Antwerp Port

Port in Antwerp

Beautiful it ain’t. But its sheer jaw-dropping scale makes driving through the world's fourth-largest port complex an unforgettable experience.

A surreal industrial-age maze of cranes, loading yards, container stacks, docks, pipes, rail lines, warehouses and petrochemical refineries stretches to the Dutch border, with everything neatly spaced amid the remnants of grassy polder fields.