Stabroek Travel Guide

  • Ravenhof
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  • Ravenhof & park
    Ravenhof & park
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  • foto by Frederik , B-free
    foto by Frederik , B-free
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Stabroek Things to Do

  • Molen op zandvliet

    A big renovation by the flemish government , some enthusiastic people...And this mill is working again in the weekend.You can visit the mill during the weekends.Take some pictures?In the future there will also be a possibility to have a drink.For now you'll just have to be happy buying bread.The bread and the sweets are baked by't bakkerke -...

  • The Harbor , a land of his own...

    The harbor is a land on its own.It is quit a large area and the fourth harbor in the world.It is huge!It is a strange landscape with chimneys , cranes , containers , reservoirs...Some people get impressed and they are of a weird beauty.If you want to take atmospheric pictures go in the evening..(best in wintertime) , when the sun is low and the...

  • Berendrecht - herons , a litle castle...

    'Het kasteeltje van Berendrecht' -' the little castle from Berendrecht' is not know for it's amazing beauty or whatever...But it is known for something special.In 1902 the first couple of Blue Heron (ardea cenerea) landed in front of the little castle.They where the first of what was becoming the largest colony once in Europe.Now the castle is the...


Stabroek Restaurants

  • 't Koetshuis

    't Koetshuis is located on the grounds of the Ravenhof, surrounded by a lovely forest 'Moretusbos'. The building used to be the coach house of the castle, hence the name.They are open from 10 a.m. until late at night. You can just have a drink and/or a little snack on the terrace after your walk in the forest, or you can come at night for a fine...

  • Het Koetshuis

    This brasserie-restaurant is beautifully located in the Moretusbos, a forest on the Belgian/Dutch border. Originally the 'Koetshuis' was the coach house of the castle Ravenhof.You're welcome here for a full meal, but also for just a drink or afternoon coffee.The food was very good, and attractively dressed on the plates. Very friendly service.In...

  • La Pipe

    Brandnew, IMO not yet fully operational (visited for lunch Nov. 24, 2005).Trendy bar-brasserie, young atmosphere, coldish with nothing (yet) on the walls. Long benches on both sides of the narrow dining room and uncomfy chairs (without back rest) at the really small bistro tables. Colours of the interior are rather dark gray and reddish. Open for...


Stabroek Transportation

  • By bike!

    Again the 'toeristische federatie provincie Antwerpen ' - 'touristic federation province Antwerp'has been so nice to take the initiative toset out a route.This is pat called 'gansrijdersroute'.-'goose riding route'and it takes you 49 km true the polders.

  • The car

    An obvious tip , the best way to explore the harbor and the villages is the car.Or at least your own transport.If there is public transport it is rather limited.A visit will take houres by bus...If you want to check anywaywww.delijn.befor busses. (make a phonecall for information)

  • How to get to Ravenhof/Moretusbos?

    Coming from Antwerp, follow Highway A12, direction Bergen Op Zoom/Rotterdam (NL), take exit 13 (Stabroek), turn right and follow the main road for approximately 3 kms. You have to pass 2 traffic lights. Turn left into the 'Plantinlaan' and at the end of the Plantinlaan, left again where you will see the castle on your left after a couple of metres.


Stabroek Local Customs

  • Gansrijden (Goose riding)

    "Gansrijden" is a folkloric game which still exists in some villages in the north of Antwerp near the Dutch border (Stabroek, Hoevenen, Lillo, Berendrecht, Zandvliet, Ekeren). A dead goose is hung upside down on the gallows. The participants dressed in traditional uniforms (every village has its own colours) ride on a Belgian heavy horse to the...

  • What I think about it?

    I got no idea.It feels at least a bit strange to seean animal used this way.And no I didn't wait to see the head get ripped off.Personally I like to see the goose like in the picture.The villages got lots of water birds in the areabecause of the schelde but also a lot oflakes and ponds.Weird to see rare birds in this industrial setting near the...

  • And the woman?

    The woman have got their own competition.The winner can't apply for 'emperor'.The nice thing about their competition isthat the price money is for charity purpose.That price money can get as high as 6000 euro.


Stabroek Sports & Outdoors

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    by Helga67 Written Jul 20, 2003

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    Moretusbos is not only a great place for walking your dog, but there are also special paths for mountainbikers and cyclists.

    Moretusbos, Stabroek
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Cycling

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Stabroek General

  • Antwerp beer

    Although, the castle and forest are off the beaten path, you will not return home thirsty. On the grounds of the castle, there is a tavern "'t Koetshuis" that serves good Antwerp beer on draught ;-)

  • A Great place for walking

    There are 3 walking paths starting in front of the Ravenhof leading into the Moretusbos. Each of the 3 paths has its own color. Just follow the marked posts and they will bring you to some lovely parts of the forest.Red: "Het pronkstuk van de jonker" 6 kmBlue: "Geldbergpad" 4 kmYellow: "Het Smokkelpad" 3 kmHave a look at my travelogue for more...

  • Gloriette

    When you walk the lane in front of the Ravenhof, you will come across a lovely little building on a sandy hill. This is the 'Gloriette'. A teahouse, built by the Moretus family in 1768. It is said that they also built a long underground corridor leading from the castle to the teahouse.


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