Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #2 in Ostend, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 9 sights
Distance 5.4 km
Ascend 93 m
Descend 110 m

Explore Ostend in Belgium with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Ostend

Sight 1: ML 561

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ML 561

A motor launch (ML) is a small military vessel in Royal Navy service. It was designed for harbour defence and submarine chasing or for armed high-speed air-sea rescue. Some vessels for water police service are also known as motor launches.

Wikipedia: Motor Launch (EN)

1194 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 2: Leopold II statue

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Leopold II statue

The Equestrian Statue of Leopold II is a monument erected in Ostend, Belgium, in memory of King Leopold II, second King of the Belgians. It is located on the Royal Galleries by the beach. The king was commemorated here as a benefactor of Ostend and the Belgian Congo. The inauguration was on 19 July 1931.

Wikipedia: King Leopold II statue (Ostend) (EN)

149 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 3: Shin Kai Tei

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Shin Kai Tei sophie / CC BY 2.0

The Japanese Garden of Ostend or Shin Kai Tei is a park in the Belgian city of Ostend. The garden was designed by Japanese architect Takashi Sawano. It is named Shin Kai Tei, which means Deep Sea Garden in Japanese. It was opened in 2001 by Prince Philippe of Belgium.

Wikipedia: Japanese Garden of Ostend (EN), Website

862 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 4: Casino Kursaal

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Casino Kursaal

The Casino-Kursaal or the Kursaal Oostende is a kursaal in the Belgian seaside resort of Ostend. It was built in 1950 and is built in white Portland stone, according to the plans of the architect Léon Stynen. It is located on the Zeedijk at the end of the Leopold-II-laan. In the colonnade are the bronze Four Elements by Oscar Jespers.

Wikipedia: Casino-Kursaal Oostende (NL), Heritage Website

419 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 5: Ensorhuis

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The Ensor House is the house where James Ensor (1860-1949), together with his faithful servant August Van Yper, lived and worked from 1917 until his death. Ensor inherited the building from his uncle Leopold Haegheman and aunt Pauline Dewinter, who ran a shell and souvenir shop. The house is located in the Vlaanderenstraat in Ostend, in the extension of the Kapellestraat. Previously, Ensor had lived in his parents' house on the corner of Vlaanderenstraat and Van Iseghemlaan.

Wikipedia: Ensorhuis (NL), Heritage Website

315 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 6: Kapucijnenkerk

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The Capuchin Church is a church in the center of the Belgian town of Ostend, on Kapucijnenstraat, in the middle of the former Schipperskwartier. The church, built in 1618, is the second oldest building in Ostend, after the Sint-Pieterstoren. Originally the building had one beech and was connected to a monastery. Later it was expanded with a second beech. The monastery was sold in 1798 and demolished. The church was repeatedly badly damaged and restored over time. The Capuchin Church was classified as a protected monument on 23 June 1960.

Wikipedia: Kapucijnenkerk (Oostende) (NL), Heritage Website

371 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: Nationaal Monument voor de Zeelieden

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Nationaal Monument voor de Zeelieden

The National Monument to the Sailors is a tribute to the fishermen, ship's boys, sailors and soldiers who lost their lives at sea. It is located on the Zeeheldenplein in Ostend in Belgium. The monument was designed according to an idea by Willy Kreitz and erected in 1953-1954 on the same site as the first Ostend lighthouse, which had long been in disuse by then. It has been protected as a monument since 26 May 2005 and as architectural heritage since 5 October 2009. Every year on Easter Monday, the fishing community pays tribute to the victims of the sea at this monument.

Wikipedia: Nationaal Monument voor de Zeelieden (NL), Heritage Website

1593 meters / 19 minutes

Sight 8: Lange Nelle

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Lange Nelle Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) / CC BY 3.0

Lange Nelle Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Ostend, Flanders, Belgium. It is located at the Belgian coastline of the North Sea.

Wikipedia: Lange Nelle Lighthouse (EN)

543 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 9: HMS Vindictive

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HMS Vindictive was a British Arrogant-class cruiser built at Chatham Dockyard. She was launched on 9 December 1897 and completed in 1899. The vessel participated in the Zeebrugge Raid.

Wikipedia: HMS Vindictive (1897) (EN), Heritage Website


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