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  • Historic Antwerp 2.5 Hour Walking Tour

    1. Historic Antwerp 2.5 Hour 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. Arrive at the old port and see how it has been transformed into a trendy neighborhood. Climb the roof of the MAS museum to get a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.

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

  • Antwerp Highlights: 2-Hour Bike Tour

    2. Antwerp Highlights: 2-Hour Bike Tour

    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 the Steenplein, 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 ...

    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.

  • Antwerp: Free Sightseeing Walking Tour with Booking Fee

    3. Antwerp: Free Sightseeing Walking Tour with Booking Fee

    Book your place on this free and informative walking tour and enjoy 2-hours of city sightseeing with a local guide. To reserve your spot, simply pay a small booking fee, then look forward to your Antwerp adventure! The tour’s passionate local guides offer their services for free with the belief that everyone deserves to see very best of Antwerp, regardless of travel budgets. Meet your local guide in the heart of Antwerp and dive straight into a discovery of the city’s rich-history. As you wander through picturesque streets and quaint alleyways, listen to your guide share fascinating tales, anecdotes, and legends of Antwerp's colorful past. As you explore, allow yourself to be immersed in the secret stories, urban legends, and hidden mysteries of the city that come to life with every step. Highlights of the tour include Grote Markt, the Vleeshuis, Het Steen (the castle), Zwarte Panther,...

    Genialer Reiseführer. Sehr zu empfehlen. Wir haben viel über Antwerpen erfahren.

  • Antwerp: Private Walking Tour with a Local

    4. Antwerp: Private Walking Tour with a Local

    After meeting at your accommodation, begin exploring your area with a friendly and passionate local. Discover the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the hidden gems of the area. Feel more comfortable in navigating the city as you become more like a local than a tourist. Each tour is completely customized, so the meeting location, start time and length of tour is up to you. During the walking tour, enjoy the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city at your own expense. This tour is an authentic and personal experience to show what it's like to live in Antwerp. In addition to navigating the city, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics from your local guide.

    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 Day Trip from Brussels

    5. Antwerp Day Trip from Brussels

    A day trip to Antwerp, Belgium’s diamond and fashion capital, city of Peter Paul Rubens, and the current second biggest port of Europe. Departure from Brussels. Itinerary: Start your visit in the Central Train Station, known as the ‘iron cathedral’ and considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. Visit the diamond district and go to a diamond workshop, where you will learn about the history and cutting process of diamonds, and admire unique jewelry pieces. Next, go to “The Meir”, Antwerp’s main shopping street and where you can admire fashion stores in a beautiful architectonical setting. See “Meir Palace”, a Rococo mansion that was Napoleon’s palace. Taste artisanal coffee and handmade chocolate in what is now one of the most famous chocolate shops in Belgium. Visit Rubens’ house and learn a quick history of his work and contribution to Flemish art. Go to the C...

    Great tour and great guide. Very nice router and comfortable bus. I'd suggest the tour spend more time in Fatima church. It was very short time there.

  • Antwerp Beer Tasting Tour

    6. Antwerp Beer Tasting Tour

    It’s no coincidence that new beers frequently crop up for tasting here as Antwerp is, after all, the best beer destination – and beer is also gaining popularity worldwide. Beers like Bosbier, Korsakov, Gageleer, Kamil, ’t Lekske, IQ, Cabardouche, De Hopjutters, and Seefbier – to name a few – were recently launched in Antwerp. Yes, beer is trendy – and trending. In addition to all the new beers, attention is once again being paid to beers that have been undeservedly ignored. For example, Saison Dupont. Today everyone knows it, but 5 years ago it was unknown, even though the brewery has existed for four generations. The beer trend ensures that niche beers with a very distinct flavor are able to capture a place on the beer menu. More and more ultra-hoppy beers and heavy stouts are emerging. Until recently, stout was as good as dead. Now it’s back and in different variants, with alcohol per...

  • Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

    7. 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 Tour From Brussels

    8. Antwerp Tour From Brussels

    Take a day trip from Brussels to Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium and home to Europe’s second-largest harbor. On a 5.5-hour excursion you’ll have the opportunity to explore Antwerp’s rich past. This is the city that was home to P. P. Rubens, the world-famous painter of the 17th century. You’ll be taken to the city center and depart the tour bus to visit Marquet Square, which is lined by ancient houses. This is also the site of Our Lady's Cathedral. The entrance fee for touring the cathedral is included in the price of the tour. Our Lady’s Cathedral houses, among other treasures, 2 of Rubens' masterpieces. You’ll see The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross on display here. You’ll also have a chance to see the oldest part of Antwerp’s harbor, during a drive-through on the tour bus. Choose between a private and a shared option.

  • Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

    9. 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 Mei...

  • From Brussels: Antwerp & Mechelen Guided Bus Trip

    10. From Brussels: Antwerp & Mechelen Guided Bus Trip

    Start your full-day tour with a drive from Brussels to Antwerp. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the landmarks you pass on the way out of Brussels. In Antwerp, see Steen Castle, Town Hall Square, the Church of Our Lady, the Rubens House, the diamond quarter, and more. After the tour you’ll have four hours of free time for lunch, a chance to do some shopping, or to admire frescoes by Rubens in the cathedral. Enjoy an optional visit to an artisanal diamond workshop. Anyone interested in the diamond world can enjoy a 45-minute explanation and see unique pieces of jewelry. It is the only place in Antwerp where craftsmen can be seen carving diamonds.

Frequently asked questions about Antwerp

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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

Our guide Bart did a great tour with us through Antwerpen explaining the history of the city in a very interesting, informative and amusing way. He also pointed out the best restaurants, waffle shops and beer bars, which were really helpful for the coming days. I can highly recommend this tour with him and because of him we will certainly visit Antwerp again. Once again thank you, Bart.

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.

Berem was our guide. He welcomed me in a very friendly way and showed me Antwerp in a very interesting and varied way. I am already looking forward to my next tour with Berem. Thank you very much again.

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.

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