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Antwerp

Diamond of the Baroque



www.antwerpen.be
www.visitantwerpen.be
www.mechelen.be

   
 

Guided tour - half day

This modern and swinging metropole has 3 pearls on its crown : the art of Rubens, the international harbour and, last but not least, the largest diamond trading in the world. The medieval part of the city lies along the broad and bright Schelde river, Antwerp’s pride.

Meeting with your guide in Brussels (station or hotel) and transfert to Antwerp by bus.
During the tour we drive through the old and new harbours, in the Art Nouveau area and along the museums. We visit the Rubens’ house and spend some free time nearby to enjoy the local atmosphere of the Sunday market. Walking, we are able to admire the Steen, fortress of Antigoon, the Giant who was the protagonist of the famous legend. Nearby are to be seen the splendid meat hall and the market square with the numerous guild houses and the renaissance town hall. But the absolute jewel of Antwerp is its Cathedral : breathtaking, enormous, but slender as a candle. Inside, the paintings of Antwerp’s most beloved son Rubens testify of the glory of the church in the baroque time. Finally, the beauty and glitter of the diamonds will make this visit unforgettable. Return to Brussels (station or hotel or city centre).

Guided tour to Mechelen and Antwerp - full day

Between Brussels and Antwerp lies Mechelen with the famous carillon school. The small town is the centre of the Belgian Catholic Church. The old medieval town is carefully restored and you will undoubtedly enjoy the calm and quiet atmosphere.

Meeting with your guide in Brussels (station or hotel) and transfert by bus.
On the way to Antwerp we fist visit Mechelen. Afterwards, we continue the tour to Antwerp for a visit by bus and on foot, as above, including a “diamond cuttery”.
Return to Brussels (station or hotel)

Suggestions:

· Rubens’ house
· Plantin-Moretus museum (printing)
· Museum of Fine Arts
· Private carillon concert “live” in Mechelen.