Visit the ports on your own
In the ports, you explore many remarkable places on your own.
You can discover various unique spots on your own in the port. Did you know that a large part of the port of Antwerp is a nature reserve? For example, you can spot birds in the Kuifeend or the Verrebroek ponds. You can easily combine a visit to Zeebrugge with a day at the coast. Head out by yourself, with friends, with children or with the whole family and experience the port.
A holiday in your own country? The port is more than just ships or industry. You can cycle past imposing ships, walk through tranquil nature areas, get a breath of fresh air on the quay or discover cool street art. Or would you prefer to spot a lapwing or a swift? A perfect way to explore the port by yourself is by bike! Map out your route using connection points or choose one of the specially devised Havenland cycle routes in Antwerp.
Havenland is an initiative by various partners combining all recreational activities specifically in and around Antwerp.
On the Havenland website, you can find a handy interactive map showing places of interest. You can also find signposted walking or cycling routes, guided tours and a calendar with other fun activities.
Antwerp and Zeebrugge are unique destinations offering plenty of photogenic spots. If you take a trip to the port, don't forget to bring your camera and the map with all the hotspots for ship spotting. However, you can't simply take any photos you like. Look here to see the particular rules that apply when taking photos or filming in the port.
If you want to film with a drone, you need a licence and permission. You apply for this via the DronePortal.
Did you get some great snapshots? Share them on social media with #portofantwerpbruges.
You can go fishing in various spots in both and Zeebrugge and Antwerp. Purchase a fishing permit from the Nature and Forest Agency and make sure you only fish where it is permitted.
Would you rather explore the port with a guide? Both in Antwerp and Zeebrugge, the Port Authority plus various private actors offer guided tours, guided bike tours or guided tours.