On the spot where the strongly disliked Spanish fortress used to stand, arose in the end of the 19th century a new housing district with spacious mansion and broad streets. People soon started talking about the district as Little Paris.
A bit further to the south, where the petroleum installations were situated, huge appartment buildings arise, creating a kind of Manhatten at the Scheldt.
We invite you to come and discover these surroundings with us.
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Vlaamse en Waalse Kaai (former southern docks)
- Court of Justice (design by Rogers)
- Monument Schelde Vrij (end of taxes raised in Holland)
- Waterpoort (design by P.P. Rubens)
Available sauces for this walk
If you want to, you can, without any extra charges, dress the walk with a sauce, by which a particular theme will be accentuated as we walk around.
A description of these sauces you can find underneath. Of cours, you can also opt for a general walk without any accents.
A story in stone
|In this district a great variation in architecture can be found: warehouses in the typical neo-flemish renaissance style along the southern docks, neo-classicist mansions around the Fine Arts Museum, and in between some gems of art-nouveau.|
Top-level present day architecture can be found in the Court of Justice, a design by Richard Rogers. In its shadow, a modern living district is forming, and, to restrain the river in case of spring tide, a number of ingenious devices have been built and are being installed in the frame of the Sigmaplan.
Present and past
Since the middle of the 16th century, the environment was dominated by the Spanish fortress. When Antwerp started to bloom again in the second half of the 19th century, a new living districts came to life around the newly built Museum of Fine Arts. At the same time, three docks were built, that were connected to the river by means of locks. In the 1960’s these docks were filled up, creating a huge parking lot.
In the ’60s of last century, it was mainly newcomers who were looking for a place to live in this neighbourhood. Today you will find a unique mixture of various origins.
When the South district was conceived, the street names they chose referred to the unruly 16th century: Zwijgerstraat (after William the Taciturn), Bresstraat (Breach Street), Belegstraat (Siege Street) and so on. When New South was developed the city authorities opted to name the streets after people who in a more recent past played a role in Antwerp public life. That way we can shortly make them come alive again.
The basic walk takes about 2 hours, without a pause. If you want to spend more time in this fascinating environment, we have a number of desserts or extra options available.
The district not only has a very large number of bars and restaurants, it even has its own home brewery. Why not walk in and have a taste of the beers they brew? Satisfaction guaranteed.
And if you wish we could plan a visit to one of the art galleries in the district.
Or we could cross the north-south boulevard and visit the east side of town, where a completely different district evolved.
This way, the walk is extended to 3 hours.
The standard walk (2 hours) costs € 13 per person, with a minimum of € 130. The price for the extended walk (3 hours) is € 18 per person, with a minimum of € 180. Groups of more than 20 are divided over different guides.