Belgium’s second largest city , Antwerp has a lot to offer visitors, from historic monuments to incredible night life the city has something for everyone. The 16th-century architecture and its enchanting cobblestone alleys make this picturesque city a hidden gem in Belgium. Visitors can enjoy its charming museums and galleries, international food scene, street art and sculptures, as well as sipping some of Belgium’s finest beers and tasting the world-famous Belgian chocolate. Antwerp’s charm will definitely make you want to come back for another visit.
Here is a short guide with most popular places in town.
Antwerp Centraal Train Station
If your trip to Antwerp is not by train, make sure to visit the Train Station. Recently restored, the railway station with its astonishing architecture is the world’s fourth greatest train station.
Antwerp’s well-preserved history can be seen when visiting the Grote Markt—the main city square. Here lies the magnificent 16th century City Hall. Surrounded by Renaissance-style guildhalls with the Brabo Fountain, together they are making this square one of the must-visit places in the city of Antwerp.
MAS – Museum aan de Stroom
Museum Ann de Storm is located in the hip Eilandje district, an old dockside neighbourhood. This unique building that looks so appealing from the outside is just as impressive on the inside, where many inspiring exhibitions take place. Do not skip going to the top floor and enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the city.
The New Port House
The New Port House is another modern building that adds to the uniqueness of Antwerp’s skyline. Located a little further from the city centre, it is best to visit the New Port House by bike. You can visit the inside, however the most impressive views are from outside the building where you can take some incredible sunset pictures.
Cathedral of Our Lady
Onze-Lieve-Wrouvekathedraal, or commonly known as the Cathedral of Our Lady is one of the highest Gothic buildings in the Low Countries. It holds an impressive collection of major artworks, some of which are paintings by the world-famous Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (you can see more of his art in the Rubens House museum).
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