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Things to do in Antwerp

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal is Belgium’s finest Gothic cathedral it took 169 years to construct. Its spire can be seen from anywhere within the city. The décor is of the Baroque period, and the interior also features many paintings by the great master Rubens.

Museum Plantin- Mauritus was formerly the home to the world’s first industrial printing works. Since 1876, it has been a museum. Come just to admire the medieval architecture or to stroll in the courtyard gardens. The preserved library and historic bookshop are ideal for enjoying literature. The Museum also features an admirable collection of Rubens paintings and books by Rubens’ brother that were illustrated by Pieter Paul and illustrated by Moretus.

Napoleon rested at the 18th century Paleis op de Meir when he came to visit Antwerp in 1811. Some interesting features are a chocolate shop that still wears its original murals and a chocolate kitchen that enables visitors to watch their preparation of the confection. This is one place travelers won’t want to miss.

The Scheldt Riverbank is a picturesque promenade that links Het Steen to St-Jansvliet. This 1930s tunnel permits pedestrians and cyclists to cross beneath the river to the Linkeroever, which provides a lovely city skyline view.

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  • Adelin

    The antique-jewelry shop is just down the street from Dries Van Noten's fashion flagship. More
  • Antwerp Diamond Jewellers Association

    The association vets dealers and has strict membership criteria—to be eligible, you have to have been in the market for at least 10 years. More
  • Baby Beluga

    A fuchsia-and-black jewel box filled with froth dresses and accessories. More
  • Belle Époque Mansions

    The houses in Zurenborg - along Cogels-Osylei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat - are unique in Europe; more than 150 are designated landmarks. ... More
  • Diamond House

    Diamond House sits the heart of Antwerp's jewelry district. More
  • Diamond Museum

    Here, an exhaustive history of the diamond trade is offered but most come for the dark corridors that hold brightly lit cases filled with 19th-cent... More
  • Diamondland

    The exhibition space and salesroom lets the public observe cutters and setters through windowed booths. More
  • Elsa

    A daring shoe store located near the Nationalestraat. More
  • FotoMuseum Antwerpen

    The small museum's collection of vintage cameras and photgraphy equipment offers a comprehensive history of the craft. Don't miss the bookshop whic... More
  • Furniture and Clothing Selection

    A well-edited collection of 20th-century ceramics and furniture, plus the odd Pucci foulard. More
  • Katz Jewellers

    Find Katz in his Appelmansstraat digs, a chic showroom with a massive marble fireplace and an imposing chandelier. "You must consider your jeweler ... More
  • ModeMuseum

    This pioneering conservatory of style is housed in the same building as the Flanders Fashion Institute and the new Yamamoto store. More
  • Stephan Schneider

    If collections in black, off-black, and charcoal-blakc are your thing, Schneider's tiny atelier will please you. Skinny men's trousers, shirts, and... More
  • Verso

    This mini department store stocks a very un-Antwerp lineup of blingy Italian brands in a space that's the apotheosis of the Antwerp aesthetic: neut... More

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