3.5 based on 10 reviews
Not really a touristic highlight and actually "just another bridge", however it is remarkable in some way. There's the old part which used to be a real pain in the @ss untill 2010 or so because it caused huge traffic jams when opened for a ship to pass. Since 2010, a new part was added that more or less solves the traffic congestions. And for the rest, it's just another bridge that does why we pay taxes for :-)
4 based on 78 reviews
This shopping mall is located on the edge of Sint Niklaas just off the motorway not far from Antwerp. It has a very large car park and is the largest shopping mall that we have visited in Belgium. There is a supermarket and a wide range of shops to suit all budgets. The restaurants and bars are plentiful and much superior to the offerings in UK shopping malls. As is usual in Belgium you have to pay to visit the toilet, but the ticket allows you a discount at some coffee shops. A good day out, particulary if the weather is poor.
4.5 based on 299 reviews
Thermen Katara is one of the largest spa's in Belgium. We welcome you on a trip around the world of sauna and wellness. Discover our wide offer of sauna's, baths and treatments from all parts out of the world and enjoy the fresh food prepared in our own kitchen. Katara is an oasis of quite, peace and relaxation. We consider a friendly costumer service, cleanliness and hygiene to be our basic values. Thermen Katara is free accessible for use of sauna, which happens naked every day except for wednesdays, which are the bathsuit days. You will find us at Belsele inbetween Antwerp and Ghent.
Short summary: service okay but expensive for what it is, lacking refreshments, and difficult to reach.
Located on the outskirts of Belsele, in a commercial zone, the location choice of the thermae is peculiar to say the least. The Belsele station is only infrequently serviced, and particularly poorly during weekends and holidays, which makes it even more inconvenient for a touristic attraction. There is a bus stop nearby, but few buses connect to the station so it may be shorter to simply walk (distance ca. 1.4 km) rather than wait for a bus. There are only a few direct trains connecting to Brussels per day, so careful planning is paramount. Poor accessibility will undoubtedly be the most difficult to resolve problem that Katara is currently facing.
The facilities themselves are new and modern. For those seeking a rustic ambient, Katara definitely isn't the best choice, but that is of course a matter of preference. The interior is relaxing, well maintained and tastefully decorated. There is ample space, and few areas give an overcrowded feeling. There is sufficient diversity in things to do, ranging from foot baths to saunas, to (outdoor only) swimming pools, steam bath, relax lounge, jacuzzi etc.
In our experience, the facilities were very clean, and there are absolutely no negative remarks to be made on hygiene or health. Staff is cleaning throughout the day, and most of them are very friendly and helpful.
The only point where Katara is severely lacking is refreshments. There is not a single drinking water Fountain in the entire complex, nor any other kind of refreshment (fruits, tea, ...) which are an absolute necessity for a sauna centered wellness oasis. It is odd that they have not yet picked this up after 5 years of operation. It is therefore necessary for guests to bring water or tea along themselves. Fortunately, the provided lockers are large enough to store all of this.
The thermae are currently undergoing expansion, and the new oriental sauna and relax lounge with beds and sofas are both superb new additions to the site. It seems that the current boiler room has a hard time keeping up with its growth though, as evidenced by the lack of warm water in showers when many guests are showering simultaneously. Occasionally, the water is just too cold for a comfortable shower, even after a sauna session!
At other points, Katara appears overzealous. The surveillance cameras in the changing rooms (!) for example may please the staff's voyeuristic needs but are, needless to say, misplaced. The camp fire next to the swimming pool also offers little extra value but does produce a lot of air pollution.
Although the provided service at Thermae Katara is generally good, the value of a visit is only average due to the very high prices (considering entrance fee, extra charges for basic needs like refreshments, and expensive food and drinks in the restaurant). A visit is therefore only justified when spending an entire day at the thermae and bringing own drinks and snacks along. Katara still has a long way to go until it can offer a value comparable to that of German wellness/thermen.
4 based on 27 reviews
The stately home at Hingene was the 'maison de plaisance' of the aristocratic d'Ursel family for almost four centuries. Now, it belongs to the Province of Antwerp who has restored the castle to its former glory with passio and brings new life to the house and park.
d'Ursel castle in the charming little village of Hingene, was the summer residence of the very wealthy, noble family d'Ursel. A few years ago it became public property open for visitors. We just admired a marvellous exhibition 'Sweet 18' with 50 works of art of modern artists inspired by the 18th century including a sexy movie featuring Madonna. This exhibition is probably closed by the time you read this review but I would recommand a visit of the castle and it's marvellous grounds, any time.
5 based on 19 reviews
Recently we enjoyed a fabulous beer and brewery tour in Belgium arranged by Steven and Wings Transport. During our tour, we visited a Trappist Monastery, a local pub and Liefman’s Brewery. All three locations allowed us to taste test many different kinds of beer and provided unique and interesting environments in which to enjoy them. Steven picked us up right at our hotel and was a delightful host for the entire time we were with him. We highly recommend this tour!
4.5 based on 266 reviews
A self-guided audio tour takes you into the rich (albeit somewhat eerie) history of Fort Breendonk. We were amazed at all that it had to offer and the incredible things that took place here. I highly recommend this to anyone regardless of your historical knowledge or inklings.
You will want to bring snacks with you as it takes a while to go through and there isn't much nearby apart from a very fancy restaurant (not where you'll want to go after this)
5 based on 148 reviews
Tickets sell out almost instantaneously for Tomorrowland, thanks to its reputation as one of the world’s biggest celebrations of electronic music, playing host to Performances from techno to house, dance to trance. Now in its 11th year and notorious for its 15 wackily decorated stages and hypnotic lightshows, the festival is held in Boom, near Antwerp, and attracts a laid-back crowds of tens of thousands.
We travelled from California to attend. We got our tickets through global journey. The production is insane! Best set ever. We met and danced along with people from all over the World. We will definitely be back again. Be prepared to walk an hour after partying to the shuttles. We opted to cab out of there Saturday and was a nightmare. Brussels only has 1,000 cabs so not nearly enough to go around. Be prepared to walk one hour to get to the shuttle.
4.5 based on 247 reviews
We have visited quite a lot of thermae in Belgium; this one was on our to-try list. We will definitely come back here - why: because the choice and variety of sauna's was great. For example the Aqua Sauna, with a fish tank, and the...MoreDear, thank you for your review. We're pleased that you spent some pleasant moments and found everything relaxing. Sorry to hear about the staff, i'll personally look into this so this won't happen again. Hope to see you again!
4 based on 23 reviews
Cycling the Scheldt is one of the best things you can imagine in Belgium. It's safe and fun, but not to be underestimated. Antwerp-Ghent may look like an easy job but it's not. Think more of something like 100 km. And then it's good to know, that you can take a rest in this nice historical setting. A luxury late 18th century hunting lodge with a panoramical view on the river. They have an audioguide leading you through all the rooms. The main one with a fantastic parquetry. At the end, you can climb the cupola and walk around for an outdoor view on the majestic river.
No wonder this building is one of the pearls of the heritage organization 'Stichting Vlaamse Erfgoed'.
5 based on 8 reviews
Cafe met kinderboerderij. Eindelijk een plaats waar u afstapt met de fiets, eens halt houd tijdens een wandeltocht of gewoon zelfs specifiek naartoe komt om te kunnen genieten van onze prachtige tuin met terras, het kleine kinderdorp. Speeltuin met ingegraven trampoline, schommel, klimtouw en een kleine boerderij.Kippen, konijntjes, cavia's een berggeit en een heus varken amuseren de kleinste.
Nice pub with possibility to eat (nothing fancy but tasty). Friendly service and wide choice of drinks. Very nice terras (south-oriëntation) If you cross the region of Klein-Brabant and visit the park in Hingene or make a bike-tour following the Schelde... just stop!
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