Burgundian city of Antwerp

Antwerp

Antwerp is bustling, Antwerp is alive. International allure with Flemish conviviality. Not far across the Dutch border, so ideal for a day out if you are staying at bungalow park Familyland Antwerp has everything you can expect from a metropolis: culture, a cozy center with special shops and countless cafes and restaurants. But also for the children there are fun attractions and zoos. In short: a day in Antwerp represents a day of fun for everyone!

The center of Antwerp can be divided into several “districts”, which makes it easier to plan your day in advance.

Central Station

Near Central Station you will find the world’s largest diamond centre. If you like glitter, this section is well worth a visit. Via Chinatown you enter exotic Antwerp. Design can be found in De Winkelhaak, numerous shopping arcades in De Keyserlei or the Atrium Shoppingcenter. If you are a film lover, you will probably find a film of your choice in the UGC cinema with no less than 17 rooms.

Antwerp

Meir

Meir is the most renowned shopping boulevard in Belgium. Not only do you find the largest international shoe and clothing chains here, they are also housed in beautiful renovated historical architecture. A feast for the eyes! Be sure to visit the prestigious new shopping center in De Stadsfeestzaal. If you want to rest, you will certainly find a table at one of the cozy brasseries on the Wapper at the Rubenshuis.

Historic Centre

Around the Grote Markt, Groenplaats and the Cathedral you will find numerous cozy streets with numerous souvenirs and specialties. In the Wolstraat and the Lange Koepoortstraat (accessible via the Grand Bazar Shopping Center) you have to be for books and brocante. On hendrik conscienceplein you can dine romantically after a long day in Antwerp.

The Wild Sea

For authentic craftsmanship you have to be in the atmospheric streets of De Wilde Zee. Fashionable accessories, exclusive beauty products, but also delicious delicacies: discover Antwerp from its most refined side.

Latin

For timeless, chic clothing, you need to be at the clothing stores in schuttershofstraat and hopland. Nearby are the Leopoldstraat, Sint-Jorispoort and Mechelsesteenweg, where antique and interior decoration enthusiasts can indulge themselves. The Bourla and Stadsschouwburg honour the name of Antwerp’s greatest theatre tradition; if you like theatre, you should definitely visit it. In the Horta complex you can shop, eat delicious food and enjoy the beautiful architecture.

The Fashion District

In and around the Nationalestraat you will find the creative heart of the Antwerp fashion scene. To name a few: Flanders Fashion Institute, ModeNatie, ModeMuseum, Academie… The well-known Japanese fashion designer has his largest Flagship Store in the world here. Highly recommended for the fashion lover. In the boutiques in the Kammenstraat and around it you will find separate streetwear. And the Kloosterstraat is the Valhalla for brocante fans.

The South

In Het Zuid you will find Art and Kitchen: 3 large museums, refurbished auction houses, numerous galleries and the new special palace of justice. With a corresponding mix of design and interior shops around it. And for the inner man a diverse range of cafes, terraces and restaurants. All ingredients for a Day Out.

Other attractions

Of course there is much more to do in Antwerp, far too much to mention here. Let’s list a few more for you:

Aquatopia

Discover the unique underwater world of Aquatopia. Aquatopia is so much more than “just” an aquarium. Discover more than 10,000 exotic fish and animals in a natural habitat here. It is even possible to swim among the sharks! And after the discovery tour, children can play in the indoor playground and ball pool. For more information about shows, entrance fees and opening hours, see aquatopia website

The Antwerp Ruien

For the real adventurers, this is an exciting, but also historic walk. The moults, the underground corridor system of Antwerp, reveal a large part of the history of this beautiful city. If you choose the “Lange Rui” (guided walk) you will get an underground adventure, explained with an exhibition about the history of the moults. Back above ground, you can ask the experienced guide questions. For more information and reservations, see website of the Antwerp Ruien