The Queen of the Seaside towns for many years, remains fascinating. A vibrant seaside town where art, culture, gastronomy and nice accommodations go hand in hand.  A stay in Ostend never ceases to amaze you.  Your experience starts at Prado Next Door.


On the breakwater is an enlarged "cairn", a tower of piled stones that serves as a point of reference for walkers and has spiritual significance in many cultures. Barba creates an image of stacked sandbags, like an imaginary dam against the rising sea level. Each stone represents a city in danger of being overrun by climate change, at its actual elevation opposite the sea level. The size represents the population. The title refers to the poet Emily Dickinson, who was robbed of her words by the view of the sea. The sculpture provides a visual yardstick for climate change, while ebb and flow determine how much of the artwork is visible at any given moment.



Together with the (re) opening of The James Ensor House and the experience center, there is a new interactive walk through the city. Thanks to an application, you will be able to accompany Ensor yourself on a walk through his home city. Along the way, he not only tells about himself, but also about Ostend's rich history.

The 3 km tour starts at the James Ensorhouse and takes you past 13 places. Unique audio- and visual material was created for each location.

You pay a one-time fee of 5.49 euros to unlock the full walk. When you visit The James Ensor House, you get the walk for free. For families with children, there is a family quest along the same trail.



TAZ # 21 takes place this summer from Wed, July 28 until Sat 7th of August.

The summer festivalprovides an exciting program with theater, music, young talent, literature, photography, family performances and more.

Ten days of performing art in an idiosyncratic combination of various disciplines ... the starting artist is central here!

Location : Leopoldparc - Ostend



Since this summer you can discover four new works in the green belt of Ostend: DFace, Elisa Capdevila, ERES and Case Maclaim let their creativity loose on our city.  During the autumn holidays Helen Bur came by and placed a beautiful portrait of rock singer Arno on the town hall. And Zenith, better known as Matthias Schoenaerts, once again left his mark on Ostend as a street art city with a gigantic work of king Leopold II. The Crystal Ship is also this year more than worth discovering!



Kursaal Ostend is a mythical place. As early as the nineteenth century, people came to this place to relax.

The present building dates from just after the Second World War. But don't worry, from 2003 to 2005 the building underwent a major renovation. Nowadays Kursaal Ostend is a magnificent concert hall with more than 2000 seats, where performances for young and old are scheduled throughout the year.



The Oosteroever is the place to relax, to get a breath of fresh  air and to find some peace . The outer harbour area is also a fascinating part of the city and has a lot to offer to tourists. The area is free of traffic and therefore very suitable for a nature walk. The free ferry boat makes it even more fun for children!