Do you have a trip to Antwerp planned and are looking for a real taste of the city? We have done the hard work for you and put together a list of Antwerp’s top attractions to ensure you don’t miss anything:
Antwerp is famous for being one of Europe’s largest ports but also for our booming diamond trade, in fact, we are the diamond capital of the world. Many couples travel here to visit our diamond dealerships to pick that perfect stone for an engagement ring. In the diamond museum, you can learn more about the history, processing and trade of diamonds and marvel at some of the worlds brightest gems encrusted into shoes, jewellery and even a tennis racket!
Did you know the worlds first printed newspaper was produced in Antwerp over 400 years ago? The city has a rich history in the printing trade, spearheaded by Christophe Plantin & Edward Moretus, who the museum is named after. The museum is full of fascinating things to see; prints, drawings, wallpaper, cordovan leather, paintings and sculptures. Don’t miss the museum library or gardens as an added bonus. The museum is the only one in the world recognised as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
In case you are unfamiliar, Peter Paul Rubens was a world-renowned Flemish artist in the 17th century and his work is still popular today. Rubenshaus (Rubens house) is where the artist and his family lived and was used also as his studio. The museum gives you a unique insight into the life and art of Rubens and contains some of the artists finest works, which are still being restored to this day. 2018 is a special year in the museum as he is being celebrated as part of the cultural city festival ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018: Rubens Inspires’.
Antwerp Zoo is highly regarded around the world for a number of reasons. It has been commended for the variety of species housed here (over 6000 animals in total) and the hugely successful breeding programme. The care the animals receive is second to none and the architecture of the zoo is a marvel in itself. You can entertain yourself with a full programme of daily talks and feeding times for the animals, or wander on your own to get a feel for the place. The zoo is in the centre of the city and is a must-see for animal lovers.
For those of you fascinated by the city’s architecture, the Cathedral of our Lady is Belgium's largest Gothic church. After 169 years of construction (1352-1521) the church now has the highest steeple in the Low Countries. The Church is also part museum as it houses some fantastic relics such as the altar, pulpit and numerous statues. It’s also home to some of Rubens most iconic artworks, Descent from the Cross (1612), Elevation of the Cross (1610) and the Resurrection Triptych (1612).
Make sure your accommodation is right in the heart of the action when you visit with a stay in Ramada Plaza Antwerp. Our luxurious rooms and friendly staff will ensure your stay is unforgettable, like our city. To be guaranteed the best available rate, always book direct.