Agenda: sight, attraction, james ensor, walking and cycling, sport , museums and exhibitions, food and drinks and kids in Ostend

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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Swimming pool

The Municipal swimming pool in Oostende consists of an olympic swimming indoor pool, slides, a childen's pool, an outdoor pool with meadow, a jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, a solarium and recreational room. In addition, you can enjoy a body and relaxation treatment.

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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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North Sea Cruise Oostende

During this cruise, a guide will tell you about everything from short sea shipping and port signalling, various kinds of buoys and beacons over marine bird and sea mammal exploration to crossing international shipping routes. The boat tour finishes at the Thorntonbank wind farm, about 30 km off the coast.

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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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Ensor en Spilliaert museumvleugel. Twee grootmeesters uit Oostende

Mu.ZEE, the Art Museum by the Sea, introduces a superb new collection featuring works by James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert in its brand-new wing.Opening in May 2016Ostend and James Ensor are inextricably linked. Ensor loved Ostend: the city served as his muse and inexhaustible source of inspiration. He loved it for its crowds, the tempestuous North Sea, the carnival that painted the streets in festive colours each year. The name of the painter Léon Spillaert, twenty years his junior, is also...

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