Antwerp Top 10
Collected by Travis Marshall, AFAR Local Expert
Lange Nieuwstraat 73, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
The influence of the artist Rubens can be found all over Antwerp, but for those who want to see the spot where he was laid to rest, stop in at St. Jacob’s Church, just south of the University of Antwerp. Inside you’ll find numerous ornately...
French emperor Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo is the stuff of legend. But the event was indeed real, and it took place just outside of Brussels. Take a day trip to visit the battlefield itself, where you can enjoy the overhead view from atop Lion...
Rue Sainte-Catherine 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
As the capital of Belgium and one of Europe’s diverse multicultural cities, a visit to Brussels is an easy choice to make, especially since it’s only an hour-long drive from Antwerp. What’s hard is deciding what to do. Popular choices include...
Breidelstraat 3, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Wandering the cobbled lanes and boating the mirrored canals of Bruges is like exploring a real-life storybook village. The medieval town center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where immaculately preserved Gothic buildings house some of the finest...
Groenplaats 21, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
The Gothic tower of Antwerp’s Cathedral of Our Lady is the tallest church spire in the Low Countries, at just over 400 feet, and the building is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. While the church is well worth a visit for its spectacular...
Brandstraat 57, 2830 Willebroek, Belgium
Remember modern Europe’s darkest moment with a visit to the Breendonk SS Transit Camp, which the Nazis used as a collection point for Jews and others rounded up from around Belgium before they were shipped to concentration camps. The site includes...
Corduwaniersstraat 10, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Often described as the cultural capital of Flanders, Ghent is a vibrant town on the banks of the Lys River and a must-visit day trip from Antwerp, just an hour away. Explore the medieval town center and see the soaring gothic tower of St. Bavo’s...
Wapper 9-11, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
See the home and studio—now a museum—of Antwerp’s most famous artist, Peter Paul Rubens, who is perhaps best known for his paintings of full-figured women. Works from the 17th-century artist are scattered around the mansion, which is reconstructed...
Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Antwerp’s largest museum towers over the Scheldt River port, and its geometric design is a monolith of glass and red sandstone brick made to look like stacked shipping containers. The panoramic glass walls afford spectacular views of the city, the...
Montevideostraat 3, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
The Red Star Line was a passenger ship company founded in 1871, later incorporated into Holland America, that brought millions of European immigrants from the port in Antwerp to the United States, most of them through Ellis Island in New York City...