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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
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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

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

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
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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

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!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Antwerp 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

Fantastic Experience Our Guide Brenner Was Great Very Nice and Informative about All The Sites We Seen. My Wife and I Had A Very Good Time We Were Late To Meeting Place But They Still Were able To Help us Join The Group We Were Very Lucky. We Highly Recommend You Get There Early. From The Train Station You’ll walk out And see a Long Blvd With Very Nice Stores on Both sides Start Your Walk Down The Blvd You’ll walk a good Distance Until you see a Big Court Yard with a Big Metal Pig walk past pig and Stay To The right This will Take You To Water Were You’ll see a Bridge with Two Lions Meeting place is under Bridge on Right Hope This Helps. We Highly Recommend This Tour Must Be Good On A Bike They Come With Baskets For Your Backpack or Purse

Antwerp Highlights Bike Tour Reviewed by Leo, 10/06/2019

We had a great time on our Antwerp bike tour! Our group consisted of four adults, two teens and a 9-yo. Everyone was able to find a bike that fit them and Bob, our tour guide, was friendly and funny. It was a bit harrowing riding through the shopping district on a Saturday but the challenge made it all the more fun. Definitely recommend it if you're looking for a fun way to see the city.

Antwerp Highlights Bike Tour Reviewed by Patti, 12/03/2019

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 !!!

Antwerp: Private Walking Tour with a Local Reviewed by Ralf, 02/17/2020

very lively tour with many interesting things

our guide was excellent and also it was raining we had a great tour - it was never boring, I could have continued this trip for another 2 1/2 hour without getting tired, it was much inspiring and made me also visit another Museum. I really enjoyed it!

Historic Antwerp 2.5 Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Elisa, 07/28/2019

We had an excellent time tasting the best Belgian food in Antwerp. The food was top notch quality and the guide was very friendly, patient, knowledgable, and most importantly, loves what he does!

Antwerp: 3-Hour Food Tour in Historic Old Town Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/22/2019