<span>Want to know which cruises come to Antwerp in 2015? Check the list of the sea and river cruises here!</span>
The romantic Victorian images of cruise ships, ladies with parasols and gentlemen in top hat and tails disembarking onto cobbled streets from cruise liners has never left the Port of Antwerp. The echoes are loud and continue to shape the City as it is today. The saying goes 'The Scheldt River owes its existence to God, Antwerp owes its existence to the Scheldt River', it is hard to imagine Antwerp without the River Scheldt.
The city’s prosperity has ebbed and flowed with the mighty Scheldt giving the city its international outlook. As the most important European port and one of the most productive ports worldwide Antwerp rubs shoulders with the top ten global ports. Its expansive 13, 500 hectares crown the north of the city, lying in wait to be discovered by you either on foot, by boat, car or bike. Stroll along the quays in the city centre to explore the history that oozes from the cobbles. Hear the laughter of excited passengers, hold someone’s hand as you sit under the lights on the promenade. Gaze across the water watching the changing colours reflecting on the ripples. The skyline silhouetted against the sunset, takes you back to the age of romance, cruise ship travel and the allure of foreign lands. Visit Antwerpen has information on how to discover Antwerp's millennial port history.
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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.
Jan Plezier offers a tour with its “pancake boat” or the “rib boat”. During the one-hour tour onboard the pancake boat you can enjoy an unlimited supply of freshly-made pancakes. The tour onboard the rib boat lasts 2.5 hours, with all you can eat ribs (or a fish dish or a salad, if you do not feel like meat). As you sail through Antwerp’s port, you can enjoy some unique views of the port activities.
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.
A port tour is the perfect way to get to know Antwerp’s port, which is the second-largest port in Europe, better. Choose from a short or a long port tour. Or why not just enjoy the peace and quiet and the stunning view of Antwerp’s skyline and the river banks during your Scheldt tour.
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.
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Aquatopia is a futuristic aquarium displaying a fascinating collection of tropical fish and unique water-dwelling creatures in high-tech surroundings. In Aquatopia you will come across incredible and amazing sea creatures from the whole world.