Pilgrims arriving at the Sint-Jacobskerk [Saint Jacob’s Church] in Antwerp can visit the main sights by following the Scallop Shell Trail.
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Of old, pilgrims stopped in Antwerp to regain their strength as this is where they could find overnight accommodation at the Sint-Julianus [Saint Julian’s] inn.
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.
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.
On 10 June, the largest lock in the world will be inaugurated in the port of Antwerp. On 11 and 12 June everyone can admire the new Kieldrecht lock and the surrounding area from the tallest ferris wheel in Europe. Besides the largest lock in the world, the port of Antwerp also has enormous docks, large container ships and imposing cranes. Interested to see more of this fascinating side of Antwerp? Then find out in this article how you can take a closer look at the port of Antwerp.
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.
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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.
"The beautifully renovated Shopping Stadsfeestzaal on the Meir is presently a shopping centre housing over fifty shops. "
The Meir and Wapper and the Zurenborg district offer beauty-starved pedestrians several sublime 18th and 19th century architectural gems. A walk past Antwerp’s refined bourgeois architecture.