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.
Some of the top Belgium Attractions are right in the center of Antwerp within easy access from the train and public transport.

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.

Antwerp Ruien
St. Anna Pedestrian tunnel
Cogels Osylei and the Zurenborg District


Attractions in Belgium: Museums

If you are into culture Antwerp has some world class Museums

Antwerp Fashion Museum
Plantin-Moretus Museum

Antwerp Rubens House
Rubens lived here most of his live. This is the place where most of his paintings (around 25000) were created by him and his students. Anthony Van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens are only two of the many students that would become great masters themselves.

If you have several Museums on your itinerary check out the Antwerp Museum Card


Attractions in Belgium: Architecture

No itinerary of Attractions in Belgium is complete with out checking out some of the Architectural gems. Here are the the most interesting structures in Antwerp.


Antwerp-Central Station

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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.



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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).




Antwerp Courthouse
The Anglo-Italian architect who designed it is Richard Rogers, the same one that developed the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The roof is the architectural idea of waves (or a series of sails). The complex has 5 floors and 36 hearing rooms.


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.

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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.


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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.


Antwerp Cathedral

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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,...



City Hall

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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.



Ruben's Church
This is the church of Rubens, who not only masterfully painted for it, but he was also designer of its sculptural decoration. A fire has destroyed its 39 ceiling paintings. One painting still hangs above the altar - but it is not always the same one. An original mechanism makes it still possible to change the paintings.



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Hollandse Synagogue
After a few steps along Bouwmeestersstraat on your left you’ll see an old Synagogue of mid 19th century in Ottoman Style.

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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