A small city that developed from a quiet fishing town, Ostend has over the centuries grown more and more popular as a destination for travellers. With miles of beaches, a scenic harbour, and loads of history, it's easy to see why many choose to holiday here. You can drive here from other cities in Belgium along the excellent highways, or catch a ferry from the UK and collect your hire car on arrival. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Australian Capital Territory is both easy and economical.
Having had a close connection with the sea since its founding days, it's no surprise that much of Ostend's attractions can be found in and around the harbour. Drive your rental car into the city centre around the harbour, and take your pick from a number of floating museums, as well as many great restaurants and cafes along the waterfront. Highly recommended are the Mercator, a sailing ship from the 1930s which now houses a nautical museum, as well as the Amandine, a fishing vessel containing a museum showing life as a fisherman in the area.
Jump in your hire car and drive a short distance west of the harbour where you can visit an icon of the city, the Church of St Petrus and St Paulus. Although a relatively modern building, having been built just over 100 years ago, the gothic construction style and grand scale of the church are very impressive, making it definitely worth a visit.
Once you have seen the local attractions, it's time to do what most visitors come here for, relaxing and unwinding in the many great outdoor spaces. You can choose from a number of beaches to the north, or perhaps drive your rental car a short distance south of the city centre and visit Maria Hendrika Park, which is made up of ponds and grassy fields, with great walking tracks throughout the reserve.
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