Welcome to Antwerp! A city that owes its glory to its river the Scheldt. Due to the fact that people could bring their merchandise up to 80 km inland, and vice versa, the port and city of Antwerp progressed with ups-and-downs towards the port and city you can enjoy now. You can envision different centuries in the architecture and musea. Religion played an important role in our history, that’s why there are so many churches.
Antwerp is also the city of diamonds, money makes the world go round, and diamonds are forever!
In Antwerp we enjoy life, as Burgundians we take our time to eat and drink and appreciate what the world has to offer on our plates and in our glasses. We visit restaurants, pubs and cafés a lot. Beer and chocolate are some of our favourites. Last but not least, we like to dress well according to the latest fashion. Hence the importance of our Fashion Academy and our Fashion Museum. We love shopping and you can find many shops downtown.
If you enjoy musea, We suggest at least the following ones:
Peter Paul Rubens is the most famous baroque painter of our region. His house is absolutely worth visiting when you’re in Antwerp. Want to find out more about the man himself? Read his story on https://www.rubenshuis.be/en/page/his-life and prepare your visit.
PLANTIN MORETUS MUSEUM
The Plantin and Moretus family built up an impressive printing business. Learn more about the printing business as you walk inside the printing office. The house itself gives you an idea of how this family lived 400 years ago. It is the only museum in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Plan your visit and check their website: https://www.museumplantinmoretus.be/en .
OUR LADY’S CATHEDRAL
Our Lady’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of Antwerp. Until this day it is by law the highest building in Antwerp, and the largest Gothic church of the Low Countries. Major painters, like Rubens made huge paintings for the Cathedral, which you can admire during your visit.
Check the following website: https://www.topa.be/en/antwerp/kerken-in-antwerpen/olv-kathedraal/.
https://www.visitantwerpen.be/en/home will tell and show you more about our beautiful city.
- Beautiful churches like St. James, St. Paul, St. Andrew's or St. Charles Borromeo (baroque shock)
- Relax in the town square and admire the Renaissance Antwerp City Hall
- Explore the historic Antwerp Zoo
- Boerentoren (Farmers' Tower) or KBC Tower, a 26-storey building built in 1932, is the oldest skyscraper in Europe.
- Admire Antwerp Central Station
- Explore Het Steen
- Journey back in time at the secret Vlaeykensgang alley
- Visit the home of Rockox and Museum Mayer van den Bergh
- Enjoy the unique MAS Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts or M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp)
- Rest at the Beguinage and charming St Catherine’s Church
- Visit the Red Star Line Museum
- Take a tour of the Port of Antwerp, or visit Antwerp’s oldest port area "Het Eilandje"
- Walk the "Underpass" or St Anna’s Tunnel, connection the left and right bank of the Schelde
- Or fancy a walk through the unique Ruien, Antwerp's former canals and sewers?
- You will love the trendy "Zuid" district, both highly attractive to locals and visitors
You may however prefer to just shop in style (at the diamond district?), or indulge in the real "French" fries, Belgian beer (fun to visit the Antwerp city brewery De Koninck), Elixir d’Anvers, Chocolates, "Antwerpse Handjes", and Waffles.
In any case, we offer a wide variety of excursions and activities: In Antwerpen or other historic nearby places like Brugge, Gent or Brussel.