Ostend Journals

BELGIUM'S PRIDE-OSTENDE

An August 1991 trip to Ostend by Julie Hood

St. Peter & Paul church Photo, Ostend, Belgium More Photos
Quote: A picturesque seaport, Belgium is a favorite stop for travellers on their way across the Channel to England or the return trip.

BELGIUM'S PRIDE-OSTENDE

Overview

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Ostende is a vibrant, picturesque seaport with a large harbor and countless marinas. A favorite destination for the English for a trip to the casino with the added benefit of buying duty free on the ferry or hovercraft on the ride back. Lots of sights such as St Peter and Paul's Church, the Atlantikwaal and the unique Visserskaai fish market, Ostende is worth a stop on your travels through EuropeQuick Tips: Buy some of the fresh fish here. It is delicious. Our hotel restaurant cooked it for us. Take plenty of money for the Kursaal and watch for pickpockets.Best Way To Get Around: A nice walk on the promenade usually leads you to most of the tourist attractions. Public transport...Read More

Hotel Orbit

Hotel

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From the first look, this hotel looks kind of drab and unwelcoming. Part of a terrace, it has a small outdoor cafe on the street. However, inside the atmosphere is very friendly and jovial. The rooms were a little small but were very clean and fresh. The restaurant yields some delicious Belgian fish dishes. The chef cooked the fish we purchased at the Visserskaai to perfection.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2000

Hotel Orbit
Ostende
Ostende, Oostende, Belgium

The Kursaal

Attraction

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The giant Kursaal casino is swathed in large picture windows and gold and velvet decor. The largest casino in Belgium and a major attraction, it can be very busy but even then there seems to be plenty of room for people to walk around without bumping into one another. Open from 3pm until 7am daily, it is a place for the night owl. Great atmosphere, lots of fun and plenty of room.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2000

The Kursaal
Ostende
Ostende, Oostende, Belgium

Atlantikwaal

Attraction

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The Atlantikwaal is one of the top attractions in Ostende. Although it is a grizzly reminder of World Wars I and II, this complex labyrinth of tunnels and bunkers is quite a curiosity. It was used by occupying German troops during the World Wars as a defense of their territory against attacks from the sea. English speaking guides are available or you may tour on your own. A very interesting addition to your stop here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2000

Atlantikwaal
Ostende
Ostende, Oostende, Belgium

St. Peter & Paul church

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Attraction | "St. Peter & Paul church"

St. Peter & Paul church Photo, Ostend, Belgium
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The first brick for this church was laid in the 1400's. Since then it has been through major overhauls. Neo-Gothic in design, it houses the mausoleum of Belgium's first queen, Louise Marie. Its spires are very tall, its statues and stained glass are marvelous. Definitely worth a visit.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2000

St. Peter & Paul church
Ostende
Ostende, Oostende, Belgium

Ostende, Belgium

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Just one of Ostende's lovely marinas Photo, Ostend, Belgium
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Ostende is a picturesque seaport on the Belgian coast. It boasts a large fishing harbor and also is a port for the ferries and hovercraft crossing the English Channel. Its long promenade is a great place to stroll and see the sights. Its fish market, the Visserskaai, is the place to be early in the morning to purchase fresh fish from the North Sea. Fish vendors are also set up along the harbor. Gambling is a staple at the Kursaal and many cross the Channel regularly to try their luck. Finding English-speaking people is not difficult here. You will meet lots of British tourists and visitors. Historical sights such as the Atlantikwaal and St. Peter...Read More

About the Writer

Julie Hood

Julie Hood
Galveston, Texas, Texas