Before the dismantling of the Spanish ramparts (city walls), this was a marshy area with large streams. It was also a wooded area, where people came to gather firewood. The cattle that grazed here were vitally important to the city-dwellers. The landscape was dotted with windmills. These were green areas, with vegetable gardens and fruit orchards which were essential for the city.
Once the Spanish ramparts were dismantled and the Scheldt River was opened for good, Antwerp was able to breathe freely again. After two centuries of stagnation, the city longed to return to the glory days of the Golden Age. Run-down districts were cleaned up and historic parts of the city were demolished. The poor wretches who lived in these neighbourhoods had to move on; there was no longer any place for them. The Stuivenberg and Seefhoek districts opened their arms to these exiles. There was where the workers lived, whose labour had made the city rich. These neighbourhoods literally fought for the right to preserve the Flemish language and culture.
The upper middle class clearly did not feel at home there. Chocolate factories, butcheries and taverns sprang up like mushrooms. Popular entertainment, Flemish fairs, dazzling dance palaces with impressive organs and travelling musicians typified these neighbourhoods. They were working-class districts where everyone knew everyone else. Come and see where Vincent van Gogh lived, where the city housed its lepers, and where the first toll houses stood. Find out the real cause of the tension between Antwerp and Borgerhout.
Today, this is a multicultural area where people live “facing outward”. It’s a real rabbit warren of lanes, alleys and small squares; diverse neighbourhoods and districts, each with their own colourful character and history. Football fields, green playgrounds, community centres and community social workers give the suburb a tight-knit feel.
Street life of Antwerp takes you to:
Stuivenberg – Seefhoek – Borgerhout – Dambrugge – Old port
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