Ostend, (Dutch: Oostende, ; French: Ostende,), Belgium, a city and seaport in West Flanders Province. The city is on the North Sea, 67 miles (108 km) northwest of Brussels. Ostend has a large fishing fleet, and is a seaside resort. It is a point of entry to the continent from Great Britain. A canal connects Ostend with Bruges and Ghent, which lie to the east and southeast.
Ostend was founded in the ninth century. In 1583 it was fortified by William the Silent, and it played a leading role in the Dutch struggle for independence. The city was under siege by the Spaniards in 1601–04 and was almost totally destroyed. In both World Wars it was seized by the Germans and suffered damage.