My Happy Weekend picture - The Scheldt in Antwerp - Belgium

One of the most amazing cities near my home town is Antwerp. This place
has it all: shopping and culture. There also is a river called: the Scheldt.

My Happy Weekend Picture was taken on top of the MAS in Antwerp in
2014.

The Scheldt in Antwerp - Belgium
Scheldt in Antwerp, Belgium
The Scheldt is a River in northern Europe, (France, Belgium and The Netherlands),
 which is 350 km (220mi) long.


The Scheldt in Antwerp - Belgium
Scheldt in Antwerp, Belgium

The Scheldt always has been commercial and strategic important. 

In the time of the Romans, the Scheldt was used for shipping to Brittania.
Later the Franks took control over the region. After the Franks, this region
became a part of the Holy Roman Empire and it was ruled by members of
the House of Habsburg.

On August 17th. 1585, the Scheldt was closed for ships. This ended in 1792.
But in 1830 with the independence of Belgium (meanwhile the country was
a part of the Netherlands since 1815) it was closed again. Later Belgium 
made a Treaty with the Netherlands, so that there could be shipping again.  

During World War II there were a lot of battles around the Scheldt, due to
the strategic importance of the River.


The Scheldt in Antwerp - Belgium
Scheldt in Antwerp, Belgium

Nowadays there still is a lot of economy around the Scheldt. Near Antwerp
it has the Port of Antwerp on its banks.