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Discover Antwerp

Explore the city
Explore the city
Explore the city
Explore the city
Explore the city
Explore the city
Explore the city
Explore the city

Historical Landmarks & Architecture

Explore the roots of Antwerp through its iconic historical landmarks and architectural marvels. Discover hidden alleys like the Vlaeykensgang and delve into the underground world of the Antwerp Ruien for a unique glimpse into medieval life.

Grand Place

The Grand Place, or Grote Markt, is the vibrant heart of Antwerp, surrounded by opulent guild houses and the stunning City Hall. This square is a testament to the city's Golden Age, offering a picturesque setting that's steeped in history.

Cathedral of Our Lady

This Gothic marvel stands tall over the city, housing an impressive collection of art, including works by Peter Paul Rubens. Its towering spire not only dominates the skyline but also guides the spiritually and culturally curious through its doors.

Vlaeykensgang Alley

Hidden away from the busy city, Vlaeykensgang Alley transports visitors to the tranquil life of 16th-century Antwerp. This secret passage offers a peaceful escape and a glimpse into the city's medieval past.

Antwerp Ruien

Explore Antwerp from below in the Ruien, a network of canals and tunnels that once served as the city's arteries. This underground adventure reveals the historical layers of Antwerp's development and its fascinating history. (Picture:

Museums & Cultural Institutions

Antwerp presents its visitors with a wide selection of museums and cultural institutions, each providing a glimpse into different facets of the city's cultural identity.

Rubens House (Rubenshuis):
Discover Rubens

The Rubens House serves as a monument to the life and work of Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most influential artists of the Baroque era. This historic house and studio, where Rubens created many of his masterpieces, now stands as a museum.

It offers an intimate look at his artistic process, personal life, and the opulent lifestyle of a successful 17th-century artist. The collection includes his works, personal belongings, and a beautifully maintained garden that reflects the era's style.

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MAS (Museum aan de Stroom)
Discover MAS

The MAS, or Museum aan de Stroom, is a testament to Antwerp's connection with the world through its river. This modern architectural marvel stands in the Eilandje district, offering panoramic views of the city and port from its rooftop.

Inside, the exhibitions traverse time and cultures, showcasing the city's maritime heritage, art, and global influences. The MAS is not just a museum; it's a cultural hub that celebrates Antwerp's past, present, and future.

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Fashion Museum (MoMu)
Discover MoMu

Antwerp's status as a fashion capital is celebrated at MoMu, the Fashion Museum. With a focus on innovation and creativity, MoMu showcases the evolution of fashion with exhibits ranging from historical costumes to contemporary designs.

The museum highlights the work of the Antwerp Six, a group of avant-garde designers who put Belgian fashion on the world map, and continues to spotlight emerging talent from Antwerp's renowned Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
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Photo Museum (FOMU)
Discover FOMU

The Photo Museum (Fotomuseum) captures the essence of visual storytelling through its extensive collection of photographic works. From early daguerreotypes to contemporary digital art, the museum explores the medium's history, technological advancements, and its power to inform, entertain, and provoke thought.

Through temporary exhibitions and a vast permanent collection, the Photo Museum invites visitors to see the world through diverse lenses.
(Picture: © Elvire Van Ooteghem)

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Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA)
Discover KMSKA

The recently renovated Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) is a sanctuary for art lovers, housing an impressive collection that spans from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Its legacy continues to enchant through temporary exhibits across the city.

The museum's holdings include works by Flemish Primitives, Rubens, Van Dyck, and a myriad of other masters, offering a comprehensive overview of Western art history.

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Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA)
Discover M HKA

The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) stands as a beacon of contemporary artistic expressions, challenging conventions and sparking dialogue. With a focus on Belgian and international contemporary art, M HKA presents cutting-edge exhibitions, multimedia installations, and performances that reflect the dynamic and diverse nature of modern art.

The museum not only showcases established artists but also provides a platform for emerging talent, fostering a space for innovation and exploration. (Picture:

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DIVA, Antwerp Home of Diamonds
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DIVA, the Antwerp Home of Diamonds, delves into the glittering world of diamonds, jewelry, and goldsmithing, celebrating Antwerp's centuries-old status as the diamond capital of the world. Through interactive exhibits and a stunning collection of gemstones, jewelry, and silverware, DIVA tells the fascinating story of the city's diamond industry, the craftsmanship of its jewelers, and the allure that diamonds have held throughout history.

Visitors can explore thematic rooms that unveil the trade's secrets, from mining and crafting to the glamour and intrigue surrounding these precious stones. (Picture:

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Rent a bike to explore Antwerp

Discover the charm and beauty of Antwerp at your own pace by renting a bike. We recommend Antwerp by Bike because they offer a variety of bikes suitable for all ages and preferences, ensuring you have a comfortable and enjoyable cycling experience in the city. For more information on available bikes, rental rates, and how to book your ride, visit Antwerp by Bike - Bike Rental.

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Experience Antwerp by water

For those interested in exploring Antwerp by water, we recommend Flandria. They provide a variety of river cruise options, from leisurely sightseeing tours to thematic journeys that delve into the city's rich maritime history. Flandria's cruises cater to all interests and ages, making it a perfect addition to your Antwerp itinerary.

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Looking for more resources?

For even more insights and information on all that Antwerp has to offer, from hidden gems to must-see attractions, visit the website of Experience Antwerp. Dive deeper into the city's rich history, culture, and upcoming events to make the most of your visit.

Visit Experience Antwerp

Antwerp's highlights are within easy reach from Hotel Matelote. Plan your trip and book with us for convenience and comfort.