Touring around (and in) the MAS

Old Docks, Cadix and Montevideo… the once so faded docklands are rejuvenating. Today we call them ‘het Eilandje’ – because the neighbourhood was formerly enclosed by water when the locks of the Bonapartedok and the Verbindingsdok were open. A fascinating walk along Antwerp’s first docks. 

Just north of the Red-Light District the old port district of the ‘Eilandje’ is getting a second chance.  Port operations are making way for water tourism and a spectacular urban renewal process.  Between the Scheldt, the picturesque old docks and the new ‘Park Spoor Noord’ landscape park the town council and real estate developers are building an attractive neighbourhood. Here you are witness to a real urban metamorphosis!
 
Along a beautiful waterfront you can admire the splendid galleria of MAS | Museum Aan de Stroom.
Elsewhere in the neighbourhood you will encounter historic warehouses which were refurbished and now have a new role, such as the Felix archive. The ‘Eilandje’ is slowly but surely becoming a comfortable haven of water, space, magnificent contemporary architecture, cosy pavement pubs and culture.
 
The trail takes you along: GODEFRIDUSKAAI - NAPELSSTRAAT - LONDEN BRIDGE - NASSAU BRIDGE - MAS.
 
It includes a short visit - if open to: the reception area of MAS and the Felix archive.
You can ascend the galleria of MAS - if open - via the escalators and enjoy an unforgettable panorama of the city and port!
 
Start and finish: MAS square, Hanzestedenplaats 1.


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