostend often serving as a war port. Various relicts still attest to this,…

Leopold Park

Leopold Park was laid out in 1860 on the old town fortifications. The beautiful bandstand was inaugurated in 1885. The world-famous floral clock was placed there in 1963, where it still stands now.

KAAP | Oostende

IN 2010 Vrijstaat O. became a new centre for the arts, and the only coastal one. On 1 January 2017 the De Werf and Vrijstaat O. centres joined forces to become a single new centre for the arts: KAAP. This centre distinguishes itself through its focus on unique formulas based on Ostend’s specific…

Villa Cecha

Villa Cecha is a wellness and B&B in the beautiful Schorre area on the outskirts of Ostend, in Stene-Dorp with various facilities: Finnish sauna with LED colours, Turkish steam bath with starry sky, relaxation room with view on the private garden, overflow jacuzzi in the garden with relaxation room…

Boat Charters Oostende

Boat Charters staat garant voor een onvergetelijke ervaring op een zeiljacht van bijna 18m waar je zelf aan het stuur kunt staan. Of het nu om zeilboottochten of incentives gaat op zee vanuit Oostende, wij zorgen voor de dag om nooit te vergeten. Dit zowel voor halve of volle dagen. Ook weekends en…

BEAUFORT - Metatron

Beaufort Sculpture Park
Metatron – Louis De Cordier (Beaufort 2009)

This sculpture by Louis De Cordier, artist from Ostend, resembles a buoy being washed ashore. It stands out with its specific form, which refers to the mysterious forms used by Renaissance artists like…

BEAUFORT - Sorry

Beaufort Sculpture Park
Sorry – Guillaume Bijl (Beaufort 2018)

Guillaume Bijl copies pieces of reality in a tragicomic way, making us question our own culture. With Sorry, he makes us think about the monument culture. One observes an earnest and majestic monument, in which he…

BEAUFORT - Monument for a Wullok

Beaufort Sculpture Park
Monument For A Wullok – Stief DeSmet (Beaufort 2018)

Every whelk or "wullok" in West Flemish is a work of perfection, shaped by the secret logic of the sea. The shells are formed according to the rules of the golden ratio, in perfect proportions. Stief…

BEAUFORT - Rock Strangers

Beaufort Sculpture Park
Rock Strangers – Arne Quinze (Beaufort 2012)

Arne Quinze developed a set of sculptures for the city of Ostend by the name of Rock Strangers. Strange objects that pop up at locations where you would least expect them, such as on the renewed…

BEAUFORT - Im Gebiss der Zeit

Beaufort Sculpture Park
Im Gebiss Der Zeit – Norbert Schwontkowski (Beaufort 2006)

German painter Schwontkowski created two paintings for the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Ostend. He directly applied the paintings to the window glass in the narthex, designed by…

BEAUFORT - (Forever free) Three Graces

Beaufort Sculpture Park
(Forever Free) Three Graces – Michael Ray Charles (Beaufort 2006)

African-American artist Michael Ray Charles installed (Forever Free) Three Graces in Maria Hendrika Park. Although the trio of sculptures refers to the three graces that symbolize beauty,…

Timescape Escape Games

Challenging escape rooms with attention to detail and some surprisingly original puzzles! Timescape’s first escape room is called the Quarantine but soon it will be adding a second one, called 'Battle Royale: Bunker Break-in'. These two rooms each have a floor area of 65 sq.m., meaning they are…

Casino Oostende

If you like to put your fate in the hands of Lady Luck, then Casino Kursaal Oostende is the place to be. Try a classic table game of roulette, blackjack, stud poker or play the electronic slot machines. And if you thought that casinos only belong in James Bond films or American TV series, then you…

Herdenkingsmonument HMS Vindictive

In May 2013, the restored bow of the HMS VIndictive was given a prominent place on the east bank of the port of Ostend.
During the night of 9 to 10 May 1918, the British attempted to use the HMS Vindictive to block the port of Ostend and thus prevent passage of German submarines to the North…

Walk 'Out and about in Ostend'

Ostend has all the advantages of a city, without the disadvantages. It is a pocket-sized city, everything is easy to reach. All you need is a pair of comfortable walking shoes and this walking map to see all the sights of Ostend. And with these two detailed walks you are already halfway there. You…

Visserskaaiwandeling

A walk near the westside of the harbour channel with historical and current witnesses (references). Fascinating aspects of the age-old harbour and fishing activities: coastal vessels, the building of “DAB Vloot” and the Westerstaketsel or Western Pier, the Mercator Marina and the North Sea Aquarium…

The Vicognebos – Ostend

A little over 10 ha, Ostend’s Vicogne wood consists of young woodland and polder meadows, while the Vicognezwin retention pond, an old antitank trench and the Spuikom basin provide the area with much-needed water. A winding walk will give you a glimpse of the open polder grasslands while taking you…