Antwerp is one of the most beautiful and traditional cities in Europe. The old trading city in Belgium is home to one of Europe's largest harbours, the finest restaurants, an infinite amount of artistic and cultural treasures and an exciting and flourishing fashion scene with a fashion school, designer labels and shopping streets - a dream location for every fashionista! Entire streets remaining from the Baroque and Jugendstil invite you to browse, stroll and marvel. And Antwerp is rich: No other place in the world has such a high turnover of diamonds as Antwerp. Nowhere else are there as many jewellery stores and jewellers as here.
Small galleries, picturesque courtyards in the old town, former warehouses in the harbour district Het Eilandje, which the gastronomic and club scenes have discovered and converted into spectacular locations. And of course, Antwerp is a particularly good place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in style at one of the numerous squares and small alleyways, or to just stroll through the streets.
Old and new Antwerp, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady) and Boerentoren, (Farmers' Tower), which was built in 1931 and was the tallest building in Europe until 1950, illustrate the architectural diversity of the city. Leisure activities such as Antwerp Zoo, the Pirateneiland (Pirate Island) or Diamondland are popular attractions for the entire family. Thanks to numerous boutiques and shops, Antwerp is one of the most fashionable shopping destinations in Europe. And even those who have not been to Antwerp yet know the city as a setting for thrillers, action movies or romantic films.
De Koninck City Brewery has been a genuine Antwerp landmark since 1833. The interactive tour takes you through 10 fascinating theme areas. The unique relationship with the city and the story of the 'Bolleke' are explained in an authentic manner. Ideal for individuals and groups.
Recently restored, the central station of Antwerp is one of the most remarkable train stations in Europe. While the exterior of the station looks phenomenal, the inside is even more impressive. Its main hall is decorated in marble, with elegant columns and a marvellous central staircase presided over by a lovely clock face. The central station of Antwerp certainly would be a memorable start or end to any trip to the city!
The New Port of Antwerp is one of the more fascinating buildings on the Antwerp skyline, and it is very impressive to watch how this “diamond ship” changes in a different light. Visit the new port inside is also possible but requires making a reservation in advance.Since the new port is located a bit away from the city centre, it would be easier to visit it by bike
Opened in 2011, MAS is a 10-storey complex that redefines the idea of a museum-gallery. Possessing an incredible collection of artefacts and artworks that highlight Antwerp’s rich heritage, MAS represents the largest museum in the city. You could also visit the building for the views over the city (no ticket required). The 2nd-floor treasure chamber is also free, as there are three small outside exhibition pavilions. The 8th-floor sitting area is an open-to-all study space.