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This popular seaside resort is great for a day at the beach, cultural activities or museums. Enjoy this wonderful part of Flanders.

Oostende is just over the Belgian border, making it the perfect place for a lovely seaside holiday close to home. There are a number of museums and monuments commemorating Oostende's war history. It's a great way of combining relaxing days at the beach with cultural activities.

Oostende started as a little village in the eastern tip of an island off the coast of Belgium. Land reclamation enabled it to grow into the city it is today. A number of wars between the 15th and the 19th centuries have unfortunately destroyed most of the historic city centre.

Learn about the tough life at sea on Museumship Amandine, a ship that trawled Iceland's waters in the 1960s and is now a museum. The Noordzeeaquarium is also worth visiting. From here it's a 5-minute walk to the neo-Gothic Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk. History buffs will appreciate Fort Napoleon, which the French Emperor built in 1811 to defend the city against the English. Looking for more history? You'll find lots of it at the Atlantic Wall, an open-air museum with bunkers and an underground tunnel system built by the Germans in World War II.

The village is on the coast so you can also go for long walks on the beach while enjoying fantastic views of the ocean and coastline. The area also lends itself to bicycle tours. Take your own bicycle with you or hire one when you get there and take one of the routes through the flat landscape.

If you’re planning on travelling to Oostende by car, the city is just off a major motorway which is reached via Antwerp and Ghent. Oostende is also easy to reach by train. From Amsterdam, for example, you only have to change trains once at Antwerp Central Station. Take the coast tram (Kusttram) to reach other resorts along the coast.

Whatever your wishes, Oostende has something for everyone. Come see for yourself!

Where to stay in Ostend


Ostend City Centre

4/5Very Good!(18 area reviews)

Travellers come to Ostend City Centre for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Ostend Beach and Mu.ZEE while you're in town.

Ostend City Centre

Top hotels in Ostend

Andromeda Hotel
Andromeda Hotel
4 out of 5
Albert I Promenade 60, Kursaal Westhelling 5, Ostend
The price is £116 per night from 24 Nov to 25 Nov

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ostend City Centre hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino Kursaal and Ostend Beach. Leopold Park and Grote Post ...

4.4/5Excellent! (262 reviews)


Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Andromeda Hotel
ibis budget Oostende Airport
ibis budget Oostende Airport
2.5 out of 5
Kalkaertweg 4b, Oostende, Ostend, BE
The price is £51 per night from 11 Nov to 12 Nov

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Ostend Beach. Middelkerke Beach and Grand ...

4/5Very Good! (197 reviews)

"Very good value for money and in a great location if you have a car."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

ibis budget Oostende Airport
Upstairs Hotel
Upstairs Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Hertstraat 15, Ostend
The price is £53 per night from 11 Nov to 12 Nov

Located in Ostend City Centre, this beach hotel is steps away from Ensor Museum and Ostend Beach. Casino Kursaal and Wapenplein Square are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (162 reviews)
Fabulous stay

"Great location for us as we were attending a concert at the nearby theatre (4 minute walk). Sea front and bars all within a few minutes walk. Staff fantastic - helpful kind and cheerful"…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

Upstairs Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Ostend

Ostend studio
Ostend studio
16 Kon. Astridlaan, Ostend, Vlaanderen
The price is £88 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Located in Ostend City Centre, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wellington Racetrack and Ostend Beach. Leopold II Statue and Mu.ZEE are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"Lovely apartment well placed to get around. The owner was so helpful and gave us lots of information. We had a lovely stay."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019

Ostend studio
Villa Louis
Villa Louis
3 out of 5
Nieuwpoortsesteenweg, 795, Ostend, West-Vlaanderen

Situated in Ostend, this beach villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ostend Beach, Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum and Wellington Racetrack. Middelkerke Beach and ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Der Aufenthalt in der Villa Louis war sehr zu empfehlen. Die Kommunikation mit den Hauseigentümern einfach und entgegenkommend. Leider war es sehr warm und Fliegengitter wären optimal gewesen."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

Villa Louis
Villa Plage
Villa Plage
3.5 out of 5
14 Braamstraat, Ostend

Located in the heart of Ostend, this holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Earth Explorer and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Ostend Beach. Fort Napoleon and Turkeyenhof ...

Villa Plage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Ostend

Reviews of Ostend


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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Aug 2019

It’s a really nice place.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Aug 2019

You can usually find parking space at the train station

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar 2019

I love Ostend, my family live here- so we try to visit 3 or 4 times a year. But, we will stay in the town centre in the future.

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