Things to see in Antwerp


Dissected anatomy. Plantin as a publisher of medical work

With this exhibit the Plantin-Moretus Museum is paying tribute to Plantin as a publisher of medical work.

Read more about this exhibition at the Museum
Plantin-Moretus -
a Unesco World Heritage Sitehere.


MAS (Museum aan de Stroom)

Since opening in 2011, the MAS (Museum on the River) has transformed this once neglected dockside into a thriving arts district.
A feat of modern architecture in itself, it is home to some of the city’s most extraordinary exhibitions and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Constructed of red stone and  curved glass, this gargantuan building dominates the area and takes visitors on an entertaining and interactive journey through Antwerp’s colourful history.


Antwerp Zoo

Built in 1843, Antwerp's Zoo is one of the oldest and most famous wildlife parks in the world, housing over 6,000 animals from 750 different species. Not only is the zoo renowned for its diverse range of inhabitants, but it has also forged a reputation for scientific research and breeding programmes.


Diamonds in Antwerp

Antwerp has been the largest and most dependable diamond centre in the world for more than five centuries. Details information on jewellers’ shops, dedicated museums and walking tours are available here.


Grote Markt (Main Market Square)

At the heart of Antwerp’s Old Town is the magnificent Grote Markt. In summer, this cobbled square throngs with tourists, who come to see the imposing Renaissance-style Town Hall, flanked on both sides by a row of 16th-century guild houses. An unfeasibly large water feature dominates the centre of the square. The Statue of Brabo and the Giant’s Hand depicts the legend of Antwerp. It’s all overlooked by the tallest gothic church in Europe, the Cathedral of Our Lady.


Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady)

Described as 'lacework in stone', the largest gothic cathedral in the Low Countries (and still Europe's tallest gothic church) was completed in 1521 and is adorned by Rubens masterpieces of which the Raising of the Cross and the Descent from the Cross are the best known. It has become the symbol of Antwerp and is a stunning sight by night when floodlit.


Shopping in Antwerp

With a plethora of designer boutiques and fashionable high street stores turned  Antwerp is rightfully known as ‘Belgium’s shopping city’.

There are also plenty of antique stores, bric-a-brac shops and lively markets for you to go treasure hunting in. Not only do they make for good shopping but they
also give visitors a taste of local life.

The pedestrianised Meir is the main shopping street and is lined with a host of national and international brands. For more individual shopping, browse the alleyways of the Historic Centre and try Kloosterstraat for bric à brac and antiques. 


We highlighted only a few interesting museums and things to do, but of course there is much more!

More information on museums, sightseeing, restaurants, is available here