In Antwerp you can do anything and everything, but always slightly differently. That is why we selected five different ways of exploring the city. Float above the historic city centre, gently make your way past the impressive port or walk through the canals under the city. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, the city has another surprise in store for you.<br />
Discover Antwerp from the air
You can enjoy a spectacular view of the city and the port of Antwerp from the panoramic roof of the MAS or the cathedral’s tower. But there is another way of seeing Antwerp from above, one you might not think of immediately. Experience Antwerp from a hot-air balloon and discover its unique location along the Scheldt. The hot air balloons are for people of all ages, for couples and for groups. During your trip your guide will tell you about ballooning and the city. An amazing experience.
Discover the various ballooning options, their points and times of departure at www.skaai.be, www.event-connect.beor www.bertelsballooning.be.
Discover Antwerp underground
Do you not like great heights? Then dive underground into the city’s history during a visit to the Antwerp Ruien. This underground canal system dates from the Middle Ages and supplied water to the city and a harbour inlet. Centuries later the canals were transformed into vaulted sewers and faded into the city’s memory. Now the public can visit them again and you can discover the fascinating and rich underground history of Antwerp. Take a tablet with you, or go on a boat trip or follow a guide. Get to know Antwerp in a very special way thanks to the many interesting facts and mysterious anecdotes of a distant and more recent past.
You can find more information about Antwerp’s ruien at www.ruien.be
Discover Antwerp ‘from the other side’
Antwerp is a city on the river, the River Scheldt winds its way through the city dividing it in two. The Sint-Anna Tunnel or the pedestrian tunnel, as Antwerpers call it, connects the two river banks. Walking or biking through this 572-metre long tunnel is an experience in itself. Your journey starts on the wooden escalators, which were unique in Antwerp when the tunnel was inaugurated in 1933. Once you arrive on Linkeroever you will really understand why you took this walk as you will enjoy a stunning view of Antwerp’s skyline. The beach of Sint-Anneke is also in Linkeroever and has plenty of nice pubs and restaurants. During the summer months it is one of the most popular places for Antwerp locals. In winter, you can enjoy a nice wind-swept walk and a drink and a bite to eat here.
Discover the playing field that is Antwerp
In Antwerp you can shop in buildings that would be museums elsewhere, you can lunch in shoe stores and play golf in the city centre. Discover the hotspots and other hidden spots in Antwerp during a game of City Golf. It is a unique way of exploring the city. Even more fun is a game of City Beer Golf, which includes a sampling of three delicious Antwerp regional beers. Aim at a historic monument, a statue or a bench. The player with the lowest score wins the game.
Antwerp is also a fashion city as you can discover for yourself during the Antwerp Fashion Hunt, a strategic group game with a fun mix of activities, themed assignments and photo assignments. Help Alexander, a graduate student at Antwerp’s Fashion Academy, to complete his collection in time for the graduation show and get to know the fashion city of Antwerp better. The team that gets the most points en route within the agreed time wins the Antwerp Fashion Hunt.
Explore Antwerp from the water
Unlike most sea ports the port of Antwerp (the second largest port in Europe) is located 80 km inland. This allows the port to serve the hinterland more efficiently. This is also an asset for visitors of Antwerp, as this allows you to get a taste of the port’s atmosphere. Flandria and Jan Plezier boats will take you on a cruise past the gigantic ships and the bustling port terminals. Are you visiting with a group and are you looking for an exclusive way of discovering Antwerp’s old ports? Then rent the Rien Elisabeth, a historic small boat which organises deluxe private cruises around the Eilandje from 1 May until 15 October. Enjoy the view of the docks, the old warehouses and the MAS, over a glass of bubbly.
Extra tip: Explore Antwerp in Virtual Reality
Did your visit to Antwerp fly by and do you want a permanent memory of everything the city has to offer? Or are you planning to visit Antwerp and do you want a sneak preview? Then consider the Virtual Reality glasses of Atypical Antwerp. Download the free Atypical Antwerp app, order the VR glasses for free, fold them yourself following the instructions on the package, and enjoy a 360° view of Antwerp. From your lazy chair, in the park or on the train: explore a piece of Antwerp anywhere you are.
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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery offers an ideal introduction to the world of beer. Het Pakhuis is another brewery where you can taste authentically brewed beer. In addition, there are plenty of typical ‘brown cafés’ which often have dozens and in some cases hundreds of Belgian beers on the menu. Examples include Bier Central, ’t Waagstuk, Paters Vaetje, de Kulminator and Gollem.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
Accompanied by experienced city guides you’ll walk to the unique Market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. You’ll be astonished when seeing the famous Cathedral of Our Lady, coronated with a unique Gothic steeple, the symbol of the City of Antwerp. You’ll then pass through a charming sixteenth century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, and will continue your stroll alongside many sites and places which you have never imagined before.
St Anna’s Tunnel – or Underpass, as the locals like to refer to it – was opened in 1933. Both on the left and on the right bank, you can still access the tunnel using the authentic wooden escalators which were unique at the opening.
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Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.
Nothing is more fun than a market.You get a taste of the city and its local offerings.Antwerp has several weekly and monthly markets spread all over the city.They’re highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Antwerp.
The secret Vlaeykensgang alley dates from 1591 and connects Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt Pelgrimstraat with one another. Walk through the gate at Oude Koornmarkt 16 and you feel as if you have journeyed back in time. In the past this alley was where the shoemakers and the poorest people in the city lived. The shoemakers were also in charge of sounding the alarm bell of the cathedral. These days you can find antiques stores and art galleries here as well as the exclusive restaurant Sir Anthony Van Dyck. The atmosphere is very intimate which is why many people also like to come here to listen to the carillon concerts during the summertime.