ANTWERP

ANTWERP Guided Walk

Half day walk (3-4h) Morning or afternoon or Full day tour (6-8h)

Much like the diamonds, Antwerp sparkles with an impressive range of architecture from medieval buildings, Baroque to Art Nouveau styles. Antwerp is also an art-loving city with which the name Rubens is eternally linked. More than 400 years after the birth of this brilliant painter, it is still possible to see the extent to which Rubens left his mark on the city.

Moreover Antwerp is the diamond centre of the World. If diamonds really are a girl's best friend, then a lot of ladies will not leave out a visit to the diamond district and a diamond cutting workshop near the magnificient Railway Station. 

In 2009 the American magazine Newsweek judged Antwerpen-Centraal the world's fourth greatest train station. In 2014 the British-American magazine Mashable awarded Antwerpen-Centraal 1st place for the most beautiful railway station in the world.

This area is also the Jewish part of the city. The presence of many 'Chassidic' Jews gives the city a unique flair that cannot be found in any other Belgian city. If you want to find life as it was in the Shtetls before WW2, this is a great place to start.  You will find kynagogues, bookstores, restaurants, kosher bakeries and of course the newly opened Red Star Line Museum; an eventful journey in the footsteps of the emigrants to the US.

Antwerp has about 15,000 Jewish inhabitants and about 90% work in the diamond industry.

A guided tour of Antwerp usually starts with a climb to the roof of the MAS Museum that affords a 360° panoramic view of the city, river and port. We then take a relaxing walk to the unique Marketplace, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guilt houses. We enter the famous Cathedral of Our Lady (with a fee), crowned with a unique Gothic steeple, the symbol of the City of Antwerp. We conclude our tour with a visit to a diamond cutting workshop and showroom. 
 
Optional activities in Antwerp (with a fee) :
 
  • Red Star Line Museum 
  • Rubens House 
  • Plantin Moretus Museum