Antwerp and the Northeast

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  • 1. Abdijsite Herkenrode

    Around 5 km (3 miles) northwest from central Hasselt, the vast Herkenrode Abbey complex was founded more than 800 years ago as the first Cistercian...Read More

  • 2. Chocolate Nation

    Centraal Station

    Taking its cue more from Willy Wonka than any museum, this carnivalesque look at the humble cocoa bean is one of the city's biggest crowd-pleasers....Read More

  • 3. De Koninck Brewery

    South of the Center

    The De Koninck Brewery is almost as old as the city of Antwerp itself and still resides on the site of the inn from which...Read More

  • 4. De Ruien (Underground Antwerp)

    Oude Stad

    What seems like a million miles from the Rubens paintings and shops of the Meir is actually just a few meters below street level. Beneath...Read More

  • 5. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (KMSKA)

    South of the Center

    Finally reopened in 2022 after more than a decade of extensive restoration work, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts collection is studded with masterworks from...Read More

  • 6. Museum aan de Stroom

    Het Eilandje

    This ambitious museum, in a striking red sandstone and glass building next to Antwerp's old dock area, aims to place Antwerp's history into a world...Read More

  • 7. Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

    Meir

    Pieter Bruegel the Elder's arguably greatest and most enigmatic painting, Dulle Griet, is the showpiece of the 4,000 works that passionate art connoisseur Mayer Van...Read More

  • 8. Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebasiliek

    The elaborate Basilica of Our Lady is one of the most beautiful medieval monuments in the world. The original church was built on Roman foundations...Read More

  • 9. Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal

    Oude Stad

    A miracle of soaring Gothic lightness, the Cathedral of Our Lady contains some of Rubens's greatest paintings and is topped by a 404-foot-high north spire....Read More

  • 10. Openluchtmuseum Middelheim

    The Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum is a selfie wonderland, albeit of the more classical variety, with some 200 sculptures from artists including Jean Arp,...Read More

  • 11. Plantin-Moretus Museum/Prentenkabinet

    Oude Stad

    For three centuries, beginning in 1555, this UNESCO-listed building was the home and printing plant of an extraordinary publishing dynasty; the family printed innumerable bibles,...Read More

  • 12. Rubenshuis

    Meir

    A fabulous picture of Rubens as painter and patrician is presented here at his own house, where the elaborate portico and temple, designed by Rubens...Read More

  • 13. Sint-Romboutskathedraal

    Begun in the 13th century, but only completed in the 1520s, this cathedral represents a magnificent achievement by three generations of the Keldermans family of...Read More

  • 14. Antwerp Zoo

    Centraal Station

    Antwerp's zoo houses its residents in style. Giraffes, ostriches, and African antelopes inhabit an Egyptian temple and a thriving Congolese okapi family grazes around a...Read More

  • 15. Begijnhof

    Lier's Begijnhof differs from most other beguinages in that its small houses line narrow streets rather than being grouped around a common. A Renaissance portico...Read More

  • 16. Begijnhof

    Meir

    This beguinage---a community of women who dedicated themselves to religious duties without taking any vows---dates from the 13th century, but by the 1960s there was...Read More

  • 17. Berchem

    Take the 7 or 15 trams to this neighborhood southeast of Antwerp's city center, where 19th-century entrepreneur Baron Edouard Osy and his sister, Josephine Cogels,...Read More

  • 18. Brouwerij Het Anker

    The first document referring to the brewery dates from 1369, making it one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. Touring this small, intimate brewery, the...Read More

  • 19. Brusselpoort

    Dating from the 13th century, the imposing stone Brussels Gate is all that remains of the medieval walls that once kept Mechelen safe. Today, it...Read More

  • 20. Centraal Station

    Centraal Station

    The neo-Baroque railway terminal was built at the turn of the 20th century during the reign of Leopold II of Belgium, a monarch not given...Read More

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