Top attractions in Antwerp
10 things to see and do in Antwerp
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.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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.
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.
9. 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.
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 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
- Dutch, German and French
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- 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
Saw lots of different things...really good sense of the city
Our guide was enjoyable ....knowledgable ...up to snuff on modern day Antwerp as well as the history...he showed us the University...the river walk...the escalators....explained how to get around easily...we saw an amazing amount of things in 3 hours...the time went very quickly...and we did not notice how much walking we had done...Highly recommend this tour...esp to people who want an overall picture of Antwerp...not just the monuments and museums...Also gave us insights into Belgian culture and attitudes...was a most excellent intro to Antwerp and Belgium... I should also add that Antwerp is a great city to visit...easy to get around...and full of diversity...very much alive
Insightful, super interesting, and invaluable for orientation.
Just landing into Antwerpen, I wanted to bypass the maps and slogging it out myself so, Ludo as my personal guide, was my perfect solution. He showed me around his town, I got my bearings, gained a good understanding of the legends and history of the old town and felt super comfortable to orientate myself and plan with confidence for my next few days here. Really interesting and informative.
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.
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 !!!