5 tips for a romantic outing in Antwerp

<div> A romantic weekend away? Switch off your phone, forget the stress of your work week, and enjoy some quality time with your partner. Antwerp is the perfect location for an original and romantic city trip.&nbsp;</div>

1.       Unique spots
Sometimes a small gesture is more romantic than proclaiming one's love from the rooftops. Seek out a quiet spot and enjoy each other's company. The Beguinage is a hidden quiet place next to the university in the city centre. It is an oasis of peace and quiet with a beautiful enclosed garden, an orchard and a pond. Another unique spot is the Vlaeykensgang, a medieval alley in the heart of Antwerp. A subdued atmosphere is prevalent and it is a wonderful place to listen to the cathedral's carillon.

2.       Romantic walks
Antwerp is a reasonably-sized city:  there is so much to see and experience and it's all within walking distance. Sample the old atmosphere of the Eilandje with its monumental warehouses, street lamps, hangars and cobblestones. Walk with your sweetheart past the marina to the panoramic rooftop of the MAS | Museum aan de Stroom and enjoy phenomenal views of Antwerp. Share some chocolate, 'Antwerpse Handjes' biscuits or a waffle during a walk through the Wilde Zee, a cosy pedestrian shopping area, or take a romantic evening stroll along the Scheldt River quays with views of the lights on the Scheldt River. After a long walk you can curl up together at home or at your hotel; you'll probably be tired but you'll definitely be satisfied.

3.       Cosy squares
Dageraadplaats is undoubtedly one of the cosiest squares in Antwerp. It has several cafés and a starry sky above the square. There's nothing more romantic than staring up at the stars together. Those who prefer a quieter square will enjoy the Hendrik Conscienceplein. This picturesque square is the ideal décor for your romantic weekend away.

4.       Romance amongst greenery
Antwerp is a city with lots of romantic spots filled with greenery. Everyone knows the works of Pieter Paul Rubens, but have you seen his garden in the Rubens House? It is the perfect location for a romantic photo. Or imagine yourself on a film set when standing on the lovely white bridge in the Antwerp's central Park. The Plantin-Moretus garden is also a romantic spot.

5.       A romantic gesture
‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, wouldn't you agree? Give your sweetheart the surprise of his/her life when you visit the diamond centre of the world. Perhaps a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic centre of Antwerp appeals to you. Antwerp offers many romantic places to dine, such as a chapel (The Jane) or amongst the clouds with a view of the city (’t Zilte). You can also enjoy the cosiness of one of the many charming restaurants in the historic city centre. Antwerp offers something for everyone!

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Beguinage

Beguinage

You may feel like an intruder in this sacred, quiet space, but don’t worry – you are welcome. The Beguinage reminds us of a secret garden, nestled in the city centre next to the university, it is a surprise for those exploring. The tiny houses and charming St Catherine’s Church offers a haven of silence to busy souls, the beautiful garden, orchard and pond in the inner courtyard replenish and rejuvenate. Walk along the cobbled streets in this sixteenth-century garden of peace and quiet.

Vlaeykensgang

Vlaeykensgang

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.

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom

The MAS is the most prominent place where the city and the port come together, both literally and figuratively. The 60 metre tall tower – a feat of daring architecture – has already become a new landmark in Antwerp. The MAS is focusing on the city’s diversity and reflecting on the many contacts between cultures, both past and present. The museum collection tells the story of the city, the port and the world. On the roof of the MAS, you can also enjoy panoramic views over Antwerp.

Antwerp in 24 and 48 hours

Antwerp in 24 and 48 hours

Whether you’re coming to Antwerp for a hefty helping of culture, to soak up some history, to shop or to enjoy Antwerp’s culinary delights, you’ll find them all within reach. Antwerp may be compact, but it has a great deal to offer. Get all you can out of it by using the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card (valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours) will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. Discovering is now up to you. Have fun!

The Rubens House

The Rubens House

Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era. Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion’s share of his work. Here he entertained Europe’s nobility and Royalty and stored his impressive art collection in a beautiful art room. The garden, the creators’ workshop and the fabulous collection draws 150 000 visitors from all over the world, year after year.

Museum Plantin-Moretus

Museum Plantin-Moretus

This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century. Currently the museum is in need of a bit of a facelift, which is why it is closed until 29 September 2016.

Antwerp's central park

Antwerp's central park

It is not only the buildings that have survived the test of time in Antwerp, the triangular Stadspark is all that remains of Fort Herentals, one of the forts that guarded the city in the 16th century. Not far from the city centre and the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets the park borders onto the Jewish neighbourhood.

Markets

Markets

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.

Discover Antwerp

Discover Antwerp

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.

The Diamond Pavilion

The Diamond Pavilion

At the Diamond Pavilion you can discover why Antwerp is known as the world center for diamonds, and learn about the past and present players in the diamond trade and diamond industry. The pavilion presents the rich history, economic importance and other facets of this typical Antwerp activity. Temporary exhibits are organized regularly. Both ancient and modern jewelry are covered. You can visit the Diamond Pavilion at the MAS for free from Tuesday to Sunday.