Turnhout Travel Guide

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Turnhout Things to Do

  • Beguinage...

    After your visit to the Chapel Theobaldus, walk back into the Paterstraat and stay going till you see on your right, the Korte Begijnenstraat. If you end this little street you will see in front of you the Beguinage.Turnhout possesses one of the most beautiful and most sober Beguine convents in Belgium. It was built in the 12th century. Over the...

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  • Taxandria museum...

    If you come outside the Beguinage you go to the right into the Begijnenstraat. On your left you will see the Taxandria museum. This museum takes you through a thousand years of history. Turnhout and the Kempen area are illustrated from prehistoric times up to the present. There are many finds, notable relics, important collections of coins, lace...

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  • Utopolis--movie Theater

    My bf and I lived in Netherlands but we always love to trave to Turnhout to visit Utopolis for watching our favorite movie flicks. In the Netherlands we do have cinemas although the not nice part is that they have what they call "pauze"or break in English. its in the middle of the movie and its annoying for us so we always go to Belgium for...

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  • First contact with historical Turnhout

    Reaching Turnhout by car is entering from the road E34 motorway.It will be difficult as from now till middle 2005 because the government is rebuilding the trafic policy and structure - so many roads are blocked. The first monument you will see is this old "Watertoren" - if it is still properly working - i do not know - but anyway - the gate to the...

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  • Het Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart

    After the walk you might get interested in a look in the world of playing cards. In Turnhout is the National Museum of Playing Cards and this is one of the few in it's kind in the world as well. Basis is of course the Turnhout grafical-paper industry that exports playing cards all over the world for about one century now (Carta Mundi). The museum...

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  • Heilige Hart-kerk = church of the holy...

    This large brickstone church is quite modern, though one wouldn't say that. It was built only in 1903 and has a 92 meters high tower (reaching higher then the Saint Pieter on the "Grote Markt". Remarkable too are the wonderful glass in lead windows (best seen from indoors.Like many already mentioned more modern "classics", this building was also...

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  • The only watertower left in all Flanders

    In the Warandestraat a tower rises up. This is a watertower, in the 19th and 20st century used to get pressure on the new water pipe system in modernised towns and villages. It amazes me somehow to find out that here in Turnhout stands the only remaining watertower in the whole of Flanders, while these buildings have been numerous around the first...

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  • Turnhout at the old turn of the century

    Turnhout, like many towns in this neighborhood on both sides of the Dutch Belgian border, tried hard to get certain industries settled in their neighborhoods. In these parts textile, shoe, tabacco and - especially for Turnhout - paper / grafical industry came in. The first mentioned however all got competed away in the 20st century by low-cost...

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  • Old orphinage, pressed away in a corner

    When we follow the castledreef along the schools, we suddenly go left into the "Wezenstraat". "Wezen" means "Orphins" in Dutch and we will notice why when we stand in front of the old orphinage. This monumental building deserves a better place in the list of Turnhout's heritage. It is pressed away behind the ugly monstrous buildings of some...

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  • Old iron scrap in the castle pond? NO!!!

    In the castle's pond you will find a sculpture "floating" on the water. This is Rik Poot's impression of the Greek mythological figure (a nymph) Najade. It is created in 1991 and is quite constrast full with the classic castle on it's backgound.

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  • Modern and classic go hand in hand

    In the "Paterstraat" one can see exquisit examples of how Turnhout tried to combine modern architecture while renovating many old monumental buildings. The "Paterspand" (Monch's building) is perhabs the most extreme building as the outer looks of this classic house are in shrill contrast to the attached buildings and the inside.Another remarkable...

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  • A local hero founded the grafical and...

    One of the columns on which Turnhout's economy is thriving is the paper industry. Nobody had imagined what would grew out to be, when Corbeels and his apprantice Brepols started a printing office here. Corbeels himself however got shot by the French as he printed anti-Napoleontic pamflets in the time. His student Brepols worked on and his printing...

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  • From monastry to institutial school

    From the castle one also watches along the long facade of the monastry that belongs to the beguinage, but will not have the same impressive views then it is offering you from here. The building now, together with all other buildings stretching along the "Kasteeldreef", is a huge educational complex, in which elementairy, higher and progressive...

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  • A closer look at the castle's history...

    In the 12th century the dukes of Brabant had the stronghold build out to a quite large castle. In the times that "Mary of Hungary" was ruleress of the Lowlands (part of the Habsburgian empire) it was known as the "Court of pleasures" which emphasised the luxereous status of the castle. After several ups and downs the castle degenerated in the 19th...

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  • The castle of the dukes of Brabant

    Leaving the Begijnhof and going right you will suddenly stand eye to eye with the castle of the dukes of Brabant. Surrounded by water, it's strong walls rise up for many meters high and on the walls small towers and roofchapels make it a pretty sight. The castle can be seen as the start of Turnhout, as around it a small village grew out to be the...

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Turnhout Restaurants

  • City Park...

    Years ago, this restaurant was a common pub and snack bar and was a very nice part of the city park. I remember very well that we were able to go for a swim and then go with wet clouts for a drink and snack. Some years ago, this place was taken over. Everything changed. Not aloud anymore for swimmers and well dressed people were the new rules. For...

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  • Excellent mussels...

    Tavern Tamboerke is a nice place to enjoy the view over the market square. The food and beers are very fine here. The most you find here Belgium cuisine, but also spaghettis and delicious mussels. The place has a second floor with nice antique furniture...

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  • Do you like it expencive...?

    Ter Driezen with its wonderful interior is the most expensive restaurant in town. The food is a la French cuisine and is delicious. A really must if you have Euros enough...

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Turnhout Nightlife

  • The market

    Nice bar with friendly people behind the bar. On Friday mostly visited by young people (age 16-25) and on Saturday more likly to find somewhat older people (20-40). On Thursday there's often a special event what we call in Flanders 'a TD'. That's a party for the students and it's always something different: Tequila night, Disco night, etc, etc no...

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  • Kempen nightlife is in Turnhout

    As being the capitol and centre of the region "Kempen" Turnhout is attracting a lot of youth and older youngsters that want have fun in the evenings and nights, especially in the weekends. Turnhout has many café's with terraces and offers also other partylife in dancings, (night)clubs and discotheques). Most café's and restaurants are around the...

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  • Let's watch a film in both Dutch and...

    On the market square of Turnhout one finds the "Kurzaal". The name would point out to a health care centre or spa-institute, but ... wrong! ... this is a cinema. Here you can watch films Belgian style, which means often four lines of subtitling underneath the images. Two sentences Dutch, two in French.

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Turnhout Transportation

  • Trains and Stations, follow the rails

    Turnhout is connected into the Belgian railway system (the second oldest in Europe after Britain, if I might add!). The station is in walking distance of the Gasthuisstraat and the Grote Markt, East of the centre. It connects Turnhout towards Antwerpen in a dead end construction.

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  • De Lijn, Flanders Public Bus Transport

    Getting to and around Trunhout can be done by the busses from "De Lijn". This is the mayor Flanders public bus transport service and they offers services between Turnhout and the nearby smaller villages and towns. The busses all look like the one in the picture and have as central point the Market Square.

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  • Turnhout, in between Eindhoven and...

    Turnhout is along the border of The Netherlands in the Mid North of Belgium (Kempen). By car one reaches this area fastest and this means of transort also gives you the freedom in getting around easier. The E34 (in Belgium A21 in The Netherlands A67) is passing the ring of Turnhout just halfway Eindhoven to Antwerpen (or vice versa). A map will...

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Turnhout Shopping

  • Small corridor of flowers

    From the back of the church across the street there is a small alley leading away in between a few shops. This is the "Bloemekes gang" or flower's corridor. This charming little gallery houses few of the nicest shops in Turnhout and is also just nice to walk through. It has a very own atmosphere and adds to the shopping pleasures in the Kempen...

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  • The place where you'll find the usual...

    Turnhout is still the regional centre if it's about shopping. Also Dutch from just over the border see Turnhout as a nice place to go shopping in. The main shoppingstreet leads away from the Market Square (Grote Markt) and is called the Gasthuisstraat. Fashion shops like Zara, H&M, C&A, We are here, but in the roads near it are also intresting...

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  • Combined: Nose around and drink a...

    The only shopping I like, or better say, looking around is every Sunday morning on the bric-a-brac market at the castle square.Combined with a Duvel (strong Belgium beer) in the bar of the Warande and nose around on the bric-a-brac market, my Sunday can’t break anymore...

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Turnhout Local Customs

  • Fri-days...

    Every year, on the market square they hold the so called Fri-days. This means that every Friday evening there is a concert from national and international bands. This event is free and is going on from end of June till end of August. Check the website for the bands. See for pictures of some concerts in my travelogue please...

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  • Open Tropen...

    Open Tropen is a multicultural music festival that is hold every year in begin July. Bands like the Wailers, Charanga Nueva and Tabu Ley Rochereau are well known under the experts among us...

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  • Sidewalk Cafe Theatre...

    Every year during the summer months we have a Sidewalk Cafe Theatre on the Market Place. This is a competition between several theatre groups during several weeks. It's always fun and artistic together with a nice (alcoholic) drink...

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Turnhout Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking direction to the marketplace

    While walking through the streets of Turnhoutdirection to the marketplace i saw this oldie - just a dream of many of us - A Ford Mustang II in best conditions !

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  • City Park...

    One of the nicest objects for me is this true scale copy of the glass dome of the Turnhout station, which was destroyed in World War 2...

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  • City Park...

    Over Whitsuntide every year a large, international meeting is organized for steam model enthusiast; this always coincides with the City Park Festival...

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Turnhout Sports & Outdoors

  • Archery...

    There is also a possibility for archery in the city park. I do not know a thing from this sport and can not tell you how it is working. The only thing I know am that they are shooting on a plume.Maybe you will know what I mean when you see the picture...

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  • Athletics...

    An athletics track you find also in the city park.I don’t know you are able to train by yourself. Maybe you have to be a member from some athletics squad. People who are interested to do some activities here, better ask in the park somewhere ;-)Off course it is always aloud to watch...

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  • Fishing...

    When you have a fishing permission, you can angle in the following fishing areas:Lake 2 ha city park;The Mellevijver (Lake Melle);The channel Dessel-Schoten...

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Religious statues always watching over us
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The pride of Turnhout's monumental list
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Monument marks the start for a walk
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Monumental houses on the Grote Markt
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Saint Pieter's, take a look on the inside
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Saint Pieter's, highest point on the market square
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The house of "Stad and Vrijheid" Turnhout
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A step away from the marketsquare: "Hofjes"
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Centre of any town, the marketsquare
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Castle of Dukes
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The Gallery
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Entrance to the castle
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"Heilig Graf Instituut"
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Castle of dukes
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A specific corner on the great marketplace
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Carte Mundi Museum ( van speelkaart)
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Dark Belgie Brune
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Light Beer
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Enjoy the beautiful garden...
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Trein Station...
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Warande...
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Sint Pieters kerk...
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Theobaldus kapel...
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Paterspand...
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