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Ostend
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Ostend

Ostend is a coastal city in the province of West Flanders in Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country, on the North Sea, and is the largest city in the province. It is a major tourist destination, with a population of around 70,000.

Ostend has a long history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Stone Age. It was first mentioned in a document in 1138, and became a major port in the Middle Ages. In the 16th century, Ostend was an important trading centre and was home to many merchants and traders. In the 17th century, it was a major naval base and the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company.

The city is located on a flat plain, with a large harbour and a long beach. It is surrounded by dunes and wetlands, and is known for its mild climate. The city centre is home to a number of historic buildings, including the Town Hall, the City Hall, the Church of St. Peter and the Belfry of Ostend.

Ostend has been the site of several important historical events. In 1781, the French and Dutch fleets clashed in the Battle of Ostend, resulting in a victory for the Dutch. In 1814, the Congress of Vienna was held in Ostend, leading to the formation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1839, the first railway line in Belgium was opened between Ostend and Brussels.

Ostend is a popular tourist destination, with a wide range of attractions, including the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Maritime Museum, the Ostend Beach Pavilion and the Ostend Pier. The city is also home to a number of festivals and events, such as the Ostend Jazz Festival, the Ostend Film Festival and the Ostend Carnival.

Excursion tips for a day in Ostend

Ostend, Belgium is a charming coastal city with plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. Here is a list of things to do in Ostend on a day:

1. Visit the Ostend Beach and take a stroll along the promenade.
2. Explore the Fort Napoleon, an impressive fortification built in the 19th century.
3. Visit the Royal Galleries of Ostend, a museum dedicated to the city’s history.
4. Enjoy the view from the Ostend Pier.
5. Visit the Mercator, a replica of the famous 16th century sailing ship.
6. Take a boat trip around the harbor and admire the beautiful coastline.
7. Check out the Ostend Market, a great place to find local produce and souvenirs.
8. Visit the Mercator Maritime Museum, which houses an impressive collection of maritime artifacts.
9. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in Ostend.
10. Take a leisurely walk around the city center and take in the sights.

Experience Ostend with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Ostend. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Ostend

Ostend in Belgium is a coastal city with a temperate climate throughout the year. In the summer months the weather is warm and sunny with temperatures ranging from 17 to 22 degrees Celsius. The spring and autumn months are mild and comfortable with temperatures ranging from 8 to 15 degrees Celsius. In the winter months the temperatures drop to an average of 3 degrees Celsius and there is usually rain and occasional snow. The city also experiences strong winds and high humidity levels throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Ostend

Our weather forecast for Ostend helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 20.4 °C
min: 10 °C
19.4 m/s
34.9 m/s
54.6 %
20.6 m
78.2 %
1,013 hPa
05:49:32
21:58:20
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 23.8 °C
min: 11.7 °C
13.7 m/s
25.9 m/s
60.5 %
24.1 m
76.0 %
1,011 hPa
05:50:42
21:57:21
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 20.3 °C
min: 15 °C
22.7 m/s
45.4 m/s
64.2 %
19.3 m
82.5 %
1,011 hPa
05:51:54
21:56:19
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 20.4 °C
min: 14.2 °C
14.0 m/s
27.4 m/s
72.7 %
24.1 m
83.8 %
1,016 hPa
05:53:07
21:55:15
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 22.5 °C
min: 14.8 °C
33.8 m/s
51.5 m/s
88.5 %
24.1 m
81.6 %
1,016 hPa
05:54:21
21:54:08
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 17.5 °C
min: 15.4 °C
33.1 m/s
43.2 m/s
23.8 %
24.1 m
74.5 %
1,020 hPa
05:55:37
21:52:59
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 18.1 °C
min: 14.2 °C
24.1 m/s
38.2 m/s
100.0 %
23.9 m
80.9 %
1,015 hPa
05:56:54
21:51:47
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 18.4 °C
min: 14.1 °C
45.0 m/s
52.2 m/s
98.5 %
20.1 m
88.5 %
1,004 hPa
05:58:13
21:50:33
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 17.9 °C
min: 16 °C
29.2 m/s
40.1 m/s
48.7 %
23.2 m
83.3 %
1,009 hPa
05:59:33
21:49:16
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 18.6 °C
min: 14.8 °C
31.3 m/s
52.2 m/s
77.2 %
24.1 m
80.1 %
1,017 hPa
06:00:54
21:47:58
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 18.0 °C
min: 16.5 °C
36.4 m/s
53.6 m/s
40.9 %
23.4 m
79.4 %
1,015 hPa
06:02:16
21:46:37
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 17.2 °C
min: 15.7 °C
18.4 m/s
20.9 m/s
58.4 %
24.1 m
74.3 %
1,018 hPa
06:03:39
21:45:14
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 18.9 °C
min: 14.4 °C
19.8 m/s
27.7 m/s
77.4 %
24.1 m
76.5 %
1,017 hPa
06:05:03
21:43:48
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 19.9 °C
min: 13.9 °C
49.0 m/s
67.0 m/s
69.2 %
20.3 m
82.3 %
1,015 hPa
06:06:28
21:42:21
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 18.0 °C
min: 15.4 °C
42.2 m/s
52.0 m/s
5.3 %
24.1 m
70.1 %
1,021 hPa
06:07:54
21:40:52

Cruises to Ostend

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Scheduled ship calls in Ostend, Belgium
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jul. 15th 2024 Monday, 15th of Jul. 2024 Sea Cloud Spirit 01:00 pm 10:00 pm
May 12th 2025 Monday, 12th of May 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 28th 2025 Thursday, 28th of Aug. 2025 LE LAPEROUSE 07:00 am 04:30 pm

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