Bredene Strand

Fringed by a weathered tangle of knotted sand dunes, this seemingly endless stretch of white sand is actually only 4km-long, including a popular nudist section. Free from the multi-storey developments that typify the Belgian Coast, Bredene Strand offers a real sense of being away from it all. A concrete walkway runs along the spine of the beach.

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1. Naktstrand

0.75 MILES

Belgium's only officially sanctioned nudist beach draws up to 1000 bathers on a summer's day. Be sure to stay within the designated nudist zone, as police…

2. 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…

3. De Niewe Oostende Pier

2.35 MILES

Ostend's modern pier isn't as long or grand as many of its counterparts along the coast, but it does make for a nice stroll on a warm day. When the wind…

4. Marien Ecologisch Centrum


This educational operation has a little one-room collection of seashells and sand that you can examine under the microscope.

5. Museumschip Amandine

2.46 MILES

The last Ostend trawler to have fished around Iceland (1970s) is brought to life with waxwork figures, videos and sound effects. Highlights include the…

6. Stadsmuseum

2.49 MILES

One might expect this museum, occupying a house that hosted Napoleon in 1798 and Belgian royals from 1834–1850, to be a little more grandiose and exciting…

7. St-Petrus-&-Pauluskerk

2.54 MILES

Ostend’s most striking historical building features beautifully ornate twin spires, a rose window and a gloomy neo-Gothic interior. It was consecrated on…

8. Mercator

2.71 MILES

This fully rigged, three-masted 1932 sailing ship was once used for Belgian Navy training purposes and is now a nautical museum that hosts changing…