Attractions

Top Choice Church in Ostend

St-Petrus-&-Pauluskerk

Ostend’s most striking historical building features beautifully ornate twin spires, a rose window and a gloomy neo-Gothic interior. It was consecrated on August 31 1908, though it appears eons older. It's a massive,…
Top Choice Fortress in Ostend

Fort Napoleon

The impenetrable, pentagon-shaped Fort Napoleon is an unusually intact fortress dating from 1812, though there’s comparatively little to see inside. The audioguide covers many of the same topics you’ll have heard at…
Top Choice Museum in De Panne

Paul Delvaux Museum

This superb museum occupies the house and studio of Paul Delvaux (1897–1994), one of Belgium's most famous surrealist artists. What appears to be a handsome art deco house on a quiet street belies a 1000-sq-m baseme…
Top Choice Museum in Oostduinkerke

Navigo

Visits walk you through a genuine 19th-century fisherman’s cottage, teach about fish quotas and fishermen’s superstitions, then send you and your audioguide beneath a 1930s fishing shack flanked by aquariums of fish…
Top Choice Museum in Knokke-Heist

For Freedom Museum

Located about 7km from Knokke-Heist's main strip, this excellent modern museum focuses on the period between 1940 and 1944 when the Zwin region was gripped in the throes of WWII. It makes an excellent contrast to th…
Historic Building in Ostend

Atlantikwall Raversyde

The gripping Atlantikwall is a remarkably extensive complex of WWI and WWII bunkers, gun emplacements and linking brick tunnels created by occupying German forces. Most bunkers are furnished and ‘manned’ by waxwork …
Nature Reserve in Knokke-Heist

Zwin Natuur Park

Around 5km northeast of Knokke, Het Zwin was once one of the world’s busiest waterways, connecting Bruges with the sea. In medieval times the river silted up, devastating Bruges’ economy. The marshy area is now this…
Area in Ostend

Belle Epoque-weg

This lesser-known residential part of Ostend was once in ill repute, but savvy homebuyers have recently snapped up its wealth of utterly charming art nouveau/belle epoque townhouses, restored them and transformed th…
Museum in Ostend

Anno 1465

Once a vibrant fishing village, Walraversijde disappeared entirely following the strife of 1600 to 1604, leaving mere foundations. Today the archaeological site is enhanced by four convincingly rebuilt and furnished…
Amusement Park in De Panne

Plopsaland

This cute popular theme park is based around Belgian TV character Plop the gnome and his friends. It's a kid-pleasing world of rides, roller coasters and fun. Access by public transport is excellent: catch the Kustt…