The northern Belgian port city of Antwerp may not be as well known as Brussels or Ghent, but it has plenty to charm visitors, including an attractive historical center, a flourishing fashion scene, and a reputation as Europe’s diamond powerhouse. Here’s what you need to know about Antwerp tours from Brussels.
- Explore the cobbled streets of Antwerp’s atmospheric city center.
- View local landmarks, such as the fountain-dotted Grand Place (Grote Markt) square, Butcher’s Hall (Vleeshuis), and the neo-Gothic Antwerp central station (Antwerpen-Centraal).
- Watch ships docking at the huge industrial port complex.
- Follow the trail of Peter Paul Rubens at his former home and studio, Rubenshuis, and see works by the Flemish baroque master at the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and Museum Plantin-Moretus.
- Explore the 10-story MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) museum and gallery, whose 500,000-strong collection of art and objects focuses on topics relating to Antwerp.
- Visit a diamond factory, view the dazzling stones first-hand, and learn about all the facets of the city’s diamond industry.
Things to Know
- Antwerp is located 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of Brussels. Driving from Brussels takes just 45 minutes.
- Choose between half-day and full-day Antwerp tours from Brussels. Some organized day trips combine city tours of Brussels with a trip to Antwerp.
- Tours to Antwerp can also be combined with guided tours of Ghent and Bruges.
- Wear comfortable, cushioned shoes as some streets in Antwerp’s historical center are cobbled.