Many museums in Antwerp are closed on a Monday. Not to worry, though, as there are plenty of other things on offer so you won’t get bored.
For the culture vultures among you, there is the Maidens' House Museum that is open on a Monday, or the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum that opens in the afternoons. But also the Cathedral, Carolus Borromeus Church and St Paul’s Church contain many of Antwerp’s art treasures. And did you know that, with its cartoon-covered walls all over the city, Antwerp is one big cartoon museum?
Discover Antwerp by foot, tram or horse-drawn carriage
Why not start the week with a journey of discovery? Board the tourist tram or the horse tram. Or discover the city in the arms of your loved one in a horse-drawn carriage.
Weather-permitting, you can visit the Zoo as soon as you get off the train. Either that or you can cross the road and launch into some serious shopping in Flanders’ exquisite city of fashion.
Escape the crowds
The perfect ideal place to get away from the crowds is the somewhat hidden Vlaeykensgang, where you will immediately be immersed in medieval Antwerp. This is also the perfect spot for the ultimate Antwerp selfie. If you’re after an absolute haven of tranquillity, though, then head for the Beguinage.
Being lazy is also part of the Antwerp way of life. At a pavement cafe in the shadow of the Cathedral – with a carillon concert in the background – on a boat on the river Scheldt, or on the grass in one of the city parks or in the Botanical Garden.
As you can see, Mondays in Antwerp are anything but dull. In fact, Monday in Antwerp could well be the Monday of your life.
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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.