City trip Antwerp

A city break to Antwerp can be a great way to explore Belgium’s cultural riches. This centuries-old city is located in the north of the country near the Dutch border. So it’s perfectly doable by car from the Netherlands.

Antwerp offers some great sights and activities for visitors. Below, we give you some tips for a city trip to Antwerp.

Things to do in Antwerp

Antwerp offers some great activities for visitors, including:

  • Visit the Grote Markt: The Grote Markt is the heart of Antwerp and is surrounded by beautiful historical buildings, including the city hall and the Cathedral of Our Lady. It is a popular place to hang out and enjoy the views and atmosphere of the city.
  • Head to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts: Located in the heart of Antwerp, this museum offers an extensive collection of artworks by Belgian and international artists, including Rubens and Van Dyck. The museum is a must-see for art lovers.
  • Visit the MAS | Museum aan de Stroom: Located on the banks of the Scheldt, this museum offers a number of interesting exhibitions on the history and culture of Antwerp. From the rooftop terrace, you also have a great view over the city.
  • Enjoy shopping in Antwerp: Known for its fashion scene, the city offers some great shopping streets and department stores. The most popular shopping street is the Meir, where you can find everything from big chains to exclusive boutiques.
  • Taste the local specialities: Antwerp is also known for its culinary scene and offers some great restaurants and cafés where you can sample local specialities. Try the herring, chips with stew and chocolate, and don’t forget to have a pint in one of the many cosy cafés.

Where to stay in Antwerp

There are several options for accommodation in Antwerp, including hotels, guesthouses and holiday homes. Below we list some recommended accommodation:

  • Hotel Rubens-Grote Markt: This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just a few minutes’ walk from the Grote Markt and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. It offers comfortable rooms and an excellent breakfast buffet.
  • Hotel De Witte Lelie: Located in the historic centre of Antwerp, this luxury hotel offers elegant rooms and suites with unique and stylish interiors. The hotel also has its own Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Apartment Oud Antwerpen: Located in a quiet neighbourhood in the old centre of Antwerp, this flat offers spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to four people. The flat is fully equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay.
  • B&B De Kat: Located in a historic building in the centre of Antwerp, this charming bed and breakfast offers comfortable rooms and a tasty breakfast. The B&B is just a few minutes’ walk from Grote Markt and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal.

A city break to Antwerp can be an unforgettable experience, with its beautiful historical sights, excellent restaurants and lively shopping streets.