The AtypicaL City
Antwerp is Belgium’s second city and biggest port. In the mid-16th century it was one of Europe’s most important cities and home to baroque superstar painter Pieter Paul Rubens – seen extensively in the cities museums.
Antwerp retains an intriguing medieval heart with plenty of café-filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive cathedral – a city like no other.
Antwerp ZOO is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in the world, established in 1843, with more that 950 different species of animals. The ZOO is easy to access, located next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station.
Walk among the chimpanzees and the gorillas in the Valley of the Great Apes. The Skywalk allows you to enjoy stunning panoramic views over the historical garden.
The Belgian chocolate experience
Belgian chocolate is known globally as one of the best in the world, visit largest Belgian chocolate museum in the world on your next visit to Antwerp. A true Valhalla for chocolate lovers. A sweet and blissful experience museum. Book your ticket and get ready for the magical story of our national pride.
Take a journey through the making of Belgian chocolate from the cocoa plantations to Antwerp. During your tour through the museum you will find chocolate traditions, history, brands, products and a gigantic fantasy machine demonstrates how chocolate is made
De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery
Visit the experience centre to have a look behind the scenes – visitors will hear, see and taste the brewery’s story. You will also have the chance to taste culinary delights in the brewery food court and restaurant.
Stadsbrouwerij Brasserie ’t Pakhuis
Beer is still brewed here in the authentic way – with only natural raw materials, without filtering or pasteurization.
The unique beers can be enjoyed by dining in the brasserie.
Antwerpse Brouw Campagnie
Discover up-close in the actual brewery how beer is made from an experienced beer expert, who takes you through the story of the brewery and the history of beer in Antwerp.
Taste the local delicacies from the region, including:
- Antwerp Hands, Mokatine – cakes made from coffee-flavoured buttercream and genoise sponges
- French fries
- Coffee Verheyen
- Elixir d’Anvers (artisan liqueur)
- Antwerp smoked horse meat
- Boss Gansendock cheese
- Filet d’Anvers (salted, dried and smoked beef, sold as fine charcuterie)
- Antwerp dry ring sausage
Cathedral of Our Lady
The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp was completed in 170 years to become the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries.
Today you can still find four masterpieces by Rubens in the cathedral beneath the stained-glass windows: The Elevation of the Cross, Descent from the Cross, The Resurrection of Christ and The Assumption of Mary.
Shop 'til you drop
The main shopping street in Antwerp, with thousands of shoppers passing through annually. The pedestrianised street connects Antwerp City Hall with the trains at Antwerp Central Station. You’ll find branches of many of the large international chains here in the stately 18th and 19th century buildings.
Antwerp’s fashion epicentre, olong with surrounding streets, including Lombardenvest and Steenhouwersvest, This is the home of Antwerp’s fashion scene.
Great street with a mix of art , fashion , design and places to eat and drink. Admire the architecture in and around Kloosterstraat while visiting shopping outlets including boutiques and antique shops.
Host to over 40 different shops. You will find everything you are looking for. Stunning interiors can be adired in this shopping centre on the main street.
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