Ready for a magical immersion in the Belgian troll forest? Discover this fun walk for all ages on the famous domain of Tomorrowland: De Schorre. Every year the park is richly decorated for the annual festival, but even throughout the year, it is lovely. Let's discover together what The Schorre has to offer. Let's go!
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At the request of Tomorrowland and the Schorre, Thomas Dambo brought seven Scandinavian trolls to life all around the domain. These giant creatures up to 18 meters high are all made of recycled material and according to the story they all work on the structure of the magical tower, which can also be found on De Schorre. From the tower itself, you have a beautiful view over Antwerp and the green nature of the domain.
Of course, it is more fun to organize a little troll search, but if you are in a rush I can tell you that you will find the trolls alongside the wooden paths and the Barefoot path.
The entrance to the park is completely free, and you can access it every day during the opening hours.
WHEN TO VISIT
The park has different opening hours depending on the season. I went there on a Saturday afternoon, which obviously didn't turn out to be a clever idea to take pictures. It's crowded, and the children are playing all over the place. The atmosphere is very nice, but in these difficult Covid-19 times it is advisable to visit the park at less busy times.
Opening hours of the domain:
1 April to 30 April: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (weekends 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
1 May to 15 September: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weekends, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
16 September to 31 October: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
1 November to 31 March: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the sanitary crisis, the mouth mask is compulsory from the age of 12 on the entire site, including during your walk. The troll walk remains available, but several activities throughout the domain are closed. Read more about the measures here.
WALK WITH THE TROLLS
You can walk as far as you like, although the walk with the statues is only 2.7 km long. So it's a pleasant trip to visit the domain and extend the tour by walking along the barefoot path, the small tunnel walk of 4 km, or the long tunnel walk of 17 km.
The Schorre is dog-friendly and even has a dog park where they can play around freely. For the accessibility of strollers, the little wooden paths are a bit more challenging, but you can also visit the trolls using bigger roads.
MEET THE TROLLS
Thomas Dambo wrote a beautiful poem about these seven trolls. I think it is really powerful and in 2020 with an even more important message. If you don't find meaning in his words, I encourage you to watch his video, which I will share with you in this article.
"They were seven good friends both together and alone by the river in the valley in the forest they had home they had seen the sunset and rise a million times the seven trolls stood as tall as the pines
Una and Joures were friends for life and like to lay in the grass watching the skies crawl by telling stories about the past
Mikil was strong as a dragon and always on his way Kamiel was wearing a mask, a new for every day
Arvid like to carve his dreams into ancient trees
Hannes to put pearls on a string for everyone to see and little Nora had only seen the sunrise around a million times she was still a growing troll with her tail and young mind
They could see past the forest to where the future emerged they had seen civilizations crumble and new rise from the dirt they had seen the mountains grow turn to ice melt and burn seen the fish turn to birds and seen the continents turn
And now they saw these little people with actions so great It could break what forever and ever had made And the trolls got afraid life should never be borrowed It was meant to be shared with the day off tomorrow
So the seven trolls gathered on a mountain top To find a new way the old way of now had to stop and Kamiel spoke up – "we must help them get better the little people mean good, but they are too young to be clever
Let’s build them a tower as tall as a troll and show them all beings are one in the soul"
It took them all winter by summer it was done they then invited all the little people to come
And the little people walked to the top where they opened their eyes and saw past the forests the mountains and skies they saw to the future with tears in their eyes what they saw no one knows but the eyes never lie"
View the video
WHAT TO BRING
I strongly advise you to wear very good walking shoes (possible to get them on asadventure.com) against the mud during the autumn and winter months! The trolls are hidden in nature and are not always to be found on the paved paths. I have seen dozens of children falling and plodding in the mud to get to the giants.
Bring your picnic too, there are nice picnic areas everywhere where you can enjoy your homemade meal. Do you prefer to eat out? Then you can get a light lunch or a drink at the café " The Musette" in the park itself. The café is open from Thursday to Sunday.
YOUR NUMBER ONE INFO
Type the following address in your GPS:
Schommelei 1 bus 1 2850 Boom
and you will automatically arrive at the free parking lot of the domain. Is the car park 1 full? Don't worry, the Schorre has a second car park in the Kapelstraat which is also free of cost.
Coming by train and enjoying your rail pass? Get off at Boom station and walk 1.7 km to the entrance of De Schorre, which is about a 25-minute walk. Of course, there are also several buses to get to the domain.
Where to stay?
Do you want to spend the night? Find your accommodation on booking.com. Looking for a cozy hotel room for two? Try out Hotel Domus located only 1 km from the Schorre and 700 meters from the train station.
I wish you a lot of fun during your discovery in the magical troll forest! I would love to hear how your walk went, so feel free to tag me in your beautiful pictures @fly_along.
Keep on dreaming and Fly Along!
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