|Places of interest||Architecture, Bridges, Churches, Guided tours, History, Landmarks, Monuments, Museums, Old towns, Parks and nature, Sights|
|Category||See and Do|
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Our trip to Antwerp consists of two parts:
Tuktuk in the Old Town
In the video, you can see our tour with a local guide from Antwerp with Tuktuk. The trip took two hours, but it is possible to select a different journey (check guides website below), or you can choose a cheaper option - to walk. The same objects that you can see in the video you can visit on foot, of course, it will require more energy and endurance.
Our itinerary (with Tuktuk):
Cathedral of our Lady and Grote Markt are close to each other, so if you stay in the center, it makes sense to do a circle and to come back in the same place, especially if you live in the center.
If you walk, so we could recommend starting from the Plantin-Moretus Museum and Friday Market (if you visit on Friday) and go up to the north, visiting Groenplaats, Cathedral of Our Lady, Grote Markt, Antwerp, Groenplaats, Steen Castle, , Felix Pakhuis, Antwerp Whisperer, and MAS | Museum
PORT OF ANTWERP
Straight after Tuktuk, we took a boat to observe the Port of Antwerp. If you are planning to visit Antwerp, to see a harbor is a must.
ABOUT JAN PLEZIER
There is a different kind of boat tours available in the harbor, but we are not familiar with other trips, but we know about the boat that we used. The name of the ship is Jan Plezier, and we took a regular tour, which lasted for around 90 minutes. What we liked, that they have interactive guides and tablets with all required information. Because of that, we were able to hear the audio guide, look at the tablet and check the exact location and the most important, to see and feel the harbor in the real places.
Also, I would like to mention, that couple Sundays every month, starting March to November Jan Plezeier organize pancake boat, and for more information contact the boat crew directly.
After a few minutes by boat, we approached the first modern object with the name “New Port House of Antwerp.” This building is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority, and this house accommodates more than 500 staff members. We saw the building from the boat, but you can have a guided tour separately and explore more.
Before this building was a fire station and now it is restored and is a symbol for the second biggest port in Europe.
In terms of Antwerp Harbor, it is the second-largest port in Europe and the largest port is in Rotterdam; In the port of Antwerp, you can see the largest cargo ships. Port infrastructure is well developed because railway, roads, and water connect docs, and because of its central location in Europe, the port has become the second largest seaport.
We lived near Brussels and didn't stay in the Antwerp, but if you stay in Antwerp, we will recommend those options: