An exciting city with a storied history, expats will always find themselves with plenty to see and do in Antwerp. Beauty can be found everywhere here, from Antwerp's numerous museums and its many awe-inspiring centuries-old buildings to its refreshing green spaces. Here are some of our top picks.
Recommended attractions in Antwerp
Situated in the heart of Antwerp's old-city quarter, the Grote Markt is one of Antwerp's most iconic attractions. Overlooking the square is the Town Hall (Stadhuis), a beautiful Renaissance building influenced by Italian and Flemish styles. Having been completed in 1564, this grand building has stood for centuries overlooking the square and is still actively used as a venue for political meetings. The square itself has a bustling atmosphere and there are plenty of good restaurants and cafes here to sit at and people watch.
Museum Aan de Stroom
Another not-to-be-missed attraction is the 10-storey Museum Aan De Stroom. The complex is the city’s largest museum and contains priceless paintings, ancient artefacts and interactive exhibitions. The 360-degree view from the museum’s rooftop is one of Antwerp’s best.
Park Spoor Noord
Set on reclaimed land that once held a railway, Park Spoor Noord is a wonderful place to spend a sunny day out and is particularly well suited to families. Children can splash about in the cooling water fountains while kids a few years older can enjoy showing off their moves in the skatepark. Adults, meanwhile, are sure to enjoy the concerts staged on the park's summer terrace.
Antwerp is very proud of its association with the Baroque master painter Peter Paul Rubens. His palatial house was restored to its former glory and was opened to the public in 1946. Aside from containing some of his most famous works, its ornate decorations make the house an attraction in its own right.