Grote Markt, Antwerp

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Grote Markt, Antwerp: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

2. Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Antwerp on a guided walking tour in English or Dutch, and marvel at the main monuments of the main square of Groenplaats, such as the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal cathedral and statue of the artist Rubens. Venture down small alleys to find charming courtyards and Gothic churches, along with the remains of the ancient stone walls and beautiful city hall on the impressive Grote Markt (Great Market Square). Hear how the Vikings, Napoleon Bonaparte, and medieval guildsmen have all played a part in shaping the city.

Antwerp: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

3. Antwerp: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Discover the highlights of Antwerp with an interactive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles as you spot sights such as Antwerpen-Centraal Train Station and guild houses in Grote Markt Square.  After downloading the app on your mobile device (instructions received after booking), set out on foot to find 10 of the most important attractions in the city. Go at your own pace and feel free to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. As you walk, uncover clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Have fun using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to finish the game. You'll learn local facts and uncover an exciting puzzle at the exterior of each attraction. The tour route includes Antwerpen Centraal, St. James' Church, St. Charles Borromeo Church, the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Groenplaats, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, Het Steen, Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp City Hall, and the Grote Markt, where the tour ends.

Antwerp: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

4. Antwerp: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Get the most out of your visit to Antwerp with a private guided walking tour. In a single tour, you’ll explore the main sights of the city while learning history, legends, and local facts. See historic churches, characteristic squares, popular museums, and medieval houses. After meeting your guide in Grote Markt, Antwerp’s town square, you’ll walk through the heart of the city’s old quarter on a route that includes all the must-visit spots. Explore Grote Markt first, marveling at the medieval guild houses, city hall, and Brabo Fountain. Continue to the Hendrik Conscience Statue, named after the Flemish writer Hendrik Conscience. This site hosts an impressive baroque church and the old city library. Visit the world-famous Carolus Borromeus Church with its 17th-century Baroque details before stopping at Handelsbeurs Antwerpen (the Bourse of Antwerp), the world's first Wall Street. Here, you’ll find out how the city came to be an important international trading center in the 16th century. Rubens House is next on the itinerary: the house is the former home and workshop of the famous Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Learn more about his life story and some secrets behind the artist’s success. See MoMu, one of the world’s leading fashion museums. Get some inspiration for your next fashion shopping trip before heading to the Museum Plantin-Moretus, the first museum to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through Vlaeykensgang, a secret medieval alley that’s not so easy to find on your own. Your guide will take you back in time and show you the best-preserved remnants of medieval times in Antwerp. This spot is said to be the most photographed place in the city. Make sure to be camera-ready as you arrive at the Nello & Patrasche Statue, another popular statue of the city. Round of the tour in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady, where you’ll hear some history and curious facts about its construction.

Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

5. Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

During the walk, you will explore the Market Square with the Town Hall and the beautiful Golden Age Guild Houses, the Cathedral of Our Lady with The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross by Rubens, Saint-Paul's Church, the harbor and the Jewish district. You can visit Rubens' former house during the lunch break. In the former home and studio of the master, you will embark on a fascinating journey back in time and into the world of this great baroque artist. There is a lot of modern architecture in Antwerp, for example, the new Palace of Justice by Richard Rogers, the Museum aan de Stroom by Neutelings & Riedijk and the new Port House by Zaha Hadid. Downtown you can reflect on all you have seen and learnt with a nice Belgian beer.

Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

6. Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel then embark on a historical exploration of the city center. Visit the bustling Market Square, also known as Grote Markt, nestled in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Admire the square's beautiful and iconic Brabo Fountain and learn about the history of the fountain, which was inaugurated in 1887. Continue the tour onto the stunning Renaissance City Hall and surrounding 16th and 17th century guild houses. Marvel at the intricate architecture of the buildings, which dominate the Antwerp skyline, and listen to your guide share insightful information about them. Walk to the magnificent Our Lady Cathedral next, which houses a collection of art pieces by famous Flemish masters. Wander through the medieval part of the city, Vlaeykensgang, characterized by narrow streets and crooked alleyways, then through Groenplaats Square until you reach the Meir, the most popular shopping street of Antwerp. Pass by The Rubens House, the home and atelier of the baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Finally, the tour ends with a guided visit to the Central Station of Antwerp, a beautiful building constructed at the end of the 19th century.

Antwerp: 2-Hour Dark Side of Antwerp Private Evening Tour

7. Antwerp: 2-Hour Dark Side of Antwerp Private Evening Tour

This private walking tour is a great way to skip the “touristy trail” and get to know the real Antwerp. Join an evening walking tour adventure and take in some breathtaking panoramic views on the way. Hear medieval legends and spicy stories from the Red Light District you uncover the darker side of Antwerp. During the 2h tour, explore the city's hidden gems and unique sights. Your experienced guides are eager to share with you their knowledge and passion for our city to make your time in Antwerp truly unforgettable.  Stops include: + the Market Square, + the Stone Castel, + the Red Light District, + rooftop of MAS Museum, + the Old Port, + St. Paul’s Church, + the trendy modern area “The Island”

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What people are saying about Grote Markt, Antwerp

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 208 reviews

Our city guide "Willi" knew how to shine with a lot of knowledge and showed us many interesting and historical "corners" of Antwerp during the city tour, which a "normal tourist" would have overlooked. Overall a very worthwhile guide

To see everything in 1 day in a relatively quick and reasonably affordable way, hop-on hop-off is a very good option. The children can hear the history of the city in their own mother tongue. Super!!!

Good opportunity to see the sights that are a bit off the beaten path. Unfortunately, it takes a while until the next bus leaves.

Picked up just outside our Hotel (Thon) - didn’t get to do both routes but would have if I had more time.

We explored the city beautifully. We worked our minds in a pleasant way. Highly recommended