Practical information about the climate, the city tax, the language and the public holidays in Antwerp.
The climate in Antwerp (and Belgium) is a temperate maritime climate, which makes for pleasant summers and cool winters. Extreme weather is rare.
During the months of December, January and March there is a reasonable chance of frost at night and even frost and/or snow during the day. Most winter days are relatively grey. Spring is usually variable. April and May can be pleasantly warm, the perfect weather for a drink on one of the many terraces in the city. Always remember though that it can still be cold and heavy showers are always a possibility. Most visitors think the city is at its best in June, when all the greenery in the streets has flowered, the sun is out and conditions are perfect for a pleasant stroll. Temperatures can be decidedly tropical during the months of July and August. Evenings in the city are especially lovely during this time.
Some years, Antwerp has an Indian summer but the chances of clouds, rain and a lot of wind are just as likely in autumn. Yet this period, along with the month of December, is the most popular among tourists planning a city trip to Antwerp.
A new city tax regulation entered into force in 2014. Anyone staying the night in Antwerp must pay a fixed amount of 2.39 euros (including VAT) per person per night, on top of the price of their stay. A reduced tariff of 0.53 euros (including VAT) applies on campsites and camper van sites. The tax is included on the invoice of the accommodation where you are staying. All accommodation that falls under the Tourism for Everyone decree and all individuals under 12 years of age are exempt from the tax.
The city uses the revenue from the city tax for clean streets, information services, the maintenance of museums, better mobility, security and urban renewal.
Dutch is the official language in Antwerp. Many locals and especially people who work in the tourism industry speak a smattering of English, French and sometimes German.
Below is a list of Belgian public holidays. Bear in mind that most shops and businesses are closed on these dates.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.