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Plantin-Moretus Museum

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In the 16th century Antwerp – along with Paris – was one of the leading lights of the Northern Renaissance; among the brightest stars on the city’s stage at that time was Christophe Plantin, who established a printing workshop in his imposing townhouse in 1555. As well as contributing one of the most popular fonts still in use today, Plantin developed one of the busiest and most advanced publishing houses in northern Europe, now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed museum of print and early book publishing.

After Plantin’s death in 1589, his son-in-law Jan Moretus took over the printing empire and it remained active until 1867. Today the museum is laid out as if the compositors had just downed tools; the period workshops and rooms showcase printing presses dating back to the 16th century, graphic anatomical drawings featuring dissections, a vast collection of prints by Antwerp masters dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and a library of 30,000 rare volumes. The artist Peter Paul Rubens, another local boy made good, illustrated many of the books published by the Plantin workshop and painted some of the family portraits displayed in the museum but the masterpiece of the collection is undoubtedly the priceless 36-line Gutenberg Bible dating from 1455.

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Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Vrijdagmarkt 22–23, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, 2000
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Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Antwerp

Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Antwerp

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The beautiful city of Antwerp is home to medieval guild houses, baroque churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and atmospheric squares. Instead of studying a map, this tour is a shortcut to discovering the city’s top landmarks and the hidden stories behind them. Along the way, stroll past the former home of painter Rubens, see a place nicknamed the ‘world’s first Wall Street’, and discover the city’s best preserved medieval alleyway.
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  • 2 hours
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Private tour: Highlights & History of Antwerp

Private tour: Highlights & History of Antwerp

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Getting an overview of Antwerp’s sights on your own can be time-consuming when you don’t know your way around. Avoid the research and see and learn more in less time than if exploring alone on this private walking tour. Follow your guide to must-sees such as Rubens House, Grote Markt, and Butchers’ Hall; enjoy time to ask personal questions on Antwerp’s history, and get tips to inform your later sightseeing.
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Legends of Antwerp Private Walking Tour

Legends of Antwerp Private Walking Tour

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One of Europe’s richest cities during its 16th-century Golden Age, Antwerp is steeped in history. Yet exploring alone can mean skimming over its past, and medieval legends and secrets. This private walking tour ensures you cover the musts—from sights to stories—with a guide. Hear the tales behind attractions such as Grote Markt and the Cathedral; see Rubens House, and chronicle the city’s Golden-Age heyday through in-depth commentary.
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Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt in Antwerp

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt in Antwerp

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Explore Antwerp at your own pace during this app-based, self-guided scavenger hunt. Discover 10 of the city’s most unmissable attractions, learning facts about Antwerp’s history along the way. Solve location-based riddles, stopping and restarting whenever and wherever you wish. The commentary is offered in multiple languages and the app can be accessed for a full year after your purchase.
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Antwerp Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Antwerp Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Use clues at each attraction to find your next destination and challenge yourself to use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Uncover local information and facts about the city as you explore. Discover hidden gems and narrow streets. Without a schedule and at your own pace, pause anytime and continue later or even another day. Work as a team or compete with each other. A unique team-building activity perfect for couples, families, companies, students and groups of friends.
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Plantin-Moretus Museum hours of operation: Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.