Ostend attractions

Top Choice Church in Ostend


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…
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 …
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…
Statue in Ostend

Léopold II Statue

Most of the beachfront is overshadowed by 10-storey concrete buildings, but beside the very ‘50s Thermae Palace Hotel there's some respite where a neoclassical arcade is topped by a striking equestrian statue of Léo…
Museum in Ostend

Earth Explorer

Themed by the elements, this heavily interactive series of experiences is made to awe primary-school-age youngsters with the forces that shape the earth. The most dramatic attractions are a walk-through earthquake a…
Museum in Ostend


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 exhibitions. The 36m-long Icelandic fishing trawler Amandine is moo…
Museum in Ostend

Museumschip Amandine

The last Ostend trawler to have fished around Iceland (1970s) is brought to life with waxwork figures, videos and sound effects. Highlights include the fish-freezing room. It's near the Mercator ship-museum.
Museum in Ostend


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 than it is. That said, it's the best place to get an introdu…