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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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) is an international museum, with its own collection and temporary exhibitions. Dominating the Zuid, one of Antwerp’s trendiest districts it is surrounded by galleries and cosy cafes. The M HKA moves – artistically, it doesn’t shy away from the alternative. Artists of all ilks regularly appear to associate their vision and talent with the works of art in the museum. Next to changing collection presentations and four major projects a year, M HKA has a varied programme of performances, lectures, concerts, debates, guided tours, museum chats and breakfasts.
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.
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.