Attractions in Belgium : Antwerp
Antwerp is one of the top 2 Attractions in Belgium. You won’t be able to complain about a shortage of sights worth visiting on your holiday.
Cinemas, Shopping, hotels and more top Belgium Attractions in the Central Station Area. South and southwest of the central station is the Diamond district. The district is also interesting from an ethnic and cultural perspective. Antwerp has the largest Jewish Orthodox population (50,000 people) in Europe.
If you can only spend a day in Antwerp here are the Top 10 Attractions in Belgium.
Or if you have been here before and are looking for something a bit different this time around try some of the Off the Beaten Path attractions.
Attractions in Belgium: Museums
If you are into culture Antwerp has some world class Museums
Antwerp Rubens House
If you have several Museums on your itinerary check out the Antwerp Museum Card
Attractions in Belgium: Architecture
This most famous Antwerp building is often referred to as the Rail Road Cathedral of Antwerp. When you arrive in Antwerp with the train, you’ve already done one of the main top 10 attractions in the city.
Bootje, also known as The Five Continents and the de 5 werelddelen were a group of four Art Nouveau buildings located near the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Royal Museum of Fine Arts).
The KBC Tower is the oldest sky scraper in Europe. Build in the early thirties, the building is older then the Empire State Building. This Antwerp building was constructed in the same Art Deco style (except it's 200 meters shorter).
Historical and Religious Attractions in Belgium
Steen Castle What you see today when you are looking at “the Stone” are the leftovers of Antwerp’s oldest building. It is just a small part from what it used to be.
The Steen Castle was an important military asset. The position gave control of the access to the river. At the end of the 19th century, a big part of the Castle has been destroyed to make room for the development of the harbor.
The 16th-Beguinage or Begijnhof century was a medieval housing complex for women who devoted themselves to prayer and charitable works, but did not care for the constrains of a convent.
One of the most known of Antwerp buildings and the biggest Gothic church of the Low Lands. It was finished in 1521 after about 170 years of construction.
Inside few of Rubens most known paintings are waiting for your complete attention… Among them are the Raising of the Cross and the Descent of the Cross - cultural heritage on a worldwide scale. There are a also lot of other works of art, the contents, the stained-glass windows,...
Antwerp-City-Hall is not a replica, as many houses on the Grote Markt - it's the original renaissance building. Only 10 years after completion it was burned to the ground in 1576 during the Spanish Fury. It was rebuilt three years later.
The synagogue is only used for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipour. Guided tours are possible by appointment.
Vlaeykensgang: 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.
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