Walking and Cycling
Walking and cycling enthusiasts can indulge in The City by the Sea. The vibrant city center has a lot to offer throughout the year, but just outside the center there are a lot of possibilities. Several cycling routes will take you to unique green spots in and around Ostend, while a (digital) walk makes you look at the city and its history in a completely different way.
Must do: The Crystal Ship art route
More than 50 renowned and world-famous artists made enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces in Ostend. All together, this creates an artistic journey in and around Ostend.
‘The Crystal Ship - art festival in the city' is the biggest festival of its genre in Europe.
Walks in the city
Download the app and take the brand-new Ensor-themed walk to visit all the locations that were significant to the life and work of James Ensor. You will be given information and will be able to see things for yourself at each of these places, using the latest high-tech. Young and older Ensor fans will love this walk. ...Read more
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!Read more
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. ...Read more
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. “Tasteful Heritage” is the result of a collaboration between Dement and Toerisme Oostende. The aim is to put forgotten architectural gems back in the spotlight. Feast your eyes on them and enjoy! ...Read more