<p>Every year thousands of cruise passengers and hundreds of ships navigate to Antwerp by sailing up the Scheldt river, taking in the sights and sounds of the port and destination.</p>
During this smooth cruise you’ll pass many interesting sites as the Dutch harbour Flushing, the typical low landscape of Hansweert, the natural reserve “the Drowned land” of Saeftinghe, the charming village Lillo and our famous lock Berendrecht. Just before you get a glimpse of the elegant Gothic spire of the Cathedral and the Art Deco skyscraper dominates the skyline, the Red Star Line (RSL) building will make its appearance. Red Star Line was the departure point of thousands of emigrants when setting course for America and Canada.
The activities of the port of Antwerp are generally associated with goods transport and high economic performances but in fact we deliver more that. In the historical port area you will find marinas, both on the left and right bank of the river, offering facilities for a wide range of water-based leisure interests. The main activity on the Scheldt quays is since 1996 cruise related and the investments in the terminal and facilities make Antwerp a full operational cruise destination.
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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.
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.
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 the christmas market, an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises. Book your stay now!
The Eilandje, a special Antwerp district on the hinge between the city and the port, has just added a new iconic building to its list. The impressive Port House is a monumental design by the famous Zaha Hadid Architects. It puts the port of Antwerp on the world map from an architectural point of view, if nothing else. Book this unforgettable tour for your group.
Practical information about the climate, the city tax, the language and the public holidays in Antwerp.
Grote Markt originally was a forum or square just outside the medieval residential quarter. In 1220 Duke Henry I of Brabant (1165-1235) donated this community land to the city.
The name Merckt was used for the first time in 1310.
Calling at Antwerp by ship is a unique experience. Ocean cruises moor in the city centre. Passengers are greeted by the sight of the Cathedral of Our Lady from the gangway. The cruise terminal is just a five-minute walk from the historic city centre, the main shopping streets and the many pubs and restaurants in the city.
Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe and the regeneration of the historical docks area affords the visitor a view of a true trendy city: stylish architecture, bars and restaurants muscling in the old town. Riches from the Golden Age abound around the historical city centre cobbled streets and much in contrast to many other cruise destinations the major sights are in walking distance of the berth. The aesthetics and functionality of this layout make Antwerp a unique cruise destination, providing what other places around the globe simply can’t duplicate.
Antwerp’s port area is one of the vastest industrial zones in the Benelux. It has enormous docks and the largest complex of locks in the world. Your guide knows the port inside out and will enrich your tour through this fascinating world with surprising facts and figures.