The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Antwerp (Antwerpen) for Tourists
The city boasts of many historic sites in Belgium and Europe in general. The Cathedral of Our Lady is a breath-taking architectural creation dating back to the 15th century. It was built by Romans and has lived through time. It is one of the tallest buildings in the city and the home to ancient art pieces; The Descent from the Cross, The Assumption among others. The same can be said of St. Carolus Borromeus Church. Once a Jesuit church but later sold to the Catholics, the building has stood the test of time and has immensely contributed to the growth of Belgian culture.
The Steen “Stone” Castle is a war fortress that has survived numerous battles going back to the 11th Century. It has undergone structural transformation but maintained the original design. Other prehistoric sites and curvatures in Antwerp neighbourhood include the Middelheim Open Air Museum and the Brabo Statue.
River Scheldt gives Antwerp a rare advantage. The river is over 350 kilometres into Europe’s hinterland. One can try the Flandria Boat Rides or the Spring River Cruise. The city is also known for its irresistible French, Flemish, Italian and Belgian cuisines, thanks to the European blend in art, religion and geographical proximity.
The must-visit places in the Antwerp district are the Grote Market, the Beguinage, the Groenplaats, Lange Wapper Statue and the Oldest House of Antwerp.
1. City Centre (Old Town, Sint-Andries District, Theatre District)
The old town has a variety of accommodation to choose; serviced apartments, bed and breakfast, hotel rooms and holiday homes. They offer short or long stay with flexible and affordable payment schemes. One can do a reservation from anywhere in the world. Popular accommodation facilities in the district include Kaai11 Cityflats, The Greenplace Hotels and Lodge, Manana Manana, Huize Amoras, Hotel Colvenier and the Meir Lodge.
2. Het Eilandje (MAS Museum and Red Star Line Museum, Old Docks)
The Little Island has the serenity of a beach. The morning breeze makes the atmosphere homely, away from the bustle of Antwerp city centre.
The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) is historic while the Red Star Line Museum shows the journey of the port. Other notable features include the exotic Broer Bretel coffee spots, restaurants, museum docks and numerous art ateliers.
3. Deurne (Outside of City Centre)
Deurne neighbourhood offers a relaxed place to stay outside the Antwerp metropolis. The atmosphere is cool with minimal disturbance.
There are affordable accommodation and a good environment for activities like cycling and cultural activities. Hotels within Deurne include the TRYP by Wyndham Antwerp, BnB Intermezzo, Antwerp’s Calling and Bed and Breakfast Exterlaer. Other accommodation facilities include serviced apartments, lodges and holiday homes.
4. Het Zuid (Southern District)
The location is ample for lavish living, with well-kept mansions, gardens and driveways. There are also cafés, restaurants and bars that roar life at night.
The district has a cinema complex and the Contemporary Art Museum. Locals easily integrate with visitors, offering first-hand cultural shocks and assimilations. The main reason for anyone coming to stay is serenity and first-hand experience to Belgium culture.
The central station fits in well with budget spending, exposure to a variety of goods and services from Belgium and affordable accommodation. Here you will meet people from all walks of life doing business or on transit.
Diamond is the main product on sale. The high population ensures sufficient housing arrangements to make trading easier. Other districts within Antwerp can be easily accessible from the central station, which makes it strategic.