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Located along the Belgian Coast, the city of Ostend offers year-round attractions including the Royal Galleries of Ostend, Raversyde battery ruins with the Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum, and Mu.ZEE.Dating back to the Middle Ages, this strategic port city was frequently ravaged and destroyed by conquering armies including The Siege of Ostend, from 1601 to 1604, which was noted as the bloodiest battle of the Eighty Years' War. In 1722, the city rose again as an important sea trade route when the Dutch closed the entrance to the harbor of Antwerp. As the harbor continued to expand Ostend would become one of Europe's most popular seaside resorts. Following the bombings of WWII, Ostend was rebuilt and today features art deco architecture scattered throughout its streets.In the summer months relax on the wide sandy beaches, take a stroll on the promenade and enjoy a drink in the many seafront cafes. Don't miss Ostend's Winter in the Park festival attracting more than 600,000 people. During December, the city hosts one of Europe's largest Christmas markets featuring vendors and food sellers along with ice skating and music.