The Oosteroever is the place to relax, get a breath of fresh air and find peace and quiet. Moreover, the outer harbour area is a fascinating part of town with a rich tourist offer. The area is free of traffic and therefore very suitable for nature walks. The free ferry boat makes it even more fun for children!
At the end of the 18th century, France annexed our regions. Napoleon feared an attack from England on the port of Ostend and therefore had an imposing fort built in the dunes in 1811. In both World Wars, the fort was again used as an artillery quarter of the German army. Since 1995, Erfgoed Vlaanderen manages the Fort Napoleon. Erfgoed Vlaanderen took care of the restoration and turned it into an open monument. Today it houses a museum, bistro and restaurant.
The "Halve Maan" owes its name to its shape of a semicircle. The military constructions of De Halve Maan are the only surviving Flak site in Belgium. The former military site includes a command bunker, three heavy Flak bunkers (anti-aircraft artillery), a flanking casemate and several other structures. The batteries Hundius and De Halve Maan are unique and well preserved parts of the German coastal defense Atlantikwall from 1942-1944.
This lighthouse, popularly known as "Lange Nelle" is the fourth lighthouse in the history of Ostend and the third at that location. The lighthouse is 65 meters high, has 324 steps and has been leading the fisherman safely into the harbour since 1949.
Polar explorer Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 54 journeys. In 1936, the Mercator recovered Father Damien's remains. In 1960 the Mercator entered the port of Antwerp. In 1961 it was fitted out as a museum ship. Since 1964 the Mercator is a jewel in the crown of Ostend. After thorough renovation works that lasted a year and a half, the ship has been owned by the City of Ostend since 01 April 2017 and is now part of the maritime heritage of the City. Would you like to visit this attraction at a discount? Print your free Coastal Pass immediately via www.kustpas.be/home/register
The Amandine 0.129' was the last Icelander and reminds us of the most notorious period in Flemish fishing history when our fishermen chased the most beautiful and tasty fish to the icy but pure waters around Iceland for weeks.
Many coastal inhabitants paid for this with their lives. The Icelander was bought by the city of Ostend and completely renovated. The most modern audiovisual techniques were used to depict life on board of an Icelandic sailor as authentically and realistically as possible. This approach is also adopted for the layout of the deck, the fish hold, the cabins, the engine room ... with life-sized figures, sounds and even smells, the impression is created that one is really sailing.
Around the back of the ship a second eye-catcher:the reconstruction of a small street from the Oostendse Visserskwartier in the 1960s with shops, a café and even a brothel.
The ATLANTIKWALL in Raversyde is one of the best preserved parts of the German defence line, with more than sixty bunkers, open and underground passageways, observation posts and artillery positions, built during the Second World War.
You will also find the only preserved German coastal battery from World War I, the Battery Aachen.
The Flemish hall offers a look at some restored collection pieces and an exhibition about the Atlantic Wall and the war on the coast.
On the top floor you can permanently visit Stephan Vanfleteren's 'Atlantic Wall'.
Mu.ZEE is the art museum by the sea for Belgian art with maximum openness and accessibility. Mu.ZEE creates an active space for public and artists where art can be dealt with in a relaxed, free and creative way.