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“Old Wooden Escalator to Tunnel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Anna Tunnel

St. Anna Tunnel
Antwerp, Belgium
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Ranked #20 of 72 Attractions in Antwerp
Type: Trails, Outdoors
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Sun City West, Arizona
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“Old Wooden Escalator to Tunnel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

While in Antwerp, be sure to check out the Old Wooden Escalator to the tunnel that crosses under the Scheldt River. You'd never know this is the place to do this. People with bicycles, dogs, kids, strollers, etc., use this means to get to the other side easily. A fun discovery.

Visited June 2014
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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“You don't have to be divine to walk across a river :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was my first time crossing a river by walking under it. Pretty remarkable wooden elevators which look ancient but were in perfect condition. If you are on a bicycle, no sweat! There are lifts too that bring you down about 6 storeys. Then there's that 1 kilometre stretch that you have to walk / cycle across to reach the other bank, where you can get to see the skyline of the main part of town. There is nothing much to do on this side of town, so you can either walk back the way you came, or take the metro.

Visited May 2014
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“Good Walk”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It is quite a good walk to the other side of the river. Nothing much on the other side, but quite peaceful. Very popular tunnel with locals.

Visited July 2014
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Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

You go in through a simple building on the side of the river, down two sets of perfectly preserved wooden escalators and find yourself 31m down in a perfectly straight tunnel. Very quiet, a good shelter from the rain, but fascinating to see locals using this astounding place as a normal route, bringing dogs, bikes and even jogging. On the non-city side, walking out to the river you can see some impressive artwork and see beautiful views of the city, well worth a look.

Visited July 2014
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“Worth a wander!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Quite easy to find from Grand-Place, the station is an old art-deco style building that looks a bit like a fire station. Cool old escalators that take you down to the tunnel where it's about a 10 minute walk under the river to the other side. There's not much happening on the other bank other than a scenic view back across to the Antwerp skyline with the cathedral in clear sight. We had read something about there being a beach/pool further along the river, we wandered along the deserted riverside for ages but didn't find it (I'm sure we must've been very close when we gave up and walked back, haha. Or we somehow passed it). Didn't have any wifi on us and couldn't find a train/tram stop on the other side so came back through the tunnel. Anyways a good bit of exploring.

Visited May 2014
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