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  • 1 MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hanzestedenplaats 1 B - Antwerpen

    MAS, which stands for the Dutch "museum on the river", is in the oldest part of Antwerp's port. The stunning building calls to mind containers placed on top of each other, and houses works from the former Ethnography and Maritime Museums (a..

  • 2 Around the Grand Place and Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This district, scattered with little streets and passageways, is dominated by the steeple of the Cathedral. There is an abundance of niches containing statues of the Madonna - as many as 300, overlooking the inhabitants of Antwerp for centuries. Some..

  • 3 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Groenplaats 21 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    Begun in 1352 and not completed until 1521, the finest building in Antwerp (and Belgium's largest) is remarkable for its stylistic homogeneity. A masterpiece of richness and lightness, one of its two towers rises to 123m (the other was never finished..

  • 4 Musée Plantin-Moretus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vrijdamarkt 22-23 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This museum occupies the house and printing room of Christophe Plantin. It is filled with old furniture, tapestries, gold-lined leathers, paintings, old presses, and collections of drawings, engravings, manuscripts and precious editions. It tells the..

  • 5 Musée royal des Beaux-Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Leopold-de-Waelplaats B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The Royal Fine Arts Museum is housed in a 19C building. Its façade of Corinthian columns is topped by bronze carriages by Vinçotte and decorated with four allegorical figures representing architecture, painting, sculpture and engraving. The museum ha..

  • 6 Fashion Museum (MOMU) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Nationalestraat 18 B - Antwerpen

    At the heart of this trendy district of young Belgian designers, this museum is housed in a late-19C building, pleasantly remodelled by architect Marie-Josée Van Hee. The permanent collections are presented thematically and regularly revised, allowin..

  • 7 Mayer van den Bergh Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lange-Gastruisstraat 19 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This museum occupies a lovely neo-Gothic house that was built in the early 20C. It contains a magnificent art collection assembled by Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. Made up of medieval sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, ivories, tapestries and painting..

  • 8 Dierentuin Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Koningin-Astridplein 26 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This zoo is the ideal complement to the nearby Natural History Museum. The park covers 10ha and is home to around 5 000 animals of all sorts, including some very rare species, such as the white rhinoceros and the okapi. The zoo also contains several ..

  • 9 Wijk Zurenborg Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cogel-Osylei B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This splendid district is made up of several streets around the Cogels-Osylei and is in a fine state of preservation. It is named after a 16C park. A marvel of the 19C, Wijk Zurenborg includes neo, eclectic and Art Nouveau private houses that were th..

  • 10 Maison de Rubens Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Wapper 9-11 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This house magnificently describes the life and mind of Rubens, whose works are present throughout Antwerp. It was bought by the painter in 1610, one year after his marriage to Isabelle Brandt. He spent many years here and gradually turned it into a ..

  • 11 Church of St Andrew Interesting

    Religious buildings

    St-Andriesstraat 5 B - Antwerpen

    This late-Gothic church was built by the Augustinians in the early 16C in a quarter that was already popular, and today has fashion boutiques and antique shops. Inside, the Baroque dominates. The masterpiece is a magnificent pulpit (1821) by J.-B. Va..

  • 12 Aquatopia Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Koningin Astridplein 7 (face à la gare, accolé à l'hôtel Radisson) B - Antwerpen

    More than 10 000 animals and fish are presented in humid tropical rain forest and underwater settings. The sharks, which are visible as you walk through a "tube", and the reptile house (with spectacular iguanas) are highlights.

  • 13 Grote Markt Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This irregularly shaped square is dominated by the thin cathedral spire and lined by some lovely corporation buildings. The façades are almost entirely windowed, with a gable on top. To the right of the Town Hall, there are five unusual buildings - t..

  • 14 Vlaaikensgang Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Vlaaikensgang B - 2000 Antwerpen

    You can get to Vlaaikensgang via a porch at 16, Oude Koornmarkt. This pretty narrow street in the old town has a charming village-like feel.

  • 15 Hendrick Conscienceplein Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hendrick-Conscienceplein B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This quiet cobbled square is surrounded by 17C and 19C buildings and the Church of St Charles Borromeus.

  • 16 Église St-Charles-Borromée Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Hendrik-Conscienceplein B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This church was built by the Jesuits. Initially named after St Ignatius, this became the Church of St Charles Borromeus. Its Baroque façade generally follows three Classical styles. The Baroque belltower with Renaissance themes is the work of Peter H..

  • 17 Maison Rockox Interesting

    Museums and art

    Keizerstraat 10-12 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    Nicholas Rockox was a friend of Rubens. This humanist Burgomaster of Antwerp loved collecting works of art. His 17C house was restored and transformed into a museum. Here, you will find some magnificent furniture ("Ribbanken" sideboards and..

  • 18 Église St-Paul Interesting

    Religious buildings

    B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The flamboyant style St Paul's Church was begun in 1517 and completed in 1639. It is accompanied by a fine Baroque belltower. The interior includes Baroque furniture and some lovely woodwork. The choir, which is narrower than the nave, gives an impre..

  • 19 FOMU - Photography Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Waalsekaai 47 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This museum is housed in an old warehouse built in 1902 with a brick-covered façade. It follows the history of photographic techniques from their beginnings and shows the work of several great photographers. A must-see for all photography fans.

  • 20 Gare centrale Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Koningin-Astridplein B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The central station is near the zoo and dates back to 1905. It was built from designs by L de La Censerie. Its two neo-Barque monumental façades are topped with an enormous 60 metre cupola that can be seen from miles around.

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