Antwerp

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Top attractions in Antwerp

10 things to see and do in Antwerp

To visit Antwerp is to experience the coolest city in Belgium, where design and art meet history and culture – it’s got it all. But if a minibreak means you don’t have all the time in the world, hit our sightseeing hotspots to make the most of your trip.

  • Rubenshuis

    1. Rubenshuis

    This former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens was rescued and restored in 1937 and is now an attraction dedicated to the Flemish Baroque painter. Save time for the gardens.

  • Cathedral of Our Lady

    2. Cathedral of Our Lady

    Daily tours take place in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish from mid-July to August; the rest of the year, take your own stroll through the splendour of the Cathedral.

  • Plantin-Moretus Museum

    3. Plantin-Moretus Museum

    Design nerds will appreciate this UNESCO Word Heritage Site, honoring printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. It's the place to be if you’re interested in classic typography.

  • Museum aan de Stroom

    4. Museum aan de Stroom

    One of the coolest buildings in Antwerp, it's also the city's biggest museum, so leave plenty of time to explore the collections, including maritime history and ethnography.

  • Antwerp Zoo

    5. Antwerp Zoo

    Right next to Antwerpen-Centrale station is this historic zoo, one of the oldest in the world. There’s enough to please both animal and architecture fans, so take your camera!

  • 6. Museum Mayer van den Bergh

    Fritz Mayer van den Bergh was the Charles Saatchi of his time, collecting more than 3,000 works of art, regularly curated here. Entrance is included with admission to Rubenshuis.

  • Museum of Fine Arts

    7. Museum of Fine Arts

    Closed for refurnishment until 2018, this historic museum will be buzzing when it reopens. Until then, see the website for touring collections at nearby locations.

  • Béguinage

    8. Béguinage

    It may be less famous than its Bruges or Ghent counterparts, but this understated site is like a secret garden in the heart of Antwerp. Ideal for a quiet hour between museums.

  • Museum of Modern Art Antwerp

    9. Museum of Modern Art Antwerp

    This cool space can be recognised instantly by the huge ‘HK’ painted on the corner. It boasts a permanent collection of contemporary pieces from Belgian and international artists.

  • Aguatopia

    10. Aguatopia

    This aquarium is a bit cheaper than the zoo and a great way to entertain kids, especially if you visit in colder months. Allow half a day to explore the themed rooms and play area.

Planning Your Visit

  • How long do I need?

    Three days should be enough to cover the key sights. Visitors who like to take their time strolling through a city may prefer four to five days.

  • Where should I stay?

    Grote Markt, in the old town, is a popular and lively spot, with shopping and sights on its doorstep.

  • Is it easy to get around?

    The city has an extensive bus and tram network, which runs from around 6:00AM to 11:00PM. The number 15 bus, which costs 1.50€, links the airport to the Centrale station, covering all arrivals and departures.

  • Can I take a day trip?

    It’s easy to get to Bruges or Ghent by train from Centrale Station, making Antwerp a great base for exploring all the sights of Belgium.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch, German and French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +32
  • Best time to visit
    It's the busiest time of year for a reason: The summer months offer sunshine and lots of outdoor festivals, so there's always something to grab your attention!

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What people are saying about Antwerp

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 526 reviews

Eine absolut tolle Tour durch die schöne Stadt Antwerpen. Dianne hat uns sehr engagiert, kompetent und sympathisch 'ihre' Stadt gezeigt. Dabei ist sie ausgesprochen flexibel auf unsere Wünsche eingegangen. Ein lohnendes Erlebnis. Sehr empfehlenswert !!!

This was such an amazing thing to do. It gives you a wider view of the city. I highly recommend it eversince it absolutely made our weekend. Erwin is a fantastic guide, his knowledge and English is spot on!! Absolutely great.

Nice bike tour around the Antwerp highlights. Good to save your feet (they will do enough walking anyway) and cover quite some ground in the city. Knowledgeable local guide.

Gids Marc wist veel te verhalen. Boeiend en over velerlei onderwerpen. Een heel fijne introductie om de stedentrip mee te starten. Dank je wel!

Excellent guide (Petra) with great knowledge, bycicles in a perfect condition, price-performance ratio absolut ok, always again!