Sense-Sations is an opportunity to sample the delights of Mechelen’s local food and drink specialties. I was invited by Mechelen Tourism to test it out. It was fun, and if you do it, you might be able to “click” with the shop assistants better than I did!
The province of Antwerp is the most northerly province of Belgium. Its capital is the city of Antwerp but its other major cities are Mechelen and Turnhout, all of which are worth discovering. Its countryside however is not to be forgotten, from the Schelde Estuary to Kalmthout Heath and Mechels Broek. Also recommended are some great cycle routes along the River Schelde; particularly attractive around Bornem.
The 538 steps up St. Rumbold’s Tower Mechelen are worth the effort, for the views from the top are breathtaking Looming over Mechelen market square… Read More »St. Rumbold’s Tower, Mechelen: 538 steps to heaven!
Flanders was renowned for its beautiful tapestries from the 15th century onwards. A Saturday morning visit to Tongerlo Abbey in Mechelen will open your eyes to the beauty of Flemish tapestries.
Located a short car ride from Antwerp (or 20 minutes by train from Antwerp to Heide station), the Border Park De Zoom extends over six… Read More »Border Park De Zoom. Friendly cows, unfriendly mosquitoes
Covering 12 hectares and with a collection of over 7,000 rare trees and shrubs and many more perennials, Kalmthout Arboretum to the north of Antwerp has become known worldwide. It’s well worth a visit at any time of the year.
Between the villages of Moerbeke and Wachtebeke, a few kilometres to the east of Sint-Niklaas, lies the Heidebos, a large nature reserve incorporating deciduous and coniferous forests as well as a vast expanse of heath land. Three signposted walks start from the car park on Fortstraat; all are ideal for young children.Read More »Heidebos near Moerbeke
First, a word of caution. If you are looking for a gentle Sunday afternoon stroll in a pretty park with a conveniently located waffle-van, then the Verdronken (Drowned) Land of Saeftinghe near Antwerp isn’t for you. It’s muddy, it’s exposed, and there’s no waffle-van for kilometres. But if you are looking for a huge dose of fresh sea air, some peace and solitude, and a touch of wilderness, then it’s definitely worth a visit.Read More »The Drowned Land of Saeftinghe