Agenda: to see and to do, sight and walking and cycling in Ostend

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O.-L.-Vrouw-ter-Duinenkerk

The Dune church was made a listed monument in 1946. The trapezoidal cemetery with lawns, weeping willows and shrubs followed suit in 1975. Many of the people who are buried here belonged to well-known families of Mariakerke. Leopold Passchyn was Mariakerke’s last mayor (they have even named a street after him in Mariakerke). James Ensor is also buried here, near his beloved Dune church, which he helped protect against demolition in the late 19th Century. Every year in April, they organise the...

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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. ...

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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 can go get you free walking map at the Ostend Tourist Office (Monacoplein 2). Enjoy your walk!

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Dikke Mathille

The Leopold II-laan curves gracefully around the most famous sculpture of a woman in Oostende: De Zee (The Sea). Although Reclining Nude is another name for this lady the locals always refer to her as ‘Dikke Mathille’ (Fat Mathille). Grard emphasised the volume of the full, round forms. In De Zee he portrayed the opulence and sensuality of the sea in a female figure. Until 1963 the work of art adorned the Kursaal Casino.

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Railway station Oostende

Eclectic station complex consisting of a central entrance hall flanked by two square "Tower buildings". On the left side adjacent to the station the former "Hotel Terminus Maritime".

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Marvin Gaye Midnight Love Tour

14 February 1981. Marvin Gaye arrives by ferry in Ostend, together with his little boy, Bubby. It marks the start of a fascinating story about Ostend, Marvin Gaye and the relationship between the two. ...

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Tasteful Heritage

Ostend is a city with a rich history. This walk takes you in a tasteful way along a selection of beautiful heritage sites. A few stunning houses in a nutshell, where you can also satisfy your hunger or quench your thirst. You can go get you free walking map at the Ostend Tourist Office (Monacoplein 2).

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Cycling Route: Ostend during the Great War

Cycle along Oostende's war heritage and other locations that played a part in WW I : Aachen Battery (domain of Raversyde), Fort Napoleon, remnants at the site of the "Halve Maan" and the bow of HMS Vindictive. Info panels provide information on the historical background of Oostende during the Great War: the importance of the port of Oostende and the coastal defences, the stream of refugees, etc. The cycling tour is +/- 16 miles.

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Digital Walk: Ostend during the Great War

We use the diary of Charles Castelein, who was a 52-year-old tram worker in 1914, as a guide. See the war years of Oostende through the eyes of a local inhabitant. You complete the walk at your own pace with the help of an audio guide with screen. ...

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City Farm Route

A bracing tour through the countryside around Ostend. Not everybody is familiar with Ostend's agricultural history. During this tour you can explore what's left of the farmland around Ostend in a recreational manner. You can go get you free walking map at the Ostend Tourist Office (Monacoplein 2). Enjoy your walk!

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