Agenda: museums and exhibitions, art, food and drinks, sight, kids, walking and cycling and culture in Ostend

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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Ostend Sailing Club: Phare East

The renovated Ostend Sailing Club is on the beach at Oosteroever (to the right of the East Dike). Many beach and water sports start from here, such as sea rafting, kayaking, wave surfing, kiting, dune orientation, beach sports... via The Outsider Coast. After the activities you can enjoy wonderful refreshments and tasty food in Phare East, the new bar and bistro in the beach pavilion.

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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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Guided tour ‘Stories and shrimp’

If we didn’t serve our guide the odd portion of ‘gernoazen’ now and then, he would just keep on talking, sharing stories about Ostend. So that is exactly what we’ll be doing on this tasty tour. We will stop now and then to sample some shrimp - and you get to taste them too: shrimp fresh from the sea, as is, or in chocolate...

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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 ‘vistrap’ fish market and coastal fishing, the Westerstaketsel and the new port dams.

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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, including ‘listed’ fortifications, monuments and names such as Halve Maan, Spinoladijk, Buskruitstraat, Fort Napoleon, 'Vindictive', WW I and WO II bunkers and Cold War bunkers.

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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 combination of water, land, and sea, taking maximum advantage of public spaces.

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Horse-drawn carriages

Discover Oostende from a different point of view. You will find the coaches waiting for you at the Seamen's Memorial. They tour in and around the city centre depending on the weather.

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