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Antwerp City Guide

Antwerp is a great destination for a weekend of shopping, culture or fun with the whole family.

Antwerp is rich in historic buildings and houses as well as modern structures. For example, the 13th-century fortress and the modern central library made of glass. The city also has several museums, all of which are great for an afternoon of culture.

The city owes its name to a special legend which says that a giant once lived on the river Schelde and asked passing fishermen for toll. If they refused to pay, they lost a hand. Then one day a brave man attacked the giant, cut off his hand and threw it in the Schelde. Antwerp is derived from this practice of 'handwerpen' or 'hand throwing'. The hand is still a symbol of the city today.

Relax at one of the sidewalk cafés at Grote Markt, shop in Antwerp's main shopping street Meir, visit de 123-metre high gothic Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal) and stroll around the historic centre. Get a feel for old and new Antwerp at the Permeke building, an ultramodern library and exhibition centre which is not only beautiful in itself but also puts on evening performances. A must for culture lovers is MAS, a museum dedicated to Antwerp, the river and the city's connections with the rest of the world, and of course the Rubens House.

Explore the city on foot or use the buses, trams or the Antwerp premetro. A great way to explore Antwerp at a leisurely pace is by bicycle. There are a number of places in the city where you can hire one.

Antwerp is easy to reach by both car and public transport. If you're travelling to Belgium on the Eurostar, there’s just a train change to make in Brussels whilst if you’re driving, Antwerp is about 2 hours from the Calais Ferry terminal. A direct train from Brussels airport means that flying direct from the UK would be another option.

Experience everything Antwerp has to offer during a weekend away or a longer stay at one of the accommodations offered by Expedia.


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Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Koningin Astridplein 7, Antwerp
4.2
of 5, from 389 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Centrally-located hotel in the centre of the world-famous diamond area, 100 metres from the monumental train station and 300 metres from Antwerp Zoo.

£79
Leopold Hotel Antwerp

Leopold Hotel Antwerp

Quinten Matsijslei 25, Antwerp
4.0
of 5, from 331 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jewish Quarter, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Antwerp City Park, Rubens House, and Antwerp Zoo. Museum Mayer van den Bergh and ModeMuseum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£68
Antwerp City Hotel

Antwerp City Hotel

Appelmansstraat 31, Antwerp
3.9
of 5, from 29 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jewish Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Century Center and Antwerp Zoo. Rubens House and Museum Mayer van den Bergh are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£65
Lindner Hotel & City Lounge

Lindner Hotel & City Lounge

Lange Kievitstraat 125, Antwerp
4.3
of 5, from 236 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kievitwijk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Koodlu Theertha Falls and Antwerp Zoo. Rubens House and Museum Mayer van den Bergh are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£100
Villa Tartine Bed & Breakfast

Villa Tartine Bed & Breakfast

Overheide 62, Puurs
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Puurs, this bed & breakfast is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Emile Verhaeren Provincial Museum and within 9 mi (15 km) of Fort Breendonk and Broekkant. Ston and De Schorre Provincial Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£53
Astoria Hotel

Astoria Hotel

Korte Herentalsestraat 5-13, Antwerp
3.8
of 5, from 241 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jewish Quarter, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antwerp City Park, Antwerp Zoo, and Rubens House. Museum Mayer van den Bergh and ModeMuseum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£79
Van der Valk Hotel Antwerpen

Van der Valk Hotel Antwerpen

Luitenant Lippenslaan 66, Antwerp
3.8
of 5, from 109 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Twelve Devils Building and White Palaces. Rivierenhof Castle and Antwerp Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Antwerp City Hostel

Antwerp City Hostel

Grote Markt 40, Antwerp
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historisch centrum, this hostel is steps from Brabo Statue, Antwerp Market Square, and Antwerp City Hall. Cathedral of Our Lady and Butcher's Hall are also within 5 minutes.

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