Playing cards walk

Brepols - Dierckx

Turnhout, world centre of playing cards! With the arrival, in Turnhout, of printer Pieter Corbeels from Leuven, the success story of the city’s busy print industry began. In this process, Filip Jaak Brepols, the printer’s assistant, played the lead role. After the military debacle of Corbeels, he took over the printing business and made the company world-renowned. Corbeels had already started printing church booklets, Brepols added playing cards to it. Subsequently, additional printing establishments grew from here. The years of knowledge of playing card production was concentrated, in 1970, in one single company, Cartamundi. Over the years, Turnhout has become the world centre of playing cards. So take a walk along with a guide and discover the history of the playing card in Turnhout.

The walk takes two hours.

How does it work?

Book a ‘Playing cards walk’ at least three weeks in advance via Toerisme & UiT. With your reservation, indicate:

  • the desired date
  • the time of the visit
  • the size of your group (maximum 25 people per guide) and
  • contact details

The cost per guide is 50 euros (from the third hour 25 Euros extra per started hour). A one-off administration fee of 5 euros will also be charged.

Toerisme & UiT secures the guide(s) and provides you with a reservation confirmation for the visit. Afterwards you will receive an invoice for the payment of the guide and the administration fee. Then you and your group go to the designated starting point for the walk on the agreed day and time.

In case of cancellation, you must inform Toerisme & UiT in writing at least six calendar days in advance. In the case of late cancellations, you pay the total amount and no cancellation restitution is possible.