The Scheldt is one of Flanders' most important lifelines. The mighty river pretty much cuts our region in half, from north to south. Along its banks there is a stunning river landscape which brings together fauna, flora, nature reserves, heritage and a village-like conviviality.
Even hundreds of years ago, the area the Scheldt flows through was already very prosperous. This made it a battleground for many powerful rulers and their challengers. In those centuries of power struggle, a number of majestic castles and fortresses sprung up along the river. Many of them are still to be found there today. There is the medieval Gravensteen in Ghent. There is Laarne Castle, one of the country's most beautiful and best-preserved moated castles. There is the 11th-century fortress Het Steen in Antwerp. And that is just a small selection of what is on offer.
Among these many castles, you can also find additional concentrations of nature. The lush Gentbrugse Meersen, a park and nature preserve that continues to evolve, provides a magnificent backdrop for a generous portion of relaxation.