Many museums in Antwerp are closed on a Monday. Not to worry, though, as there are plenty of other things on offer so you won’t get bored.
For the culture vultures among you, there is the Maagdenhuis that is open on a Monday, or the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum that opens in the afternoons. But also the Cathedral, Carolus Borromeus Church and St Paul’s Church contain many of Antwerp’s art treasures. And did you know that, with its cartoon-covered walls all over the city, Antwerp is one big cartoon museum?
Discover Antwerp by foot, tram or horse-drawn carriage
Why not start the week with a journey of discovery? Board the tourist tram or the horse tram. Or discover the city in the arms of your loved one in a horse-drawn carriage.
Weather-permitting, you can visit the Zoo or Aquatopia as soon as you get off the train. Either that or you can cross the road and launch into some serious shopping in Flanders’ exquisite city of fashion.
Escape the crowds
The perfect ideal place to get away from the crowds is the somewhat hidden Vlaeykensgang, where you will immediately be immersed in medieval Antwerp. This is also the perfect spot for the ultimate Antwerp selfie. If you’re after an absolute haven of tranquillity, though, then head for the Beguinage.
Being lazy is also part of the Antwerp way of life. At a pavement cafe in the shadow of the Cathedral – with a carillon concert in the background – on a boat on the river Scheldt, or on the grass in one of the city parks or in the Botanical Garden.
As you can see, Mondays in Antwerp are anything but dull. In fact, Monday in Antwerp could well be the Monday of your life.
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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.
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.
It took 169 years (1352-1521) of labour to raise the 123m heavenward-reaching steeple of the Cathedral, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. The Cathedral is an iconic treasury, with an impressive collection of major art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens. Now, after twenty years, the seven-naved church has been restored to its former architectural glory. Fascinating features include Rubens’ ‘Elevation of the Cross’ and his ‘Descent from the Cross’. Any visit to Antwerp starts with a visit of the Cathedral of Our Lady.
"The beautifully renovated Shopping Stadsfeestzaal on the Meir is presently a shopping centre housing over fifty shops. "
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 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.
Antwerp’s public social welfare centres art collection is at the Maidens' House Museum. This Museum, a 16th-century former orphanage for girls, is home to a splendid art collection from the 15th to 17th centuries, including paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens.