Antwerp Travel Guide

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Antwerp Highlights

  • Pro
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     Food, 16th century architecture, shopping 

  • Con
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     Depressing weather in winter - visit in spring/summer time! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Older and less modern than Amsterdam but picturesque 

Antwerp Things to Do

  • Cathedral of Our Lady

    Considered the largest Gothic Cathedral in the lowlands, as it has been rebuilt over the 100's of years there are elements of renaissance, rococco and baroque in the architecture, as well as incredible carvings, as well as paintings by Rubens and many other world class artists. From the 9th to 12th century it was the site of a small chapel....

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  • Het Steen - National Maritime Museum

    Het Steen, literally "The Stone", is often referred to as The Castle but was originally one of the old city's fortified gates, dating from around the 12th century. The building attached to the gateway was used as a prison from 1300, or so, until about 1827. Under Charles V (circa 1520) it was rebuilt as a fortress with its commanding field of...

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  • Zoo

    I was suprised to see the Zoo so centrally located in Antwerp. The main entrance is literally outside the Centraal Station. It is the oldest animal park in the whole of Belgium and has been extended and altered throughout the years. The Zoo cost about 17 euros for a single adult ticket and discounts were given to students on showing their student...

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Antwerp Restaurants

  • Amadeus - spare ribs a volonte

    Amadeus is a great restaurant with its top speciality: unlimited spare ribs. The outside may be less attracting, the inside of the restaurant offers 100% good food and quick service. Long tables are waiting for your party. The ribs are a fest to eat. Served on a wooden rectangular plate with a jacked potatoe and some vegetables. The waiter will...

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  • Elfde Gebod - Eleventh Commandment

    Restaurant Het Elfde Gebod is a local restaurant near the market square. Even if you are not hungry, go inside to admire the holy decorations and have a drink in this popular place. Business hours: Daily from Noon.

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  • Da Giovanni

    There pizzas are excellent. But the rest of the menu is good as well. It's good food for a good price: Pizza's start around 4.50 euro and students get 20% discount on the whole bill when showing their studentcard.

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Antwerp Nightlife

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  • Night clubs

    Café d’Anvers is één van de oudste authentieke houseclubs van Europa. Ze opende haar deuren in 1989 en staat vandaag de dag nog steeds aan de top van de scene met de beste en bekendste dj’s en producers ter wereld wekelijks achter de draaitafels. De locatie is een 16de eeuwse kerk in het midden van het Schipperskwartier in Antwerpen. Café d’Anvers...

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  • Old, brown, or historical pubs and...

    Muze is situated in the heart of the tourist section of Antwerp but also attracts local clientele. While trying to find a seat for my girlfriend and myself I had to go to the bar on the top floor. Aside from a few locals the bar was empty. While asking these people to excuse us so that we may walk past them to take a seat, they ignored our request...

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  • Coctail bars and pubs

    This is a new upcomming cafe, with great guest-djs like Timaxx from Club Geluk. Theme partys: Soho Soul, deep south summer music by Dj Danny V. You can hear there often fresh & new talent. That's why the place is called SOHO, refering to the hip SOHO neighbourhood in London. Modern

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Antwerp Transportation

  • Bus, tram, metro

    The city has trams and buses for getting around town. You can buy a pack of 10 tickets for 7 euro and are good for a set period of time. On weekends the trams run an hour later at night and tie into the night buses which a couple run until 3:30. I thought it was interesting that while some trams run along major streets where there is plenty of...

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  • Train

    The information boards at the station make it easy to find out which track and what time the train departs as well as if it an IC (intercity) IR (inter region and L (local). The IC generally only have a few stops between cities, while the local spends more time stopping than going.

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  • Bicycle

    BEWARE! Although a day pass is very cheap there is a €150 block on your credit card for 30 DAYS! I made the mistake of buying 4 day passes on my card as my fellow travellers did not have a credit card and resulted in having a €600 block on my account! This left me with almost no money for the rest of my travels- I contacted velo-antwerpen in the...

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Antwerp Shopping

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  • Cloths, shoes, fashion

    Urban streetwear for men/women. After the succes in Oostende / Gent / Knokke / Brugge, this famous shop finally settled in the fashion capital of Belgium. This shop has the most modern clothes in every other city!

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  • Chocolates

    I suppose only in Belgium can you find a sex shop combined with a chocolatiere! The shop's speciality is edible erotic accessories which come (sorry) in male and female varieties. There's also edible clothing and all sorts of interesting things - makes for a unique window-shopping experience ;-) Website has mail order option! Edible pussies...

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  • Jewelry

    Before going to Antwerp I did my homework and researched on the Internet about the best shops. Hearts and arrows consistently appeared in many online forums, as a place with a personal touch, and which gave its customers a wonderful, memorable experience. We also went to Geretti's (#1 on Tripadvisor, and they were good and friendly too, nothing bad...

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Antwerp Local Customs

  • Legends and urban stories

    This Art Deco building, owned by the KBC bank, is reckoned to be Europe's oldest skyscraper and was conceived after a visit by the then Mayor to New York. It was modelled on the Empire State Building but because of local restrictions, that no building could overshadow the Cathedral, was built considerably shorter. It's known as the "Farmers Tower"...

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  • Festivals and events

    In 2004 the tallships race was back in Antwerp again. It was one of the great events this summer. Lot of activity is going on, when the tall ships are here. The event will be back in tge summer of 2006.

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  • Beer tasting

    Drinking for Belgians is a cultural and social happening. Being famous for the beers, we also take care of our pubs and we have some few! One that is very cute and stuffed with all kinds of saint's statues is called 'Het Elfde Gebod' which means 'The 11th commandment'. You wonder what the 11th might be? Well it is simply this : 'You have to enjoy...

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Antwerp Warnings and Dangers

  • places better to avoid at night

    As with most cities in Europe the area around the central station is best avoided after dark. Especially beware for the streets around the infamous Conincksplein, as they tend to attract the more sketchy figures of our otherwise wonderful and vibrant city... Especially a lot of junks scavenge this area as they all tend to live around the day clinic...

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  • traffic related warnings

    If you come by car to Antwerpen be aware you will hit a road construction zone somewhere. More info: Present road construction at Antwerp Construction at the Antwerp highway exits and more

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  • meetings & parties

    Trappist Beers: While such beers are considered individualistic rather than similar, in response to the marketing of a “Trappist style” beer by an American brewer, five Belgian Monasteries and one Dutch formed the International Trappist Association to protect their products from becoming a commercial style. Their label “Authentic Trappist...

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Antwerp Tourist Traps

  • Not all that glitters is gold, don't pay...

    Beware of the jewellery stores situated under Central Station along the Pelikaanstraat. Not all shops are kosher. Prices may look interesting but if you are not an expert you might pay what you think a reasonable price for 18kt gold and go home with less. Take someone with you who knows something about diamonds and gold or make sure you don't pay...

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  • Don't pay too much

    Not all that sparkles is diamond! If you want to buy diamonds, ask for a decent certificate: HRD, GIA or IGI. Dont accept in-house certificates... There are certain reputed diamond jewelry boutiques where you know you will only find real diamonds.

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  • Fun made tourist traps by VT members

    Although I prefer wine in the first place, Duvel is my favourite beer. It's quite strong, with an incomparable taste. You should try it when visiting one of the many cafés in Antwerp! But don't let it take you by surprise...or rather,yes ! http://www.duvel.com/uk/ Lots of other good Belgian beers!

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Antwerp What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Any season is Belgian season so....

    in summer: pack as well summer clothes as winter clothes, because you never know whether it is going to be 30° or 12°!!!!in winter: winter clothes will be sufficient, but no ski pack necessary :-)

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  • Space...

    IF your are the type of person that likes to shop....just one tip for you. Leave enough space in your luggage. Antwerp is 'the' shopping city of Belgium.'If you come by airplane maybe it is useful tocheck how much luggage is allowed.

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Antwerp Off The Beaten Path

  • Pedestrian tunnel

    To get the best views of Antwerp's skyline you'll need to cross the river. I suppose you could always swim but the easy way to do it is to use the Sint Anna Pedestrian Tunnel, with its wooden escalators and 572 metre tile-walled foot/cycle path - http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/22f5f2/ Once on the left bank you get great views over the...

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  • Along the river, right and left bank

    Many radio fans come to Antwerp to visit the former Radio Veronica ship, that transmitted on MW from the free Nothsea in the 60's and 70's. Location: Kempische Dok; kaai 35 - 2030 Antwerpen. 2008 Update: In the summer the ship has been prepared to be moved. Both main masts have been removed; new masts lie horizontally on deck. There is a plan to...

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  • Church: Saint Pauls church

    Inside the church gate, the Mount Calvary is situated, surround by houses from beginning 16th century. It's a peculiar, spectacular open-air theatre of statues, built between 1700-1734. It depicts the trial, torture, death and burial of Christ. The Calvary garden was built from 1700-1734 and has 63 lifesized statues made of sandstone. The idea...

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Antwerp Sports & Outdoors

  • Stadpark

    I included Stadpark as a sports activity as there is are trails many locals use for running around and through the park. There are several lakes, and hills that create a nice place where I could do my morning work out routine. Also there were severaly conveniently located bicycle stands where I could drop off or pick up a city bike. In the morning...

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  • High Times In Antwerp

    For people who want to include in their stay an exciting sports activity, several indoor climbing walls in the greater Antwerp area are available, such as Wallstreet, Klim Indoor, Klimzaal Blok (bouldering). Further from the city (approx. 20 minutes by car) one of Belgium's largest indoor climbing halls, Klimax, awaits the adventurous traveller, in...

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  • Just strolling around in the middle of...

    Not an extreme sport activity - but good for the soul - strolling around in a Park in the surroundings of Antwerp.The Park is open for walking purposes ! And at the end of the lane - maybe the privaterooms of Danielle ! Walking shoes

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Antwerp Favorites

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  • Along the river Schelde, right and left...

    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...

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  • Meir area

    The David Teniers statue stands just off the Frankrijklei in between the Keyserlei and the Meir. Daid was a famous painter (1610-1690) and he made several hundreds of paintains. Farmer landscapes are amongst the best-known by his hand.

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  • Grote Markt / Big Market square

    Unfortunately, the GUILD HOUSES are not all original. In 1576 a large part of the Grote Markt burned down. Hans Vredeman, the town architect was instrumental in rebuilding these magnificent houses, in Flemish Renaissance style.

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Antwerp

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Though Antwerp was awarded the 1920 Olympics under melancholy circumstances, the resulting city and its reputation as a culture capital illustrates how much things can change in fifty years. Originally, the 1916 Olympic Games were scheduled in Berlin, but were later cancelled due to World War I. After the war ended, the 1920 Olympic Games were awarded to Antwerp to honor the suffering they endured during the first World War. Though the former Olympisch Stadion is not a particular landmark for visitors today, this former Olympic city provides ample motivation for travelers. The city has become a major design and fashion hub, so travelers with interests in those fields should make sure to visit the Fashion Museum (momu) and the MAS (museum aan de stroom). Another noteworthy museum is the Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prints Room, which houses an overview of printing and is the only museum worldwide to be named an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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