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This is an old notary house.
Behind a nice frontage you wil find an archive now.
On a regular base the archive organizes
exhibitions of their rich belongings.
The archive contains paintings , letters ,
pictures , manuscripts and printed matters
on our rich flemish history.
U can if you like to consult the library...
Address: Minderbroedersstraat 22 , 2000 Antwerpen
Directions: Near the 'stadswaag' , hessenhuis , ....
Phone: 0032 (0)3 222 93 20
This castle was part of a much larger site
and the last remains from a vanished part of
That part of the city was broken down when
the river schelde was straightened.
In ancient times it was a jail now it houses
the collection of the national maritime museum. visits to this museum can
be made daily from 10 till 17h except on
Please go and seach for the little statue of
Semini above the archway. He is the
scandinavian God for youth and fertility.
Older people in Antwerp sometimes use
expressions that refer to this little God.
Address: Steenplein 1, 2000 Antwerpen
A few minutes away from the 'grote markt' ,
not far from the 'vleeshuis' butcher house.
Phone: + 32 (0)3-201 93 40
If you like opera then I don't have to introduce
the 'vlaamse opera'.With a limited budget
this 'opera' got quit some international
appreciation and has put Antwerp on the map.
The flemish opera was build in 1907 and
the architect is A. Van Mechelen.
The golden piecework and the marble
interior are illustrative for the importance and
beauty of this building.
I'm afraid performances are almost always
sold out very soon as the opera has got a lot
of subscriptions. But give it a try.
Address: Van Ertbornstraat 8/Frankrijklei 3
Near F. Rooseveltplaats , not far from the
central station , the MEIR - main shopping
street start nearby...
Phone: +32 (0)3 202 10 11
The building was officially opened in 1890.
The museum was mend to shelter the art-
collection of the st-lucasgilde.
That makes that the museum of fine arts in
Antwerp has a huge collection of old paintings
starting in the fifteenth century with Jan van Eijk
ending in the twentieth century with Rik Wouters .
The highlight for manny people will probably be
seventeenth century , Pieter Paul Rubens
painting 'The adoration of the magi'
Also in the collection : Quinten Metsijs ,
Jacob Jordaens , Auguste Rodin , Pierre
Alechinsky , James Ensor
Please check the website or the puplicity
boards in town for temporary exhibits.
IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM
on the stairs , people like to hang arround
when the weather is fine. It is a nice neighboorhood
for shopping and it has some good restaurants
as well. Even the terrace of the museum , left
is accessible without a visit and is quit cosy.
Address: Plaatsnijdersstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen
Entrance at: Leopold de Waelplaats
(have a look at my shopping tips in the volksstraat)
Other Contact: %cb Website also in English
Phone: + 32 (0)3-238 78 09
Tourist office Astridplein
This is just a useful tip I want to ad.
When you arrive by train there is a tourist
office located in the railway station.
It is located at the Astridplein 27.
It is a great idea to stop here for city maps ,
local events , zone 03 (theater , museum and
exhibition calendar..) , to buy little information
books , a metro and tram card..
The head office is located at
'grote markt 13'.
tel. 0032(0)3-232 01 03
open : 9-18h
(till 17h on sunday and holidays)
Address: Koningin Astridplein 27 , 2000 Antwerpen
Between the diamond museum and the
central station , ...at the end of the Keyserlei..
coffee - the best in town
I think it would be nice if you expirience some
real oldfashionad Antwerp typical residents.
There are not that many left.
I think it is a great place to stop by and have a
coffee. It is also the best 'gesoigneerde'
accompanied coffee. You will hear some real
dialect here. The place is really popular with
the older local ladys who come here to have
their 'today's special'.It is also the place I
recommend to have some real belgian
- tomate crevette - biefstuk frite -
kip met champignons .....
The interior is funny. Enjoy the plastic flowers
and the erverlasthing christmaslights.
The main attraction - A coffee with company
cast you 2 euro.
If your hotel serves you a chitty breakfast : 7,5 euro
And a can of tea : 2.45 euro
Address: Franklin Rooseveltplaats 9
This is near the opera - here are all the
busses for the surrounding stopping - tram
11 , 12 , 24 enz are stopping by. Steps away
from the koningin astridplein...
Phone: 03 231 47 95
Not one of the best promoted museums but
very interesting. The 'Rockoxhuis' is the renovated
17th century home of Nicolaas Rockox de Jongere
(the younger)(1560-1640). He was a nobel
humanist and an art collector. He also became
But more important is that he collected art and
he was a Maecenas (he donated money for
When Rockox died the complete inventory of
his house was done strictly. By those document
it was possible to reconstruct his house.
The museums has some very valuable furniture
and paintings by Rubens , Van Dijck, Jordaens,
Teniers, Brueghel, Quinten Matsijs, Patinier
and more less known painters.
He played an important role in the life of Rubens.
Rubens named him ' mijn vriendt ende patroon' -
My friend and master.
Even the central little garden deserves attention.
A little museums that is not to be missed.
Address: Keizerstraat 10-12 , 2000 Antwerpen
Very near the 'concienceplein ,
a side street
of the 'minderbroedersrui'.
Closed on mondays
open daily from 10 till 17h
Phone: 03 201 92 50
I think this is Antwerps finest museum.
More interesting then the Rubens house.
'Christoffel Plantijn' started his printing house
in 1555 : 'De Gulden Passer' (The Golden
Compasses) In 1576 he moved his bussiness
to the 'vrijdagmarkt' on what is now the oldest
parth of the museum.
After Plantin's death in 1589 , his successors
the moretuses took over.
The museum has some unique pieces , like
the two oldest surviving printing presses in
the world , it has also an amazing library , some
paintings from Rubens. (they were friends)...
The interior of the rooms where they lived are
simply stunning , the furniture , the expensive
Mechelen and Spanish gold leather , their art
cabinets and instruments...
Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerpen
Not far from the pedestrians tunnel ,
take the little street 'stoofstraat' from the
hoogstraat towards the 'Vrijdagmarkt'.
Phone: + 32 (0)3-221 14 50
Antwerp and diamonds , for most people that
wont sound to unfamiliar. Antwerp is one of the
world leading diamond centers..
No surprise it has the largest diamond museum
in the world.
You start on the ground floor and you take the
lift up to the top floor. They made this museum
with a line on the floor. You just need to follow
that line to see it all. At the reception they will
hand you over an audiophone , whenever on
your way you just enter the numbers you see
to get the right explanation.
Is it interesting?
It sure is , it is a very modern museums with
and international attitude. BUT it can be very
tirening. In order to get to know a lot more about
diamonds you need to listen carefully to a lot
of text....I don't find the game much fun with
the scratch form. You choose a personage
and you will meet them with different issues
during your stay. (choose a woman. !;-))
You walk from how dimonds their genesis ,
through techniques how to find them - from
centuries ago till now. Then you'll see some
replica's from famous diamonds and juwels.
Get to know an Antwerp diamond cutting atelier
from the turn of last century...different shapes
of cutting. And in the end you'll get to see some
real modern designs or another temporary feature.
Go and see the museum if you have the time
and if your really interested in diamonds.
Think about a 2-3 houres visit.
(There isn't a cafetaria , but a rest room with
machines , make sure you got coins.)
Address: Koningin Astridplein 19-23, 2018 Antwerpen
Directions: A neighbour of the zoo and the
central station...it is located in a beautifull
art-nouveaux like building. Among the most
beautiful in town.
Phone: + 32 (0)3-202 48 90
Onze lieve vrouwe-toren
The cathedral's history starts already in 1352
and it took 170 years to build this gothic
The eye-catcher is of course the
'onze-lieve-vrouwe-toren'. With her 123 meters
height , the tower raises above all the other
towers in the surrounding countries.
The interior is dominated by 48 columns but
the main tourist attraction will be the
presences of some masterpieces by Rubens
Don't forget to pay attention to the pulpit ,
1713 , designed by Michiel van der Voort.
The cathedral is illuminated during nighttime
a spectacle for the eye. If you are an early
bird or a nighthawk...watch the morning light
come true seen from the 'groenplaats'
Watch out : visits aren't free , and not
allowed during religious ceremonies.
Most times the church is open from 10 till 17
o'clock. But check it first.
- saturdays open from 10 till 15 o'clock
- sundays 13h - 16h
Address: Handschoenmarkt, 2000 Antwerp
Directions: Nearby Groenplaats and Grote Markt
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