Take Highway A12 from Antwerp to Rotterdam. Take exit 15 "Kapellen". At the traffic lights go right, and back right over the bridge. After the bridge, go right at the traffic lights. And turn right at the 6th street "Vierkerkenstraat". At the end of this small street is a parking and a pedestrian brigde over the highway leading to the Put van...more
Train: take the train from Antwerp to Essen and get off in 'Ekeren'. Walk towards the centre via the Veltwijcklaan. The entrance (Kasteel Veltwijck) is about 10 minutes walk.Bus: take bus no. 77 to 'Ekeren Markt'. The entrance through the castle is about 5 minutes walk.On the map you can see some red dotted lines, this are all the walking paths and...more
In the 1980s trees were planted, and an area was created for walking and relaxing. It is, although, forbidden to swim or to do any kind of watersport. One exception though is diving, but for this you need a licence from the city of Antwerp. Read more about diving in my sports tip.more
"Recreatiedomein Muisbroek", known by locals as "Put van Ekeren" is an unique piece of splendid nature in the middle of a busy world port. It's a great place for relaxing. The ponds accommodate a large number of domestic fish types and are a restplace for waterfowl and migrating birds.more
The Put van Ekeren is well known by local divers. It's a good place for keeping in shape with your diver skills. The pool is 18 m deep and accommodates a large number of fish: roach, carp, perch, eel, pike and loach. Also crawfish and mussels are present. Furthermore, this pool has been known for its wealth of fossile sea shells.
You need a licence from the city of Antwerp to dive here and you can only use the left side of the pool. Read all about it on the website below (only in Dutch).
Equipment: Bring all your equipment from home. There are no accommodations here.
It took me 36 years to discover this lovely place. It's only 7 km away from where I live. I knew of its existence, but just thought, it was a pool in the middle of the harbour, not attractive at all. Well, I definitely was wrong about that. The pool is surrounded by trees (you don't see much of the harbour), there's a walking path around the pool...more