Our Ostend Guide is a great introduction to Belgium&rsquos &lsquoCity by the Sea&rsquo. Once a medieval fishing village, <a href="http://www.superbreak.com/ostend-hotels-YB6.htm">Ostend is a fantastic base for exploring the Belgium Coastline</a>, which has over 40 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. The Belgium Coast is a popular holiday destination with local and tourists alike, stretching from De Panne in the south to Zebrugge in the north and taking in 11 coastal towns including Ostend.<br /><br />From fascinating attractions to superb restaurants and must see sights, our Ostend Guide provides an insight into this incredible city. Spend a day following in the footsteps of Royalty at the Royal Galleries and Venetian Galleries, commissioned by King Leopold II, stroll through Leopold Park or simply take in the stunning architecture of the ThermaePalace. Why not spend a day on one of Ostend&rsquos many beaches or go for a swim in the North Sea. For art lovers the Art Museum by the Sea is a great place to visit.<br /><br />As well as having a rich heritage and varied attractions Ostend is renowned for its gastronomy and is home to an array of restaurants and bistro serving excellent cuisine. With its prime coastal location there are plenty of opportunities to sample fresh seafood.<br /><br />Whether planning a break away with the family, a romantic getaway or a quick break with friends our Ostend guide can help point you in the right direction. Ostend is a short journey from Brussels via car, train or bus. Plus with its own airport, train station, Ferry Port and excellent road links into the city Ostend is well connected throughout Belgium and the rest of Europe Ostend Railway station is centrally located and offers fantastic links to Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and more. Travelling from London Eurostar offer a connection into Ostend that changes at Brussels, getting you into the city in less than 5 hours. Ostend has quick links to several European motorways including the E40 motorway which stretches for 5,000 miles across a number of countries. It&rsquos less than half an hour drive to Bruges and within easy reach of Brussels, Ghent and Lille via the E403. Ostend-Bruges International Airport is set just outside Ostend city centre and offers flight to Birmingham, the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and more. It can be easily reached by train, bus and car. The De Lijn bus lines run through Ostend and offer excellent links throughout the city. Travelling by bus is an efficient and economical of getting across the city with the option to buy a ticket for a singe journey, 1 or 2 hours of travel or daily and weekly tickets. With a compact city centre and excellent public transport Ostend is easy to get around in. Staying in the city centre you are just a short walk from many of Ostend&rsquos attractions, travelling further afield there are bus, train and tram services all on hand.Ostend is serviced by several taxi companies within the city centre, if you wish to travel to by taxi then there are taxi ranks at the train station and Marie-Joséplein.square. The Coastal tram makes over 70 stops on its journey from De Panne to Knokk, including several within Ostend city centre. It is a great way to get out and explore the Belgian Coastline with services running every 10 minutes throughout summer. Spend an evening in the stunning Kursaal CasinoExplore Ostend&rsquos miles of sandy beachesSample some of the 400 speciality beers at t'Koelschip Beer ShopVisit Fort Napoleon dating back to 1810Enjoy fresh Seafood From the North SeaSee the best of Belgian modern art at Mu.ZEEThe Ostend Hotel is ideally located for your Ostend break. Within walking distance of the train station, beach, port and city centre it is a fantastic base from which to explore the city. With a bar area, fitness centre and play area for children it&rsquos great for the whole family. Here you'll see kites of all shapes and sizes, brightly colouring the sky over the beachWith markets every Thursday, an array of boutique stores, gift shops and high street favourites Ostend is a fantastic shopping city. Celebrating all things nautical with sailing ships, sea crafts and maritime marketsRenowned for its gastronomy and fresh seafood Ostend offers a great selection of restaurants and bistros to suit all budgets and tastes. A 2-day beach music festival stretching along the 'Klein strand' every summerFrom the chic design of the Casino to cocktail bars, pubs and clubs there is plenty of nightlife to discover on your Ostend break. An annual film and entertainment festival held each September in Ostend since 2007Whether you are after a Belgian Beer in a cosy brown pub or a refreshing glass of wine in a lounge bar there is something to suit everyone. See the whole of Ostend fully-decked out in the spooky atmospherics of HalloweenOstend Guide – A City Guide to Ostend – SuperbreakBrowse our Ostend Guide and make the most out of your break. You'll find tips and inspiration on the best attractions, events, restaurants and hotels in Ostend.