Antwerp (province)

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Introduction

Antwerp is the northernmost province both of the Flemish Region, also called Flanders, and of Belgium. It borders on (clockwise from the North) North Brabant province of the Netherlands and the Belgian provinces of Limburg, Flemish Brabant and East Flanders. Its capital is Antwerp which comprises the Port of Antwerp. It has an area of 2867 km² and with 1.8 million inhabitants it is the country's most populous province. The province consists of 3 arrondissements: Antwerp, Mechelen and Turnhout. The eastern part of the province comprises the main part of the Campine region.

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Sights and Activities

  • Bobbejaanland, Lichtaart. The largest theme park in the Antwerp province.
  • City of Antwerpen - one of the nicest in the country.

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Events and Festivals

  • Antilliaanse Feesten. This festival is by no doubt the largest Carribean Festival of Belgium and is held in the town of Hoogstraten in the north of the province. It usually is celebrated in August.
  • Graspop Metal Meeting. Yearly heavy metal music festival held in the town of Dessel, in June.
  • Reggae Geel. The largest reggae festival in Belgium takes place in the beginning of August in the town of Geel in the Antwerp province.
  • Tomorrowland. Yearly electrical metal music festival held since 2005 in the town of Boom, in the south of the province. It has become one of the world's largest and notable music festivals.

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Getting There

By Plane

Antwerp airport (IATA: ANR) is a small airport catering mostly to business travellers, as due to the length its runway it can only be served by small aircraft. There are regular flights to business destinations such as London or Geneva, some holiday flights, as well as sizeable unscheduled traffic (mainly private and chartered business jets). The flip side of the small size of the airport is that both arrival and departure procedures are very quick compared to large hubs. There is a regular bus from the airport to the center and a taxi costs around €10.

By Train

It is around 35-45 minutes by train from Brussels, the capital of Belgium. There are plenty of trains running throughout the day between the cities.

Antwerp-Central is a major stop on the Paris-Amsterdam high-speed line. Since 2009, international trains from France and the Netherlands stop in Antwerp-Central station only, and not anymore in Antwerp-Berchem. Through Brussels-South railway station, there are also high-speed connections to other destinations in France with TGV, or destinations in Germany with ICE.

By Car

The province has a network of roads, railroads, canals and rivers which provide a modern infrastructure. Historically, the traffic infrastructure was an important element of connecting the Port of Antwerp with the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Both the Iron Rhine railroad and the E313 (King Baudouin highway) and E34 highway connect Antwerp with the Ruhr Area.

By Boat

The river Schelde, an important waterway, connects the Port of Antwerp with the North Sea. The Albert Canal connects the Scheldt in Antwerp with the Meuse and Liège. Other canals are the Canal Dessel – Kwaadmechelen, Schoten – Turnhout – Dessel, and Herentals – Bocholt which flows into the Nete canal.

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