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10 essential places to visit in Antwerp

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This list of places to visit in Antwerp Essentials will serve you to tour one of the most interesting cities in Belgium, known for its diamonds and the great Rubens, which from the 16th century became one of the most important shopping centers in Europe.
This wealth was used for the construction of large medieval buildings such as the Town Hall or the houses of the Plaza Mayor, today, one of the great attractions of the city.
In addition to these beautiful buildings, in the city you can stroll through alleys and charming neighborhoods, approach its immense port, visit large museums, enter ancient churches and castles, without forgetting of course to try their mussels and chips with a good beer Belgian craft.
Based on our experience during the time we spent in this city during our trip to Ghent, Leuven and Antwerp, we have made a list of what we think are the 10 must-see places in Antwerp.

1. Grote Markt

The Grote Markt or Great Market Square, is the main square and one of the places to visit in Antwerp more essential This square located in the heart of the historic center is surrounded by spectacular 15th-century guild houses and its most prominent building is the City Hall of the Renaissance-style city and the Fuente de Brabo, which pays homage to the founder of the city.
Visiting hours of the town hall: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


2. The Antwerp Station

When you arrive by train from Brussels to Antwerp you will have as the first contact with the city, one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world: the Antwerp Central Train Station, known as the cathedral of the stations, which impresses with its lobby with a glazed dome, marble stairs, magnificent windows and a large baroque facade.
A good option to know the history and curiosities of the city is to book a guided tour in Spanish that starts at the station or this free tour of Antwerp Free!

Eilandje neighborhood

10. Plantin-Moretus Museum

The last place to visit in Antwerp It is the Plantin-Moretus Museum, which highlights its printing machines and its old archive, declared World Heritage.
This museum pays tribute to the printers Christoffel Plantijn and Jan Moretus and to the 300-year history of a printing press that marked an era in Europe.
During the visit to the museum you will see the two oldest presses in the world, numerous objects from the era of incalculable historical value, original rooms and libraries that move you 500 years ago, among many other memories.
Visiting hours: every day from 10am to 5pm, Monday closed.

How to get to Antwerp from Brussels

If you are staying in Brussels, the easiest and fastest way to get to Antwerp is to book the train. Trains leave every 10 minutes from Brussels central station and the journey takes about 45 minutes to the spectacular Antwerp station. The price is less than 8 euros.
Another cheaper option is Flixbus buses, although the frequency is lower and they depart from the north station of Brussels.
If you only have one day and want to learn more about the history of the city, a good alternative is to book this train tour from Brussels with a guide in Spanish.

In case you want to reach Antwerp directly from the two airports closest to Brussels, you have these alternatives:
- From Charleroi Airport, take a bus to Brussels Midi station and take a train to Antwerp there.
- From Brussels Airport, Zaventem, take a direct train to Antwerp, Antwerpen Centraal, in a journey of about 30 minutes. From this airport you can also take the Airport Express bus that leaves you in Antwerpen Centraal in 45 minutes.

Map of the places to see in Antwerp essential

You can visit all these essential places following this route in Antwerp in one day.

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