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Van Stralenstraat 49-51, Antwerp, Antwerpen, 2060, Belgium
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Public Transport System

by algarvegaby

Is there a tram or bus or metro going from the central station to Groen Plaats? If so does anybody know how much a ticket costs? We are a group of 20 people (adults). Thanks for your help!

Re: Public Transport System

by K_V_B

There is an underground tram ("pre-metro") linking the two places. Just follow the signs in Centraal. Public transport in Antwerpen is cheap, and there are reductions for groups, making the price about 0.80 pp.

Re: Public Transport System

by irisbe

groups price may even be less then .80 but am not sure, last year it was 0.60/ person
but why take the metro and spend the money if it is only 10 minutes walk?
The De Keyzerlei is not my favorite street but it is still ok with it's terasses and some shopping malls you pass by and once you cross the Leien you will walk in the beautiful shopping street the Meir, called also "Old Antwerp" because of the many magnificing fronts of the houses (those who have escaped the concrete maffia that is).
and then you just turn around that huge concrete building, called the Boerentoren (76 years old and when built the biggest concrete business tower in Europe) and you end up at the Groenplaats.

I would not take the metro and miss all the scenery :)

Re: Public Transport System

by K_V_B

It is indeed 0.60 PP if bought in advance, and 0.80 if bought from the driver. But you have to know where the "Lijnwinkel" is in Antwerpen Centraal...

Re: Public Transport System

by irisbe

Yes it is possible, prices raise every year. We bought that last year from the driver so now it might have raised. In the metro you can also buy tickets from the machine but I think the groupsticket is maximum for 5? persons per ticket. On the other hand I really would rather advice not to take the metro if it is only for that short distance and have a lovely 10 a 15 minute walk and see a part of the city.

Travel Tips for Antwerp


by martin_nl

On the east side of the river Schelde one will find Antwerp. It is the second city of Belgium andhas about 500.000 citizens. It is the centre of interantional diamond trade. This trade is done in the streets around the Centraal Station, although you will hardly notice. A short walk from the Centraal Station you will find the cinty centre of Antwerp. Right in the middle of it you will find the Grote Markt., the big market square. Conveniently located around this square you will find most sights that Antwerp has to offer. Such as the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Cathedral, Het Steen, St. Paulus church, Rubenshuis and of course the Grote Markt in itself is very nice to see too.

Life at the river Schelde ...

by flyfreak

The river Schelde ... it was the first thing I saw in the mornings and the last thing I saw before I went to bed because I was so lucky to live right at the river Schelde with a terrific view over the river. Waking up in the morning and hearing a boat or a big ship passing by are some of my best memories. I was living right under the roof in the top floor of a typical Antwerp house with its narrow staircases. If you move into such a house remember that not every furniture will fit! There are two ways to bring your furniture into the flat - the staircase or the window. So window-sized or staircase-sized furniture in an Antwerp flat! ;-)) Walks along the river and the views. Seeing the fireworks at the river Schelde. Eating out at a restaurant at the river, feels like being on vacation. There is a tunnel for pedestrians that leads you to the other side of the river where you have nice parks and you can go for long walks. The tunnel is called the Sint-Annatunnel and the entrance is at the Sint-Jansvliet. If you are claustrophobic, you better not go there - it takes you approx. 10 minutes to get to the other side.


by LoriPori

The administrative center of the city is the ANTWERP CITY HALL. Built in Renaissance style, from 1561 to 1564, the architect was Cornelius Floris de Vriendt.
The building is covered with colourful flags, representing most countries in the world. It really is a sight to see.
Take a look at the central part of the building. You will notice the coat-of -arms and three images -- The Madonna in the central alcove and 2 Images representing Wisdom and Justice in the other two alcoves.

There're couple of fascinating...

by Pegasus74

There're couple of fascinating museums in Antwerp. Located in Het Zuid, the city's trendiest area (20 mins walk south from the Steen), the elegant Royal Museum of Fine Arts houses works by Rubens and other Flemish greats and is surrounded by a lovely garden. The popular Diamantmuseum is another good one (situated close to the Centraal Station) where you'll learn all about diamond trade in this 'Diamondland'. But because it was closed and will be for a year, I didn't get a chance to stop by. The Rubens House, where the artist worked and lived, has got a fine selection of his paintings; art lover or not, the beautiful Flemish decor with authentic tiles and guilded accents makes it worth a visit. I missed the Plantin-Moretus Museum which showcases early printing technology but that's fine I know how printers work today.

The few miles from Centraal Station to the Grote Markt along the Meir shopping avenue is very La Rambla. It is so trendy and vibrant, and filled with interesting street performances. Somewhere you just would like to mix with the cheerful crowd.

Antwerp has got almost everything every traveller is looking for; food, beer, chocolates, fashion, 24hrs party, museums, impressive architecture and yeah diamonds, I almost miss that. Have a good time.

Visiting the Groenplaats...

by Ronald_T

Visiting the Groenplaats (Green Square) where you can see the statue of P.P. Rubens. The Groenplaats gets its name from Green Churchyard, which was the cemetery of the Cathedral of Our Lady for many centuries. On this picture, you have a nice overview of the Green Square with the statue of P.P. Rubens and in the background the wonderful Cathedral of Our Lady.


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