5 tips for a romantic outing in Antwerp

A romantic weekend away? Switch off your phone, forget the stress of your work week, and enjoy some quality time with your partner. Antwerp is the perfect location for an original and romantic city trip.

1. Unique spots
Sometimes a small gesture is more romantic than proclaiming one's love from the rooftops. Seek out a quiet spot and enjoy each other's company. The Beguinage is a hidden quiet place next to the university in the city centre. It is an oasis of peace and quiet with a beautiful enclosed garden, an orchard and a pond. Another unique spot is the Vlaeykensgang, a medieval alley in the heart of Antwerp. A subdued atmosphere is prevalent and it is a wonderful place to listen to the cathedral's carillon.

2. Romantic walks
Antwerp is a reasonably-sized city: there is so much to see and experience and it's all within walking distance. Sample the old atmosphere of the Eilandje with its monumental warehouses, street lamps, hangars and cobblestones. Walk with your sweetheart past the marina to the panoramic rooftop of the MAS | Museum aan de Stroom and enjoy phenomenal views of Antwerp. Share some chocolate, 'Antwerpse Handjes' biscuits or a waffle during a walk through the Wilde Zee, a cosy pedestrian shopping area, or take a romantic evening stroll along the Scheldt River quays with views of the lights on the Scheldt River. After a long walk you can curl up together at home or at your hotel; you'll probably be tired but you'll definitely be satisfied.

3. Cosy squares
Dageraadplaats is undoubtedly one of the cosiest squares in Antwerp. It has several cafés and a starry sky above the square. There's nothing more romantic than staring up at the stars together. Those who prefer a quieter square will enjoy the Hendrik Conscienceplein. This picturesque square is the ideal décor for your romantic weekend away.

4. Romance amongst greenery
Antwerp is a city with lots of romantic spots filled with greenery. Everyone knows the works of Pieter Paul Rubens, but have you seen his garden in the Rubens House? It is the perfect location for a romantic photo. Or imagine yourself on a film set when standing on the lovely white bridge in the Antwerp's central Park. The Plantin-Moretus garden is also a romantic spot.

5. A romantic gesture
‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, wouldn't you agree? Give your sweetheart the surprise of his/her life when you visit the diamond centre of the world. DIVA will open in the spring of 2018 in Antwerp’s historic city centre. Antwerp Home of Diamonds: a unique public experience focussing on the magical world of diamonds, jewellery and goldsmithing. The entrance hall and museum shop are already open
Perhaps a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic centre of Antwerp appeals to you. Antwerp offers many romantic places to dine, such as a chapel (The Jane) or amongst the clouds with a view of the city (’t Zilte). You can also enjoy the cosiness of one of the many charming restaurants in the historic city centre. Antwerp offers something for everyone!

Elvire Van Ooteghem


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