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Oostende Travel Guide  

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Oostende, a beautiful city at the North Sea, is a major Belgian metropolis with a population of around 90,000 inhabitants. Characterised by a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters, it rains all round the year in this historical city.
The earliest settlements in Oostende date as far back as the thirteenth century. Since, fishing has been the main occupation. The city of Oostende has evolved from being a small, inconspicuous town to a major economic and trading centre of Belgium.
As the city acquired the attention of the Belgian royalty, it witnessed the construction of various villas and monuments to please the aristocracy. The place still has numerous streets and parks named after the members of the royal family, and this has earned the place the title of the ‘Queen of the Belgian sea-side resorts’.

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Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : The Mercator Ship in the Yacht-Harbour, which took part in several science expeditions, has now been converted to a floating museum. ‘Atlantikwall’ is an outstanding complex of tunnels and bunkers built by the German troops during the two World Wars. Fort... more Napoleon, an impressive Napoleonic fortress, is the only one still intact in all of Europe. It is now used as a training ground for climbers. Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s church, built in 1905, is a neo-Gothic church; its uniqueness lies in the extensive use of sandstone in its construction. The Casino of Oostende is one of the largest casinos in Europe and has been attracting visitors for more than 150 years.   Fishing is present everywhere in Oostende and all the restaurants here serve delicious fish preparations. Traditional Belgian fish dishes include ‘Sole à l’Ostendaise’ and ‘Tomate Crevette’.
Sheila Anderson-Wray
Level 14     2 Trophy    Viaggia: Couple
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : still to explore most areas - need to study what is available - shops look very promising
Not to be missed Mercator , Fsh Market
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