Visit Antwerp


  1. Getting to Antwerp by train
  2. Getting to Antwerp by plane
  3. Getting to Antwerp by bus
  4. Getting to Antwerp by car

Nine reasons to visit Antwerp

  1. Easy to take in

  2. City inland with sea port

  3. Enjoy the heights

  4. Culture with a bonus

  5. Gastronomy revisite

  6. Most diamonds in the world

  7. Cradle of fashion

  8. XL range at an XS distance

  9. Always nearby


Antwerp is centrally-located in Europe and easy to reach. You can get here by train, plane, bus or car. Your hassle-free city trip starts here.

Getting to Antwerp by train

Antwerp is really easy to get to by train. National and international trains, such as the Thalys, stop at Antwerp Central Station and/or Antwerp-Berchem. There are fifteen trains to and from Antwerp every hour. You can take one of several bus and tram lines into the city centre from Antwerp-Central and Antwerp-Berchem. Take the time to look up and around you if you arrive in Antwerp’s Central Station as it is widely considered one of the most beautiful stations of the world.

Getting to Antwerp by plane

Antwerp is located near two airports: Brussels Airport is just 45 km from Antwerp or a 30-minute drive, Antwerp’s airport (Deurne) is just 7 kilometres from the city, or a 15-minute drive. Brussels South Charleroi Airport is 115 km from Antwerp, Eindhoven Airport 87 km. From here you can also easily get to the city. You can find further information about the various airports near Antwerp here.

Getting to Antwerp by bus

You can easily get to Antwerp by bus with one of many city links. Book a ticket with one of the many bus companies.

Getting to Antwerp by car

Are you planning to travel to Antwerp by car? Please bear in mind that Antwerp’s city centre is a low emission zone. Register your car before entering Antwerp and check whether you may enter the zone. Also bear in mind that Antwerp’s Ring road is often very busy and that several major road works and construction projects are planned in the city until 2022, which will cause substantial traffic nuisance. Check the website of Slim naar Antwerpen for all information about how to get to Antwerp and about smart alternatives to travel into the city.

Nine reasons to visit Antwerp

Antwerp knows how to turn on the charm. Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, you’re in for another surprise. That’s because the city and its residents are anything but followers. They are trendsetters, with the belief that things could aways be different and better. You’re in for a very special treat.

City inland with sea port

Antwerp has, besides a wide river, a deep sea port 80 kilometres inland. Not only do cruise ships have the exceptional opportunity to moor close to the city, the port also attracts many domestic and seagoing vessels. Interested to find out more about the port? There are several bus, boat and bicycle tours that take you past the ships, quays, cranes and terminals.

Enjoy the heights

The Cathedral of Our Lady is a striking feature in the Antwerp skyline: it is the highest church tower in the Low Lands and features on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Quite an achievement, if you consider that one of the Cathedral’s towers remained unfinished. Slightly further up is another attractive tower, that of the MAS. A top collection awaits you at the Museum aan de Stroom (museum at the river): about the world in Antwerp and Antwerp in the world. But the most beautiful work of art lies at your feet: from the rooftop, 60 meters above the ground, you can admire the whole city.

Culture with a bonus

Antwerp boasts quite a few special museums. In addition to their fine collections, they always offer a remarkable extra: the Middelheim Museum is a park full of sculptures; Plantin-Moretus was the first museum to feature on the World Heritage List; in The Rubens House, you walk through the house of the famous master. And then there are
the museum-grade buildings, like the Neoclassical (shopping) Stadsfeestzaal where you
‘just’ go for a spot of shopping, or the listed buildings of the Antwerp Zoo – one of
Europe’s oldest and most beautiful city zoos – where many animals live.

Gastronomy revisited

Since appearances also count, the eatery settings in Antwerp are special – ranging from a former chapel, which now houses Michelin-star restaurant The Jane, to the Palace in Meir, which once belonged to Napoleon and where you can now have lunch or catapult cocoa up your noise when you order a chocolate shooter. Antwerp thrives on innovation, something to which your taste buds will be able to testify: thanks to the port’s international influence, all cuisines are represented and continue to reinvent themselves. For example, Antwerp boasts a Michelin-star Chinese restaurant and a pita shop which was the first to feature in the Gault Millau gastronomy guide.

Most diamonds in the world

International diamond hallmarks, such as ‘Cut in Antwerp’, were born in Antwerp. A visit to the Diamond Square Mile should, therefore, not be missing from your itinerary. There are more diamonds in one square mile than in the rest of the world. Peppered across the city, there are plenty of dazzling window displays of goldsmiths and jewellery designers. Their treasures carry the Antwerp Most Brilliant-label, which guarantees quality.

Cradle of fashion

Antwerp residents are trendsetters. Something which is noticeable from the many innovative pop-ups and fledgling start-ups that you come across while shopping, and which also comes to life, of course, in the fashion district. Here, haute couture is not only in the many boutiques, but also on the streets, in the museum (MoMu) and at college. The fashion department of the Royal Academy is one of the world’s most influential: the Six of Antwerp, Martin Margiela, Bruno Pieters … they all graduated here. Even today, many of the great promises, who come to study here, often use the city as their testing ground to launch their label. Here, you can be the first to buy from the designers of tomorrow.

XL range at an XS distance

Locals proudly refer to their city as cosmopolitan with a village atmosphere: here, you will find countless shops, museums, squares, architectural delights and terraces, all within walking distance from each other. Or at least within cycling distance, and that’s where Antwerp’s city bikes (Velos) come in.

Always nearby

Located in the heart of Flanders, in the centre of Europe, Antwerp is easily accessible. From the regional, but even from the national, airport you reach the city in no time. Alternatively, you can take the train - a must, because Antwerp Central railway station has won many beauty awards and has been dubbed Europe’s most romantic station. That majestic setting is bound to dull the pain to some extent when it’s time to leave.

Easy to take in

The best view of the historic city is … away from the city centre. Cross the river Scheldt
– not via the bridge but the impressive underpass (Mark, during your descent, the magnificent wooden escalator) – and admire the Antwerp skyline from the Left Bank.

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