Agenda: sight, attraction, james ensor and walking and cycling in Ostend

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 ‘Leopold II’ walk

This walk highlights the achievements of Leopold II, which contributed to Ostend’s prestige. The Ostend Leopold II story is discussed in light of his amorous adventures, his political troubles, Congo and many Belle Epoque memories, which you can still see in the city today. There are three possible routes: the city centre, west - Drie Gapers gate - Koninklijke Stallingen, Hazegras - Maria-Hendrikapark - port.

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Guided Leopold II - walk

This walk highlights the achievements of Leopold II, which contributed to Ostend’s prestige. The Ostend Leopold II story is discussed in light of his amorous adventures, his political troubles, Congo and many Belle Epoque memories, which you can still see in the city today. There are three possible routes: the city centre, west - Drie Gapers gate - Koninklijke Stallingen, Hazegras - Maria-Hendrikapark - port.

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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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Kursaal Oostende

The building dominates the view at the Albert I promenade. The Casino, a design by Leon Stynen (1953) stands on the spot where in 1875 the first casino already stood. The latter was destroyed during WWII. After the war it would still be eight years before the current building was erected. This strikingly large building can boast being the largest in Belgium and is a typical example of modernism. The eye-catchers are of course the murals by Paul Delvaux. On 17th December 2004, the renovated...

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