In ‘Things to Do’ you'll find a diversity of events in Antwerp, from exhibitions to Shopping Sundays and from concerts to sporting events. After all, there's always something to experience in the city. The brochure gives unique tips and useful information so that you don't have to miss anything during your stay in Antwerp.
This summer edition of ‘Things to Do’ covers events from April through September. A summary per month and a handy key make it extra easy to plan your visit in Antwerp. We spotlight a top event from each of the six categories:
The completely renovated Museum Plantin-Moretus will reopen on 29 September 2016. Allow yourself to be transported into the special story of the visionary publisher Christoffel Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family. Cinematic interventions, books that you can page through and a space where you can try the craft: the house will come alive more than in the past.
Every first Sunday of the month is a Shopping Sunday in Antwerp. Most shops in the historic city centre are open on those Sundays. You can shop to your heart's content on the Meir - the main shopping street in Antwerp. On Sunday, July 3 the summer sales will commence in Antwerp's shopping streets.
The 'cathedrals of the sea' will once again moor in the city centre near the cathedral of Antwerp from July 7 - 10. This is the sixth time that the prestigious Tall Ships Races will stop in Antwerp. Admire and visit the most beautiful sailing vessels in the world. Be sure not to miss this unique spectacle.
The historic city centre of Antwerp will be transformed into the Rubens market on August 15. Immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of the 17th century. Stallholders dressed in traditional clothing sell a wide range of goods.
Sfinx Mixed festival is a free music festival from July 28 - 31. World music, delicious food and beverages, and wonderful tents await you. Sfinx is the most sustainable music festival in Flanders. Thanks to an extensive and diverse programme, everyone will feel at home: from families with children to the most adventurous music lovers.
The UCI Trials World Cup will take place in the historic centre of Antwerp on September 24 and 25. Bike trial is an atypical cycling discipline in which cyclists have to get over obstacles without setting a foot on the ground. For the seventh year in a row the Grote Markt will be transformed into a spectacular trial bike route. This is the perfect opportunity to experience something a little different during your visit to Antwerp.
The free brochure is available at the tourist counters in the Central Station (at the bottom of the escalator) and on the Grote Markt.Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 5.45 pm, Sundays until 4.45 pm.
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Visit Mercado covered food market and enjoy culinary surprises and much more.
Het Steen was home to the Maritime Museum for many years. Now that its collection has been moved to the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), HETPALEIS and the city of Antwerp have reopened this legendary building as a ‘question centre’ for visitors (and anyone looking for answers), young or old, aged six years or over.
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.
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.
Antwerp is a vibrant city. And all those residents and visitors who bring so much life to the city also require a lot of parking for their cars. In order to give everyone an equal chance at a parking spot, there is paid parking in many places throughout Antwerp.
Visitors to Antwerp have been flocking to the hip Eilandje district, an old dockside neighbourhood, to visit the MAS, which opened in 2011.
Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era. Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion’s share of his work. Here he entertained Europe’s nobility and Royalty and stored his impressive art collection in a beautiful art room. The garden, the creators’ workshop and the fabulous collection draws 150 000 visitors from all over the world, year after year.
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.
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.