Hotel Les Nuits

Lange Gasthuisstraat 12, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium
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Day trip from Antwerp

by alex0312


I was just wondering if there are any good day-trips from Antwerp. I am sure there are many interesting towns around Antwerp, but if you could only see 1 or 2 where would you go for day-trips?

Thanks for any help,

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by titabell

According to my friends who had already been here, Brugge is worth a visit. It is about an hour with the train from Antwerp. Visit the Brugge pages in this site and find out if you'll be convinced.

Bon Voyage!


Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by diosh

Definitely Brugge and Brussels as well, of course- especially if you'll be there for the Christmas markets time! Look at my pages?

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by hawkhead


Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by alex0312

I'm sorry but I completely forgot to mention that we've already visited Bruge and Brussels in May 2007. We couldn't fit Antwerp into the trip so we are going there next and since we'll have about 5 days there, I was thinking of a day trip or 2 just to see some small towns around Antwerp. Plus I love local food that's not prepared according to what tourists like and it's done the way it has always been done.

Thanks a lot

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by Museeuw

Mechelen and Lierse are quite nice.

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by irisbe

that was what I had in mind
Mechelen and Lier
without a guide you will miss a bit,but still worth visiting.

you could combine Mechelen with Fort of Breendonk maybe?

that is a WWII historical site.

Leuven is pretty nice too

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by Museeuw

Leuven is indeed very nice!

And of course it's Lier and not Lierse, which is the name of the football club. :-)

Re: Day trip from Antwerp


If you have already been to Brussels and Bruges, then my vote goes to Ghent. Lovely place, well worth visiting.

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by Sjalen

Gent and Leuven are my contributions :)

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by shigehiro

Exactly in the same situation as original poster's...
But thinking of going to Brussel.
How long does train journey take from Antwerp to Brussel? and which train to take? Thalys?


Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by Museeuw

Hey! A train journey from Antwerp Central to Brussels Central takes about 40 minutes. There are several trains per hour. No Thalys, just the normal train. You can look up the schedule on

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by shigehiro

thanks! found it!

Re: Day trip from Antwerp

by irisbe

don't forget if you can have a reduced price ticket (age or weekend or group)

Travel Tips for Antwerp

You had better take a good...

by Ronald_T

You had better take a good look at this picture of the Central Train Station because it may take years before you will have the opportunity to admire this magnificent building in all its splendour. The façades have been in scaffolding for two years now and will be for the next to come. However, what is worse, due to distasteful restoration the Main Hall been ruined and its beautiful dome hidden from view by a false ceiling. On the other hand, the glorious original Cafeteria has been untouched so far and is there for you to enjoy.

For more pictures and info, look into my Central Station travelogue please…


by Helga67

The old town of Antwerp is full of beautiful houses, erected in Flemish style. Just stroll along the streets around the 'Grote Markt' (Market Square) and 'Groenplaats' and enjoy the views and make lots of pics.


by LoriPori

The Saga behind the STATUE OF BRABO goes something like this:
The Schelde River was dominated by the Giant -- Dryoon Antigoon -- who charged a heavy toll on all passing ships. Those who refused to pay, paid an even higher price -- their hand was cut off. Along comes a Roman Soldier -- Silvius Brabo -- who killed the Giant, cut off his huge hand and tossed it into the Schelde River. Thus according to this legend, the basics for the name of the city *** Hand -- Werpen ( werpen - to throw ) .
The Statue of Brabo, by sculptor Jeff Lambeaux in 1887, can be seen in the Grote Markt in front of the Stadhuis.

Lange Wapper

by tompt

In front of the Steen, the castle-like building along the banks of the Schelde, you will find a statue of Lange Wapper. Two drunk citizens are staring up at him.
Lange Wapper is a legend, probably orginated from the large wooden cranes that were used to transport water from the river to the many breweries in the city. These cranes with long moveable arms in the often foggy weather got imagination going.....

The Wapper looks like...

by irisbe


The Wapper looks like a little square at your right on the Meir when you keep the Central Station in your back.

It is in this street that you can find the Rubens Museum and it connects the Meir with the Theatre and Fashion district. Rather not so fondest memory:

Not all times this Wapper looked like a square.

Until the 60ties, it consisted out of two narrow streets with houses on the spot of the fountain.

But some very honestly project developers thought that if they demolish those old houses they could make an EXIT!!!! of the HIGHWAY!!!! directly coming into the CENTER!!! of the city!

I think a lot of profit must have been sticking on this project to tear down historical buildings and get a excit of a highway in almost the middle of this historical centre!!!

Lucky there were still people with brains and a little contra political power that could convince the responsables that if you have an excite... it means the cars need to be going SOMEWHERE!!???

So where were they supposed to go?
They would have been obliged to tear down more historical beautiful houses in order to make a road to let the cars drive further into the city.
Oef!!! Someone listened!!!

So no highway excit (people who have been on the highway around Antwerp will know how crazy this idea must have been!!! the idea of a lunatic!) but the houses at the Wapper were gone, so they just made the place look a little nicer and added a fountain.

Some other *** however decided to build a very VERRRY UGGLY tourist information desk just in front of the beautiful house of Rubens.

Now you can forget to put it nicely on a picture.

The UGGLY AQUARIUM is blocking the nice view!!!

Do people that come up with these kind of infrastructure ever get carried away in a long with coat with their arms tied up ??? in a little white van with a bleu flickering light on it?

Or worse... Do these people actually get PAID??? for those architectural monsters?

Every time I look at it I feel that the good taste of esthetics is raped again :-((

Pls Antwerp, hasn't it been enough???


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