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Antwerp is a city in Belgium, and is the capital of Antwerp province in Flanders. Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. Today Antwerp is a major trade and cultural centre, and is the world's second most multi-cultural city (after Amsterdam) home to 170 nationalities. It is also known as "the diamond capital of the world" for its large diamond district. Antwerp is also home to Antwerpen-Noord, the largest classification yard for freight in Belgium and second largest in Europe. The majority of freight trains in Belgium depart from or arrive here. It has two classification humps and over a hundred tracks.

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Antwerp Zoo

Antwerp Zoo

Antwerp Zoo is a zoo in the center of Antwerp, Belgium, located next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. Together with its sister park Planckendael, Antwerp Zoo houses over 7,000 animals of about 950 species. Over 1.6 million people visit the zoo and Planckendael each year, and the zoo has around 200,000 supporting members. Antwerp Zoo has played its role in preservation and breeding programmes for several endangered species, including the okapi, the Przewalski horse, the Congo peafowl, the bonobo, the golden-headed lion tamarin, the European otter, and the Knysna seahorse. They take part in the European Endangered Species Programme.

Museum aan de Stroom

Museum aan de Stroom

The Museum aan de Stroom is a museum located along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, Belgium. In 1998 the Antwerp city council decided to build the museum at the Hanzestedenplaats. In 2010 museum objects arrived from various other museums like the Etnographic Museum and the Maritime Museum, which both ceased to exist. The museum opened for the public on 17 May 2011. The central focus of the MAS is Antwerp and its many aspects. The main themes are Metropolis, Power, Life and Death, and Antwerp's long history as a major international port. The museum is committed to informing the public using new media. Through the QR codes placed next to most of the exhibits, visitors can access website information in five languages: English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish.

Park Spoor Noord

Park Spoor Noord is mainly a large green meadow, with play facilities for the youth, two fountains, a skate park, cycling and walking facilities, etc. In the eastern part, the emphasis is on sports facilities, such as ping pong tables , basketball courts, etc. Also in the park all kinds of performances organized, including in the Cargo-Shed , one of railway buildings that were retained. The most important characteristic of the Spoor Noord park is its dimension: a wide and simply designed lawn, crossed with paths that connect the various neighborhoods with each other and with the park. Gardens, sports fields, transparent forests accommodate various formal and informal social practices and define multiple atmospheres.