Antwerp in 24 Hours

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A heaping dose of food, culture, history and shopping

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Whether you’re coming to Antwerp for a hefty helping of culture, to soak up some history, to shop or to enjoy Antwerp’s culinary delights, you’ll find them all within reach. Antwerp may be compact, but it has a great deal to offer.

The Central Station, chosen by Newsweek as the fourth most beautiful train station in the world, is the perfect point of departure for a day in Antwerp. From the station, you walk through the Diamond District and can visit Aquatopia or the zoo. For those who really want to get a taste of this multicultural district, a visit to the Jewish neighborhood or Chinatown is indispensable.

Then you stroll in the direction of Meir to look at the impressive Festival Hall. A little further on, the Wapper, where the Rubens House is situated, is surely worth a visit. Walk to the Theaterplein and stand still for a moment to gaze upon the magnificent porch.

Walk along the Schuttershofstraat and the Leopoldstraat via the Bourla Theatre to take a breather in the Botanical Garden. In the Wilde Zee you cannot only find great restaurants to eat lunch, but also shops where you can buy Antwerp hands (Antwerpse handjes) and chocolate.

A visit to the MoMu | Fashion Museum, followed by a bit of shopping in the surrounding fashion district with stores by designers such as Dries Van Noten, Stephan Schneider and Anna Heylenand Ra will give a perfect impression of Antwerp fashion.

The Cathedral of Our Lady cannot be left out. Afterwards, enjoy a bolleke (a traditional Belgian beer from Brewery De Koninck) on the Grote Markt. An amble along the Scheldt quays up to the Eilandje (Little Island) with its impressive MAS | Museum aan de Stroom or a boat tour on the Scheldt will give you a beautiful view on the river that exerts so much influence on Antwerp. Round off your day with a cava aperitif and a delicious dinner on the trendy Eilandje.

This itinerary is compliments of Visit Antwerp.

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