15 Essential Things to Do in Antwerp, Belgium

15 Essential Things to Do in Antwerp, Belgium
When I lived in Belgium as a young kid, Antwerp was the nearest big city to us. We were in a small town so Antwerp felt enormous in comparison. As it turns out Antwerpen is actually that large, being Belgium’s 2nd largest metropolitan area after the capital, Brussels. But that’s probably the only useful thing I remember from all my previous visits to the city. My memories of there had either become blended with other cities, likely in the Netherlands, or featured trivial moments like a human statue out in front of the cathedral.

On my trip this year to Belgium, visiting Antwerp felt like a given. If I was visiting the best that Flanders had to offer, surely I had to explore this great northern city. Like most of my Belgium trip, I was only visiting for the day so I had come moderately well-prepared for once. Still, by the time I arrived and got my bearings it soon became apparent that there is more than plenty to do in this thriving city. In order to give you somewhere to start when planning a visit, here are my picks for 15 things to do in Antwerp. 

1. Stand in the Grote Markt

I always think that the best part to start any visit to a European city is with its main square and Antwerp is no exception. The Grote Markt of Antwerp is a great place to start your visit, both because of its central location but the wondrous sights you find already on display. It’s surrounded by plenty of attractive renaissance buildings, but also the distinguished City ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 15 Essential Things to Do in Antwerp, Belgium
Guide Location: Belgium » Antwerp
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Grote Markt   City Hall   Brabo Fountain   Cathedral of Our Lady   Handschoenmarkt square   St Anna’s Tunnel   Het Steen fortress   Vlaeykensgang Alley   Rubenshuis Museum   Plantin-Moretus Museum   Bourla Theatre   Palais Op De Mar   Boerentoren   Saint Carolus Borromeus Church   Museum aan de Stroom   Felix Passage   Antwerp Central Railway Station   Cogels-Osylei street   MOMU Fashion Museum   De Koninck Brewery  
Author: David Johnston
Read it on author's website: http://www.travelsewhere.net/antwerp/