I included Stadpark as a sports activity as there is are trails many locals use for running around and through the park. There are several lakes, and hills that create a nice place where I could do my morning work out routine. Also there were severaly conveniently located bicycle stands where I could drop off or pick up a city bike. In the morning there were only a few of us in the park. If were a kid I would enjoy the park equipment.
For people who want to include in their stay an exciting sports activity, several indoor climbing walls in the greater Antwerp area are available, such as Wallstreet, Klim Indoor, Klimzaal Blok (bouldering). Further from the city (approx. 20 minutes by car) one of Belgium's largest indoor climbing halls, Klimax, awaits the adventurous traveller, in the town of Breendonk by the A12 highway to Brussels.
Equipment: Climbing shoes can be rented at the gyms but sneakers will do just as well for a try out. Climbing gear can be rented at the gyms as well. Comfortable clothing is a plus when climbing.
Not an extreme sport activity - but good for the soul - strolling around in a Park in the surroundings of Antwerp.
The Park is open for walking purposes !
And at the end of the lane - maybe the private
rooms of Danielle !
Equipment: Walking shoes
This swimming pool is located in a park and is very ancient. Very popular spot for young people in summer. The pool is kidney-shaped and even if you see a huge crowd lying on the grass, there is always place for everybody to swim.
Price: about 3 euros
Equipment: bathing suit + towel or other thing to lay on
Each year in December you can go ice skating for free in Antwerp at "de grote markt" round the statue of Brabo with a magnificent view on the city hall and the cathedral.Especially in the evening when it is allready dark it is wonderfull.
Equipment: Your ice skates or you can rent them at a very cheap price.If you bring your own it is free.
A nice way to get a different view on Antwerp' Left Bank and some of its neighbouring communities is the bicycle trail touring through them, called "St-Annekesroute". Starting at the Left Bank entrance to the pedestrian tunnel it leads through several neighbouring communities after having made a small tour of Left Bank itself. Tourist sights of importance along the way are, among others, Castle Cortewalle in the town of Beveren and some of the ancient forts that used be around the city. The end leads along a large avenue along the banks of the river providing a great view on the older city across the river.
If you don't want to rust while staying in Antwerp you can go to the many fitness centres in town.
I have visited one in the Diepestraat.
It is clean and the public is very colourful and the welcome is very warm.
The business is run by Abdel, who just became father for the very first time (anno 2002).
Equipment: Sport cloths, shirt, t-shirt