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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

    Masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the largest monument in Belgium, visible from many kilometres away, the cathedral originally housed the statue of Our Lady of the Tree (as it was found on the branch of a tree after the Norman invasion), which w..

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

    Museums and art

    Vrijdamarkt 22-23 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    Very few museums tell the fascinating story of printing - source of so much pleasure for mankind - in such a detailed manner. It occupies the house and printing rooms of Christophe Plantin. It is filled with old furniture, tapestries, gold-lined leat..

  • 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 and extended in 1974. It contains a magnificent art collection assembled by Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. Made up of medieval sculptures, illuminations, ivoiries, tapestries ..

  • 8 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. This visit, which can be made with young children, will plunge you into a historical and pictorial atmosphere. It is indispensible for all lov..

  • 9 Dierentuin Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Koningin-Astridplein 26 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This famous zoo stands between the Natural History Museum and the central station. It is vast, diverse and pleasant in equal measure and will surprise adults and enthrall children. With 10 well designed hectares of space, the zoo is home to around 5,..

  • 10 Wijk Zurenborg Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cogel-Osylei B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This exceptional district is made up of several streets running around the Cogels-Osylei. It is named after a 16C park. A marvel of the 19C, Wijk Zurenborg includes neo, eclectic and Art Nouveau private houses that were the work of famous architects ..

  • 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 lovely church was built by the Jesuits from 1615 to 1621. Initially named after St Ignatius, the founder of the Company, it became the Church of St Charles Borromeus. Its Baroque façade generally follows three remarkably designed Classical style..

  • 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 - Musée de la Photographie Interesting

    Museums and art

    Waalsekaai 47 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This museum is a must-see if you are a fan of photography. It stands 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 photograph..

  • 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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