Top Belgium Attractions in Central Antwerp

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

When you arrive in Antwerp by train, you’ve already done one of the top Belgium attractions. Antwerp Central Station is often referred to as the Rail Road Cathedral of Antwerp. The whole complex is over 400m (1300ft) long and has two entrances, a historic domed building at the Astrid square and a modern atrium at the Kievit square.

Adjoining is a diamond gallery with more than 30 diamond shops and other newly open boutiques. With three levels of tracks and a shopping center this is the place to come for a stroll when it is raining or even on a sunny day. The area has countless jewelry shops and the place is considered as the financial center of the world’s Diamond industry.

When you leave the train station by the historic domed building at exit that opens to the Astrid square you find your self right in front of more top Belgium attractions in Antwerp.

Right in front of you is Aquatopia, Antwerp’s aquarium. A two-floor top Belgium attractions adventure through various water environments found throughout the world.

This brand new complex has 35 aquariums featuring a fascinating collection of exotic fish and animals in their natural biotope. Sharks, piranhas, stingrays and octopuses.

On your right is the now 163 year old Antwerp Zoo. This is a not too be missed part of a visit to Antwerp especially, but not only, if one is visiting with children.


Antwerp Diamond Museum is to the right of the Central Station and next to the Antwerp Zoo. This top Belgium attraction is the largest diamond museum in the world. Interactive displays showcase mining and cutting processes, and polishing demonstrations take place Saturday afternoons. You can view items dating from the 16th century to the present.

From the train station you can walk down the Keiserley boulevard type street to the Meir which is famous for it's shopping. However but most of the shops on this busy thoroughfare are international chain stores.

If you want to grab a quick bite or a movie then head to the Antwerp movie theater UGC. It's on Statiestraat which is parallel to Keiserley. In the area will find Kelll's Irish Pub, fast food and international cuisines. But don't expect a fine dining experience.

If you are interested in staying in this area there are a couple hotels - some of them of questionable quality. Check out our Antwerp Hotel Guide or

Find a cozy belgium bed breakfast if you would like to stay in the area.

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