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Visiting Het Steen Antwerp

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Het Steen is a medieval stronghold in the old downtown area of Antwerp, Belgium, one of Europe's greatest ports. Worked after the Viking invasions in the early middle Ages as the main stone stronghold of Antwerp, Het Steen is Antwerp's most seasoned building and used to be its most seasoned urban focus. Beforehand known as Antwerpen Burcht (post), Het Steen picked up its present name in around 1520, after noteworthy modifying under Charles V. The remaking prompted its being referred to first as 'Heeren Steen' (the King's stone manor), and later basically as 'Het Steen' (the stone mansion). The Dutch word 'steen' signifies 'stone', and is utilized for 'fortification' or 'castle', as in the 'Gravensteen' in Ghent, Belgium.

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Workshop and Cafe

Workshop and Cafe

Beside the hall is a large room where Het Paleis organizes youth and children's workshops. From 2012 to 2013, the theme is “Water”. From 2013 onwards, the current theme is “Time”. The workshops focus primarily on science and let children conduct experiments and understand more about time-related subjects. There is a cafe where you can grab some cookies and drinks too.

The Wall that Full of Instant Photograph

The Wall that Full of Instant Photograph

It was astonishing to see numerous instant photographs beautifying the wall around the toilet. Guests could take two sets of photos from the photo booth for €2. It is optional for them to leave behind one photo outside the photo booth so that the staff could display it on the wall. My friend and I did just that. We might see our faces on the wall sometimes later and leave a permanent print in Het Steen.

Exhibition Room

Exhibition Room

On the left of the toilet is a staircase leading to an exhibition room of Prince Biscuits. A video was playing a film about the production process of Prince Biscuits in the factory. It was an enlightening video. We had enjoyed watching it. There was no one inside the room except for us. Prince Biscuit originated from Antwerp in 1870 in honor of King Leopold II. He had a nickname “Belgium's Prince” because he was a prince for 30 years before he became the second king of Belgium. Leopold II like chocolates but did not like his fingers to be dirty. Hence, a brilliant Belgian baker, Edouard de Beukelaer, stuffed the chocolate into the biscuit.

War Memorial

War Memorial

At the back of Het Steen, you can also find a war memorial to the Canadian soldiers in World War II.

View from Het Steen

View from Het Steen

Things that you do not want to miss is to see nearby places from Het Steen. From one corner, you can see the view of Museum Vleeshuis (Meat House) from Het Steen. One suggestion is to cross the street and visit the museum at the same time to make your time more worthwhile. The other corner of the fortress is facing the Scheldt River.

Het Steen Antwerp Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

If you are planning to go to Het Steen, you need to pay the tickets. It can be ordered from http://www.hetpaleis.be/over-ons/hetsteen/contact/ or buy it directly at the castle. for enjoying the lake since the lake is or everyone. However, you need to pay an entrance ticket if you wanted to visit the small park and playground. If you are planning to go the park by car, make sure that you bring some money prepared for the parking ticket.

How To Get Around?

To get around Het Steen, it is very recommended to go on foot. Make sure that you are wearing something comfortable for your body and also your feet because you might get some walk around the Castle. The fortress is beautiful to look at and to take photographs from the outside. Other than that, there was nothing much to see inside. Moreover, the staircase access within the castle is sealed except for the one inside the workshop / café.

What Should I Wear?

If you are going to visit Het Steen, just wear something that is comfortable for you but do not forget to grab your jacket with you since the weather in Belgium might get cold.

Het Steen Antwerp Facts

Best Time to Visit

Het Steen Open from Wednesday to Sunday at 12.00 PM until 6.00 PM. You can choose whether visiting Het Steen in the Daylight or at night. At Night, the Castle gives the experience of seeing the lights that illuminate the Castle.



Will I Need a Guide?

No, transportation is easy and you can find anything for your tour on this site. Even though you cannot read the signs there, the citizens will gladly help you whenever you get lost.

How To Get There?

The Het Steen is located in Steenplein 1, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium. It is also It is located along the Scheldt River, near a former peninsula called De Werf.

Additional Info

Het Steen is the oldest building in Antwerp - the first stones date from the 11th century - and over the centuries it has fulfilled several functions. It is located along the Scheldt River, near a former peninsula called De Werf. The first settlement with earth walls appeared on De Werf in the 9th century. It became a fortress. Around the turn of the century, between the 12th and 13th centuries, a stone fortress wall and Het Steen, one of three gatehouses in the fortress, were constructed here. Het Steen was substantially refurbished under Charles V at the beginning of the 16th century. You can still see the colour difference in the façade. Het Steen will undergo a substantial renovation starting in 2018. Het Steen will be the gateway to Antwerp in 2020 and serve as a cruise terminal, welcome center and interactive experience route. The main focus of the experience center will be Antwerp and its history. Be sure to walk past Het Steen when you visit Antwerp. You'll feel like a knight or a lady in the castle setting. It's the perfect background for a fairy-tale photo along the Scheldt River.

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