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Hopping banks between Ghent and Antwerp

Kilometres of car-free towpaths and dyke roads turn the region along the Scheldt, Dender and Rupel Rivers into a real cycling and walking paradise. Along the cycling nodes you'll come across popular (and free!) ferry services, which make it easy to hop from one bank to the other. Has all the exercise whetted your appetite? No problem! Numerous hospitable eateries serve up delicious culinary treats.

Top attractions

Fort Breendonk

Fort Breendonk

  • Prison and transit camp operated by the German occupiers during the Second World War.
  • 2330 prisoners were deported from Breendonk to German concentration camps and prisons.
  • Today the fort is a national memorial. It sketches the hard life at this historic site in a way that will leave a lasting impression.

> Visit the fort

Kalkense Meersen

Kalkense Meersen

  • This is one of the most extensive marsh areas along the Scheldt River. It is characterised by open grassy plains, ditches and trenches.
  • The symbol of this nature area is the black-tailed godwit, an elegant wader that appears in mid-March to brood.
  • The 800-hectare area includes various paved and unpaved roads that you can walk on.

> Visit the Kalkense Meersen

Buggenhout Forest

Buggenhout Forest

  • Buggenhout Forest is a mixed deciduous forest of more than 200 hectares.
  • If you are lucky, you will hear or see a tawny owl, common buzzard, sparrowhawk, golden oriole, wood nuthatch or black woodpecker during your visit.
  • If you want to know more about the trees and shrubs in this forest, be sure to visit the arboretum.
  • There is a 10-hectare play area for children.

> Visit the forest