Hotel Andromeda is situated in the heart of the queen of resorts. It is the ideal starting point for your museum visits, beach walks and culinary discovery. In winter as in summer, Ostend offers you a wealth of attractions and activities. Here our top 10 to help you make the most of your stay in our city.
The Beaufort Art Triennial has grown into a top event and the largest open-air exhibition in the country. 20 artists create 20 works of art spread over all coastal municipalities.
From 27 May to 7 November 2021, the triennial for contemporary art will descend on the sea for the seventh time.
The building dominates the view at the Albert I promenade. The Casino, a design by Leon Stynen (1953) stands on the spot where in 1875 the first casino already stood. The latter was destroyed during WWII. After the war it would still be eight years before the current building was erected. This strikingly large building can boast being the largest in Belgium and is a typical example of modernism. The eye-catchers are of course the murals by Paul Delvaux. On 17th December 2004, the renovated casino of Ostend was re-opened.
The tall ship Mercator
A must-see in Ostend: the three-mast museum ship Mercator. Arctic traveller Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 54 voyages. In 1956 it repatriated the remains of Father Damien from Molokai. In 1960, it sailed into the harbour of Antwerp and in 1961, it was equipped as a museum ship. Since 1964, it has been the pearl in Ostend’s crown. Go on board and let the artefacts, photos and stories take you back in time on an exciting ocean voyage.
The beach and seafront promenade
Enjoy the stunning sunsets, sunbathe on the beach in fine weather or cycle on a go-cart along the promenade. The beach and the sea offer something for everyone.
Domein Raversijde – Atlantic Wall
A section of the old defence line that was built by the Germans to defend the coastline from invasion lies well preserved in the dunes of Raversijde. Visit these fortifications dating from the First and Second World Wars.
Mu.ZEE – Art museum
Mu.ZEE is the museum of Belgian art. Walk through one art movement to another and learn about Belgian artists and their works from 1830 to the present day.
To discover the close relationship between James Ensor and Ostend not only between the walls of (two particularly impressive) museums, there is also an interactive walking app that starts at the James Ensor House and takes you along the artist's favourite places in the city. Thanks to an application you as a user will be able to accompany Ensor yourself on a walk through his home town. Along the way he will not only tell you about himself, but also about his friends and the rich history of Ostend
The new Western pier
This breakwater was built to extend access to the port and to protect Ostend’s city centre. The breakwater has to withstand waves as high as 4.8 metres. It also allows access to the public as a promenade at the end of which you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view
of the sea and Ostend.
The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival that specializes in public space producing over 25 installations, sculptures and murals per year. The Crystal Ship also represents a selected group of visual artists worldwide and responds to their needs in the ever-changing domain of art and culture.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
This neo-gothic church in the centre of Ostend replaced the Church of St Peter that was destroyed by fire in 1896 leaving only the nearby brick tower (known as the Peperbusse – Pepper mill).
The new church was a prestige project of King Leopold II, who was so enthusiastic that many suspected he was responsible for the fire of the original church. Architect Louis Delacenserie from Bruges was inspired by the ‘ideal building plan’ such as that of the Cologne Cathedral and Votive Church in Vienna.
In the dunes to the north of Ostend lies an impressive fort with a turbulent past. The infamous French general Napoleon ordered its construction to defend against attacks from the west but the fort has taken on many roles since.