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Turnhout is a town in the province of Antwerp, counting 43,000 inhabitants. It is the largest town in the eastern part of the province. The town is located 40 km east of Antwerp, 30 km from Dutch cities Breda, Tilburg and 40 km from Eindhoven, the largest city in the southern part of the Netherlands.

Understand[edit source]

Turnhout is known for its playing card industry. The head office of the world's largest playing card producer is housed here.

Get in[edit source]

By train[edit source]

The 1 Turnhout Railway Station is located in the centre of the city, close to all sights.

  • Direct connections from Antwerp (55 minutes) and Lier (37 minutes).
  • There is no direct rail connection from the Netherlands.

By bus[edit source]

The Flemish national bus company, De Lijn, has lines to Turnhout from Antwerp, Aarschot, Herentals and other neighbouring towns. For more information regarding different timetables (unfortunately only available in Dutch):

Bus #450 connects Turnhout with the Dutch city of Tilburg.

Get around[edit source]

Map of Turnhout

The historical part of Turnhout which is interesting to visitors is very compact and best explored on foot.

See[edit source]

  • 1 Castle of the Dukes of Brabant. This castle dates back to the 12th century. Currently the castle houses a court. (Q2998717) on Wikidata
  • 2 Beguinage. (Q2752519) on Wikidata
  • 3 Church of St. Peter (Sint-Pieterskerk), Grote Markt. The main church of Turnhout. Sint-Pieterskerk (Q12013377) on Wikidata
  • 4 Taxandria Museum, Begijnenstraat 28, +32 14 43 63 35. This museum displays the history of the town of Turnhout and the Turnhout region.
  • 5 National Museum of the Playing Card, Druivenstraat 18, +32 14 41 56 21. M closed. This museum is of particular interest in Turnhout. It is located in an old factory building in the center of the town and also shows a beautifully restored steam engine.
  • 6 Water tower (Watertoren), Warandestraat.

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Eat[edit source]

  • 1 Frituur Denise, Koningin Elisabethlei 90, +32 14 41 48 52. Typical Belgian fries and other fastfood.

Drink[edit source]

  • 1 Café Dépôt, Grote Markt 6, +32 14 89 18 72.
  • 2 The Harrington Irish Pub, Grote Markt 4, +32 474 02 49 28.

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Go next[edit source]

  • Baarle — a border village in partially in Belgium and the Netherlands, with the border making very interesting ways through homes and shops.
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