Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #5 in Antwerp, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 16 sights
Distance 7 km
Ascend 87 m
Descend 88 m

Experience Antwerp in Belgium in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in AntwerpIndividual Sights in Antwerp

Sight 1: Sint-Willibrorduskerk

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St. Willibrord's Church is a church in Antwerp, Belgium. The church is located on the Kerkstraat in Antwerp North, somewhat enclosed between the neighborhood of the Central Station, the Seefhoek and Stuivenberg districts and the Borgerhout district.

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

904 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 2: Sint-Dominicuskerk

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Sint-Dominicuskerk Vandevorst, Kris / CC BY 4.0

St. Dominic's Church is a parish church in the city of Antwerp, located at Provinciestraat 112.

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

738 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 3: Centraal Station

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Centraal StationFred Romero from Paris, France / CC BY 2.0

Antwerpen-Centraal railway station is the main railway station in Antwerp, Belgium. It is one of the most important hubs in the country and is one of the four Belgian stations on the high-speed rail network. From 1873 to early 2007, it was a terminal station. The current building, designed by the architect Louis Delacenserie, was constructed between 1895 and 1905. On 23 March 2007, a tunnel with two continuous tracks was opened under part of the city and under the station. The train services are operated by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB).

Wikipedia: Antwerpen-Centraal railway station (EN), Url, Heritage Website

327 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 4: Queen Elisabeth Hall

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The Queen Elisabeth Hall is a concert and event venue located at the Koningin Astridplein in Antwerp, Belgium. It has a capacity of 2,000 seats and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is its residential orchestra. The Queen Elisabeth Hall is part of the Elisabeth Center of Antwerp, managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp.

Wikipedia: Queen Elisabeth Hall (EN)

384 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 5: Zoo Antwerpen

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Antwerp ZOO is a zoo that belongs to the KMDA. The zoo was opened on 21 July 1843, making it the oldest zoo in Belgium and one of the oldest zoos in the world. The zoo is located right next to Antwerp Central Station on the Koningin Astridplein in Antwerp. This zoo is also popularly known as 'the zoo' or 'the Zoology'. In 2014, 425 species found shelter in the zoo.

Wikipedia: Zoo van Antwerpen (NL), Website

966 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 6: Diamond District

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Antwerp's diamond district, also known as the Diamond Quarter (Diamantkwartier), and dubbed the Square Mile, is an area within the city of Antwerp, Belgium. It consists of several square blocks covering an area of about one square mile. While as of 2012, much of the gem cutting and polishing work historically done in the neighborhood had moved to low wage centers elsewhere, about 84% of the world's rough diamonds passed through the district, making it the largest diamond district in the world with a turnover of 54 billion dollars. Each year, approximately 50% of the rough diamonds return to Antwerp for cutting and polishing.

Wikipedia: Antwerp diamond district (EN)

353 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: Monument Jan van Beers

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Monument Jan van Beers

Jan van Beers was a Belgian poet born in Antwerp. He is usually referred to as "van Beers the elder" to distinguish him from his son, Jan van Beers (1852–1927), the painter.

Wikipedia: Jan van Beers (poet) (EN), Heritage Website

185 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Theodoor Verstraete

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Theodoor Verstraete

Theodoor Verstraete, also spelled Theodor Verstraete and Théodore Verstraete was a Belgian Realist painter and printmaker who is known for his landscapes depicting life in the countryside as well as his paintings of the Belgian coastal landscape. He has been called the 'poet of rural life' who depicted the humble life of the people in the countryside with empathy.

Wikipedia: Theodoor Verstraete (EN), Heritage Website

180 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 9: Stadspark

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The City Park is a 14 ha park in the center of the Belgian city of Antwerp. It is shaped like a triangle with the base facing south and the top facing north. The park is bordered by the Quinten Matsijslei in the east, the Van Eycklei in the south and the Rubenslei in the west. The City Park takes the place of the former redoubt or lunette Herentals, which was part of the fortress of Antwerp. Remarkable is the bridge built by architect Édouard Keilig between 1867 and 1869 over the pond in the City Park.

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

290 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 10: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Gratiekerk

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Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Gratiekerk

The Church of Our Lady of Grace is a neo-Gothic building located at Frankrijklei 89 in Antwerp. The church is also called Our Lady of Mercy.

Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Gratiekerk (NL), Heritage Website

546 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 11: Plantentuin

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The Botanic Garden of Antwerp, which also carries the name Den Botaniek, is a landscaped botanical garden created in 1825 in the inner city of Antwerp located at the Leopoldstraat, covering an area of slightly less than 1 hectare. Before that the park was, at the end of the 18th century, a plant garden for the Ecole Centrale and then the herb garden and later the vegetable garden of the Sint-Elisabethgasthuis in Antwerp.

Wikipedia: Den Botaniek (EN), Website, Heritage Website

336 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: DE Studio

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The Studio is a historic building located on the Mechelseplein in Antwerp, which now serves as an art house. Originally built as a noble city palace, it later became a hotel, a bank, and an acting school. The building, located in Antwerp's bustling theatre district, has been operated since 2011 by arts house De Studio, which transformed it into a cultural hotspot.

Wikipedia: DE Studio (NL), Website

186 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 13: Sint-Joriskerk

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St. George's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Antwerp, Belgium.

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

621 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 14: Schelde Vrij

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Schelde Vrij is a monument on the Marnixplaats in Antwerp. The statue was designed in 1873 by architect Jean-Jacques Winders, in collaboration with the sculptor Louis Dupuis, who made the lions and medallions, Jacques De Braekeleer, who took care of Neptune and Mercury and Frans Floris who created the writing female figure. The monument was completed in 1883.

Wikipedia: Schelde Vrij (NL), Heritage Website

126 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 15: Sint-Walburgiskerk

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The St Walburga Church in Antwerp, Belgium, formerly a parish church, was demolished in 1817.

Wikipedia: St Walburga Church (Antwerp) (EN), Heritage Website

845 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 16: M HKA - Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen

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M HKA - Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst AntwerpenRoger Price from Antwerp, Belgium / CC BY 2.0

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp is the contemporary art museum of the city of Antwerp, Belgium. Its current director is Bart de Baere.

Wikipedia: Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (EN), Website, Heritage Website


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