Agenda: to see and to do, sight, sport and museums and exhibitions in Ostend

Seamen's Memorial

The Seamen's Memorial (1953) can be found on the Zeeheldenplein. Each year the numerous fishermen from Oostende who died at sea are commemorated. This was also the location of the first lighthouse in Oostende (1771).

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Racetrack Wellington

This racetrack, neighbouring the Thermae Palace Hotel, is named after the Duke of Wellington. It is open all summer to anyone who enjoys a bit of a flutter or is simply fond of horses. During recent years the racetrack has increasingly been used for important concerts.

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VVW Inside - Outside

Every year, the surf club is the perfect place to meet people and enjoy the sunset with sand between your toes. Of course you can get drinks there too.

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Watersports Oostende Spuikom

Sailing & surfing facilities.

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Open air center Duin & Zee

The outdoor center Duin en Zee is situated at the border between Bredene en Oostende. The center disposes of a superb children's playground, several sport fields and an athletics' field. The indoor accommodation consits of a theater room, a celebration hall with bar, a children's kitchen, several class rooms and a room for puppet theatre. The center is fully traffic free and offers many possibilities for active distraction and sporting recreation.

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Koninklijke Gaanderijen

The Royal Galleries were finished in 1905. They are approximately 400 m long and served to protect the middle classes from sun and rain during their walks. They connected the Royal Pavilion with the Wellington racing track. In the beginning of the thirties, the Thermae Palace was built next to it. These days it is a four-star hotel still breathing the Belle Époque atmosphere.

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Venetian Galleries

In 1900, Belgian King Leopold II commissioned architect Henri Maquet to design the first royal gallery: an L-shaped, closed and covered walkway between the royal villa and a large octagonal salon. Nowadays it is known by the name ‘Venetian Galleries’, referring to Venice’s classicist architecture. When the Belgian royal family decided they would no longer use their coastal residence, Ostend was given the concession of the entire complex and resolved that the building be used for cultural...

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