<p>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.</p>
While the Tourist or Horse-Drawn Tram, the HopNstop or one of the bus excursions will take you along the main attractions, you can also discover Antwerp in a more original way: from a revamped 1963 Renault Estafette, in which driver Jamil will take you to the city’s most charming districts or via Tram De Lux, an old tram that was converted into a mobile café. This will take you around the city, keeping you dry, but providing you with a drink to quench any thirst.
Animal lovers can go to Aquatopia in Antwerp or the Zoo. Aquatopia is one of Europe’s largest underwater worlds, where thousands of fish and reptiles can be studied in their natural habitats. Antwerp Zoo boasts many outbuildings, but also spacious indoor cages where you can watch and photograph the animals. If, however, you happen to sit in the front row at the sea lion show, there is a chance that you get wet after all.
Sportopia is great for young people bursting with energy. This 5000 square meter indoor theme park will guarantee a great day for jumping, sliding, running, surfing, floating, dancing and laser shooting.
Fancy a movie or two? UGC and Metropolis offer film lovers a varied and comprehensive programme, multiple cartoons and the latest blockbusters. Lovers of Arthouse films, documentaries and ‘forgotten’ gems can visit Cinema South, Cartoon’s or the Klappei movie house.
Afterwards, you can have a chat over a drink in one of the many cafés that surround the cinemas or have a bite to eat at a nice restaurant.
Escape games are a fun and exciting way to get to know each other better, as well as Antwerp’s lesser-known neighbourhoods. Together with family, friends or colleagues, you will be ‘locked up’ and by solving a number of problems and finding different and unexpected visual clues, you can work your way out. The Room Antwerp, Antwerp Clue and Out of the Box Escape Games are some companies that are bound to give you many exciting moments.
A museum visit may sound a bit obvious and standard on a rainy day, but with a great variety of choice, Antwerp offers many cultural indoor activities. The MAS (Museum aan de Stroom), one of Antwerp’s busiest museums, is a definite must-see. You can also visit the Red Star Line Museum, Mayer van den Bergh, Rubens House, the Photo Museum or one of the other special museums.
Also, there is no shortage of art galleries in this city. De Zwarte Panter in the city centre is the oldest active gallery in Flanders and a magnet for artists, musicians, writers and art lovers alike. Design Center de Winkelhaak is located in one of the city’s most creative areas and there is regularly something new to discover in the exhibition space. Gallery Jamar exhibits contemporary art, ranging from James Ensor and Spilliaert, right through to Pierre Alechinsky, Jan Fabre, Marcel Broodthaers and Panamarenko.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Get all you can out of Antwerp! Are you interested in exploring all of Antwerp? Then use the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. What’s more, you can choose how long you want to use it. The best of Antwerp Antwerp has so much to offer that it would take a lifetime to discover everything. But you only have a weekend or a midweek. That is why we selected the best the city has to offer: the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Rubens House, the MAS museum... and what’s more, your Antwerp City Card entitles you to free admission to all these attractions. You can also use public transportation free of charge as long as your Antwerp City Card is valid. Besides this, you can also cheaply rent a bike, receive a discount in the chip shop and use your free ticket for the hopNstop shuttle (do take it at least once!).
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.
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.