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.
Cycling along the River Schelde
The cycle paths along the River Schelde are really excellent. And you can hop from bank to bank on the river ferries
The tastes – and customer service – of Mechelen
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!
St. Rumbold’s Tower, Mechelen: 538 steps to heaven!
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!
Tongerlo Abbey, Mechelen: The marvel of Flemish tapestries
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.
10 wonderful woodland walks in Flanders
Fancy a walk in the woods for some summer shade and coolness? Here’s 10 woodland walks in Flanders.
Border Park De Zoom. Friendly cows, unfriendly mosquitoes
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
Bizarre Belgium: Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau
A Belgian village thatâ€™s not in Belgium? Or is it? Visit the remarkable Baarle-Hertog and you might end up with more questions than answers.
Mechels Broek, Mechelen
My previous post introduced you to an area (Mollendaal Forest) that is ideal for young children. However, I do not recommend Mechels Broek for young… Read More »Mechels Broek, Mechelen
500 years of Mercator
Gerardus Mercator was a geographer, cartographer, scientific instrument maker and mathematician. Born on 5 March 1512, his mapping technique, the Mercator projection, changed the way… Read More »500 years of Mercator
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.