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How to Spend 1 Day in Antwerp

How to Spend 1 Day in Antwerp

Antwerp’s small size and close proximity to several European countries make it easy to explore in just a day. Whether you want to wander the historic Old Town, browse jewelry shops for dazzling diamonds, or indulge in Belgian chocolate and beer, here’s how to get the most out of 24 hours in Belgium’s capital of cool. 

Morning: City Sightseeing

Orient yourself in the historic center of the city on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which gives you the freedom to disembark at attractions of your choice. Jump off at Grand Market Place (Grote Markt van Antwerpen), a triangular-shaped marketplace surrounded by grand, 16th-century buildings. Head inside the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal), home to two famous paintings by Flemish baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. Pose for a photograph beside the Brabo Fountain, which represents the legend of Antwerp’s conception, and admire the candy-striped facade of Butcher’s Hall (Vleeshuis), a former meat market turned music history museum.

Afternoon: Be Dazzled by Diamonds

Begin by admiring the interior and exterior of Central Station, a transit hub so grand that it’s nicknamed the Railway Cathedral by locals. From here, board the dedicated diamond bus and spend the afternoon exploring Antwerp’s Diamond District, through which 84% of the world’s uncut diamonds pass every year. Soak up the multicultural atmosphere created by Indian, Lebanese, Russian, and Chinese gem dealers, and take a guided tour of Diamondland, the largest diamond showroom in Antwerp. Guided tours offer a glimpse into the workshop, where you’ll see craftspeople polishing gems and creating diamond jewelry.   

Night: Make a Toast to Belgian Beer

No visit to Belgium would be complete without sampling some of the country’s world-famous beer. Kick-start your evening in Antwerp on a beer-tasting tour led by a local, during which you’ll visit several bars and taste distinctive beer types. You can also add a stop at the De Koninck Brewery to the start of your tour to get the inside scoop on how Belgian beers are brewed and manufactured. For dinner, be sure to sample local classics such as crispy french fries smothered in mayonnaise and fluffy waffles drizzled with Belgian chocolate. 

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Antwerp Half-Day Trip from Brussels

Antwerp Half-Day Trip from Brussels

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Immerse yourself in the historical charm of Antwerp on an enriching 5.5-hour tour of the stunning city from Brussels. Accompanied by an expert guide, absorb the medieval majesty of Market Square; gaze at the beguiling beauty of Baroque facades created by treasured artist, Rubens; and marvel at the outstanding architecture of Antwerp railway station. See the Diamond Pavilion and the excellent exhibits of the Museum Aan de Stroom at the end of your enriching excursion.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery Admission Ticket

De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery Admission Ticket

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De Koninck Brewery is Antwerp’s last remaining city brewery, with a beer-making history dating back to 1833. With your prepaid admission ticket, enjoy a self-guided brewery tour, including interactive exhibitions, a walkway looking out over the brewery floor, and a beer tasting.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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1 Hour Antwerp Citytour Hop On Hop Off

1 Hour Antwerp Citytour Hop On Hop Off

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Discover top Antwerp attractions and famous landmarks with ease on this hop-on hop-off Antwerp sightseeing tour. Choose the departure time and location to suit your schedule, and take a seat aboard your Antwerp city tour bus. Take in popular sites including the botanical gardens, Chinatown, Rubens’ house, the Old Town, the war memorial, the Brabo Fountain, the Cathedral of Our Lady, and Lambermont Square. With departures running throughout the day, gain insight into the city’s rich heritage and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Beer Tasting Tour with a Local in Antwerp

Private Beer Tasting Tour with a Local in Antwerp

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Sample some of the best of Belgian beer with a private tasting tour in Antwerp. Let a savvy guide show you the hippest bars in town and recommend authentic brews so you can drink just like a local. Along the way, hear tidbits of Antwerp history and stroll by some of the city’s famous monuments. An optional visit to a local brewery or the museum of popular Belgian beermaker De Koninck tops off a fun, customizable adventure for beer lovers.
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  • 3 hours
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2 Hour Segway City Tours Antwerp Belgium

2 Hour Segway City Tours Antwerp Belgium

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Discover top attractions in bustling Antwerp with ease on this 2-hour guided Segway tour. Choose the departure time to suit your schedule, then hop onto your Segway for a short initiation session. Then, follow your guide through Antwerp’s magnificent Grote Markt and discover top city attractions such as the impressive Town Hall. Zoom along the banks of the Scheldt River for panoramic views of the mighty waterway. Explore hidden corners of Antwerp known only to the locals and soak up the atmosphere in this vibrant corner of Belgium.
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  • 2 hours
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