Precious new life was breathed into an abandoned 24-hectare railway marshalling yard in 2008/9 when the Park Spoor Noord opened. Now a large panoramic green park emphasising greenery, light, space, leisure, culture, sport and events.
It boasts play areas, a spectacular BMX and skate bowl, two cooling water fountains for children to splash in and a shelter with a temporary summer terrace, run by Bar Cargo, which sees the trendy set settling in - in the summer! Antwerpers sun their bodies, play and relax in this gem of a park - Park Spoor Noord, almost unimaginable in a city.
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It is not only the buildings that have survived the test of time in Antwerp, the triangular Stadspark is all that remains of Fort Herentals, one of the forts that guarded the city in the 16th century. Not far from the city centre and the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets the park borders onto the Jewish neighbourhood.
On sunny weekends Antwerpers gather at Nachtegalenpark, enjoying nature at its best.
The Botanical Garden along Leopoldstraat is a unique green haven in the city centre. It is a world in one garden, exceptional trees and shrubs, 2000 herbs, cactuses and foreign plants will inspire the plant fundi.
Rivierenhof is one park that is busy, the 130 hectares of green welcomes those that are active or those who just like to watch those that are active! Walkers, cyclists, joggers, petanque players and fishing fanatics strut their stuff and tennis, basketball and miniature golf players battle it out on the courts.
Antwerp is truly heaven for coffee lovers, with coffee bars on practically every street corner. But how are they different from each other? Where to find the ultimate cuppa that suits your taste and what is the story behind it? Coffee roaster Koen Bleuzé shares his top 10 favourite coffee bars and explains his choices.
Get all you can out of Antwerp! Are you interested in exploring all of Antwerp? Then use the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. What’s more, you can choose how long you want to use it.
There’s lots to see and experience at the redesigned Plantin-Moretus Museum. Step into the world of pioneering publisher Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family. Seven tips for an extra special museum visit.
Antwerp is a vibrant city. And all those residents and visitors who bring so much life to the city also require a lot of parking for their cars. In order to give everyone an equal chance at a parking spot, there is paid parking in many places throughout Antwerp.