In the 16th century Antwerp experienced a golden era. The port city was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe. It was also a centre for commerce and art. Walk with us, listen to the monumental witnesses of this magnificent past and relive Antwerp’s glory days.
In the sixteenth century Antwerp was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe. At the time the port city acquired an unparalleled reputation as a centre for commerce and art. During this
classic tour you will step back in time to the amazing glory days of the city by the Scheldt and your
guide will spotlight the history, art and architecture of this period.
This trail takes you along: Grote Markt (city hall and guildhalls) – Vleeshuis – Steen – Zuiderterras – Vrijdagmarkt – Vlaeykensgang – Handschoenmarkt (Cathedral of Our Lady).
It includes a short visit – if open to: a courtyard with Pagaddertower and the courtyard of the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Unesco world heritage).
Start and finish : Visit Antwerpen, Grote Markt 13.
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Visit The Ruien, a truly unique attraction, and walk through Antwerp's former canals and sewers. During this adventurous and astonishing underground walk you'll discover some of Antwerp's exciting and rich history.
Accompanied by experienced city guides you’ll walk to the unique Market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. You’ll be astonished when seeing the famous Cathedral of Our Lady, coronated with a unique Gothic steeple, the symbol of the City of Antwerp. You’ll then pass through a charming sixteenth century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, and will continue your stroll alongside many sites and places which you have never imagined before.
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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.
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.
Check the Visit Antwerp Guide for more info about the nicest attractions, the best events, the most delicious Antwerp specialities, tips from Antwerp locals… In short, everything you need for an unforgettable visit to Antwerp. For sale at the visitor centres of Visit Antwerpen at Grote Markt and Central Station.
Set in the heart of the city’s fashion district, Antwerp’s fashion Museum is a dynamic and inspiring space with soaring ceilings and distinctive contemporary architecture. The building is also home to the Fashion Department of the Academy, and the relationship between the two institutions ensures that MoMu is very much a living museum with active links to contemporary fashion culture as well as historical expertise.
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.
Want to look up your favourite shop? Or the phone number of a restaurant? Thanks to the free wi-fi zones in the city, you can!