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Antwerp: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

1. 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: City Tour by Wooden COCO-MAT Bike with Guide

2. Antwerp: City Tour by Wooden COCO-MAT Bike with Guide

Discover Antwerp by bike on a unique city tour using COCO-MAT wooden bikes. Cycle by important spots like the Museum aan de Stroom and the Rubens House, and discover areas like the Schipperskwartier and Diamond District. Hear from your guide about the city's history and local legends. Start your tour in the Schipperskwartier, the dockland, and get comfortable riding your eco-friendly wooden COCO-MAT bike. Cycle past landmarks including the striking Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) and the medieval beguinage, a historic religious site. Next, head towards the Diamond District, passing by the Rubens House where the famous artist used to live. Then, follow your guide to see the Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp, the Grote Markt, the Antwerp Stock Exchange, and the famous Central Station. Along the way, learn about the history and culture of Antwerp from your local guide, as well as sustainability projects happening in the city. Get insider tips and recommendations to inform the rest of your stay.

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What people are saying about The Rubens House

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Betty, our guide, was great. In a good two hour walk around the city she provided us with a very personal and competent account of Antwerp's history, interesting facts and places. We learned a lot also about the best places for Belgian (no French!) fries and waffles. It has been a great experience. Thank you Betty for this great tour!

We had a very nice, interesting walk in 2 hours. The guide knew a lot about Antwerp history. I definitely recommend this organization.

My guide Flip was a great storyteller and took me to spots I wouldn't have known I wanted to see. A fun afternoon!

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

What a sweet, nice guide we had... Els it was a beautiful trip with beautiful stories.