If you’re planning a city trip to Ostend, you’re in for a treat. The city is well known for the long beach and promenade but if you’re wondering what else to do in Ostend, we’ve put together this short guide. Ostend is Belgium’s only truly year-round destination and there are beach-side events throughout the year. You could download an Ostend App for on the move guidance to our gorgeous city but in the meantime, check out the best things to see and do in Ostend
One of the features of the city we are best known for is our gorgeous beach and the Albert I promenade that goes alongside it. The promenade was named after King Albert I and is not only a treat for those who like to walk, it also offers views of the Royal Monuments along the way.
Once a year, the city goes from sleepy beachside destination to the hottest party city in Europe! The Ostend Beach Music Festival is held each July and there is always a fantastic line-up of national and international dance acts and thousands of happy revellers flock to the city to enjoy the best musical weekend of the year.
The Mercator was built as a training ship for the Belgian merchant fleet in 1932 and was active in WWII. It’s now open as a museum showing the original hammocks, fittings & rigs. The ship is beautiful both inside and out and is an ideal place to visit for maritime and WWII enthusiasts alike.
If the beach doesn’t interest you, keep your feet dry and your mind open when you visit the Museum of Modern Art in Ostend. The museum specialises in the most unusual style of Belgian art from 1830 onwards and contains many notable works from the former Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten.
The Church of St Peter & St Paul is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, and certainly one of the nicest places to see in Ostend. Before you even step foot inside, you’ll be amazed at the neo-gothic church towering over the city. It’s also a peaceful place to visit and pray.
If you’re at a loss for what to do in Ostend, you might want to kill some time shopping in our gorgeous shopping district, Kapellestraat. This car-free street has more than 100 shops ranging from boutique designers to the usual high-street favourites. The best shopping centre on Kapellestraat is the Kultuurpaleis centre which was formerly the Feest- en Kultuurpaleis.
What do you do in Ostend when you’ve seen all of the sights? You eat of course! Ostend has many high-class, Michelin Star restaurants dotted throughout with different styles and types of foods available. We’re especially well-known for our seafood, being so close to the sea, so if you’re looking for a beautiful seafood meal visit one of the many restaurants along Fisherman’s Quay. A favourite is ‘t Vistrapje'. It’s not much to look at but the food is 5-star.
If you’re looking for luxury accommodation on your city trip to Ostend, choose the Leopold Hotel. Not only do we offer a fantastic location, we also have excellent special offers and competitive rates which are only available when you book directly.