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Ostend: vibrant city by the sea
Ostend has a special position within Belgium. It is the only Belgian city that is located by the sea. This makes it a very popular destination among tourists from Belgium as well as from other countries. You can easily enjoy everything a city has to offer here and at the same time combine it with a wonderful time at the coast. Add to this that Ostend is also very interesting from a cultural and historical point of view and you understand why this is definitely a city to visit once (or more times).
The queen of seaside resorts
As early as the nineteenth century, Ostend became known as a beautiful city on the coast. Then she was nicknamed “Queen of Seaside Cities”. This name has stuck to this day, although “City by the Sea” is increasingly used as a designation for Ostend. King Leopold II further developed Ostend into a prominent city in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Royal Galleries and St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, among others, were prestigious projects of this king. A visit to these beautiful buildings is highly recommended during a city trip to Ostend. Especially after the Second World War, Ostend changed quickly. More and more high-rise buildings were built and the facilities got better and better. Ostend has thus become a vibrant city, with a lot to experience. Combined with the location by the sea, you will have a wonderful time here.
Shopping, sniffing out culture and relaxing by the sea
Ostend has many nice shops, where you can browse. Do you prefer the large chain stores or do you prefer to visit small local shops with the best souvenirs? Ostend has enough to offer from both. After a day of shopping you can relax on the beach. Take a long walk on the beach or enjoy the view from a terrace. Art lovers can indulge themselves in one of the museums. The James Ensor House is definitely recommended here. And if you are interested in the World Wars, a visit to Provincial Domain Raversryde should not be missed. This attraction is recommended anyway. Not only do you see interesting remains from the war here, you can also visit a medieval fishing village or simply enjoy the beautiful nature. One thing is certain: you will never get bored in this city by the sea.