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Also Antwerp

 

Café De Muze

World famous and located in Antwerp’ city center, this jazz café has been hot and happening ever since the sixties. Café De Muze represents everything the city stands for: artists and forgotten writers, up-and-coming musicians and those who have already made it. Only in De Muze you can find this wonderful blend of people that is so characteristic of the city itself. At least three times a week there is a music gig during which new bands test their jazzy beats on the public.

 

Brewery De Koninck 

Belgium in a delicious nutshell: chocolate, French fries – and beer. Hard to keep track of the number of beers that are brewed nationally, although it’s easy to remember their impeccable quality. Amongst them is the iconic “Bolleke”, praised by many Antwerp locals. It is produced at the De Koninck brewery, which welcomes you for an all-out beer experience. Explore ten interactive rooms and learn everything from A to Z about the brewery process. While walking across a bridge, you get an exceptional view of the brewery room. To top it off, you are invited for a beer tasting, to ensure you leave a little happier than when you entered.

 

Butcher's Hall

The elegant rooms of the late Gothic Butcher's Hall (Vleeshuis) include the former council chamber of the butchers' guild. The impressive brick building, built in 1501-04, was deliberately sited close to the Scheldt, allowing the blood of slaughtered animals to run off into the river. The Vleeshuis is now a museum of applied art and archaeology with collections of prehistoric, Egyptian, Roman, and Merovingian artefacts, weapons and armour, ceramics, furniture, sculpture, woodwork and coins. The Vleeshuis is also home to an outstanding collection of musical instruments including the remarkable harpsichord from the workshop of instrument makers Ruckers.

 

Cathedral of Our Lady

The Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwkathedraal) is Belgium's largest Gothic church. Work was started on the cathedral in 1352, continuing until 1521. The church has suffered serious damage on a number of occasions over the years, depriving it of many of its most precious works of art. Sadly, only a few of the lost treasures have since been recovered. Restoration of the exterior began in the 19th century, therefore all the carved stonework on the outside of the building is recent. Work on the interior commenced in 1965, starting with the nave where repairs were completed in 1983. The finest of the remaining works of art are displayed in the nave and aisles, as well as in the cathedral treasury.

 

Foto Museum

The Fotomuseum in Antwerp houses a historical and contemporary photography collection, which receives a makeover each year. 

 

Harbour route

The Harbour route (Havenroute) is an approximately 50-kilometer-long sightseeing tour of the port area. The Port of Antwerp is second only to Rotterdam among the major seaports of Europe, fully justifying its claim to be one of the largest in the world. The harbour installations alone cover an area of more than 10,000 hectares, with a further 3,400 hectares of land in industrial use. 

 

 

Kloosterstraat

This narrow and always pleasantly crowded street in the south of the city is a favourite route for flaneurs with a soft spot for antiques. Numerous minuscule stores filled with old furniture, collector’s items and retro gadgets make for long and slow afternoons in the sun. You can find anything you want here, including everything you never knew you wanted. And when your throat starts hurting from inhaling all the dust, a well-deserved fresh beer is to be found in every bar along the street.

 

MAS

In the MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) you’ll become acquainted with Antwerp in the world and with the world in Antwerp. Use all your senses to discover the city’s rich past, the river and the port. Enjoy breath-taking views of the city and be surprised by the many large and small details of this architectural gem. The MAS radiates water, which you notice as soon as you approach the museum. Check out the rippling reflections in the water and climb to the rooftop where you can spot how the Scheldt River connects Antwerp to the world. The MAS is also a huge contemporary storehouse inspired by the 19th-century depots typical for this neighbourhood. 

 

Plantin-Moretus Museum

In 1576, Christophe Plantin, the printer who hailed originally from France, moved into a house he christened the Golden Compasses (De Gulden Passer), located south of the central city square. The house, lived in by Plantin and his Moretus family heirs, is now a supreme example of Flemish Renaissance architecture. The building currently houses the Plantin-Moretus Museum, incorporating the history of printing, as well as showcasing the atmosphere of an Old Flemish patrician house. The original furnishings, wide-ranging exhibits, and above all, the still tangible atmosphere arising from the proximity of home and workplace make this museum one of Antwerp's most fascinating tourist attractions. 

 

Red Star Line Museum

The Red Star Line Museum is definitely one of the coolest museums in Antwerp, and Belgium for that matter. Very interactive and perfect for children, this museum invites its visitors on a journey in the footsteps of the millions of emigrants who sailed from Europe to America in the 1800s. Beautiful old pictures, well-made videos and emotional testimonials are demonstrated in the historic sheds of the legendary shipping company itself. It is a wonderful and special museum which tells a story to which everyone can relate; a story that is still important to tell in our time. It is a story of dreams, disappointment and hope for a better life. This museum raises empathy and understanding for refugees all around the world, past and present.

 

Rubenshuis

Translating to the House of Rubens, this small museum is located in the former studio and home of one of the most famous Flemish painters of all time. Peter Paul Rubens lived in the 17th century and created some of the most beautiful altarpieces, portraits and landscapes in a specific baroque style. The Rubenshuis itself is a masterpiece of architecture and the walls of the building are adorned with an impressive selection of Rubens’ artwork and paintings, including his very own self-portrait. 

 

St. James' Church

With its sumptuously ornate Baroque interior, St. James' Church (Sint-Jacobskerk) is one of the richest ecclesiastical buildings in Antwerp, blessed with an exceptional endowment of art treasures. It was the church at which the city's patrician families worshipped, and they regularly commissioned leading artists to design their private chapels, altars, and tombs. The Rubens Chapel provides the chief focus of interest for visitors. Located behind the high altar, it contains the tomb of the artist and those of other members of his family.