“Antwerp loves diamonds” will take you on a tour of Antwerp’s diamond history. The map provides an overview of historic and contemporary venues, as well as unique tips and useful information about Antwerp as a city for jewellery.
In the diamond district…
The diamond district is the diamond industry’s primary business centre. At first glance, there is not much to see here. The map does give you an indication of what goes on behind the façades, however, pointing out the diamond bourse and the Sephardi synagogue. You can also visit a showroom where you can see a diamond cutter polishing diamonds. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy Jewish or Indian food, the map also lists several restaurants.
… and in the city centre
Your tour will take you to the city centre because here too there are several traces of diamonds. Just think of Rubens, the cathedral or Graanmarkt.
The map also has some useful shopping tips for visitors who are intent on buying diamond jewellery. It includes information about the 4 Cs that determine a diamond’s quality and value and why certificates are so useful.
… and a list of jewellers with the quality label
The map also lists the twelve jewellers who were awarded the “Antwerp’s Most Brilliant” quality label. Here you can shop with confidence for the jewel of your dreams.
• You can obtain a free map from the tourist information desks in Central Station (at the bottom of the escalator) and in Grote Markt.
Opening hours: daily from 9 a.m. until 5.45 p.m., until 4.45 p.m. on Sundays.
Download the map here.
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Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
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.
Your guide will help you experience the heyday, downfall and resurrection of Antwerp’s diamond industry in the 19th century. Via the Central Station you’ll walk to the Diamond Square Mile – the home of diamond workers, jewellers and diamond merchants. In the diamond district bust merchants hurry through the streets – always on the way to their next transaction.
What do you do if it’s raining outside but you don’t want to stay indoors? The Antwerp residents don’t let a shower or thunderstorm stop them from doing what they want to do. If you’re prepared to brave the bad weather, you will see that there’s plenty to keep you occupied, with an umbrella in hand, if necessary. We are happy to inspire you with sheltered and less sheltered tips.
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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.
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.
Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises.
In many cities, October offers some welcome respite between summer and wintertime. Not so in Antwerp, where numerous top events are planned the first weekend of October. Ready to enjoy the busiest weekend of the year? Why not be inspired by the exciting programme and book your stay in Antwerp at the same time? After all, you’ll need more than one day to take it all in.