Antwerp tourist attractions: quick guide & bucket list

Antwerp tourist attractions and short bucket listAntwerp tourist attractions and short bucket list. Antwerpen, Belgium. Photo by Thomas Konings

Antwerp tourist attractions in our bucket list

Belgium’s second-largest city and port make Antwerp the obvious choice for travelers and it’s worth exploring Antwerp’s tourist attractions before you visit this amazing city.

The city has everything a traveler may wish for in a town in Europe, from world-class museums and art to beautiful architecture and delicious food. Whether you visit Antwerp for its architecture or modern rhythms, you will get both. 

Things not to miss in Antwerp

When you’re in Antwerp, here’s a short list of the most important things to do here in one of the most wonderful cities in Europe.

  • Start exploring the city with the building of the Antwerp Central Station in Gothic style and impressive exterior.
  • Explore the heritage of the great painter Peter Paul Rubens in the house of Rubens where he used to live and create.
  • Find yourself in the center of fashion by visiting Stadsfeestzaal Shopping Center with a champagne bar to take a break.
  • Wander about the passages of the 13th-century Het Steen castle, maritime museum, and the surroundings.
  • Discover the most incredible variety of precious uncut diamonds in the diamond district.
  • Climb on the roof of the Mas Museum Aan De Stroom to enjoy a fantastic city view. 

Eat like a local in Antwerp

And here is another list for lovers of delicious and local food ․ After all, food associations and the most delicious shots during the tour have a huge place in our brightest memories after the trip.

  • Visit Het Elfde Gebod cafe with a unique interior richly adorned with statues and pictures of saints and taste traditional dishes and beer.
  • Get acquainted with Belgian beer in the Antwerp Brewery and start with De Koninck beer.
  • If you are a lasagna lover, Livelli is true heaven with four types of tastiest lasagna. 
  • You can find vegan and vegetarian food to die for in Humm restaurant.
  • Have a cup of coffee and escape the city fuss in Butchers Coffee with an eclectic interior.
  • Find mouth-watering pancakes with different toppings in Stacks, and don’t forget to take a photo for the Insta story.

Where to stay in Antwerp

  • Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp 5-star hotel is heaven on earth with lots of green zones to make you feel so relaxed.
  • If you are a lover of bright colors and mixed interiors, you will love staying in the 4-star Small Luxury Hotel De Witte Lelie.
  • Enjoy the comfort and modern interior of the 3-star Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp Berchem.
  • Save on your stay with the Yust Antwerp hostel located in a bustling district of Antwerp. 
  • Take a day trip to the old town of Mechelen and stay in a cozy VixX Suites 3-star hotel.

Antwerp hotels map and room prices

Antwerp International Airport (IATA: ANR, ICAO: EBAW) is a small international airport serving the City of Antwerp in the Province of Antwerp. Several European and American international airlines are operating flights to and from Antwerp, Belgium.

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