Things to do in
Antwerp

Our most recommended things to do in Antwerp

From Amsterdam: Bruges Guided Day Trip in English

1. From Amsterdam: Bruges Guided Day Trip in English

Discover the old-fashioned charm of Bruges on this guided tour from Amsterdam. Ride in a comfortable and air-conditioned coach and See sights like the Minnewater lake, Gruuthuse Palace, and the Grote Markt on a guided tour and have free time to explore the sights on your own.  Depart Amsterdam and journey to Bruges to see the UNESCO World Heritage monuments with an English-speaking guide. Get an introduction to the history of Belgium as you visit attractions such as the "Lake of Love" (Minnewater) and 13th-century Begijnhof. Learn more about the beers of Belgium and admire the brick tower of the Church of Our Lady. Explore the charming area around the Djiver canal, and then stroll the cobbled square of Walplein.  Wander the narrow lanes of the Stoofstraat and discover the Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square, and Basilica of the Holy Blood. End in the Grote Markt and get 3 hours of free time for lunch or to visit the chocolate and lace shops on your own.

From Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

2. From Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

At 8:30AM you will be picked up from a meeting point in the center of Brussels to head towards the city of Antwerp. On your way to Antwerp you will make a stop for a few minutes at the emblematic Atomium, where you will take a picture and continue your trip. Once there you will explore the Meat Market, Steen Castle, Town Hall Square, the Gothic-style Church of Our Lady, the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo, the Walk of the Cakes, and the beautiful Meir Street. Following this guided tour, you will enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own leisure. The next destination will be the beautiful and powerful city of Ghent. Throughout this visit you will see the Cathedral of San Bavón (which contains the famous painting of the Van Eyck brothers, "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb"), the Belfort Bell Tower, the peculiar Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall, the Church of San Nicolás, the Guild House of the Masons, the Wharf of the Herbs and the Grain, the Meat Market, and the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Following this magical trip you will re-board your bus, upon which you will return back to Brussels. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful day with us!

Antwerp: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

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

Get to know Antwerp at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. This is an ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children and can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the app on your mobile device (instructions received after the 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. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. 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. Start your tour at Antwerp Central Station, a steel structure with unique architecture. Visit Sint-Jacob Antwerpen with its beautiful interior decoration. Photograph the Saint Charles Borromeo Church a beautiful Protestant church and admire the Cathedral of Panagia, which will captivate you. Afterward, snap photos of Groenplaats a large fairytale-looking square. Explore Museum Plantin-Moretus and learn about typography. Admire Het Steen with its heavy history. See the Museum Vleeshuis, one of the few museums with exhibits on the history of dance and music. Enjoy Antwerp City Hall and admire the Renaissance architecture. Finally, visit the Grote Markt with its beautiful Brabo's Monument.

Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

4. 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 with Audioguide App

5. Antwerp: Walking Tour with Audioguide App

Explore Antwerpen on your terms with this self-guided audio tour, accessible on your smartphone! Immerse yourself in the beauty of this historic city at your own pace and in your preferred language. This self-guided audio tour offers you the flexibility to choose your destinations and decide how long you wish to spend at each site. The rich history of Antwerp is not to be missed. The historic center with its centuries-old squares has many impressive buildings, nice neighborhoods, interesting museums and many convivial restaurants and bars. During the audio tour you pass some unique sights such as the gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the Rubenshuis, the Brabo Fountain and the oldest stock exchange building in the world. As you may know, Antwerp is the largest storage port of cocoa in the world. Did you know that medicines used to be covered in a layer of chocolate? Chocolatier Neuhaus will answer all your chocolate questions and wishes. During this guided tour you will delve deeper into the history of historic Antwerp and discover all the secrets the city carries with it. We have carefully crafted the most beautiful walking route for you and gathered more than 40 captivating and interesting stories. You'll pass by all the well-known landmarks but will also be surprised by new discoveries and hidden gems. Explore Antwerpen's rich history, embrace its vibrant present, and be delighted by its captivating legends and stories. Whether you're embarking on a solo adventure, enjoying a romantic city stroll with your partner or exploring the city with friends or family, our self-guided audio tour caters to all preferences. Plus, you'll receive a nice discount when you do the tour with companions.

Antwerp: City Highlights Group Bike Tour with a Guide

6. Antwerp: City Highlights Group Bike Tour with a Guide

Join a group tour and see the main sights in Antwerp, including the cathedral, the city hall, the Steen castle, the old port, the MAS museum and the most beautiful railway station in the world, on a 2-hour bike tour. The tour begins and ends at Vleminckstraat 15a, which is right in the city center and just a 5-minute walk from the cathedral. During the bike tour, you’ll stop at several locations where your guide will provide in-depth information about what you’ve seen. Guides for the tours are selected based on their knowledge of the city, story-telling skills and of course their sense of humor! It’s always best to see the city through the eyes of a local. That’s why your guides have the freedom to adapt the tour to their tastes and your special requests. This means you’ll have the opportunity to visit some sites in addition to the main highlights. You’ll be traveling through the city as many locals do. It’s a safe and fun way to get to know Antwerp.

Antwerp: City Brewery De Koninck Interactive Tour

7. Antwerp: City Brewery De Koninck Interactive Tour

A tour through our City Brewery! That is not only a must-see, but especially a must-do due to the countless interactive experiences. No, you do not have to follow a guide: you do this visit at your own pace. Moreover, before and during your visit we treat you to a perfectly tapped tasting. So put our tour on your bucket list, or better yet: come experience it immediately! Dive into an interactive brewery tour at the Antwerp City Brewery. Learn all about Antwerp as a beer city, about the history of Belgian beers and the entire brewing process in various themed rooms. Numerous interactive and audiovisual effects ensure a fully immersive experience. On the four-meter-high bridge in the brew house, you can feel the power of the brewery. You be treated to a perfectly poured beer before and during your visit. What can you expect? - Audiovisual, interactive tour without guide. - At your own pace, duration about 1 hour. - 2 tasters are included, one before the tour and one during. - The tour is completely wheelchair accessible After your visit, enjoy a delicious, freshly tapped beer in our bar! Here we serve all the beers from our range and offer lots of tasty snacks. Be sure to take a stroll through our brewery shop as well! Here you will find all kinds of nice souvenirs and, of course, delicious beers. and The ideal place to end your visit!

UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

8. UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in the 42 most visited regions in Europe and the UK. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Benefit from coverage in Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Isle of Man, Iceland, Ireland, Italy(including San Marino & Vatican), Jersey Island, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Also covered are Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: UK: Telefonica / Vodafone /Hutchison 3G /Everything Everywhere

eSIM Europe and UK for Travelers

9. eSIM Europe and UK for Travelers

Whether you're a traveler exploring the UK or embarking on a multi-country European adventure, an eSIM card ensures you're always connected. Enjoy instant mobile delivery and 1- to 30-day coverage options with 500 MB to 10 GB. This eSIM is ideal for modern travelers using devices like the iPhone or other smartphones supporting the eSIM feature. Enjoy the convenience of prepaid coverage in all major European destinations with uninterrupted connectivity and no surprises. This eSIM covers the following locations: Austria (Österreich) Belgium (Belgien) Bulgaria (Bulgarien) Cyprus (Zypern) Croatia (Kroatien) Denmark (Dänemark) Estonia (Estland) Finland (Finnland) France (Frankreich) Germany (Deutschland) Greece (Griechenland) Hungary (Ungarn) Ireland (Irland) Iceland (Island) Italy (Italien) Latvia (Lettland) Lithuania (Litauen) Luxembourg (Luxemburg) Malta Norway (Norwegen) Netherlands (Niederlande) Poland (Polen) Portugal Slovakia (Slowakei) Slovenia (Slowenien) Spain (Spanien) United Kingdom (Vereinigtes Königreich) Czech Republic (Tschechische Republik) Romania (Rumänien) Sweden (Schweden) Switzerland (Schweiz) Ukraine

From Brussels: Guided Antwerp City Tour

10. From Brussels: Guided Antwerp City Tour

Discover the wonders of Antwerp! Situated along the Scheldt River, this enchanting yet lesser-known destination was once home to the famous artist Peter Paul Rubens. Starting at the Antwerp train station, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, we will guide you through the shopping area with its distinctive architectural gems. Experience the rich heritage of the gothic guild houses at the Market Square and explore its surrounding cobblestone streets, alongside the impressive 13th-century castle that once guarded the medieval river port. During your free time, you will have the chance to admire the grandeur of the Cathedral of Our Lady, featuring stunning paintings by world-class artists from the 17th century, or indulge in the national dish ‘Stoofvlees’ as well as the delightful local 'Bolleke’ beer. Before departing back to Brussels, we will take you through the renowned port area and the lively Jewish district. Join us for an unforgettable journey through Antwerp's rich history and charm!

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Antwerp

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What should I do on my first trip to Antwerp?

One of the nicest things to do in Antwerp is exploring different facets of the city - architecture, museums, the riverside, world-class fashion boutiques, and fantastic restaurants. In the old town, don't miss the impressive main town square Grote Markt, the Cathedral, Plantin – Moretus Museum, and countless little streets packed with cozy cafes and charming little shops. Antwerp is also the Diamond capital of the world and it's a great place to buy jewelery.

What are some hidden gems to see in Antwerp?

Some of our favorite hidden gems in Antwerp include the restored Handelsbeurs building, Vlaeykensgang, St. Anna Tunnel under the Scheldt River, Beguinage of Antwerp, and De Ruien, the underground waterways under the city. If you're willing to venture just a bit further from the city center, check out the Park Bridge as well.

How much time should I spend in Antwerp?

One day is enough to see the main highlights of Antwerp. However, if you also want to visit one or two museums, check out one of the oldest zoos in Europe, try some local delicacies and do some shopping, it's best to plan 2-3 days for the city. Antwerp is a great destination for a weekend city break in Europe.

What food is Antwerp known for?

In addition to all the typical Belgian specialties that you'll find all over the country, Antwerp is also known for its hand-shaped cookies called "Antwerpse handjes". No visit to Antwerp would be complete without tasting "Bolleke", the most famous beer of Antwerp, and also Elixir d’Anvers, a liqueur made out of 32 different types of plants and herbs.

What is the best way to get around Antwerp?

The best way to explore Antwerp is on foot, by step, or by bike. The city center is quite compact and walkable, and the distances between the main landmarks aren't very big. In addition, Antwerp has good public transport connections, including some hop-on hop-off boat routes that take you to the more local areas of the city and its surroundings.

What are the best months to visit Antwerp?

Antwerp is a year-round destination that offers plenty to see and do in all seasons. In the warmer months, there are lots of outdoor events, cozy summer bars, and fun activities. And in winter, you can enjoy theaters, concerts, museums, as well as visit the Antwerp Christmas market. The city is always lively, although the majority of international tourists seem to visit between April and September.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Antwerp is a true paradise for shopping. Meir is the main shopping street and that's where you'll find all the largest global clothing retailers. For luxury brands and designer boutiques, check out Schuttershofstraat, Huidevettersstraat, and the surrounding area. The area next to the Central Station is the place for be for diamonds and jewelery.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Antwerp?

One of the best things to do in Antwerp with kids is visiting the zoo, one of the oldest animal parks in Europe. It's located right in the city center, next to the Central Station, and is fun for young and old.

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What people are saying about Antwerp

Overall rating

4.4
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Great day trip! Bruges was absolutely beautiful. Our guide was awesome, very informative, great stories, tips, funny, personable and helpful. Super day, beautiful sights, good beer, yummy chocolate!

Paulina did an excellent job with not only the history of the food, but also the unique history of Antwerp

Carlos and Jose were amazing. A great time and a great experience. Highly recommend!

Great tour and very good knowledgeable guide. We learned and laughed a lot.

The progress was a little quick but overall for the time it was good