Antwerp Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Antwerp, Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium)

Picture of crowds outside of the Town HallA historic city full of charm, Antwerp is today very proud of its tourist and travel industry, which often plays an important part in local Belgian life in the city. Consider taking one of the many self-guided walking tours of Antwerp, which take in large chunks of the city, from the Grote Markt, right up to the Centraal Station.

Most walking tours will last around one and a half hours, although if you are in the habit of being easily sidetracked, they may well take longer, particularly if you choose to cross beneath the river and visit the Linkeroever. Look out for the Steenplein, an ancient waterfront square where Antwerp's oldest building resides, the 11th-century Steen Castle. Either side of the Steenplein are elevated and extremely popular promenades, which were originally built so that the locals could enjoy views of the boats and their rather exotic cargo.

Close-up photo of flags on the Town Hall

Useful Contact Details

There are a number of different tourist offices within Antwerp. Your first port of call should be the Grand Place (Grand Markt), where the main tourist information centre (Stadtladen) resides, along with the Prospekta, which is filled with details about all the very latest cultural events and exhibitions in the city.

To order tickets for the theatre or similar, the Stadtladen office now operates a state-of-the-art Ticket Antwerpen system, although a small commission is added to the overall charge for the use of this facility.

Antwerpen Kongressbüro VZW (Antwerp Tourist Information)
Address: Koningin Elisabethlei 22, Antwerp, BE-2018, Belgium, BE
Tel: +32 03 202 16 26
Fax: +32 03 202 16 28
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00, Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00

Stadtladen (Antwerp Tourist Information)
Address: Grote Markt 11, Antwerp, BE-2000, Belgium, BE
Tel: +32 03 221 1333

Prospekta VZW (Tourist Information and Theatre Booking)
Address: Grote Markt, Antwerp, BE-132000, Belgium, BE
Tel: +32 03 203 95 85
Fax: +32 03 203 95 97

Address: Everdijstraat, Antwerp, BE-202000, Belgium, BE
Tel: +32 0800 94 843
Fax: +32 03 202 59 59

Address: Grote Markt 40, Antwerp, BE-2000, Belgium, BE
Tel: +32 03 220 8180

Ticket Antwerpen - Grote Markt 13, Vzw Prospekta Centrum voor Kunstcommunicatie, Antwerp, BE-2000, Belgium, BE
Tel: +32 03 203 9585

Language and Dialect

Locals in Antwerp speak everything from Dutch, French and also German. A Belgian version of Dutch, known as Flemish, is spoken by the largest percentage of Belgians here, although more and more are now understanding English, particularly those involved in the tourist trade.

Dos and Don'ts / Tourist Traps