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  • Seafood is omnipresent in Oostende

    Seafood is omnipresent in Oostende

  • Zeelieden Monument, a memorial to sailors who lost their lives at sea

    Zeelieden Monument, a memorial to sailors who lost their lives at sea

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    Cycling along the Belgian coast

Destinations » Belgium » Ostende Travel Guide


Ostende has something to offer all interests and preferences with five wonderful beaches, shopping facilities and historic buildings.

The Ostend City Pass gives you free or discounted access to museums and other attractions including the North Sea aquarium or the amazing Earth Explorer Museum, where people of all ages can discover the four elements of earth, water, fire and wind.

After a long day on the beach or sight-seeing, the impressive seafront invites guests to relax in the beautiful cafés and restaurants, which serve fresh fish specialties from the North Sea.

Bruges, which is also highly recommended, is very close to the seaside town: it is easily reachable by train in about 15 minutes.

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If you wish to stay elsewhere on your Belgium holiday, we can also help you arrange a fantastic Bruges city break or book hotels in Antwerp.

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The Kappele Street is the most important shopping street in Ostende. This store, consisting of chain stores and boutiques, leads off in all directions to further small shopping streets.

Another tourist draw is the Adolf Buyl Street where you can find designer clothing, shoes and accessories.

The Shopping Center Feest- en Kultuurpaleis is a former palace of culture and events and now provides different shops for all requirements.

The Tao Lounge Bar is a successful mix of bar, restaurant and club. The menu consists of a wide range of specialties from all over the world.

The Beluga shows that a Belgium kitchen contains more than just chocolate and waffles. On the menu, guests will find various kinds of fresh fish from the North Sea, as well as meat and wonderful desserts.

The famous Ostender Keytebier (regional beer) is available in the  of the pubs and bars in the city.

The Earth Explorer Museum explores everything to so with the four elements of earth, water, fire and wind. It is like a science-based theme park with over 50 interactive experiments and a separate Discovery room where the staff will have an answer to (nearly) all questions.

The beautiful Japanese Garden "Shin Kai Tei" allow visitors to take a relaxing walk in a peaceful environment.

Ostends Northern See Aquarium shelters a collection of fossils, shells and dried and stuffed sea creatures as well as 13 aquariums of marine animals and fish from the North Sea, the Channel and the Irish Sea.

The Venetian Galleries, a former seaside residence of the royal family, is now an exhibition hall, theatre and art gallery.

The Casino Ostende is one of the city's highlights for an evening out: Roulette, Black Jack, different games of dice and of course gambling machines are available. A special beginner-package gives tourists an insight into the game of luck.