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De Koninck: Antwerp City Brewery Ticket with Tastings

1. De Koninck: Antwerp City Brewery Ticket with Tastings

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 brewhouse, you can feel the power of the brewery. You be treated to a perfectly-poured beer before and during your visit.

From Amsterdam. 12-Hour Guided Day Trip to Bruges

2. From Amsterdam. 12-Hour Guided Day Trip to Bruges

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 Dyver 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 independently.

Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

3. 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: Guided Bike Tour

4. Antwerp: Guided Bike Tour

Ride through the charming city of Antwerp on a guided bike tour. See stately mansions, picturesque squares, and beautiful Gothic architecture. Start at Antwerp Central Station and ride through the Jewish neighborhood towards the city park. Continue towards the majestic south you'll enjoy a leisurely ride among the luxurious mansions of the fancy part of town. Explore pleasant squares and see a beautiful Gothic cathedral in the historic center. Catch great views of the all-important Scheldt River and the old port. Discover the newest park in Antwerp and ride through the Seefhoek neighborhood to the station for a splendid view of the imposing building.

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 Cathedral of Our Lady, which is the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries, and admire its north tower. Inside, contemplate an art collection that includes four masterpieces of Paul Peter Rubens. Visit the Baroque pulpit with a wooden sculpture of Pocahontas, and beautiful stained glasses. See Saint Charles Borromeo church, a jewel of Baroque architecture in the city which houses one of the most beautiful Baroque confessionals in the world. Walk to“Het Steen”, a medieval castle located in the city’s ancient port, where you can admire the Scheldt River and view a sunset next to the water. Enjoy some Leisure time to visit museums, eating a meal, and shopping. Return to Brussels at 7:30 pm. 

Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

6. 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: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

7. Antwerp: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends (not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Antwerp? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Antwerp in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at Antwerp Central Station, a steel structure with a 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. Afterwards, Groenplaats looks like something out of a fairy tale, don't forget to take pictures. Museum Plantin-Moretus will leave you speechless, as you will learn so much about typography. Admire Het Steen with its heavy history! The Museum Vleeshuis is worth your time as it is one of the few museums with exhibits on the history of dance and music, while Antwerp City Hall, the impressive Renaissance building will be another addition to your indelible memory. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Grote Markt(where the tour ends) with the beautiful Brabo's Monument. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

8. 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.

Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

9. 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 receive an hour of 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.

Antwerp Tour From Brussels

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Antwerp

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 70 reviews

Interesting Bruges trip I dont know how Bruges looks like, this is my first time to Europe, but the place we visit is like a small town The town is ancient and unique There are many shops selling chocolates, beers, souvenirs etc like a shopping street Belgium chocolate and waffle must try!

We enjoyed our time. A heads up that groups over 26 require headphones for guided tour which is 1 euro. So be prepared. A great map of area is provided and a self tour is easy.

Very good route to discover Antwerp and Ghent. Our guide Sebastián, very attentive and with very good explanations of the places. I would repeat without a doubt

Excelente tour, la guía fue muy amigable, servicial y clara durante todo el recorrido! Súper recomendado

It was great fun. We really enjoyed the trip to Antwerp.