Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #2 in Antwerpen, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 11 sights
Distance 4.6 km
Ascend 50 m
Descend 45 m

Experience Antwerpen in Belgium in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Individual Sights in Antwerpen

Sight 1: Kattendijkdok

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The Kattendijk dock is located in the north of Antwerp and connects to the Verbindingsdok and the Suez dock, which in turn connects to the America dock and Albert dock. It is located in a north-south axis. The Kattendijk dock was excavated and extended in several phases, namely from 1860, 1869 to 1881.

Wikipedia: Kattendijkdok (NL), Heritage Website

1112 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 2: Red Star Line Museum

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Red Star Line Museum

The Red Star Line Museum is a museum in Antwerp about the history of the Red Star Line, which opened on 28 September 2013.

Wikipedia: Red Star Line Museum (NL), Website

775 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 3: Willemdok

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The Willemdok is located in the north of Antwerp and is located next to the older Bonaparte dock. The Willemdok has a length of 378 m and a width of 198 m. At 6 m, the dock is slightly deeper than the Bonaparte dock. The Willemdok was designed and constructed in 1803-1812 by a decree of 26 July 1803 by Napoleon Bonaparte and came into use in 1813 as "le grand bassin". Like the Bonaparte Dock, it was designed by Nicolas Mengin. In 1815, the King of the Netherlands donated it to the City of Antwerp.

Wikipedia: Willemdok (NL), Heritage Website

330 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 4: Verbindingsdok

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The Verbindingsdok is located in the north of Antwerp and connects the Willemdok with the Kattendijkdok. The Verbindingsdok is 85 metres long by 50.18 metres wide and is 3.33 metres deep and was built in 1869. From here on the Willembrug, a swing bridge that has been permanently taken out of service, the dock depth will be 3.33 metres. On the north side of the dock is the London Bridge of 17.17 metres passage width for ships. The London Bridge is a folding bridge with 2 lanes. It connects the wide Amsterdamstraat, from the Rijnkaai, to the newly constructed Londenstraat. The London Bridge was equipped with emergency axle doors that were demolished in 1978.

Wikipedia: Verbindingsdok (Antwerpen) (NL), Heritage Website

217 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 5: Nassaubrug

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Nassaubrug Rafaël Delaedt (Arafi) / CC BY-SA 2.5

The Nassau Bridge is a bridge in the Antwerp port area on the right bank of the Scheldt. The bridge is located over the narrow connection between the Bonaparte dock and the Willem dock in the old port of Antwerp, connecting the dock complex with the Eilandje and the Sint-Laureiskaai on the north side of the Bonaparte dock. It is the oldest bridge in the port of Antwerp, built in 1867 and repaired for the first time in 1912.

Wikipedia: Nassaubrug (Antwerpen) (NL), Heritage Website

76 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 6: Museum aan de Stroom

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The MAS, or Museum aan de Stroom, is a museum in Antwerp that opened on 14 May 2011. The MAS has eight exhibition spaces and a collection of approximately 600,000 objects. The focus of the MAS is the connection between Antwerp and the world. The history, art and culture of the port city of Antwerp, international trade and shipping and art and culture from Europe, Africa, Asia, America and Oceania are central.

Wikipedia: Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) (NL), Website

63 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Bonapartedok

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The Bonaparte dock is located in the north of Antwerp in the port area near the Eilandje. The Bonaparte dock is located on the Rijnkaai, which runs on the west side of Antwerp's oldest dock, where hangar 26 is located, in which the Antwerp regional TV channel ATV is located. On the other side of this warehouse on the Bonapartegeuldam is the tavern and disco bar "Stuurboord" located on the top floor. To the east and in connection lies the Willemdok.

Wikipedia: Bonapartedok (NL), Heritage Website

384 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 8: Stadsarchief Sint-Felix pakhuis

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The Stapelhuis Sint-Felix, now called Felixpakhuis, is a monumental warehouse from 1858, on Godefriduskaai no. 30 in Antwerp, with a central passage to the Oudeleeuwenrui. Since 2006, the Antwerp City Archives Felix Archive has been located in the building. It is located on the Willemdok, opposite the MAS or the Museum on the Stroom, in the 't Eilandje district.

Wikipedia: Stapelhuis Sint-Felix (NL), Heritage Website

371 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 9: Hessenhuis

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The Hessenhuis is a historic building in the north of Antwerp, on the Hessenplein of the same name, the Oude Leeuwenrui, the Starch and Falconrui, and Hessenbrug, which connects to the Paardenmarkt. Today, it houses an exhibition hall and a gay café.

Wikipedia: Hessenhuis (NL), Heritage Website

1253 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 10: Lange Wapper

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Lange Wapper is a Flemish folkloric character. He is a legendary giant and trickster whose folk tales were told especially in the city of Antwerp and its neighbouring towns, but similar tales are also prominent in other Flemish cities.

Wikipedia: Lange Wapper (EN)

65 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Het Steen

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Het Steen is a medieval fortress in the old city centre of Antwerp, Belgium, one of Europe's biggest ports. The surviving structure was built between 1200 and 1225 as a gateway to a larger castle of the Dukes of Brabant which was demolished in the 19th century. As the first stone fortification of Antwerp, Het Steen is Antwerp's oldest building and used to be part of its oldest urban centre. The words "Het Steen", translated from Dutch mean "the rock" in English, although that is not the equivalent etymological meaning.

Wikipedia: Het Steen (EN), Url, Heritage Website


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