Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #5 in Antwerp, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 11.7 km
Ascend 125 m
Descend 119 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: Kasteel Te Couwelaar

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Kasteel Te Couwelaar

Couwelaar Castle, also known as De Drie Torekens, is a castle in the Deurne district of Antwerp. The castle is L-shaped and consists of a main building with wings, as well as several outbuildings including a coach house. The main building is characterized by two round towers at the front and a built-in, square tower at the rear. Over the centuries, the castle has been extensively altered and restored several times and has stylistic elements of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo, among others. Couwelaar Castle is a historical monument.

Wikipedia: Couwelaar Castle (EN), Heritage Website

953 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 2: Sint-Fredeganduskerk

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St. Fredegand's Church is the original parish church of the town of Deurne, which belongs to the municipality of Antwerp, located on the Lakborslei.

Wikipedia: Sint-Fredeganduskerk (NL), Heritage Website

1750 meters / 21 minutes

Sight 3: 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

755 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 4: 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

1152 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 5: 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)

473 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 6: 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

681 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 7: 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 8: 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

416 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 9: 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

486 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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

361 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 13: 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

867 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 14: 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

348 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 15: 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 16: 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

389 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 17: DE Studio

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The studio is a historic building located on Mechelseplein in Antwerp, which now serves as an arts home. Originally built as a noble city palace it later became a hotel, a bank and an acting school. The building, located in the bustling Antwerp Theaterbuurt, has been operated since 2011 by Kunsthuis de Studio that it transformed into a cultural hotspot.

Wikipedia: DE Studio (NL), Website

186 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 18: 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

748 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 19: 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 20: 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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