The Oude Stad is where visitors and locals alike go to find the essence of Antwerp. The narrow, winding streets, many of them restricted to pedestrian traffic, are wonderful for strolling, the squares are full of charm, and the museums and churches are the pride of the city.
After centuries as an industrial port, Antwerp is now developing another identity as a cruise-ship port. A cruise terminal opened in 2003 under the historic hangars. The mooring site for cruise ships and charter-boat tours has given the Steenplein, the area between the terminal and the Steen fortress, a new burst of energy.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Het Kathedraalcafé. Formerly known as Het Elfde Gebod (the 11th Commandment), this place has gobs of atmosphere; it's crammed with…Learn More >
Like so much of Antwerp, this Jesuit landmark bears the imprint of Rubens. The front and tower are generally attributed…Learn More >
The chapel and entrance gateway of the Maagdenhuis (Maidens' House), a foundling hospital for girls of the poor, was constructed…Learn More >