Want to know which cruises come to Antwerp in 2015? Check the list of the sea and river cruises here!
The romantic Victorian images of cruise ships, ladies with parasols and gentlemen in top hat and tails disembarking onto cobbled streets from cruise liners has never left the Port of Antwerp. The echoes are loud and continue to shape the City as it is today. The saying goes 'The Scheldt River owes its existence to God, Antwerp owes its existence to the Scheldt River', it is hard to imagine Antwerp without the River Scheldt.
The city’s prosperity has ebbed and flowed with the mighty Scheldt giving the city its international outlook. As the most important European port and one of the most productive ports worldwide Antwerp rubs shoulders with the top ten global ports. Its expansive 13, 500 hectares crown the north of the city, lying in wait to be discovered by you either on foot, by boat, car or bike. Stroll along the quays in the city centre to explore the history that oozes from the cobbles. Hear the laughter of excited passengers, hold someone’s hand as you sit under the lights on the promenade. Gaze across the water watching the changing colours reflecting on the ripples. The skyline silhouetted against the sunset, takes you back to the age of romance, cruise ship travel and the allure of foreign lands. Visit Antwerpen has information on how to discover Antwerp's millennial port history.
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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.