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    Hand – symbol of Antwerp

    by Diana75 Written Jan 3, 2006

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    According to the legend of Brabo the name of Antwerp comes from: hand (English: hand) and werpen (English: to throw).
    Although the legend seems to be untrue, the “hand” is still the symbol of Antwerp.
    Thus the hand also appears in the town flag.

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    Look out for the statues guarding street corners

    by londonbabe Written Jan 30, 2005

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    As you're wandering round the back streets (perhaps looking for just one more bar to have a warming drink) do watch out for the beautifully carved statues, often of the Virgin Mary, which are placed at first floor level on many street corners.

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    You need a bike...

    by belgianchocolate Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    Antwerp has got a lot to offer if you like
    architecture and it is a city that lives.
    Meaning you can find Gothic monuments as
    well as modern architecture.

    Therefor the tourist board has got a
    architecture bike route - 37 km to enjoy
    architecture.

    Contact : bump in at the tourist office
    at the 'grote markt' or on the 'Astrid plein'

    The picture was taken on the zuiderdokken
    near the zuiderpershuis , where the route
    passes.

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    Through town there are several...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Through town there are several routes that the touristorganisation of Antwerpen has created. An example is the 'Architecture-route', that even leads you through the heavy petro-chemical industry-areas of Hoboken and shows you many styles in building, throughout the last few centruries.

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    Most tourists are only...

    by seraphim Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Most tourists are only interested in the city centre. But if you would like to spend a day off the beaten path, I could suggest a tour that will take you to the suburbs of Deurne, Borgerhout and Berchem. This are not rich neighbourhoods (except Cogels-Osylei), and especially Borgerhout has a bad name, but you'll be perfectly safe here. Take tram 8 or 11 to their terminus at Eksterlaar. The Boekenbergpark is near. The main attraction here is an open air swimming pool. There's been talk of closing it down, but I hope this will never happen. Some very brave people also swim here in winter, they call themselves 'polar bears'. Brrrrr. A little further (just follow the tram tracks) is another park called Boelaerpark. This is very near my house, and I went to school here for 9 years. On nice days, I like to walk around here or sit on a bench and just watch people. After you've been here, take a tram or walk to Berchem station. Here begins a very famous street: the Cogels-Osylei, with houses built in art nouveau-style. You'll find many beautiful examples in this street and the surrounding area. Unfortunately they're not all in perfect state. Near this street (again just follow the tram tracks) is a nice neighbourhood-square called the Dageraadplaats. On this square is one of the best pubs in Antwerp: 't Zeezicht.

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