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Ostend

3.3
Military Museums · Piers & Boardwalks · Landmarks
City by the Sea
Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers. Its harbor draws crowds in the summertime, when tourists flock to its shores to swim in the North Sea and walk along its cafe-lined promenade. The beach town also hosts a number of festivals and events year-round. Take time to dig deeper than just the beachfront attractions, however. Ostend has several historical and cultural sites, including an open-air museum, which consists of sea defenses restored after World War II. Take stress off the schedule by using our Belgium driving holiday website.
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Popular things to do in Ostend

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Military Museum
Atlantikwall Raversyde
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Pier / Boardwalk
Albert I Promenade
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Zeilschip Mercator
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Ostend

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Monument
Menin Gate Memorial Ieper (Ypres)
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Zoo
Pairi Daiza Brugelette
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Cemetery
Tyne Cot Cemetery Zonnebeke
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zoo
Bellewaerde Ieper (Ypres)
3.9
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Ostend

Beach
Plage d'Ostende
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museumschip Amandine
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Military Museum
Raversyde
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Monument
Fort Napoleon
3.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Ostend

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Art Museum
Mu.ZEE
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
James Ensor House (James Ensorhuis)
3.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
De Plate Folklore Museum (Heemkundig Museum De Plate)
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Stadsmuseum Oostende
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Ostend

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Church
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Duinenkerk
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Church
Church of Capuchins
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Calvarieberg
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Battlefield
Halve Maan
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ostend

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Beach
Mariakerke Beach
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Aquarium
North Sea Aquarium (Noordzeeaquarium)
1.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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