The cycling architecture tour

Cycling and architecture discovery in Antwerp: a wonderful combination. Thanks to the new cycling map 'the architecture tour', you can explore the highlights in and around Antwerp. Don't forget your camera.

Architectural highlights

From Gothic to Renaissance and Modernism. Antwerp has architectural specimens from every era, period and style. And the city continues to develop: many architectural gems have been added in recent years.

Thanks to the cycling map ‘the architecture tour’, you can discover the top highlights: from Steen Castle and the MAS, to the new Port House, the awe-inspiring Central Station and the palace of justice. 

Discover hidden gems and new urban development

This signposted route also shows you a lot of hidden gems. The Church Ship is a German concrete tank ship that now functions as a parish church for the seafaring community. At the house of Panamarenko, one of the most influential Belgian artists of the 20th century, you can admire a helipad. In the beautiful Belle Epoque neighbourhood of Zurenborg, you won't know where to look first, while in Deurne, you will find countless examples of modernism. Last but not least: you also cycle past the only home designed by Le Corbusier in Belgium.

Antwerp has not stood still in recent years in terms of urban development and you will also discover that when you cycle the architecture tour. The new Port House, the park bridge at Spoor Noord, the Noorderpershuis where now the Seefbier brewery is located - it is all covered.

Instagram photos that will make your followers jealous

Thanks to the tips of the photographer and local, Noortje Palmers, you can capture fantastic photos that your Instagram followers are sure to be jealous of. Getting hungry or thirsty? There are countless places along the way to take a break and enjoy delicious treats on a terrace.

The signposted architecture tour starts and ends at the Grote Markt, is 30 kilometres long and guarantees hours of cycling fun. If you don't have that much time or want to cycle a shorter route, then take the shorter version: you will only cycle 16 kilometres and discover the happening Groen Kwartier and De Koninck brewery, among other sites. 

Pick up your free cycling map of the architecture tour at one of Visit Antwerp's visitor centres

Foto Gianni Camilleri www.woodmonkey.be | Zaha Hadid Architects

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