"Antwerp" Personal Page by Martinewezel

View of Antwerp from the left bank on a drizzly winterday.

"Het Steen", the fortress of the 13th century at the river "Scheldt"
Nowadays it's a historic museum about navigation. Maquettes of old trading vessels, the origine of the port of Antwerp, emigration to America in the past century...

Being in Belgium it would be a shame not to try our national snack. With mayonaise of course, not with ketchup!

my tip: ask for a "curryworst special with curryketchup", you won't be disappointed!

The City Hall

Maybe something that very few tourists know: there is a tunnel for pedestrians to reach the left bank.
This left bank is not really worth a visit, but it's a perfect spot for a picture of the city skyline.
(see my first picture above)

Escalators in "art deco" style take you down under the Scheldt. It's like stepping back into time. Even the rolling sound of these old wooden mastodons is unique.

There is also an elevator, very practical for bicycles or baby buggies, but less impressive than the escalotors.

The fountain "Brabo" on the "Grote Markt (Grand Place)
The fountain shows the Roman Silvius Brabo throwing the hand of the giant Antigoon into the Scheldt.

In Flemish:
to throw = "werpen"
--> to throw a hand = (H)Antwerpen

For the tourists, there is always animation.
Here at the entrance of the cathedral: 2 bronze chess players

Central station, recently restored

  • Page Updated Jan 15, 2005
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