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Belgian Coast Greeters

Would you like to discover the hidden pearls and nice addresses of the Belgian coast? Then you should definitely book a tour with the Belgian Coast Greeters! The Belgian Coast Greeters are locals who help you discover the best of the coast in a unique way. And all this for free!

A Greeter is absolutely not a classical guide who gives you guided tours in museums or who takes you to the typical tourist traps. They lead you off the beaten path and let you discover the city through their eyes.

The Belgian Coast Greeters are active in the following coastal towns: Middelkerke-Westende, Blankenberge, De Haan-Wenduine, Ostend, De Panne, Koksijde-Oostduinkerke, Bredene and Knokke-Heist.

Please note: Groups of more than 6 people cannot take part in this tour and should contact the local Tourist Office for a guided tour.

Website
www.dekust.be
E-mail
info@dekust.be
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Kwist podcast walking route

Kwist is a quest, a journey by the sea that you walk with your feet, but feel with your heart. Or vice versa. Brenda makes you pause in the surf and with your thoughts. Follow one of the routes through the webapp on your smartphone, past the places Brenda selected for you and through the exercises she whispers to you. We go out together, yet each in our own bubble. You set the pace, Brenda sets the route. You sniff the sea, Brenda whispers some thinking to you.

Trust the adventure and your senses. The voice of Brenda, an experienced coach, leads you into uncharted waters. You’ll get audios, images, questions and stories and be pointed to all that beauty you might have missed, both out there and inside of you.

This route starts at the station of Oostende. Along the way you will receive inspiring exercises, stories and interesting trivia. Whether it takes you two hours or a whole day is up to you. You pause when you want, skip what you don’t like, and repeat the exercises that get you what.

CONTACT

Address: Kwist podcast walking route Natiënkaai 18400 Ostend
Phone/Fax:+32 495 38 40 84
E-mail: brenda@coachingaanzee.be
Website: https://www.coachingaanzee.be

PRICE INFORMATION

Standard price: €35,00
Additional pricing information: The route will cost you £35. You get access for a whole month, so you can step out when it suits you.

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Golf City Ostend

Discover the secrets of Ostend in a playful manner. Play City Golf on 6 or 9 different locations and make a nice city walk through the beautiful city of Ostend. Let an enthusiastic team take you around and experience the inner city of Ostend in an original way. During the tour the guides provide fun facts and catchy stories about the sights. This way you will discover well-known and lesser known gems in the city centre. Advance booking is required. The version with 6 holes takes about 2 hours, the version with 9 holes about 3 hours. It is also possible to stop in an authentic oriental café in between or afterwards. City Golf 6 holes (2h – extendable with 30 min. break in a cafe – drinks on own account): 20 euros p.p. and from 12 persons a group discount is possible on request. Min. number of participants 10 persons. City Golf 9 holes (3h – extendable with 30 min. break in a cafe – drinks on own account): 25 euros p.p. and from 12 persons a group discount is available on request. Min. number of participants 10 persons.

Contact:
Telephone:+32 35 01 56 45
E-mail:info@city-golf.be
Website:https://www.city-golf.be/CityGolfOostende.html

Location:
Monaco Square 2
8400 Ostend

Prices:

Groups of 10 people or more: €20 per personCity Golf 6 holes (2h – extendable with 30 min. break in a cafe – drinks on own account): €20 p.p. and from 12 persons a group discount is possible on request. Min. number of participants 10 persons.

City Golf 9 holes (3h – extendable with 30 min. break in a cafe – drinks on own account): 25 euros p.p. and from 12 persons a group discount is available on request. Min. number of participants 10 persons.

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Raversyde Provincial Domain

Provincial domain Raversyde consists of three parts:

  • Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum
  • ANNO 1465
  • The natural park

Atlantikwall

Walk through two World Wars in bunkers and trenches… The more than sixty bunkers, observation posts and artillery positions, connected by two kilometres of open or subterranean corridors, together form one of the best preserved parts of the German ‘Atlantic Wall’ defence line. It was built by the Germans during the Second World War from the French-Spanish border to Norway. On the domain you will also find the only preserved German coastal battery from the First World War. You can also discover the Pavilion where Prince Charles stayed until his death in 1983.

ANNO 1465

A medieval fishing village revives after 500 years… Step into the life of the 15th century fishermen families of Walraversijde. Three houses and a bakery were rebuilt with bricks excavated on site. All present household goods and objects are true replicas. The voices of the medieval inhabitants guide the visitors through this unique site via the audio guide. In the museum you will find the original excavated objects and the life of the inhabitants is explained.

Nature Park

50 hectares of unique nature experience at the coast… Raversyde is a unique piece of nature at our coast. The domain is partly situated in a protected dune area and with an area of almost 50 hectares it offers visitors a beautiful setting to discover on foot.

Location:
Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 636
8400 Ostend

Website: www.raversyde.be

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Puzzle escape rooms Ostend

Puzzle escape rooms challenge your team to escape from a room full of mysterious riddles and cryptic secrets. Each escape room has its own original story and is realistically decorated. It will undoubtedly be a neck-and-neck race against time to decipher all the codes. Only through teamwork, out-of-the box thinking and good communication can this ultimate challenge be brought to a successful conclusion!

Contact
E-mail:heugeutc@hotmail.com
Website:https://puzzleescaperooms.be/nl/locations/oostende

Location
Karel Janssenslaan 2Oostende 8400

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Fort Napoleon

Fort Napoleon was the setting for hundreds of years of history. The French were afraid to wait for the English, German soldiers used the impenetrable pentagon as a buffer against the Allies and Ostend rascals made their first love there. Few can still tell the story, but the broad walls of Fort Napoleon, which were silent witnesses to every laugh, tear and kiss in the fort. Time to let them speak in a completely renewed exhibition. Whispering, actually.

Discover the brand new story trail along the history of the fortress. Each time with the idea: “What if the walls could talk?” If you stand close enough to the immense stone walls, you will hear familiar and less familiar voices recounting what went on here. Bakers whose flour was stolen so soldiers could go to the girls of pleasure. The chilly misery of winters at the fort. Or the sneaky dates of our own Easterners. The light projections around the listening points make for the perfect Instagram photo. For children there is an adapted tour. Listening, whispering, enjoying the peace and amazed at the impressive architecture of the monument.

Fort Napoleon is easily accessible via the free ferry service or public transport. Parking is also provided. Afterwards, you can always visit the many new shops and eating places in Oosteroever. Enjoy the beautiful street art of The Crystal Ship or take a breath of fresh air on the beach. But don’t forget to tell your own stories at the walls of the fortress. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll whisper it.

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Marvin Gaye Midnight Love Tour

Marvin Gaye arrived in Ostend by boat on a cold winter morning in 1981. The penniless, cocaine-addicted singer has fled the US. This is the beginning of a fascinating story about Ostend, Marvin Gaye and how they influenced each other.

During the walking documentary Marvin Gaye ‘Midnight Love Tour’ you will learn all about his comeback and how the monster hit ‘Sexual Healing’ came about.

Besides his master’s voice you will also hear Jan Hautekiet, Patrick De Witte, Freddie Cousaert, Jamie Lidell, Arno, and many others.

This digital walk is available for € 5.49 via Google Play Store and in the AppStore.

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Maritime stroll

Ostend is full of unique events for young and old. The development of the city is proceeding at a furious pace. But the maritime character remains proudly intact. Step along the most remarkable spots of the fishing culture, the vibrant port life and the unique maritime heritage. The maritime character that moulds and shapes Ostend into the city by the sea.

This walk will take you to various maritime locations such as:

  • Mercator
  • Museum ship Amandine
  • Visserskaai and Vissersplein
  • North Sea Aquarium
  • and so many other locations.

The maritime walk is 7.7 km long. The walking map is available free of charge at Toerisme Oostende vzw.

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Ensor walk

To discover the close bond 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 on a walk through his home town. Along the way he tells not only about himself, but also about his friends and the rich history of Ostend. Ensor also gives explanations about Ostend today: he refers to buildings that were not there during his lifetime and gives up to date instructions to the app user (‘…at the perfumery we turn left’). You pass places that are closely related to Ensor and the Ostend art scene (e.g. Spilliaert’s studio), but also monumental Ostend hotspots such as the Mariners’ Monument or the Festive and Cultural Palace. The app is available in five languages (Dutch, French, German, English and Spanish) and can be downloaded for free from the App Store. You pay a one-time fee of $5.49 to unlock the full walk. When you visit The James Ensor House you get the walk for free.

Contact:
Telephone:+32 59 41 89 00
E-mail:info@jamesensorhuis.be
Website:http://www.ensorstad.be

Prices

Standard price: €5.49

You pay a one-time fee of $5.49 to unlock the full walk. When you visit The James Ensor House you get the walk for free.

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