The cycling route ‘Cycling along the river’ takes you along and across the river Scheldt via a number of useful nodes. En route, you will discover rustic villages, green communities and numerous attractions. The route of 37 kilometres starts and ends in the centre of Antwerp.
The route ‘Cycling along the river’, which starts and ends at the MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, takes you through Antwerp, Zwijndrecht, Kruibeke and Hemiksem, over a distance of 37 kilometres.
This route follows the nodes 56, 57, 27, 44, 47, 48, 49, 71, 70, 32, 33, 43, 42, 41, 59, 57 and 56.
St Anna Tunnel, popularly known as the 'underpass', brings you quickly and safely to the other bank of the Scheldt, where you will enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Antwerp roadstead. The Galgenweel, the largest semi-natural fallow water in Flanders, is home to many sailing clubs. Past node 44, you can take a stroll around the Burchtse Weel.
The high transmission tower with the many antennas clearly demonstrates that the Belgian army is still active at Fort Zwijndrecht. As it is a military domain, it is not open to the public. Fort Kruibeke was built in 1870. In contrast to the other 19th-century forts around Antwerp, that of Kruibeke does not have a reduit.
As you cycle along, you will pass many beautiful farms, all of which are witnesses of the rich agricultural life in the Waasland. Note the cantilever roofs, typical of the region, as are the lush fields. The protected Barbierbeek Valley boasts some lovely picnic spots. With a little luck, you will be able to spot a kingfisher.
Wissekerke Castle dominates Bazel, part of Kruibeke. The castle, the gatehouse, the dovecote and the suspension bridge (the oldest on the continent) are all protected. A romantic park in English landscape style surround the castle. Bazel’s village centre is also worth a visit.
At various places, a ferry will take you from one bank of the Scheldt to the other. Also between Bazel and Hemiksem, there is a free ferry service. Sailing hours: every half hour weekdays from 5 a.m. to 11.30 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 5 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
The Hoboken Polder is named after the former polder area that stretched along the banks of the Scheldt: low-lying land that regularly flooded and was worked by humble farmers. The banks dating from the 60s created a new landscape. A bird hide and a viewing screen help you discover the special flora and fauna.
Looking for a bike to cycle this route? Do you prefer a guided bike tour? Or would you like to know more about the Velo's, the successful bicycle-sharing system? Then visit http://www.visitantwerpen.be/en/transport-en/antwerp-by-bike-en
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