Falling in love with the Flemish capital - walking tour
In this tour, we will see and visit the streets and places that are the most representative of the time when Antwerp was one of the most important trading cities in Europe; we will walk the small streets, look at the statues of our greatest citizens and admire the magnificent churches and buildings.
We will try to learn how Antwerp appeared on the map of Europe, what has defined and still defines it as one of the most important seaports in the world; why so many artists had come to live and work here, creating something that is now world famous as a Flemish school of painting. Learn a bit about Belgian food and beer culture, their love for fries and chocolate and, of course, diamonds.
We will start our walk on the river quays, near the oldest stone building in town, our castle - the Stone; then, by the Butchers hall to the hearts of the city - the Big Market square and that to its soul - Antwerp Cathedral of Saint Mary*;
If the guests wish, we can visit the cathedral and talk about 4 magnificent Rubens' works in it.
Then, we go to the Jesuit church, through the mediëval Streets and to the biggest square in the city on our way to Palazzo Rubens - the house where the painter had spent most of his life.
*The cathedral is closed on Sunday till 13. 30 and on holidays.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 3 hours
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 euro - Admission tickets.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I prefer not to drive myself and use either public transportation (e.g. trains) or arrange for a car and a driver (e.g.taxi).
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Irina was fantastic. We visited the Rubens museum which was a favorite of the day. Irina was very knowledgeable of the art and the history. We had a lovely walk around the city seeing many of the main sights. She pointed out the best frites and waffle places (which we returned to) . We stopped for artisanal chocolates. If you want to see a particular thing she is very flexible and will help you achieve that. We had an amazing day. (Arrived by train from Brussels for the day)