Antwerp is the second-largest city in Belgium and hosts a major European port. With a long and culturally rich history, there is much that makes this city sparkle beyond the diamonds it’s known for. Antwerp is a trendy city that has attracted many writers, artists, intellectuals, and actors, making it a popular destination throughout the years. Good food, good living, and an easy-going low stress lifestyle define Antwerp and make it a captivating port.
Exploring Antwerp has been designed for ease. Visitors can purchase a City Card offering automatic entrance to museums, discounts on other attractions, use of public transportation, sightseeing, rentals, and even food experiences. There’s so much to discover in Antwerp and the City Card is the way to do it all. With this card you’ll have access to the entire city.
We suggest you start your Antwerp experience with the City Hall and Old Market Square, one of the oldest areas in the city. There are gorgeous architectural marvels including the city hall which is a combination of Gothic and early Renaissance. This stunning architecture has earned it a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is only found in this region of Europe. For more architecture and history, Vlaekensgang, the hidden street, is a can’t miss stop in the city. This street, which is only accessible through old medieval doors, is filled with lovely homes, informal restaurants, and shops.
For more adventure into the art that threads through the city, museums and galleries are the way to go. The Plantin Moretus Museum is one of the finest printing museums in the world and takes visitors on a journey through the art of bookmaking. Among others is the Museum aan de Stroom which tells the story of Antwerp in the world and Extra City Kunsthal which is a space created for contemporary visual arts that host experimental shows.
There is so much to see and discover in Antwerp. Whether you are biking along the riverbank, taking in the shops, spending time in the museums, or discovering historical architecture, everyone will find something they love in Antwerp.