Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #2 in Antwerp, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 19 sights
Distance 8 km
Ascend 87 m
Descend 91 m

Explore Antwerp in Belgium with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in AntwerpIndividual Sights in Antwerp

Sight 1: Sint-Annatunnel

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The Sint-Anna Tunnel is a pedestrian and bicycle tunnel under the Scheldt in the city of Antwerp. Construction of the St. Anne's Tunnel began in 1931 and the tunnel was opened in 1933.

Wikipedia: Sint-Annatunnel (NL), Url, Heritage Website

416 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 2: Sint-Julianusgasthuis

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The Sint-Julianusgasthuis is a historic guesthouse in Antwerp that now serves as the art gallery De Zwarte Panter. The hospital was founded in 1305 by Ida van der List-van Wijneghem and canon Jan Tuclant and served as an inn for (poor) strangers passing through.

Wikipedia: Sint-Julianusgasthuis (NL), Website, Heritage Website

104 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: Jacob Jordaens

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Jacob Jordaens

Jacob (Jacques) Jordaens was a Flemish painter, draughtsman and a designer of tapestries and prints. He was a prolific artist who created biblical, mythological, and allegorical compositions, genre scenes, landscapes, illustrations of Flemish sayings and portraits. After the death of Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, he became the leading Flemish Baroque painter of his time. Unlike those illustrious contemporaries he never travelled abroad to study the Antique and Italian painting and, except for a few short trips to locations elsewhere in the Low Countries, he resided in Antwerp his entire life. He also remained largely indifferent to Rubens and van Dyck's intellectual and courtly aspirations. This attitude was expressed in his art through a lack of idealistic treatment which contrasted with that of these contemporaries.

Wikipedia: Jacob Jordaens (EN)

252 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 4: Sint-Andrieskerk

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St. Andrew’s Church is a Catholic church in Antwerp built in the 16th century. Its exterior is mainly characterised by a late-Gothic style while its interior is predominantly executed in Baroque style. It is the parish church of the Parish of St. Andrew’s. During the nineteenth century the St. Andrew's Parish was known as the parish of misery as it was by then mainly populated by poor people.

Wikipedia: St. Andrew's Church, Antwerp (EN), Heritage Website

263 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 5: Sint-Augustinuskerk

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The Sint-Augustinus church in the Kammenstraat 73 Antwerp, is a baroque church to a design by Wenceslas CouBERGHER. The whole was radically converted into Muziekcentrum vzw Amuz.

Wikipedia: Sint-Augustinuskerk (Antwerpen) (NL), Heritage Website

545 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 6: Arenbergschouwburg

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ArenbergschouwburgFred Romero from Paris, France / CC BY 2.0

The Arenberg Theatre is a theatre in the Latin Quarter of Antwerp.

Wikipedia: Arenbergschouwburg (NL), Website

141 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Bourlaschouwburg

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Bourla Theatre is a theatre located in Antwerp that seats around 900. The building is designed in a neoclassical style on the site of the former Tapissierspand tapestry market. The theatre was designed on request from the city in 1827 by the city architect Pierre Bourla. Construction began in 1829, but was delayed due to the Belgian Revolution. The theatre was finally finished in 1834 and opened under the name, Grand Théâtre or Théâtre Royal Français, on account of its ownership by a French company. Presently, the Bourla houses the theatre company Het Toneelhuis, which is a merger of the companies, Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg and Blauwe Maandag Compagnie.

Wikipedia: Bourla Theatre (EN), Website, Heritage Website

503 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 8: Boerentoren

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The Boerentoren is a historic high-rise building in Antwerp, Belgium. Constructed between 1929 and 1932 and originally 87.5 m (287 ft) high, it remained the tallest building and the second-tallest structure in the city until 2019, when the Antwerp Tower surpassed it with a height of 100.7 m (330 ft). At the time of construction, it was the second tallest building in Europe by roof height.

Wikipedia: Boerentoren (EN), Heritage Website

307 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 9: Cathedral of Our Lady

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The Cathedral of Our Lady is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Antwerp, Belgium. Today's see of the Diocese of Antwerp started in 1352 and, although the first stage of construction was ended in 1521, has never been 'completed'. In Gothic style, its architects were Jan and Pieter Appelmans. It contains a number of significant works by the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, as well as paintings by artists such as Otto van Veen, Jacob de Backer and Marten de Vos.

Wikipedia: Cathedral of Our Lady (Antwerp) (EN), Heritage Website

164 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: Brabo Fountain

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The Brabo Fountain is a eclectic-style fountain-sculpture located in the Grote Markt of Antwerp, Belgium, in front of the City Hall. The fountain, dating from 1887, contains a bronze statue by the sculptor Jef Lambeaux depicting the city's legendary founder, Silvius Brabo, throwing the severed hand of the giant Druon Antigoon into the river Scheldt. It received protected status in 1982.

Wikipedia: Brabo Fountain (EN), Url, Heritage Website

283 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 11: Butcher's Hall

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Museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp is a monumental former guildhall located on the Vleeshouwerstraat between the Drie Hespenstraat and the Repenstraat. The building dates from the beginning of the sixteenth century. Since 1913, it has been a museum for applied arts, including musical instruments. Since 2006, it has been dedicated to 800 years of musical life in Antwerp and the Low Countries.

Wikipedia: Vleeshuis (Antwerpen) (NL), Website, Heritage Website

551 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 12: Sint-Pauluskerk

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Sint-Pauluskerkbert76 16:33, 20 August 2006 (UTC) / CC BY-SA 3.0

St. Paul's Church is a Roman Catholic church located at the Veemarkt in Antwerp, Belgium. Its exterior is mainly Gothic with a Baroque tower while the interior is characterised by its rich Baroque decoration. It holds paintings by Antwerp's leading artists Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens as well as abundant sculpture and church furniture crafted by leading Antwerp sculptors such as Artus Quellinus the Elder, Pieter Verbrugghen I, Jan Pieter van Baurscheit de Elder, Jan Claudius de Cock and Andries Colyns de Nole. Of particular note is the Calvary outside the Church which is made up of 63 life-size statues and nine reliefs executed in a popular and theatrical style.

Wikipedia: St. Paul's Church, Antwerp (EN), Heritage Website

522 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 13: Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk

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St. Charles Borromeo Church is a church in central Antwerp, located on the Hendrik Conscience square. It was built in 1615-1621 as the Jesuit church of Antwerp, which was closed in 1773. It was rededicated in 1779 to Saint Charles Borromeo. The church was formerly known for 39 ceiling pieces by Rubens that were lost in a fire when lightning struck the church on 18 July 1718.

Wikipedia: St. Charles Borromeo Church, Antwerp (EN), Heritage Website

63 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 14: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience

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Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience Karin Borghouts / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library is the repository library of the city of Antwerp. It is named after the Flemish writer Hendrik Conscience, whose statue adorns the library. The library conserves books and magazines to keep them available permanently.

Wikipedia: Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (EN), Heritage Website

369 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 15: Handelsbeurs

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The bourse at Antwerp is a building in Antwerp, Belgium, which was first opened in 1531 as the world's first purpose-built commodity exchange. The Royal Exchange in London was modelled on the Antwerp bourse. The bourse has been described as "the mother of all stock exchanges".

Wikipedia: Bourse at Antwerp (EN), Website, Heritage Website

887 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 16: Protestants Evangelische kerk

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Protestants Evangelische kerk

The Brabant Mount of Olives is the name of the Protestant community of Antwerp during the period when it met in secret during the time of the Austrian Netherlands. The church building, which has been in use since 1821 by the Protestant congregation Antwerp-North of the United Protestant Church in Belgium, is also referred to by this name. The late Gothic church building, the first stone of which was laid in 1615, is located on the Lange Winkelstraat and is recognized as a monument. It is all that remains of the Roman Catholic convent of the Annunciation Sisters in Antwerp.

Wikipedia: Brabantsche Olijfberg (NL), Website, Heritage Website

308 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 17: Begijnhof Antwerpen

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Begijnhof Antwerpen Klaus Graf / CC BY 2.5

The Beguinage of Antwerp is one of the beguinages in Flanders and a beguinage in the Belgian city of Antwerp. It is located in the Rodestraat in the University Quarter and was founded in 1544 when the old beguinage from 1245, which was located outside the city walls, was abandoned for security reasons. The beguinage was originally of the square type, but later an alley was added. The original church was destroyed in 1799, the current St. Catherine's Church was built in 1827, probably under the direction of Pierre Bruno Bourla.

Wikipedia: Begijnhof Antwerpen (NL)

904 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 18: Chinatown

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Chinatown' is located on Van Wesenbekestraat a street in Antwerp, Belgium. Historically supporting the Chinese community that settled in Antwerp post-World War II, today Chinatown is well known for its pan-Asian atmosphere. The district houses an abundance of restaurants offering a variety of Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Pakistani, Thai and Nepali. Pan-Asian organisations and businesses supporting the Chinese, Nepali, Indonesian and Filipino communities for example are found throughout the district and the biggest Asian supermarket in the country is also found in Chinatown. A Buddhist temple and a school for mastering kungfu are other commodities also found in the district. Chinese presence is still dominant. However, traders from Thailand, Nepal and other Asian countries have also settled in the district resulting in some dubbing it as Asiatown to reflect the changing demographics. Both at the entrance and the end of the street, two Chinese lions guard the street. A paifang known as the "Pagodepoort" was erected at the southern entrance to the street in 2010 after four years of planning.

Wikipedia: Van Wesenbekestraat (EN)

1466 meters / 18 minutes

Sight 19: Klooster en kapel van de zusters Franciscanessen

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The former Franciscan convent is a convent in the Lange Kongostraat in Antwerp (district), built by master builder Jules Bilmeyer. The late neo-Gothic ensemble consists of a chapel, adjoining monastery buildings, monastery garden and accompanying garden walls. The planning application for the chapel dates from 1910. In addition to missionary work, the Franciscan missionary order of Mary was also active in education and catechesis in less well-to-do urban districts.

Wikipedia: Franciscanessenklooster in de Lange Kongostraat (NL), Heritage Website


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