outside of the city
the scheldt polders
To the north of Antwerp, the River Scheldt meanders through a green and expansive polder landscape. The expanding port of Antwerp unfortunately led to the demise of various polder villages, but the beauty of the Scheldt polders continues to draw in those who know the area. They are ideally suited to cycling and walking tours. E.g. Go to Lillo by bike and use the free ferry service departing from Doel (between Easter and end September, regularly on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and bridge days). Another refreshing walk is through the ‘verdronken land van Saeftinghe’ (the nature reserve of the drowned land of Saeftinghe), or 3,580 hectares of schorren (marshes with brackish water).