The area that surrounds Centraal Station, Antwerp's magnificent railway station, is in the commercial center of the city, but is not representative of its character. Hop on the subway to Groenplaats and walk past the cathedral and then into the Grote Markt. This is where Antwerp begins.

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  • 1. Museum aan de Stroom

    Oude Stad | Museum/Gallery

    This ambitious museum, in a striking red sandstone and glass building next to Antwerp's old dock area, aims to place Antwerp's history into...Read More

  • 2. Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

    Kruidtuin | Museum/Gallery

    Pieter Bruegel the Elder's arguably greatest and most enigmatic painting, Dulle Griet , is the showpiece of the 4,000 works that passionate...Read More

  • 3. Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal

    Oude Stad | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A miracle of soaring Gothic lightness, the Cathedral of Our Lady contains some of Rubens's greatest paintings and is topped by its 404-foot...Read More

  • 4. De Groote Witte Arend

    Oude Stad | Restaurant–Sight

    De Groote Witte Arend, in a secret courtyard near the Jordaens house, is in a former convent. The background music tends to be Vivaldi or Telemann...Read More

  • 5. De Koninck Brewery Tours

    Berchem | Tour–Sight

    The De Koninck brewery is almost as old as the city of Antwerp itself and still resides on the site of the inn from which it was converted back...Read More

  • 6. Grote Markt

    Oude Stad | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The heart of the Oude Stad is dominated by a huge fountain splashing water onto the paving stones. Atop the fountain stands the figure of the...Read More

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  • 7. Het Elfde Gebod

    Oude Stad | Restaurant–Sight

    This place has gobs of atmosphere; it's crammed with more than 400 plaster saints and angels salvaged from old churches. Het Kathedraalcafé...Read More

  • 8. Maagdenhuis

    Kruidtuin | Museum/Gallery

    The chapel and entrance gateway of the Maagdenhuis (Maidens' House), a foundling hospital for girls of the poor, was constructed from 1564 to...Read More

  • 9. Mode Museum (MoMu)

    Sint-Andries | Museum/Gallery

    Located within the sprawling fashion complex known as ModeNatie, ModeMuseum contains comprehensive exhibits highlighting the avant-garde work...Read More

  • 10. Museum Vleeshuis

    Oude Stad | Museum/Gallery

    Antwerp's oldest remaining public building was once the only place in the city where meat could be sold. Over the centuries, the Gothic Butcher...Read More

  • 11. Plantin-Moretus Museum/Prentenkabinet

    Sint-Andries | Museum/Gallery

    For three centuries, beginning in 1555, this was the home and printing plant of an extraordinary publishing dynasty; the family printed innumerable...Read More

  • 12. Sint-Andrieskerk

    Sint-Andries | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This late-Gothic church dedicated to St. Andrew dates from 1514 but reflects substantial Baroque influences from its extension during the 18th...Read More

  • 13. Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk

    Oude Stad | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Like so much of Antwerp, this Jesuit landmark bears the imprint of Rubens. The front and tower are generally attributed to him, and his hand...Read More

  • 14. Sint-Pauluskerk

    Oude Stad | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The late-Gothic St. Paul's Church, built 1530–71, is a repository of more than 50 outstanding paintings, including a series known as the 15...Read More

  • 15. Steen

    Oude Stad | Historic District/Site

    This 9th-century waterfront fortress, built to protect the western frontier of the Holy Roman Empire, was partially rebuilt 700 years later...Read More

  • 16. Vlaeykensgang


    This quiet cobblestone lane in the center of Antwerp seems untouched by time. The mood and style of the 16th century are perfectly preserved...Read More

  • 17. Vleeshouwersstraat

    Oude Stad | Historic District/Site

    A stroll down this short street introduces you to the residential neighborhood that has arisen in this historic district. The Gothic butcher...Read More

  • 18. Etnografisch Museum

    Oude Stad | Museum/Gallery

    This fascinating ethnographic museum explores the art, myths, and rites of the native peoples of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the South Seas...Read More

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