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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.

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Antwerp: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

2. Antwerp: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

Discover the highlights in Antwerp with an immersive smartphone app. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Marvel at the dome of Antwerpen-Centraal train station and see the guild houses in Grote Markt square.  See 10 of the most important attractions in the city 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.  Feel the satisfaction of completing each riddle. Pause or resume the tour whenever you want. See the city at your own pace. Read interesting information and facts. Stop to snap pictures as you go. Uncover an exciting a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction.

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Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

3. 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.

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Hard Rock Cafe Antwerp - Priority Seating with Menu Options

4. Hard Rock Cafe Antwerp - Priority Seating with Menu Options

Get the rock star treatment at Hard Rock Cafe Antwerp. Centrally located on the famous Groenplaats, the venue delights with two floors of rock and pop memorabilia. The cafe features an elegant, ground-floor bar with cascading light fixtures, as well as upper and lower dining areas and a magnificent outdoor, heated terrace with breathtaking views of the bustling city center. The cafe offers a unique look at the history and future of music, with an entirely new memorabilia collection featuring items from legendary and contemporary musicians from around the world. Treat yourself to a superb meal and dine on classic selections from the following menus: Gold 2-course menu: Choice of main course: • Original legendary burger (Black Angus steak burger) • BBQ pineapple vegan burger • Grilled chicken sandwich • Twisted mac, chicken and cheese pasta • Grilled chicken caesar salad • Tupelo chicken tenders Dessert: • Brownie Beverage: • One soft drink, coffee, or tea

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Antwerp: Private Walking Tour with a Local

5. 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.

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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.

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Antwerp: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Historic Center

7. Antwerp: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Historic Center

Book your place on this free and informative walking tour and enjoy 2-hours of city sightseeing with a local guide. To reserve your spot, simply pay a small booking fee, then look forward to your Antwerp adventure! The tour’s passionate local guides offer their services for free with the belief that everyone deserves to see very best of Antwerp, regardless of travel budgets. Meet your local guide in the heart of Antwerp and dive straight into a discovery of the city’s rich-history. As you wander through picturesque streets and quaint alleyways, listen to your guide share fascinating tales, anecdotes, and legends of Antwerp's colorful past. As you explore, allow yourself to be immersed in the secret stories, urban legends, and hidden mysteries of the city that come to life with every step. Highlights of the tour include Grote Markt, the Vleeshuis, Het Steen (the castle), Zwarte Panther, the Botanical Gardens, Rubenshuis, and more. Throughout the tour, your guide will also share personal tips and recommendations to enhance your stay in Antwerp.

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Antwerp Beer Tasting Tour

8. Antwerp Beer Tasting Tour

It’s no coincidence that new beers frequently crop up for tasting here as Antwerp is, after all, the best beer destination – and beer is also gaining popularity worldwide. Beers like Bosbier, Korsakov, Gageleer, Kamil, ’t Lekske, IQ, Cabardouche, De Hopjutters, and Seefbier – to name a few – were recently launched in Antwerp. Yes, beer is trendy – and trending. In addition to all the new beers, attention is once again being paid to beers that have been undeservedly ignored. For example, Saison Dupont. Today everyone knows it, but 5 years ago it was unknown, even though the brewery has existed for four generations. The beer trend ensures that niche beers with a very distinct flavor are able to capture a place on the beer menu. More and more ultra-hoppy beers and heavy stouts are emerging. Until recently, stout was as good as dead. Now it’s back and in different variants, with alcohol percentages ranging from a mild four to a sturdy twelve percent. Your expert beer guide will further unravel the secrets of beer with you, by taking you on a beer and Genever gin tasting experience, paired with local snacks like Belgian cheeses, frites with mayonnaise, and other taste delights.

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Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

9. Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel then embark on a historical exploration of the city center. Visit the bustling Market Square, also known as Grote Markt, nestled in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Admire the square's beautiful and iconic Brabo Fountain and learn about the history of the fountain, which was inaugurated in 1887. Continue the tour onto the stunning Renaissance City Hall and surrounding 16th and 17th century guild houses. Marvel at the intricate architecture of the buildings, which dominate the Antwerp skyline, and listen to your guide share insightful information about them. Walk to the magnificent Our Lady Cathedral next, which houses a collection of art pieces by famous Flemish masters. Wander through the medieval part of the city, Vlaeykensgang, characterized by narrow streets and crooked alleyways, then through Groenplaats Square until you reach the Meir, the most popular shopping street of Antwerp. Pass by The Rubens House, the home and atelier of the baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Finally, the tour ends with a guided visit to the Central Station of Antwerp, a beautiful building constructed at the end of the 19th century.

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Antwerp Tour From Brussels

10. Antwerp Tour From Brussels

Take a day trip from Brussels to Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium and home to Europe’s second-largest harbor. On a 5.5-hour excursion you’ll have the opportunity to explore Antwerp’s rich past. This is the city that was home to P. P. Rubens, the world-famous painter of the 17th century. You’ll be taken to the city center and depart the tour bus to visit Marquet Square, which is lined by ancient houses. This is also the site of Our Lady's Cathedral. The entrance fee for touring the cathedral is included in the price of the tour. Our Lady’s Cathedral houses, among other treasures, 2 of Rubens' masterpieces. You’ll see The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross on display here. You’ll also have a chance to see the oldest part of Antwerp’s harbor, during a drive-through on the tour bus. Choose between a private and a shared option.

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Frequently asked questions about Antwerp

What top attractions are a must-see in Antwerp?

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

  • Language
    Dutch, German and French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +32
  • 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!

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

4.5 / 5

based on 526 reviews

Berem was our guide. He welcomed me in a very friendly way and showed me Antwerp in a very interesting and varied way. I am already looking forward to my next tour with Berem. Thank you very much again.

With Poll as an experienced guide, walking through historic Antwerp is enjoying wonderful stories and historical places. It was a nice 2.5 hour trip.

luc was very entertaining, knowledgeable and humorous. really recommended to get to know the city!

It was a great tour that gave a good introduction to the city. Luc did a great job!

Everything was great. Beren walked us through many areas. Thank you!