Architecture mosaic

Become acquainted with the various styles of architecture in Antwerp. Your guide will teach you to read the façades of the historic city centre. The Romanesque style of Het Steen, the Renaissance style of City hall, Rococo building on the Meir... once you arrive at the Wapper you’ll be able to date the façades. 

During this original tour your guide will show you the historic city centre in a playful manner and
identify some of the architectural styles. You start with a hint of Roman architecture at the Steen
fortress, discover the Gothic style (Butcher’s Hall or Museum Vleeshuis | Sound of the City and Cathedral of Our Lady), Renaissance (town hall) and Baroque (St. Charles Borromeo’s Church) and end with Rococo and even Art Deco. Finally, you can try your luck and guess the architectural styles of some of the buildings on Meir and Wapper.
This is an original introduction to the most important buildings and squares of the old city.

This walk can also be guided interactively.

The trail takes you along: STEEN - Museum Vleeshuis | Sound of the City - GROTE MARKT - H. CONSCIENCEPLEIN - GROENPLAATS - MEIR.
It includes a short visit - if open to: the Gothic hall of the Butcher’s Hall and the baroque interior of St. Charles Borromeo’s Church.
Start: Visit Antwerpen, Grote Markt 13.
Finish: at Rubens’ House on Wapper.

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Want to immerse yourself in the elegance of art nouveau without walking too long? Choose the shorter Zurenborg walking tour. It only passes through the Cogels-Osylei and a few side streets. Imagine how Antwerp’s bourgeoisie once strolled along these stately mansions and urban palaces. 

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