The home to the biggest port in Belgium and the second largest city in the country, Antwerp is anytime a favourite choice for any travelers while planning a trip to Western Europe. The town has some great architecture buildings, world-class museums and many more attractions. Antwerp is also known as the diamond and fashion capital of Belgium which makes this place more special.
It takes around 1 hour (approx 55kms) to reach Antwerp from Brussels. You can hire a car, or catch a bus or train as per your convenience and budget.
Here is our list of the best things to do and see in Antwerp!
Admire Antwerp Central Station
Yes, you read that right. The central station of Antwerp is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Gothic architecture, the exterior of the building will definitely take your breath away. Also, the hall from inside is equally magnificent. Make sure to visit this place.
Explore Het Steen
This magnificent fortress is the oldest monument of Antwerp which is situated on the river Scheldt. Don’t miss to visit this most visited attraction by tourists.
Shopping in Meir Street
Meir Street is Antwerp’s main shopping centre which includes designer brands, shops and boutique, Flanders Fashion Institute (FFI), the Fashion Academy, and the Fashion Museum (MOMU). Shoppers from Belgium and neighbouring countries come here just for shopping.
Pop into Rubens House
Well, Meir street is not just all about shopping, the street also has awestruck landmarks like the Royal Palace, the Stadsfeestzaal and an impressive art museum Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Rubenshuis is the former home and the workshop of the painter Pieter Paul Rubens. It houses artworks of Rubens and other artists.
Cathedral of our Lady
This church is the biggest gothic building with tallest bell tower in Belgium. The interior of the church is highly impressive with a striking combination of Baroque decor and Rubens artworks. The is open during public holidays also.