Things to do in Antwerp

Our most recommended things to do in Antwerp

Antwerp Highlights: 2-Hour Bike Tour

1. Antwerp Highlights: 2-Hour Bike Tour

See the main sights in Antwerp, including the cathedral, the city hall, the Steen castle, the old port, the MAS museum and the most beautiful railway station in the world, on a 2-hour bike tour. The tour begins and ends at the Steenplein, which is right in the city center and just a 5-minute walk from the cathedral. During the bike tour, you’ll stop at several locations where your guide will provide in-depth information about what you’ve seen. Guides for the tours are selected based on their knowledge of the city, story-telling skills and of course their sense of humor! It’s always best to see the city through the eyes of a local. That’s why your guides have the freedom to adapt the tour to their tastes and your special requests. This means you’ll have the opportunity to visit some sites in addition to the main highlights. You’ll be traveling through the city as many locals do. It’s a safe and fun way to get to know Antwerp.

Antwerp: De Koninck City Brewery Ticket with Tastings

2. Antwerp: De Koninck 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

3. 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

4. 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: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

5. Antwerp: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Discover the highlights of Antwerp with an interactive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles as you spot sights such as Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station and guild houses in Grote Markt Square.  After downloading the app on your mobile device (instructions received after the booking), set out on foot to find 10 of the most important attractions in the city. Go at your own pace and feel free to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. As you walk, uncover clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Have fun using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to finish the game. You'll learn local facts and uncover an exciting puzzle at the exterior of each attraction. Start your tour at Antwerp Central Station, a steel structure with 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. Afterward, snap photos of Groenplaats a large fairytale-looking square. Explore Museum Plantin-Moretus and learn about typography. Admire Het Steen with its heavy history. See the Museum Vleeshuis, one of the few museums with exhibits on the history of dance and music. Enjoy Antwerp City Hall and admire the Renaissance architecture. Finally, visit the Grote Markt with its beautiful Brabo's Monument.

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 Day Trip from Brussels

7. Antwerp Day Trip from Brussels

Embark on a day trip to Antwerp, Belgium’s diamond and fashion capital, city of Peter Paul Rubens, and the current second biggest port of Europe. Start your visit at the Central Train Station, known as the ‘iron cathedral’ and considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. Visit the diamond and jewelry district and the Portuguese synagogue. 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, before returning to Brussels.

Antwerp: Private Walking Tour with a Local

8. Antwerp: Private Walking Tour with a Local

After meeting at your accommodation, begin exploring your area with a friendly and passionate local. Discover the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the hidden gems of the area. Feel more comfortable in navigating the city as you become more like a local than a tourist. Each tour is completely customized, so the meeting location, start time and length of tour is up to you. During the walking tour, enjoy the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city at your own expense. This tour is an authentic and personal experience to show what it's like to live in Antwerp. In addition to navigating the city, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics from your local guide.

Antwerp: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

9. Antwerp: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. 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.

Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

10. 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.

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Antwerp

Jurga Rubinovaite is an avid traveler, photographer, and chief adventure planner behind the popular family travel blog Full Suitcase. She lives in Belgium, and on her blog, you can find more information and all the details for planning a trip to Antwerp.

What should I do on my first trip to Antwerp?

One of the nicest things to do in Antwerp is exploring different facets of the city - architecture, museums, the riverside, world-class fashion boutiques, and fantastic restaurants. In the old town, don't miss the impressive main town square Grote Markt, the Cathedral, Plantin – Moretus Museum, and countless little streets packed with cozy cafes and charming little shops. Antwerp is also the Diamond capital of the world and it's a great place to buy jewelery.

What are some hidden gems to see in Antwerp?

Some of our favorite hidden gems in Antwerp include the restored Handelsbeurs building, Vlaeykensgang, St. Anna Tunnel under the Scheldt River, Beguinage of Antwerp, and De Ruien, the underground waterways under the city. If you're willing to venture just a bit further from the city center, check out the Park Bridge as well.

How much time should I spend in Antwerp?

One day is enough to see the main highlights of Antwerp. However, if you also want to visit one or two museums, check out one of the oldest zoos in Europe, try some local delicacies and do some shopping, it's best to plan 2-3 days for the city. Antwerp is a great destination for a weekend city break in Europe.

What food is Antwerp known for?

In addition to all the typical Belgian specialties that you'll find all over the country, Antwerp is also known for its hand-shaped cookies called "Antwerpse handjes". No visit to Antwerp would be complete without tasting "Bolleke", the most famous beer of Antwerp, and also Elixir d’Anvers, a liqueur made out of 32 different types of plants and herbs.

What is the best way to get around Antwerp?

The best way to explore Antwerp is on foot, by step, or by bike. The city center is quite compact and walkable, and the distances between the main landmarks aren't very big. In addition, Antwerp has good public transport connections, including some hop-on hop-off boat routes that take you to the more local areas of the city and its surroundings.

What are the best months to visit Antwerp?

Antwerp is a year-round destination that offers plenty to see and do in all seasons. In the warmer months, there are lots of outdoor events, cozy summer bars, and fun activities. And in winter, you can enjoy theaters, concerts, museums, as well as visit the Antwerp Christmas market. The city is always lively, although the majority of international tourists seem to visit between April and September.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Antwerp is a true paradise for shopping. Meir is the main shopping street and that's where you'll find all the largest global clothing retailers. For luxury brands and designer boutiques, check out Schuttershofstraat, Huidevettersstraat, and the surrounding area. The area next to the Central Station is the place for be for diamonds and jewelery.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Antwerp?

One of the best things to do in Antwerp with kids is visiting the zoo, one of the oldest animal parks in Europe. It's located right in the city center, next to the Central Station, and is fun for young and old.

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What people are saying about Antwerp

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,071 reviews

the bus left on time on the way to Bruges. the guidex spoke for two minutes to give us a clue on what's to come and the rest of the drive was quiet. the trip in Bruge itself was pretty short but it was very sufficient . the free time was great especielly because throughout the tour the guide gave us points to look for and stores to try..

Awesome group tour. Very detailed guide in English and Spanish. Very beautifully explained each and every history of Brugge. Also very comfortable bus ride good tourist guides. Plenty of time to explore the area. Highly recommend.

It was a very fun and interesting way to learn about the city’s history! We especially love solving the puzzles and challenges. A good way to go around the city :)

It was very informative in unique ways and told the story in a charming manner. The beers are great. We enjoyed it.

Our tour guide in Bruges was outstanding. One of the best walking tours I’ve been on