Beveren is municipality located between Ghent and Antwerp in East Flanders, Belgium. The municipality comprises the towns of Beveren proper, Doel, Haasdonk, Kallo, Kieldrecht, Melsele, Verrebroek and Vrasene. The port of the Waasland (Dutch: Waaslandhaven) is located in Beveren, on the left bank of the Schelde, facing the port of Antwerp on the other side of the river.
From Beveren it is possible to visit several historic towns and villages on the banks of river Schelde (Doel, Hulst, the villages on the Schelde between Temse and Rupelmonde), and it offers a good starting point for cycling trips along the beautiful tidal landscapes on the river shores.
Trains from Ghent and Antwerp run every hour, Ghent is 30 minutes away while Antwerp takes about 15 minutes. From Brussels there is no direct train, but it is very easy to go via Antwerp or Ghent, changing trains there. The trip from Brussels takes around 1 hour if the connection goes smooth. Finally, there are also direct trains to Beveren from the coast (Ostend) via Bruges (once an hour, takes 1h 20 minutes). Beveren's train station is located 600 metres from the centre.
Bus lines 81 through 85 and 89 take you from Antwerp to Beveren. Lines 81 and 82 go to Sint-Niklaas, Waasmunster and Lokeren, while 83, 84 and 85 take you to smaller villages in or near Beveren's municipality (such as Doel). Line 31 also takes you to Sint-Niklaas.
The centre of Beveren, which is not very big, is easily explored on foot. To get to know the region, cycling is recommended because there are lots of bike routes as well as a dense Cycle Node Network covering all of Flanders.
Castle of Cortewalle. This 15th-century castle, surrounded by water in a nice park, is near the city centre. For individuals (as opposed to groups), there are free guiding tours every 1st and 3rd sunday of the month (May-September).Free. edit
Castle Hof Ter Saksen. A 18th-century castle, also located in a park.Free. edit
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Gaverland Chapel, (Melsele). Well-known pilgrimage spot, boasting a 19th-century chapel and an Ommegang in the adjacent park.Free. edit
Beveren has kept several other centuries-old houses, manors, chapels and churches.
Beverse feesten, . A free 3-day-festival which takes place in Augustedit
Sint Maarten. This event takes place on 11 November and celebrates Martin of Tours. Traditionally, people will gather in the market square and candy will be handed out (or thrown) for the children.edit
Ter Vesten Cultural Centre, . Concerts frequently take place in this building.edit
Sport & recreatiebad De Meerminnen, . A pool not far from the centre, featuring a spa, wellness and a water park.edit
Dropshot, Hendrik Consciencestraat 45, Beveren, ☎ +32 (0)3 775 09 57, . A bowling cafe/restaurant, offering squash and snooker as well.edit
The Haasdonk fort was built just before World War I for Antwerp’s protection. Bunkers can still be seen nearby. Not far from recreatiedomein De Ster, this is located 6 kilometres to the south-west of Beveren.
The village of Doel houses a 17th-century windmill, one of the oldest in Flanders (about 20 kilometres north of Beveren).
The polders north of Beveren offer a unique landscape, reminiscent of the southern Netherlands (see also Fort liefkenshoek, Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe and Doel Nuclear Power Station).
Fort Liefkenshoek, near the municipality of Kallo about 11 kilometres north of Beveren, is a fort dating back to the 16nd century and was built to protect the city and port of Antwerp against the Spanish troups lead by Farnese.
Recreatiedomein De Ster - About 7 kilometres southwest of the centre along the N70, this recreation area comprises a large artificial lake suitable for swimming and sailing. There is a sandy beach, a playground for children, a swimming pool, several outdoor sports courts, and a little tourist train running around the lake to connect all these places.
The Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe is a natural landscape on the border of Belgium and The Netherlands near the sea, at the mouth of the Scheldt river. It is 3580 hectares and is the biggest Brackish water area in Europe. It is located 20 kilometres north of Beveren.
Doel Nuclear Power Station is one of the two nuclear power plants in Belgium and has a visitor's and information centre as well as a bike route. The plant lies on the bank of the Scheldt, 20 kilometres north of Beveren, and covers an area of 80 hectares. With a height of 176 meters, the two cooling towers are the most visible structure in the Port of Antwerp. Since 1995, one of the cooling towers has hosted a nest of peregrine falcons.
Antwerp and Sint-Niklaas are both about 10 kilometres away, Antwerp being an international port-city of 400.000 inhibitants, while Sint-Niklaas has around 70.000 inhibitants and breathes more of a 'local' atmosphere.