They say “the river Scheldt (Dutch: Schelde) owes its existence to God, and Antwerp owes its existence to the river Scheldt”. Thanks to this river Antwerp is the 2nd largest harbour in Europe and the 4th in the world. Both the Right (the historical city) as the Left Bank of the Scheldt are unique places to visit. There’s the vivid historical city center, with tons of shops, restaurants and tourist attractions on one side, and there is nature and 20th century nostalgia on the other side. With its Casino’s, the restaurants and even a small beach the Left Bank was indeed a popular place for entertainment. There’s not much left of those glory days now, but you can still feel the swing of the 60ies and the 70ies when you go for some delicious moules-frites (mussels with fries) on the terrace at Sint Anneke beach, while enjoying the view on the historical city across the river. The Sint-Anna pedestrian tunnel, build in 1932-1933, is a true beauty (if a tunnel can ever be called beautiful) which is definitely worth a visit. Let me just tell you with some pictures I took today what I can’t express with words:
Above: The statue of Pieter Paul Rubens, Antwerp’s most famous painter, keeping an eye on the Groenplaats (historical city)
Above: view on the guild halls on the Grote Markt (16th Century)
Above: detail of the wrought iron gates which used to indicate the line between the docks and the public street (late 19th century)
Above: easy Antwerp transportation: these city bikes take you everywhere as long as you dock them in another station within 30 minutes.
Above and under: enjoying a nice stroll on the boardwalk along the Scheldt between Antwerp’s North and South side
Above: time for some nice Belgian fries, while enjoying the view on the Cathedral (under)
Under: view on the Left Bank from the boardwalk.Under: the entrance of the Sint Anna pedestrian tunnel (build in 1933) Above &under: inside the pedestrian tunnel (the wooden escalators also date back to 1933)
Under: inside the pedestrian tunnel: 572 meters long and 31,57 meters underground.
Under: the Left Bank in the windows of the Sint Anna pedestrian tunnel exit
Above & under: view on historical Antwerp from the Left BankUnder: Sint Anneke beach (by (c) Jens Mollenvanger)
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