Antwerp has long been an important city in the nations of the Benelux both economically and culturally. It is on the right bank of the river Scheldt which is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde. Antwerp's port, which is one of the world's largest, has a high level of cargo shipping and oil refineries traffic, and in Europe, only Rotterdam's port is larger. Families of the large Hasidic Jewish community have traditionally controlled Antwerp's global centre of the diamond trading industry, though recently also Indian and Armenian traders became involved.
North of Antwerp
- : Rubens' house is now a museum of his life and artwork. Entrance fee: 7€. Free audioguide (recommended). Bring light earphones to plug in to the audioguide. Very useful for not ending the visit with a tired arm.
- : the home of 16th century bookbinder and printer Christoffel Plantin. Regarded as one of the finest museums dedicated to printing in the world. It's extensive collections of important books and printing presses along with its role in spearheading the technology of printing have seen it added to the .
- One of the oldest in the world, with over 4000 animals and lots of 19th century design and architecture.
- (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal): one of the most impressive and biggest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, built 1351-1521, 400 ft tall. It also houses some of Rubens' most famous paintings.
- Carolus Borromeus Church: unlike the cathedral, this is a Baroque church. Pretty unassuming when seen from the outside, but beautiful decorations (done by Rubens' studio) within. Located on the picturesque square Conscienceplein.
- City Hall/Old Market Square (Stadhuis/Grote Markt): this is the historical centre of town. The market square is surrounded by the typical medieval guild houses you can find in most Flemish historical towns. The city hall is a very special architectural style. It's a combination between Gothic and early renaissance. This style is almost exclusively found in this region of Europe.
- Vleeshuis: literally, this is the "Meat house"! It was built as the guild hall for the butchers. Every day tons of meat switched owners here. The building is famous for the orignal masonry,it is made to resemble stacks of bacon (switching between white stones and red bricks).
- Het Steen ("The Stone", literally): This a rather small medieval castle on the banks of the river Schelde. It used to function as a city fortification, now it houses a naval museum. It is the starting point of the Wandelterrassen, a scenic boardwalk with a cafe/restaurant at either end.
- Boerentoren ("Farmers' tower"): now called "KBC-tower" after the company that owns it, this skyscraper in the historical centre of town is said to be the oldest one on the European continent. It was built at the beginning of the 1930s. It is located at the end of the Meir shopping street. There is an observation deck on the 25th floor (6E entry including an exhibition downstairs), from which you get fantastic views of the city, including the nearby Cathedral. The tower is renowned for its typical art-deco sculptures.
- Bourla theatre: 19th century neo-classicist theatre building. Nice from the outside, even nicer if you manage to get in for a theater show or a concert. It houses a spectacular pastry salon inside the large cupula above the theater itself. Great place to have tea with cake... or waffles, of course.
- Red Light District: like other cities such as Amsterdam and Hamburg, Antwerp also has its own red light district. It's pretty small and right in the centre of town (near Falconplein). If you want to visit just to do some sightseeing, consider going during the day. Although it's not as bad as it sounds, the district might be a little less safe at night. If you intend to patronise the Red Light District be wary of women who beckon you towards their kamers and invite you in without discussing a price. In many cases these women will charge greatly inflated rates once they have you inside their kamer. It is also worth being wary of beggars in the RLD. While few of these are particularly hostile they can be bothersome and should be ignored.
- Diamond District: This is the district south and southwest of the central station. As the name already indicates, this is an area where you will find countless jewelry shops, as well as the Antwerp Diamond Exchange, arguably the most important financial centre of the world's diamond industry. The district is also interesting from an ethnic and cultural perspective, since the diamond industry is for at least 50 % in the hands of the city's Jews. Antwerp has a rather large population of Jews (about 50,000 people), a lot of them orthodox. You might want to walk around a bit in this area and just take a look at the people. But remember: on Sabbath day, everybody stays inside their houses, and all the jewish shops are closed.
- Aquatopia, , reasonable aquarium in the basement of the Astrid Park Plaza hotel, tickets also available from the Zoo.
- The hidden street Vlaeykensgang, which connects Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt and Pelgrimsstraat. It is a real street, but only accessible through unassuming medieval front doors in the streets. The medieval equivalent of a gated community! It now houses nice but informal restaurants and chique but discrete houses. A must see!
- The Begijnhof (beguinage), a sort of medieval monastery for women who did not enter for life but until they got married, decided to leave or, well, died. The well-kept gardens are photo-ops.
South of Antwerp
Since the restoration a couple of years ago, the south of the city is known as the trendy part. The centre of this piece of the city is a huge square called 'de gedempte zuiderdokken' which simply means: 'the filled-up southern docks'. In the sixties this was an abandoned trade dock.They filled up the dock in an attempt to expand the city. The high crime rate in the region made it a very cheap place to live. This was, in a strange way, a blessing for the local artworld which started to flourish, making the region trendy and safe over the years. Today it is known as a "yuppie stronghold".
- : museum of contemporary art
- : renovated in 2004
- : Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten boasts of an excellent collection of paintings from the 15th century right up to the 20th century. The museum's permanent collection has masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Brueghel, Van Eyck, Anthony Van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens and James Ensor to name a few.
- is located on the "kaaien" and is a center for intercultural art.
- Het Muntplein, a place where grafitti artists can make artworks without being chased by police. There are often very nice creations and there are graffiti contests on a regular basis.
- Palace of Justice (Justitiepaleis): there are actually two of these. The old one is a 19th century red brick building on the Frankrijklei. The new one is a dominant, modern, white building in the south of Antwerp (Bolivarplaats). You can really hardly miss it once you're there. The architect of this building was Richard Rogers, who also built the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Millennium Dome in London.
- Zurenborg neighbourhood: this is a little off the beaten track. This neighbourhood in the south east of Antwerp (near the railway station Antwerpen-Berchem, look for 'Cogels-Osylei' on the map)is known for its eclectic, sometimes rather bizarre 19th century architecture. Consider taking a tram or bycicle to get there.
- : The center of Antwerp is not so very big, and once you cross the ringroad, you will mainly see suburbs. There are some nice parks outside the ringroad, though, and the Middelheim Park is one of them. It houses a permanent open-air exhibition of modern sculpture, including work by famous artists such as Rodin, Hans Arp, Henry Moore, and many others.
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