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Antwerpen is a nice city in Belgium, close to the Dutch border.
Hitchhiking is pretty common in Belgium, especially in the North, so you won't have a difficult time.
Follow Amerikalei to the on ramp for the A14/E17. You have to go under a tunnel before getting out to the ramp. A good place to stand is here. Although it's easy for cars to stop here, it's illegal and dangerous to walk trough the tunnel. A safer and still good stop to start is just before the tunnel here.
A better option is to hitchhike at the "Waaslandtunnel". Often called by locals the "konijnenpijp". There is much room because of the bus stop and cars drive slowly because of the nearby traffic lights. Many drivers go direction Gent, so you shouldn't be standing longer then 15 minutes. here.
Another convenient option is to take a tram in the city centre. Tram 2 direction Hoboken or tram 6 direction Olympiade. Get off at the stop called "De Singel". Right where you get out of the tram you find the ramp for the motorway. There is plenty of space for yourself and cars to pull over. I use this spot frequently and never waited more then 7 minutes for a ride to Gent. A sign could be helpful. Before Gent there are 2 petrol stations coming up if you need longer rides to for example Paris. The first one is Kruibeke and the second is Kalken.
South towards Brussels, Luxembourg
Get a train or some other form of public transport towards "Oost Station". When you leave the station, walk under the train bridge, walk straight down to the signs for Brussels. Here, you should stand after the traffic lights and in a position that you get the attention of cars coming from the two different sections of the junction.
Take a tram/bus to STENENBURG stop - any of 21, 24, 242, 420, 421, 422, 423, 429. Once you get off there, turn left and go under the bridge. After you cross the bridge, turn right and keep going straight on, until you see signs of Brussels. After a while you will notice a motorway on your left going in direction of Brussels. Go until the traffic lights and cross them twice following the road signs. You will notice a good interstate, with an emergency line, where you get your rides very fast (took me around 2 minutes).
Tram 10 or several buslines to Borgerhout Turnhoutsepoort, walk northeast over the Turnhoutsebaan for only 250 meters, passing the railway tunnel and crossroads and hitch after the motorway sign, start of the A13/E313, on the bridge over the R1/E19. Later on this highway splits in two highways (A13/E313+A21/E34), so make sure you find a ride in the right direction. A sign could be very useful. Just before the split is a petrol station. This is in 'Wommelgem/Ranst'.
In 2019 this spot doesn't seem to be useful anymore, the bridge has changed and only in its latter part there is some striped emergency place to stop. It seems very illegal and the cars would drive fast. You can walk to the 'Wommelgem roundabout', a major junction on the A13 3 km eastwards, or try the dispersing traffic on the ramp near the 'Borgerhout Sint-Erasmusziekenhuis' bus stop.
North towards Amsterdam
Take tram 6 direction 'Luchtbal' and get of at 'Merksem Lambrechtshoeken'. Follow the direction of the tram. You will notice McD. Just behind it, the highway to the Netherlands starts. The traffic is quite sparse but the cars go by slowly. There is plenty of space for you and a car to stop.
There is a massive service station (Hazeldonk-Oost), before Breda, on the Dutch-Belgian border, where it is easy to hitch-hike for example near the exit from the petrol-station. You just have to write a board, because the highway divides into two directions nearby.
I hitchhiked to Breda from the McD next to Merksem Lambrechtshoeken. There is a green spot that u can stand there, it is safe. There is a ring which goes to E19 highway. I could get a direct ride. I did not even use the tram for the spot, I hitchhiked for that spot twice and I was quite lucky. When you arrive McD, take a position, show the cartoon and thumb up !
Another option is the motorway at the Luitenant Lippenslaan (a continuation of the Plantin en Moretuslei), the on-ramps there are good for heading to Gent, Paris, Brussels, the west of the Netherlands and possibly more directions. Make sure to make a sign as people can go many directions.
Nearby metro stops include 'Draakplaats' and 'De roma'.
During July and August 2016, you can eat and sleep at 'Bivak Urban Camping'. This is a cool, alternative space where you can pitch your tent and meet other travelers. It is a very strategic place for HH as well since pretty close to the highway. More info on .
Other useful info
If you need to charge your mobile phone or other electronic devices, one option to consider is going to the Antwerpen-Berchem station. In the corridor are more than 5 sockets to get your phone charged.
A good map with tips and suggestions what to do and where to go in the city center can be found here: www.use-it.travel/cities/map/2013_antwerp/?zoom
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