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Private Tour: Antwerp Trip from Brussels
"Start your day trip with a hotel pickup from your Brussels hotel and travel north to the city of Antwerp — Belgium’s second largest city. Home to the country’s largest port Antwerp boasts maritime heritage as well as artistic history and luckily for you this private tour covers it all.When you arrive begin with a walking tour past the Vleeshuis also known as the Butcher’s Hall. Work your way past the age-old houses of the city center
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3 Hour Private Highlights with Non-Classic Stories Tour in Antwerp
"Start your trip in Antwerp with this highlights tour with your private guide Etienne. During the tour you will get to see the best architecture buildings local street and hear interesting answers to some peculiar questions. Start your tour at the Grand Market Place following a stop here you will get to discover in mini-alleys where you get to escape the crowds and take in relaxing vibe of this beautiful city. You'll also get to enjoy the water as you'll be visiting the riverside and the castle in Antwerp. such as: where were they hiding the poor people in the earlier days?If you want to see Antwerp in a nutshell this is the tour for you. Let your guide Etienne know if you want to see anything in particular he'll be happy to create a personalized tour for you. Here is your itinerary: 10:00 - Central Station discovery11:00 - Jewish neighborhood walk12:00 - Diamond area exploration12:30 - Coffee & Chatting Stop About Etienne""
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Private Tour: Antwerp Trip from Brussels
"Start your day trip with a hotel pickup from your Brussels hotel and travel north to the city of Antwerp — Belgium’s second largest city. Home to the country’s largest port Antwerp boasts maritime heritage as well as artistic history and luckily for you this private tour covers it all.When you arrive begin with a walking tour past the Vleeshuis also known as the Butcher’s Hall. Work your way past the age-old houses of the city center
From EUR107.00

traffic related warnings Tips (8)

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

If you come by car to Antwerp be aware you will hit a road construction zone somewhere.

More info:
Present road construction at Antwerp
Construction at the Antwerp highway exits and more

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pieter_jan_v
Dec 11, 2014

Reading a map!

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?

The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.

This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when a man is asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!

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Jerelis
Nov 29, 2011

Ever heard of a "Bussluis" ?


You will find these signs at the border of the Schelde in Antwerp. The signs deny access to all vehicles, except for busses. You better obey to the rules. As you can see, there has been constructed a rather deep hole in the road a little further. If you try to pass your car, it will fall in this hole (the wheelbase being smaller then the ones of busses).

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kbl
Feb 06, 2005

Shortage of parking lots

I arrived to Antwerp early morning before morning rush hours. So I didn't have problem to find out a place on a street to park my car in a downtown - very close to Grote Markt (Big Market Square).
But when I came to my car back after a few hours I got to know how lucky I was with early morning arriving - there was shortage of parking places on streets (park-meters there).

My suggestions:
- if it's possible park your car before say 7.30 am,
- if you can't find any free place for your car on a street follow the direction signs (P) to toll underground or multi-story parking lots (hmm... more expensive),
- never, never park your car where it's prohibited (bus stops, yellow lines along the sidewalk, in front of an exit etc.); I noticed that they used to tow away cars (expensive, I am sure),
- I noticed quite many cars parked on streets with park-meters but with no tickets inside. Hmm... I was told that police (or city guard?) gives tickets for it but it didn't cost much, so... not my recommendation anyway.

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matcrazy1
Jan 03, 2004
 
 
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Traffic is dangerous and often...

Traffic is dangerous and often deadly.

Too many people still get injured, or worse, die because of traffic accidents.

We can't say it enough, pls drive careful, don't cross the speedlimits, if necessary stay way under the limits if the weathercircumstances are bad.

Learn to anticipate with children in traffic, they are so vulnerable.

A car or a bigger vehicle are potential wheapons in the wrong hands.

If possible, ban the car in the city and take the public transportation, bus, tram, train.

Don't take your car for short trips.
Walk or cycle, much more healthy and you get there much more faster without frustrations of traffic jam and lack of parking space.

And if you still need a car, then take care about the following rules:

NEVER drink and drive

NEVER park on pedestrian walksides

NEVER park on bicycle tracks

NEVER use a bicycle track to pass a car that is bothering your because you think it is going to slow

NEVER get mad at low speed motorbicycles of which you think they should use the bicycles track, some of the tracks ARE FORBIDDEN FOR THE ONES SPEEDING UP TO 25 KM AND THEY ARE OBLIGED TO DRIVE ON THE STREET!

ALWAYS stop if you see a pedestrian wanting to cross the road, ESPECIALLY on a marked cross over (zebra).

ALWAYS stop for bicyclers that do the same, walking next to their cycle, the moment they take their bicycle at hand they turn into a pedestrian.

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irisbe
Aug 25, 2002

I've seen some warnings about...

I've seen some warnings about the antwerp (goes for most cities in Belgium) parking problems.

1. Never, ever, ever park where it is prohibited (tresspassing, bus-stations, yellow lines on the sidewalk, in front of an exit, ...) You car will be towed away and you will have to paye the fine before they will release your car.

2. When parking in a public place where you must pay a parking-meter and a ticket is issued that must be left in the car, the choice is yours: you can choose to pay, collect the ticket and leave it in the car OR you can choose not to pay. When the police will find your car without the ticket in it, they will leave you an invitation to pay a halfday parking ticket. This will be something between 350 and 500 francs (about 9 to 12 euro). My expirience learns me that the both systems are equal in price in the long run. If you receive this invitation, PAY IT RIGHT AWAY, otherwise they will send you a new ticket after a few days, claiming 1500 francs (about 40 euro).

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kbl
Aug 24, 2002

Ok, you can easily park in a...

Ok, you can easily park in a no-parking area ... but pls don't follow my example continuing to park in the same no-parking area for a month ... policemen are kind but they're not dumb and they'll remove your car ... result: 5000 BEF !!!!

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mauro_pd
Aug 24, 2002

PARKING

I recommend to use the parking garages. If you park on the street at the wrong spot you car may be towed away!

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pieter_jan_v
Dec 21, 2012
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belgianchocolate

"Drink the Elixir!"
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irisbe

"Antwerp and area, viewed through the camera"
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benidormone

"The biggest city of Flanders"
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Norali

"Pampered in Antwerp and a Bangelijke meeting :)"
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Helga67

"'t Stad: My Antwerp"
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Things to Do Near Antwerp

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Royal Flemish Opera - Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera

The two largest cities in Flanders, Antwerp and Ghent, had two separate opera companies until 1981, when the two companies were merged to form the Flemish Opera. Now this joint opera company presents...
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Zoo

I know we visited the zoo in Antwerp. It was near the railway station which had some bomb damage. The zoo is one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. After the war (and after our...
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Stadspark

Located in the Jewish neighbourhood and often referred to as City Park,Stadspark is a 14 hectare park in the centre of the city.It has the shape of a triangle whose base to the south and the top to...
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Bourla Theater & Lounge

The Bourla Theatre is worth visiting whether you are going to a performance or not. The building looks great from the outside and inside. This theatre is from the 19th century and has 900 seats....
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Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

This small but attractive museum is named after the Antwerp art collector Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) and features many of the works of art that he collected in the late nineteenth...
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Cathedral of Our Lady

Considered the largest Gothic Cathedral in the lowlands, as it has been rebuilt over the 100's of years there are elements of renaissance, rococco and baroque in the architecture, as well as...
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