Old City of Antwerp Tour II, Antwerp

Visit Pierre Bruno Bourla’s most famous work, the Royal Theater, and witness its extraordinary 19th century architecture. Take a walk in the peaceful oasis of the Botanic Gardens and be sure to see the remarkable Rubens house and admire his famous masterpieces.
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Old City of Antwerp Tour II Map

Guide Name: Old City of Antwerp Tour II
Guide Location: Belgium » Antwerp (See other walking tours in Antwerp)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: mary
Vlaamse Opera

1) Vlaamse Opera (must see)

The Vlaamse Opera is the Flemish Opera financed by the Flemish Government and the city councils of Antwerp and Ghent. Directed by Aviel Cahn, this single opera company performs in both, Antwerp as well as Ghent. The Opera is carrying forward the trend of one opera company performing in two historical theatres of the Flemish region set in 1981 by Opera voor Vlaanderen.

The history of opera in Antwerp dates back to 1661 when performances were held at the Grote Markt. The influence of the...   view more

2) Meir (must see)

Meir is a famous shopping destination for the city of Antwerp and along with the Rue Neuve in Brussels, one of the most important shopping areas in Belgium. The Meir shopping area encompasses the streets surrounding Our Lady’s Cathedral all the way to the Centraal Station. Once used to store wet wood for furniture, the area has come a long way to be recognized as one of the prime areas for shopping in the country. From being a small street on the outskirts of the city, Meir has become an...   view more

3) Rubenshuis (must see)

Known for his Counter Reformation portraits, landscapes and paintings, Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Baroque painter, book illustrator and a diplomat during the early 1600s. The Rubenshuis is a city of Antwerp-owned and curated building that Rubens designed himself and spent most of his lifetime in.

Located on 9, Wapper Street, Rubens purchased this house in 1610 and added a gallery, porch and a large studio in Greco-Roman classic styles and a hint of Italian Renaissance to the structure....   view more
Bourla Theater

4) Bourla Theater (must see)

Whether you are a theatre buff or not, you are sure to get captivated and enthralled by this enchanting little theatre in Antwerp. Standing tall, boasting a neat Neo-Classic style of architecture, the Bourla Theatre is a must visit in Antwerp.

Although there are bigger names that beat Bourla in terms of magnitude and status, they all lack the charm, brilliant design and sheer grandeur that the Bourla Theatre proudly showcases. Atop this magnificent structure are the noted figures of theatre...   view more

5) Stadspark

The Stadspark is an English styled park laid out over 35 acres of land not very far from Antwerp Centraal Station. This triangular park located between Rubenslei, Van Eycklei and Quinten Matsijslei is the only park located in the city center of Antwerp. Constructed in the late 1860s by architect E. Van Cuyck, the Park is a conversion of an old Spanish fortification.

A pond in the Park adds to the scenery while also playing host to some common water birds. A white pedestrian bridge was...   view more

6) Diamondland (must see)

Located in downtown Antwerp, this unique center attracts those who appreciate gorgeous jewelry. Visitors are offered a 20 minute guided tour with information about the procedures involved in diamond cutting. A wide range of diamond jewelry is available, from necklaces, wedding rings and earrings to loose...   view more

7) Antwerpen-Centraal (must see)

Antwerp is a perfect blend of old and new, renowned for its great effort in preserving historic buildings one of which is the Antwerpen Centraal, one of the world’s most impressive railway stations. The mighty Antwerpen Centraal is voted the world’s fourth best railway station and one of the finest examples of railway architecture in Belgium. Built between 1895 and 1905, it still operates 14 railways tracts at four different terminals and plays a vital role in connecting various parts of the...   view more
Antwerp Zoo

8) Antwerp Zoo (must see)

Established in 1843, the Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world and is home to the Centre for Research and Conservation (CRC) along with the many animals and their various exhibits. Open all seven days of the week, the Zoo is located right next to Antwerp Centraal Railway Station at the Astrid Square.

The Zoo that started off in a small area of about 4 acres occupies over 26 acres of land today and is home to almost 950 different species of animals. From penguins to sea lions,...   view more

Walking Tours in Antwerp, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Antwerp

Create Your Own Walk in Antwerp

Creating your own self-guided walk in Antwerp is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Sites of Antwerp

Religious Sites of Antwerp

Admire the unforgettable works of Peter Paul Rubens, Otto van Veen, Jacob de Backer and Marten de Vos at the Cathedral of Our Lady. Feel the spirit of antiquity at Beguinage of Antwerp. Listen to the music of the 18th century organ at St. James' Church and see the 18th century Baroque altar and the pulpit of Jan-Baptist Van Hool and Jan-Frans Van Geel at St. Andrew’s Church.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Famous Museums of Antwerp

Famous Museums of Antwerp

Visit the famous home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens and see the works of this unsurpassed master. Admire Northern Renaissance art at Mayer van den Bergh Museum. Discover new depths of 14th century art at the Royal Museum of Fine Art and observe the evolution of fashion at the unique Mode Museum.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The diamond capital of Europe, Antwerp is a port city on the River Scheldt in Belgium that is otherwise famous for its Flemish Renaissance architecture and close association with the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. All these and other historical facts are duly reflected in this orientation walk, featuring, among other attractions, the landmark Grote Markt in the Old Town, 17th-century Rubens House Museum, Plantin-Moretus Museum and many more.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Nightlife Tour in Antwerp

Nightlife Tour in Antwerp

Antwerp has many great attractions for nightlife entertainment, including Café De Muze and Paeters Vaetje. Take this tour to explore some of Antwerp's best nightspots and discover the local culture firsthand.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Kids Entertainment Tour

Kids Entertainment Tour

Kids are adored in Antwerp. There are lots of parks, playgrounds, museums and other entertainment for children. Learn more about ocean life at Aquatopia, see a unique collection of animals at Antwerp Zoo and taste original Belgian chocolate at Hans Burie Chocolate Shop!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
South Side Walking Tour

South Side Walking Tour

Visit Antwerp’s South Side and see Waterpoort, built in honor of King Filip IV. Visit Sint-Walburgiskerk, the place used by Rubens in many of his works. The Royal Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of Modern Art are great places to see the development of art in the region.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km