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Antwerp: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

1. Antwerp: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Discover the highlights of Antwerp with an interactive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles as you spot sights such as Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station and guild houses in Grote Markt Square.  After downloading the app on your mobile device (instructions received after booking), set out on foot to find 10 of the most important attractions in the city. Go at your own pace and feel free to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. As you walk, uncover clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Have fun using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to finish the game. You'll learn local facts and uncover an exciting puzzle at the exterior of each attraction. The tour route includes Antwerpen Centraal, St. James' Church, St. Charles Borromeo Church, the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Groenplaats, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, Het Steen, Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp City Hall, and the Grote Markt, where the tour ends.

Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

2. Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Antwerp on a guided walking tour in English or Dutch, and marvel at the main monuments of the main square of Groenplaats, such as the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal cathedral and statue of the artist Rubens. Venture down small alleys to find charming courtyards and Gothic churches, along with the remains of the ancient stone walls and beautiful city hall on the impressive Grote Markt (Great Market Square). Hear how the Vikings, Napoleon Bonaparte, and medieval guildsmen have all played a part in shaping the city.

Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

3. Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

During the walk, you will explore the Market Square with the Town Hall and the beautiful Golden Age Guild Houses, the Cathedral of Our Lady with The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross by Rubens, Saint-Paul's Church, the harbor and the Jewish district. You can visit Rubens' former house during the lunch break. In the former home and studio of the master, you will embark on a fascinating journey back in time and into the world of this great baroque artist. There is a lot of modern architecture in Antwerp, for example, the new Palace of Justice by Richard Rogers, the Museum aan de Stroom by Neutelings & Riedijk and the new Port House by Zaha Hadid. Downtown you can reflect on all you have seen and learnt with a nice Belgian beer.

Antwerp: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

4. Antwerp: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Get the most out of your visit to Antwerp with a private guided walking tour through the historical heart of the city. Explore all of Antwerp's highlights while learning about history, legends, and interesting facts. Admire historic churches, characteristic squares, popular museums, and medieval architecture. After meeting your guide at the Grote Markt, Antwerp’s main square, walk through the city’s historic quarter on a route that includes all the must-visit spots. You'll explore Grote Markt first, where you can marvel at the medieval guild houses, city hall, and Brabo Fountain. From there, head to Hendrik Conscience Statue, named after the Flemish writer Hendrik Conscience. This site hosts an impressive Baroque church and the old city library. Visit the world-famous Carolus Borromeus Church with its 17th-century Baroque details before stopping at Handelsbeurs Antwerpen (the Bourse of Antwerp), the world's first Wall Street. Here, you’ll find out how the city came to be an important international trading center in the 16th century. Rubens House is next on the itinerary: the house is the former home and workshop of the famous Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Learn more about his life story and some secrets behind the artist’s success. At MoMu, one of the world’s leading fashion museums, you'll get some inspiration for your next fashion shopping trip before heading to the Museum Plantin-Moretus, the first museum to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through Vlaeykensgang, a secret medieval alley that’s not easy to find on your own. Your guide will take you back in time and show you the best-preserved remnants of the Middle Ages in Antwerp. This spot is said to be the most photographed place in the city. Make sure to be camera-ready as you arrive at the Nello & Patrasche Statue, another popular attraction in the city. Finish the tour in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady, where you’ll learn the history and curious facts about its construction.

Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

5. Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel then embark on a historical exploration of the city center. Visit the bustling Market Square, also known as Grote Markt, nestled in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Admire the square's beautiful and iconic Brabo Fountain and learn about the history of the fountain, which was inaugurated in 1887. Continue the tour onto the stunning Renaissance City Hall and surrounding 16th and 17th century guild houses. Marvel at the intricate architecture of the buildings, which dominate the Antwerp skyline, and listen to your guide share insightful information about them. Walk to the magnificent Our Lady Cathedral next, which houses a collection of art pieces by famous Flemish masters. Wander through the medieval part of the city, Vlaeykensgang, characterized by narrow streets and crooked alleyways, then through Groenplaats Square until you reach the Meir, the most popular shopping street of Antwerp. Pass by The Rubens House, the home and atelier of the baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Finally, the tour ends with a guided visit to the Central Station of Antwerp, a beautiful building constructed at the end of the 19th century.

Antwerp: 2-Hour Dark Side of Antwerp Private Evening Tour

6. Antwerp: 2-Hour Dark Side of Antwerp Private Evening Tour

This private walking tour is a great way to see lesser known parts of the city, away from the tourist crowds, and to get to know the real Antwerp. Join this evening walking tour and take in some beautiful panoramic views on the way. Learn about Antwerp's past, discover medieval legends, and listen to intriguing stories from the Red Light District as you uncover the darker side of Antwerp. Explore the city's hidden gems and unique sights. Your experienced guide will share their knowledge and passion for the city they call home with you and show you around memorable city sites.  Stop at various places, including: the Market Square, the Stone Castle, the Red Light District, the rooftop of the MAS Museum, the Old Port, St. Paul’s Church, the trendy modern area known as “The Island,” and much more.

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What people are saying about Grote Markt, Antwerp

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 222 reviews

According to the program, the planned tour ended at the Antwerp train station, this beautiful monument. We were only four participants and everyone came by train, so our guide Leo spontaneously rescheduled and showed us the harbor district instead of the train station. Here the tour ended. We all liked that very much, especially since there was a nice museum nearby. We can highly recommend this nice, very good English-speaking and life-wise guide.

A fun and exciting way to see the city! Perfect that we could do it in our own pace and even spread it over multiple days. The riddles gave the tour an extra dimension and made it come alive.

Many surprising places in Antwerp show you that you would normally walk past. Knowledgeable guide who, in addition to being able to tell, was in exceptional condition.

Very knowledgeable, humorous and communicative guide - very pleasant atmosphere. In the relatively short time we got a very good insight. Highly Recommended!

Compliments to the guide Flip who gave us all the ins and outs about Antwerp in more than detail.