Touristic tours, Antwerp
- There is a bus that drives you arround in
Antwerp. It is the hop on hop off system. It
stops at a few touristic attractions.
You pay quit some money for one day...
The only excuse for you to use this bus
is when you don't have much time to enjoy
Antwerp.There is an excellent public transport
that is much more fun and you can mix nice
with the locals...and a lot cheaper as well.
When visiting Antwerp one has a several means of sight seeing at ones disposal. There are the horse drawn carriages, the tourist tram ( a sort of miniature "train" ), the diamond bus (a convertible double deck bus)...Most of these operate in summer, some on other occasions as well. On the website included go to : "visitantwerpen A-Z", then "S" and finally "sight seeing". There you'll find all the necessary addresses and info (in Dutch).
The touristentram is a motorized tramway not using tracks.
Startpoint is at the Groenplaats daily at 11AM, Noon, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM and 5PM.
The 40 minutes ride brings you to the all interesting spots of the city cneter.
The Sightseeing Bus is the easiest way to explore the whole city. The ticket can be used 24 hours and you can go on and off the bus at each stop and time you want.
Multi-language explanation is available via headphones.
A nice way for tourists to get around Antwerp, especially on a sunny spring or summer day is the Palmtram. This is a doubledeck horsedrawn carriage, sponsored by the famous brand of beer. It is drawn by two huge Brabander horses and takes you around the city on a sightseing tour of the most important tourist sites.
A good way to enjoy the streets of Antwerp is to take a Horse Drawn carriage Tour of the city.Its a fixed cost per person and you normally pay at the end of the tour with a small tip for the driver.These tours can get very busy so best to take a morning or early evening one.Its a chance to see the city the old fashioned way,slow but charming.The carriages depart from 'Grote Markt' near the town hall.Tour lasts 20 to 25 minutes.
Prices:€5:Adults,€4:Seniors,€3.50:Under 18's,Free:Under 6's.
Running from March till October 11am till 5pm.
The Antwerp Diamond Bus is a hop on/hop off bus which brings you through all kinds of neighbourhoods. The bus stops at 7 different stops:
1) Central Station (Keyserlei)
2) City Parc
4) Royal Museum of Fine Arts
The bus leaves every hour at stop 1. A ticket can be bought on the bus and is valid for 24 hours. With this ticket, you can also get discount for specific museums. The tour is provided in 8 languages and takes about 50 minutes.
The ticket prices are €11 (adults), €10 (seniors and students) and €6 (children). The bus drives daily from 1 April till 31 October between 10h30 and 16h30. During the winter season (1 November till 31 March), it only rides on Saturday and Sunday between 10h30 and 15h30.
Personally, I don't think it's worth the price and it's much more enjoyable to see these sites by foot and public transport. It's much more convenient, less time-consuming and you might discover some other nice places this way.
This is a 40-minutes tour in a small tram that travels through the historic centre of the city. It departs and ends at the Groenplaats. An audioguide is available in 4 languages.
Tickets can be bought on the tram, but groups have priority. Prices ranges from €5 (adults), €4 (seniors), €3.50 (-18) to free (-6). Generally, you can take this tram daily from 31 March till 31 October between 11h and 17h.
Once again, I don't think it's really worthwhile for the same reason as with the Antwerp Diamond Bus.
This little motorised train also runs around the city. It's about a 40 minute tour on this train, and it takes you around most of the historic centre, up towards the docks and back through and interesting and charming part of town that we never saw on foot.
Commentary is by tape, in 4 languages.
I think it was about 4 euro for the trip.
This is surely a charming way to tour the city. Most places these days have their little horse drawn buggies, and generally I don't like them, but this appeals to me more - the cart resembles a brewery dray, and the horses look more "workmanlike".
You can get these carts from Groenplaats.
Something I haven't done, but I like the itinerary!
For a slightly different way of getting an introduction to the city, instead of the usual Hop-on, Hop-off open double decker buses, I kinda like the look of this one. Using a converted tram this tour company offers a little loop which doesn't actually stop willy-nilly at wherever but instead focuses on Antwerp's half-a-dozen most interesting places to visit.
The route starts and ends at the main square, the Grote Markt. From there it next stops at the Museum aan de Stroom which is, to my mind, one of the best museums ever. Then on to Centraal station - worth a visit even if you don't travel by train. After the railway station it drops you off at the De Koninck brewery who now offer tours and the tram arrival coincides with these.
The second-last stop is Groenplaats which is the second main square in the historic centre, and then finally it returns to the Grote Markt via the Zuid neighbourhood.
Your ticket is valid all day and so a morning at MAS and an afternoon at the De Koninck brewery are the two must-does and in between you can wander and enjoy the different aspects of the city.
Website has all the details in several languages.
One of the options you have is to get onto the coach and explore the city from the top whilst the horses clobber their way around the city and the coach driver tells you all about what is happening.
We took the tourist train from groenplaatz and found this a lovely way to see the city, hear about the history and the buildings.
In Antwerp infront of the city hall, you can go for a touristic tour with the horsetram. Especially intresting when the weather is nice, it is possible to sit outside on top of the vehicle.
Its also possible to discover the city with the tourist tram. Actually it isn't a real tram, but its a bus diguised as a tram.