Before the dismantling of the Spanish ramparts (city walls), this was a sparsely-populated rural area. A gallows field, a French cemetery, beautiful parks for walking, gardeners’ houses & pleasure gardens and a plant nursery founded by Napoleon are only the tip of the iceberg.
In Antwerp’s Golden Age, country houses with private gardens were built here for wealthy city-dwellers. One shrewd Antwerp real estate agent emerged as early as the 16th century – before there was even a name for such work.
The area was clean and well-ordered, so Antwerpers liked to visit. They liked to relax in well-kept inns and escape for a while from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Once the Spanish ramparts (city walls) came down, builders, architects, mosaic makers, private gardeners and iron-smiths were inundated with work. The upper middle classes of Antwerp wanted to build themselves new homes in exclusive residential areas outside the city walls – areas with a dreamlike allure. As if by magic, Art Nouveau, eclecticism, classicism and Flemish renaissance transformed the streets into works of art. It was Belle Époque grandeur at its best, and the French language was never far away.
Well-to-do Antwerpers now dwelt in magnificent town houses on wide, gracious boulevards with grand 19th-century façades. Wealthy Antwerp bourgeoisie and businessmen poured their fortunes into bricks. Discover the architectural gems and sophisticated neighbourhoods of Antwerp.
Street life of Antwerp takes you to:
Zurenborg – Stadspark – Cleyn Antwerpen – Sint Laurentius – South Antwerp
Due to technical limitations of the vehicle Voyage Local is not able to provide transport for wheelchair-users and pushchairs.
20 EUR per person.
Children up to 4 years = FREE
Max. 8 persons
10% discount from 6 persons older than 4.
(week) 13:30h – 19:00h – other afternoon hours upon request
(weekend) 10:30h – 12:45h –15:00h
The duration of this tour is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Send a mail to [email protected] to request a booking or call +32 471 47 41 28