Antwerp is located at a central junction of several European motorways and can be easily reached by car.
Antwerp is located at a central junction of several European motorways and can be easily reached by car. Bear in mind that traffic on the Antwerp Ring road can be heavy at times and that various large construction projects are planned in the period from 2015 until 2022, which will cause significant traffic disruptions.
Take exit 1, Antwerpen-Centrum (Merksem). Follow the signs for Antwerpen-Centrum, along Groenendaallaan and the Noorderlaan viaducts.
For the historic city centre - continue along Londenstraat and Amsterdamstraat after the Noorderlaan viaduct. At the top of Amsterdamstraat, turn left at the traffic lights onto the Scheldt quays.
For the Meir/Central Station/Zoo - continue along Italiëlei and the boulevards (Leien) after the Noorderlaan viaduct.
For the historic city centre - take exit 1 on the ring road (R1) around Antwerp and continue along Groenendaallaan towards Antwerpen-Centrum. Turn left onto Noorderlaan and continue until you have passed the Noorderlaan viaduct. After the viaduct, continue along Londenstraat and Amsterdamstraat. At the top of Amsterdamstraat, turn left at the traffic lights onto the Scheldt quays.
For the Meir/Central Station/Zoo - take Antwerpen-Centrum (Borgerhout), exit 17. Turn left at the traffic light and continue along Noordersingel. Turn right under the railway bridge at the second traffic light and continue along Plantin en Moretuslei until the third set of traffic lights, under the railway bridge and up to the next set of traffic lights. Turn right and drive past the municipal park. Continue until you reach the boulevards (Leien) at the second traffic lights.
For the historic city centre – on approaching Antwerp, see signs for the Craeybeckx Tunnel. In the tunnel take the right lane, and then the left lane towards Ring (R1) / Gent.
On the Antwerp ring road (R1) take the first exit, Antwerpen-Centrum/Kiel. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue along Singel, Bolivarplaats, Jan van Gentstraat and Namenstraat to the T-junction with the Scheldt quays. Turn right at the traffic lights.
For Meir/Central Station/Zoo – on approaching Antwerp, see the Craeybeckx Tunnel. Take the right lane towards Ring (R1). On the Antwerp ring road (R1) take the next exit, exit 3 (Borgerhout). Turn left at the traffic light and continue along Plantin en Moretuslei until the third set of traffic lights, under the railway bridge and up to the next set of traffic lights. Turn right and drive past the municipal park. Continue until you reach the boulevard (Leien) at the second traffic lights.
For the historic city centre - follow signs for Antwerpen-Centrum through the Jan De Vos Tunnel and at the fork, bear right towards Singel (R10). Turn left at the traffic lights and continue along Singel, Bolivarplaats, Jan van Gentstraat and Namenstraat to the T-junction with the Scheldt quays. Turn right at the traffic lights.
For Meir/Central Station/Zoo - follow Antwerpen-Centrum through the Jan De Vos Tunnel and bear left at the fork towards Bolivar Tunnel and Leien. Continue along the boulevard.
For the historic city centre - take exit 5A Antwerpen-Centrum immediately after the Kennedy Tunnel and continue along the right lane towards the A12. Take the first exit, Hoboken/Wilrijk. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue along Kolonel Silvertoplaan up to the first set of traffic lights. Turn right and continue along Generaal Armstrongweg up to the T-junction with the Scheldt quays. Turn right and continue along the Quays.
For Meir/Central Station/Zoo - after the Kennedy Tunnel, take exit 5A Antwerpen-Centrum and take the left lane towards Bolivar Tunnel and Leien. Continue along the boulevard.
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Antwerp is a vibrant city. And all those residents and visitors who bring so much life to the city also require a lot of parking for their cars. In order to give everyone an equal chance at a parking spot, there is paid parking in many places throughout 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.