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Areas to Avoid In Antwerp

by sarahJ08

Hi,

Im currently looking for accomodation in antwerp and have found a place located on Leguit . However have found that this area is a red light district (http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/RightToKnow/AntwerpCampus2007.shtml).

Could anyone tell me whether that is true, and whether that is an unsafe place to live.

Thanks

Re: Areas to Avoid In Antwerp

by ATLC

It's a very long text at the link you're giving. What is it that you want to share about it?

Your accommodation at Leguit is only 1 km from Antwerp Hall, which seems to be the regular accommodation for your semester abroad.

Re: Areas to Avoid In Antwerp

by GyuriFT

IMHO it's just the usual hoax, people being scared on the other side of the ocean.

Looking at the link:

http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/RightToKnow/AntwerpCampus2007.shtml

It is obvious, where is comes from:

http://www.jmu.edu

It's really sad, people bite into that "safety hoax". Believe or not, yesterday it was Taipei on the row how "unsafe" it can be.

The biggest issues in Asia and Europe is the petty crime (pick-pocket, currency swindle) and car break-in/theft. The usual prevention is to put the wallet into better place, blend in with locals, never change money on the street, never leave anything in the car which would attract attention and buy/rent an car which has low appeal for thieves.

As for safety... precisely the owners/employees of the red light establishments are interested the most to keep the area reasonably safe. Otherwise no business. Of course no one is forced to visit a red light establishment and engage in a brawl.

Re: Areas to Avoid In Antwerp

by pieter_jan_v

According to our own Antwerpen VT page

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Antwerpen/Antwerp-358974/Warnings_or_Dangers-Antwerp-places_better_to_avoid_at_night-R-1.html

the most dangerous place is around the Central Station.
RLD is on the second place.

Personally I think the more you get to the harbours (up North) the more East European truckers you see hanging around.

Better write VT member irisbe an email; she is our Antwerp expert.

PJ

Re: Areas to Avoid In Antwerp

by irisbe

leguit is at the side of the Red light district.
If you don't take offence of pple behind windows offering themselfs... I guess it is ok.
You will not be far away from the new marina harbour, a very nice place in summer these days, you will not be far away from the university campus and from the little square named Stadswaag.

How did you got to the address? is it private or is it by intermediation of an agency or highschool/university?

p.s. the Leguit is not a bad little local pub. It was on our first VT pubcrawl and we had a lovely time there :)
It is also not so far from the Falconplein, used to be a Russian maffia runned place with all kinds of little shops with fake brands.
But as stated above, the locals have roared their mouths and it became a much nicer place now.
It is close to public transport as well.

It is also close to the exit of the guided tours of Antwerp beneath (sewages?).

I think there are less safer places in Antwerp.
and still it is a pretty safe place in the whole.

If you need some assistance with orientation once you got there, feel free to contact me. Not that I know all but I guess I know a little bit my way around there :)

Travel Tips for Antwerp

ANTWERP : THE 'GROTE MARKT'...

by annelies77

ANTWERP : THE 'GROTE MARKT'

Not as big as the 'Grand'Place' of Brussels, but certainly as beautiful is the 'Grote Markt' (= Town Square) of Antwerp. Here is still the heart of the old city. The Grote Markt is beautifully surrounded by the Town Hall and the so-called houses of the Guilds or corporations. In the background the tower of Our Lady's Cathedral completes the magnificent view.

The houses of the Guilds are unfortunately not the original ones. A large part of the Grote Markt burned down in 1576. Most of the houses were rebuilt afterwards by Hans Vredeman, the town architect, in Flemish Renaissance style. In the 19th century the houses were again renovated. The house number 7 is one of the most beautiful. It was the house of the guild of Archers and is crowned by the statue of St. George. The house number 25 , a reconstruction of a house that used to stand at the 'Meir' is situated on the spot were an Inn used to stand. This Inn was mentioned in the medieval play of 'Marieken van Nieumwhegen'. Nowadays the Grote Markt is one of the most pleasant squares in the city (certainly since traffic has been banned from it). During beautiful warm summer days most people choose this spot to enjoy a refreshing beer from one of the many terraces.

Antwerp, a church city

by Norali

Antwerp is what I call a church city. Churches everywhere, each one having some specificty. Please, notice that I only visited one of them but intend to visit some of them in a near future. Amongst the most important, find those:

The most important has its cathedral status: Onze Lieve-Vrouwkathedraal. It is located on Groundplaats. It spreads out on 1 ha. It is the biggest gothic cathedral of the old Low Countries (Belgium and Holland). Venerated since 9 centuries, it is Antwerp symbol. With its 123 meters high spire and strange bulb cupola, it can be seen from wherever you are in Antwerp area. I like the tower design, like a lacework in stone...

Carrolus Borromeus kerk... A lot to say: an exuberant baroque façade, in a style adopted by the Jesuits. It is located on Conscienceplaats, formerly known as Jezuitsplaats. It is reported to be partly the work of P.P.Rubens. For me, the most beautiful of what I saw. It has a tower of 58 meter height. Its name came from it was dedicated to the Italian archbishop Borromeo. The interior is said to be of an unbelievable wealth. Nevertheless, it had to pay a heavy toll to a grand fire in 1718 (39 ceiling paintings of Rubens). Interior is said to be somptuous with wide range of colours as for marble pieces... and worth noticing, it took the Jesuits some 7 years to build it. Imagine, only seven years. The Carolus Borromeus church uses to host sacred music concerts that are reported to attract melomans of all cultures, Christians and non-Catholics alike.

Sint Jacobskerk. It is the tomb of the Prince of Painting, Peter Paul Rubens. The Church has twenty-three altars. Rubens’ tomb lies behind the main altar in the Chapel of Our Lady. The painting ‘Our Lady surrounded by saints’ was painted by him for his burial monument. The only church I visited up to now in Antwerp is Sint Andrieskerk. For me, it may have been the most touching since it was designed for miserable people. I will return there for better pictures and more learning.

Sint Andrieskwartier is the area where Hendrik Conscience was born (XIX century). He is the first author who wrote in Flemish... very prolific and is said "to have taught Flemish people to read". Given his backgrounds, one can easily guess some dark, moralistic and romantic touch in him.

I saw there some eclectical interior setting: woodcurving, iron-stained glass, impressive embroidery... and a gown designed by Ann Demeulemesteer, on Virgin Mary, of course. This is the most unknown of Antwerp's churches though it contains some pieces of art. Like this baroque high altar, which originated from the former Cistercian Abbey of St. Bernard in Hemiksem. Some pictures would be in an upcoming Tlog.

And by the way, do you now Antwerp's second cathedral? Drop me a line or look for answer through my must-see activities.. :-)

Brabo Fountain

by isolina_it

Every time you visit Antwerp you should stop at the Grote Markt and greet the statue of Brabo. This little hero was a sailor who was navigating his ship down the river Scheldt. He had planned to sail past Antwerp with his cargo but there was an evil giant stopping every ship and demanding money to let them continue their journey. Brabo fought the giant, cut off the giant's hand and threw it in the water.
This story explains where the name of the city of Antwerp comes from. 'Hand werpen' in Flemish means 'throwing a hand'.

CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY

by LoriPori

Built between 1352 and 1521, an incredible 170 year span, the CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY or Onze Lieve Vrouw Kathedral, boasts a 123 metre high tower.
A masterpiece of lace work in stone, the magnificent Tower of the Cathedral contains a carillon of 47 bells.
Located on Handschoenmarkt, the Cathedral is clearly visible from most areas of the city.
Inside, you will find some world-famous paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, including " The Elevation of the Cross" -- "The Descent of the Cross" -- "The Assumption" and "The Resurrection"
Admission to the Cathedral is 2 Euros for Adults.

visit the flee markets!
the...

by irisbe

visit the flee markets!
the one at the picture is held every Sunday at the square 't Sand, Sint Pietersvliet. It is fun to go through all the old stuff (and second hand stuff).
Maybe you can buy yourself a few beerglasses to take with you?
They might be less expensive then the ones you buy in the regular shop... except if the model is old and became a collector's item!

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