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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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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.
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.
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.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
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.
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!).
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery offers an ideal introduction to the world of beer. Het Pakhuis is another brewery where you can taste authentically brewed beer. In addition, there are plenty of typical ‘brown cafés’ which often have dozens and in some cases hundreds of Belgian beers on the menu. Examples include Bier Central, ’t Waagstuk, Paters Vaetje, de Kulminator and Gollem.
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.
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.