"Turnhout, my former hometown..." Turnhout by Ronald_T
Turnhout Travel Guide: 111 reviews and 160 photos
After all those years as VT member, I never found time to make a page about my birth town. Now I live in Mexico, I was looking many times to the pictures I had from my former hometown. I think it is nostalgia, but not homesick. That was the reason for me to make this page.
Only, the things I show you here is not even the half from what I wanted to show you. This is because I deleted a lot of pictures by accident on my pc. Well, next year I am going to visit my family and will shoot lots of more pictures. More tips will be added in the future...
Turnhout is in the north-east of the Province of Antwerp, and has a population of 40,000. Both in legal and administrative terms, it is the Capital of the Kempen and the arrondissement, or district.
Turnhout was founded around the Castle of the Dukes of Brabant, and was made a free town in around 1212. In the course of history, the town has known good times and bad. Together with the surrounding area, it was involved on a number of occasions in the battle against oppression which was so often the fate of the people in the Kempen. In the Late Middle Ages, Turnhout was a well-known weaving and textile trade centre. In the early 19th century, these trades were superseded by the paper-processing industry, principally established by Philippus Jacobus Brepols.
Nowadays, Turnhout is a bustling and working community. In addition to extensive public services, there is a varied range of industries. The printing industry is a trend-setter in Europe. Other industries include food companies, light engineering, international transport, and a light bulb factory.
From the cultural and educational viewpoint too, Turnhout is a centre for the whole region. Many visitors and students carry out research in the rich Scientific Library and the old archives. Students and schoolchildren are a very important factor in daily life in Turnhout. Over 16,000 children attend the approximately 50 educational establishments.
Here you find a map of Turnhout. The most important streets on in it.
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After visiting the Paterspand you can still walk further until you reach the fork of the Elisabethlei and Stw. op... more travel advice
Walking further into the Paterstraat you will see on your right, the Paterschurch... more travel advice
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