Antwerp Attractions in Old Town

You have a day in Antwerp? Old town Antwerp attractions is where you should start - it's "l'essentiel Antwerp". You won’t be able to complain about a shortage of sights worth visiting on your holiday to Antwerp. Many are centrally located in the Old Town.

The best place to start is at the hart of the city as there is plenty to see in Antwerp's old town.

Top Antwerp Attractions in the Old Center

  1. The Grote Markt (Town Square): Not as big as the 'Grand Place' of Brussels, but definitely as grand is the 'Grote Markt', the market square of Antwerp. One of must see Belgium attractions. Since traffic has been banned, it is a very pleasant square and a perfect spot to stop for a Belgian beer.
  2. The Market square of antwerp is surrounded by guild houses including the 16th century Stadhuis (Antwerp City Hall).
  3. In the center of the Grote Markt is the symbol of the city – a statue of Salvus Brabo  -  a  fighter of giants and legendary founder of the city.
  4. Before you leave the market square visit the Antwerp tourist office at Grote Markt 13. It's especially useful for and additional tips brochures and a map of Antwerp. 
  5. Just off the square you can see the Antwerp Cathedral Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal (Our Lady’s Cathedral). Don’t worry you’ll recognize the Gothic structure immediately, it’s impossible to miss.  It’s a Top 10 and a ‘must see’ for any visitor to Antwerp. 
  6. Another option, and a not so well know Antwerp attraction, are: “The Ruien” - Antwerp canals open to the public since May 2005. It's where you can enter the underground water city.  You can opt for a 1.6-km RUIen walk along the streets of 1109 Antwerp.
  7. Also worth a visit is the Groenplaats Square – it offers a great view on the city's Cathedral as well as on the 20th century skyscraper: Boerentoren (Farmers Tower).
  8. The impressive Hilton hotel forms a large part of the square.
  9.  In the middle stands a statue of Rubens, made in 1843 by the sculptor Geefs. It’s a favorite place to sit under for the local alternative youth.

       10. Vlaeykensgang

One of the Major-attractions-in-Antwerp. Very often crowded with tourists but still something you have to see. This is indeed the best-known hidden alley of Antwerp.

It’s one of the oldest street of Antwerp. Vlaykensgang connects Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt and Pelgrimsstraat. It is a real street, but only accessible through medieval front doors.

This used to be the area where the poor people lived. Now it’s the home of a few of Antwerp’s most fancy restaurants and apartments. Come here on Monday around 7.00 PM. It’s the best place to enjoy the carillon concerts, but you will not be the only one that knows that. You’ll have to quip it quiet or else people will give you dirty looks for talking too loud.

As many of the nice places we still have today, this place was also almost demolished in the 60ies. An antiquarian saved this street by buying it.

Are you planning a longer holiday in Antwerp? Or thinking of visiting some of the sights outside the core of the city?

Then keep Groenplaast in mind – it is a hub for many Antwerp trams and buses. Most of the them pass through here so it’s often a starting point to major tourist attractions.

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