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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