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With around 69,000 people calling this place home, you're sure to meet plenty of new friends!
The nation's capital, Brussels, lies 70 miles east of Ostend, while De Panne can be found 17 miles to the southwest.
Rest your head against the glass and observe a variety of underwater creatures as they swim around the tanks at North Sea Aquarium.
Start your night out with some blackjack and bright, shimmering lights at the Casino Kursaal. It's a wonderful place to get the festivities happening!
Put your favourite tunes on, exercise or just enjoy a bit of downtime in the city's parklands. Take your pick of Maria Hendrika Park and Leopold Park.
The Mercator Floating Museum and the Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum both feature a range of fascinating exhibits. Ask the friendly staff about one-off events or wander the tranquil hallways in your own time. If you're not short on time, also go to the Mu.ZEE and the Museum Ship Amandine.
If you consider yourself an art connoisseur, be sure to create room in your schedule for some gallery hopping. The Ostend City Museum is certainly a fine place to begin. Later on, admire the unique paintings and unusual sculptures at the Ensor Museum and Grote Post Culture Center.
You're certain to walk away from Fort Napoleon and the Statue of Marvin Gaye with a better understanding of Ostend's fascinating past.
Seeking answers to some of life's burning questions? Call in at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, a historic place of worship.
Regardless of how chock-full your sightseeing schedule is, you should always leave time for hanging around a city's public square. You can catch your breath and enjoy the atmosphere at Wapenplein Square.
Your visit won't be complete without an afternoon at Ostend Pier. Trust us, there's a good reason it's one of the most visited local landmarks.
While most civic structures are purely functional, others have more poetic purposes. Erected in the memory of the various people and events that have helped make this area into what lies here today, Leopold II Statue and Atlantikwall are two of these special places.