St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel

St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel

St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel
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TO-psych
Toronto, Canada560 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is an interesting and off the beaten path experience in Antwerp. If you only have 1-2 days in the city, I wouldn't prioritize this but if you have more time it is a neat thing to do. I went on a weekday afternoon, it was mostly locals with bikes. The wooden escalator is very cool (slow and noisy but atmospheric with interesting posters to look at as you ride down). There is also a large elevator.

The tunnel itself feels very long and monotonous. Be careful to struck to the side and stay against the wall because cyclists ride their bikes down the tunnel and too really fast and come very close to the pedestrians. I found it a bit stressful getting to stay out of their way and not get hit.

The view on the other side is nice and the park is peaceful, good for a picnic. But if you just want to see the wooden elevator and tunnel, you can also just go down, look at the tunnel and then go back up (without crossing to the other side).
Written 7 October 2023
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Richard B
Oxford, UK93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I'm not sure my wife and I would have visited this if it wasn't for the opportunity to get a couple of selfies for our granddaughter of the same name, but it turned out to be an interesting visit. 1930s vintage escalators at each end and a long walk through a very clean and well lit tunnel. Nice to see it well used by the locals and once on the other side one can find a bench and look over the river and city across.
Written 18 April 2022
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Herbert C
1,523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Amidst the modernisation that sprouts up around the city, the St Anna's Tunnel has managed to retain its charm with its rare authentic wooden escalators still in operation today. The allure of this pedestrian cum bicycle tunnel is its beautiful woodwork that has been so well-preserved such that it still exudes the cranky sound and woody smell that literally transports you back to the 1930s when such escalators were a novelty. For this reason alone, it is worth taking a slight detour from the historic old town to experience the timeless elegance of one of the very few wooden escalators that are still in use today (another being the famous wooden escalator in New York's Macy's Department Store). Otherwise, this tunnel with tiled walls and gracefully arched ceiling beneath the Scheldt River is just a boring monotonous 572 metres stretch that connects Antwerp's left and right banks. The reward for the 10 minutes walk to the other side of the river is a view of Antwerp's relatively low skyline from across the Scheldt River. Take note that the entrance to the tunnel is just a nondescript building which you may easily miss amidst the city's more ostentatious buildings. So, walk off your fats and join the 2 million individuals annually traversing Europe's oldest pedestrian tunnel.
Written 9 July 2024
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This tunnel is a nice and unique experience. The escalation is wooden and I found restriction signs funny, as I come from the country that doesn't have that many bikes running at the transport.
I recommend to walk the tunnel one way to get o the other side of the river, and then to take a free water bus to get back, or vice versa.
Written 15 September 2021
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bfltd0
London, UK632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As this was our first trip to Antwerp, I was a little perplexed as to the lack of bridges crossing the river. Many cities make use of bridges across rivers. But not here.

The riddle was solved as we walked down the river and came across an art deco tower that we just had to investigate, as we couldn't work out its purpose. A metro station perhaps? To our surprise, it was the entrance to the pedestrian tunnel under the river. And what an immaculately-kept tunnel it is. No graffiti, no rubbish!

We just had to take a walk through the 574 metres of it, just to get to the other side. Once on the other bank, to be honest, there is little of interest - it is mainly modern housing - although we did find an excellent tea room nearby. The main attraction of this side of the river is the view back across to the old town of Antwerp.

We made the return journey, down the old wooden escalators (reminiscent of London tube stations many years ago) and back out into the old town.

This is well worth taking half an hour to experience a vintage attraction of Antwerp that is still in use and useful.
Written 30 January 2020
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Stephen K
Winter Park, FL5,145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Interesting & off the beaten path. This tunnel connects the heat of Antwerp to a residential section. Take the early 1930’s wooden down & back out of the tunnels. It’s about a one way 15 minute stroll with nice views of the old city from the other side. We enjoyed it.
Written 11 July 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Completed in 1933 this tunnel was initially meant for pedestrians only. In 1995 it was allowed for cyclists to pass, but at low speed ('stapsvoets'). Most of the time the combination is not a problem, but with increasing biketraffic it sometimes is (especially when the weather is good).

I like this tunnel because it is level, unlike many newer tunnels in the Netherlands like the Maastunnel in Rotterdam (1942) and Beneluxtunnel (1967). However, pedestians and cyclists there are led through separate tubes. The meanwhile vintage technology with big elevators and wooden rolling stairs to access St. Annatunnel is another pleasant asset.
Written 15 December 2022
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David
Lille, France1,867 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Its definitely worth walking the Sint Anna Tunnel, one of two built to enable passage of traffic under the river (the other being the vehicle tunnel downstream.

Really very fun. And very long! I couldn't help but enjoy a return trip!
Written 15 July 2023
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Frank A
Salinas, Spain58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Old Tunnel Under The River. Built in the 30's. it must have been quite an experience back then to walk under the Shielde river. There are a series of photos depicting the construction. It is quite deep and reached either by lifts or a double old wooden escalater. Length is about 600 meter's from end to end. City end comes up very close to the centre of old Antwerp. The other side is Linkeover which is a suburb of Antwerpe. A few restaurants line the side of the river here,
Written 22 December 2021
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Stephen H
Manchester, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
What a great way to get across the river. The wooden escalators are like something out of a Flash Gordon Movie, Real Art Deco. They are in excellent condition. The tunnel itself is so bright and clean. Keep a watch out for bicycles though. (10 minute walk) On the other side of the tunnel away from the main city, It is a more local feel and there is a small cluster of three or four restaurants to the left of the tunnel entrance which are well worth a visit. The tunnel offers a part of Antwerp that the tourist would not normally see. Well worth a visit (and it's Free)
Written 15 September 2018
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