In the 16th century Antwerp experienced a golden era. The port city was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe. It was also a centre for commerce and art. Walk with us, listen to the monumental witnesses of this magnificent past and relive Antwerp’s glory days.
In the sixteenth century Antwerp was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe. At the time the port city acquired an unparalleled reputation as a centre for commerce and art. During this
classic tour you will step back in time to the amazing glory days of the city by the Scheldt and your
guide will spotlight the history, art and architecture of this period.
This trail takes you along: Grote Markt (city hall and guildhalls) – Vleeshuis – Steen – Zuiderterras – Vrijdagmarkt – Vlaeykensgang – Handschoenmarkt (Cathedral of Our Lady).
It includes a short visit – if open to: a courtyard with Pagaddertower and the courtyard of the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Unesco world heritage).
Start and finish : Visit Antwerpen, Grote Markt 13.
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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.
Accompanied by experienced city guides you’ll walk to the unique Market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. You’ll be astonished when seeing the famous Cathedral of Our Lady, coronated with a unique Gothic steeple, the symbol of the City of Antwerp. You’ll then pass through a charming sixteenth century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, and will continue your stroll alongside many sites and places which you have never imagined before.
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Antwerp is truly heaven for coffee lovers, with coffee bars on practically every street corner. But how are they different from each other? Where to find the ultimate cuppa that suits your taste and what is the story behind it? Coffee roaster Koen Bleuzé shares his top 10 favourite coffee bars and explains his choices.
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.
There’s lots to see and experience at the redesigned Plantin-Moretus Museum. Step into the world of pioneering publisher Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family. Seven tips for an extra special museum visit.
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.