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Why you should visit ghost town Doel

ghost town Doel

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In Belgium, everyone may be familiar with the ghost town of Doel near Beveren. And maybe you’ve already been there? Or just not? Read here why this place is so special to visit and a bit of a “creep.

Ancient history

We went to Doel to see once again how Belgium’s most famous “ghost town” is doing now. We went there before when we were younger, but we were curious if anything had changed over the last few years. We went there before when we were younger, but we were curious if anything had changed over the last few years. Doel itself is centuries old, so it is not surprising that many residents did not want to leave their village voluntarily. Expropriations were illegal so the wait was for voluntary leavers, and that brought protests. To this day, there are still people living in Doel, but they are obviously very few.

Doel Antwerpen
Spookstad doel 2

Ghost Town

or is it?

Since people still live in Doel, it is not quite a ‘ghost town’. Actually, the name ‘ghost town’ is already wrong since Doel is a village. Yet it has become known by people mainly by that first name since more and more people moved out of the village because of the gigantic nuclear power plant located nearby and the port expansion that is still going on. Yet people still live in this village. We ourselves saw only about 5 houses still inhabited during our visit. Most of the houses are empty and protected from squatters with iron plates. Because for the past few years the vacant houses in Doel have been eagerly used and this had to stop at some point.

Abandoned city
Abandoned streets Belgium

Interesting place ghost town Doel

You may be wondering why we find the ghost town of Doel such an interesting place? It is one just fascinating to go to this place. The road to it is special since you have to drive through an industrial zone, all the way to a remote corner of Belgium. As your Doel progresses, it only gets quieter and quieter on the course until you arrive (mostly) alone at the village.

The silence and the “scary” overwhelm you a bit at the first impression to this village. It is particularly calm and remarkably deserted. Bus stops are ancient and half demolished, houses are daubed with graffiti and not a person can be seen on the streets. An abandoned place like you won’t see anywhere else in our country. At times, you even imagine yourself on an American movie set. And yet, Target also has something interesting and beautiful about it.

The entire history of the village is fascinating, as well as the people who do still live there. They really fight for their home and village and one can only respect that. Furthermore, we find Doel a wonderful place to take pictures. You won’t be bothered by other people who might get in the way AND you’ll find spots that no one else will ever find. Unique photos guaranteed! And of course, the place is an oasis of calm (admittedly today, after the Pokemon fuss!). You can walk along the dyke with a view of the water and be ‘away from the world’ for a while.

And, of course, you can get a little “creepy” there too. We had goose bumps in some places. If you really want to be creepy, you can also visit Doel at night, but we advise against that. During the day it can be ‘creepy’ enough.

Grafiti in doel
Spookstad doel 3

Have you been to the ghost town of Doel yet?

Have you ever been to the ghost town of Doel? Was it years ago? Or have you not been there before? Then you should go (back) sometime! It is without a doubt a special place in Belgium.

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