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. 

Cogels-Osylei and its side streets are like an architectural sample of the Belle Epoque in our city. Take a walk past stately homes and which include some the most beautiful town palaces of the Antwerp bourgeoisie.
Your guide will emphasise zeitgeist and architecture.
No stop for refreshments and no visit of Dageraadplaats and the surrounding area.
The trail takes you along: Cogels-Osylei – Draakplaats – Transvaalstraat – Waterloostraat – Generaal van Merlenstraat.

Start and finish: hall of the railway station Antwerpen-Berchem (at the side of Burgemeester E. Ryckaertsplein). 

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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. 

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Zurenborg is quite possibly the most beautiful neighbourhood in Antwerp. It flaunts its belle époque grandeur like a coquettish lady. It proudly shows surprised visitors its art nouveau façades, elegant streets and squares. But the highlight is the 19th century Cogels-Osylei: sublime architecture from around the turn of the previous century.

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