One Day in Antwerp

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View of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal Antwerp from the street

[vc_row type=”full_width_content” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”padding-10-percent” column_padding_position=”top-bottom” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_gmap zoom=”14″ enable_zoom=”1″ marker_style=”nectar” nectar_marker_color=”accent-color” size=”320″ map_center_lat=”51.219448″ map_center_lng=”4.402464″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”top” bg_image=”182″ bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_color=”#1e1e1e” scene_position=”center” text_color=”light” text_align=”left” top_padding=”15%” bottom_padding=”15%” color_overlay=”#0a0a0a” overlay_strength=”0.8″][vc_column column_padding=”padding-5-percent” column_padding_position=”right” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner enable_animation=”true” animation=”grow-in” column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][nectar_video_lightbox link_style=”play_button_2″ nectar_play_button_color=”Default-Accent-Color” image_url=”186″ hover_effect=”defaut” box_shadow=”x_large_depth” video_url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oTurM7gESE”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”15″][vc_custom_heading text=”Belgium’s second city and biggest port is Antwerp (Antwerpen/Anvers in Dutch/French) and without a doubt, this charming city is the country’s capital of cool. It’s long been a powerful magnet for everyone from fashion moguls and club queens to art lovers and diamond dealers. ” font_container=”tag:h4|font_size:18px|text_align:left|line_height:37px” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20regular%3A500%3Anormal” css_animation=”fadeInLeft”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”15″][vc_custom_heading text=”Lonely Planet” font_container=”tag:h5|font_size:16px|text_align:left|line_height:22px” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20regular%3A500%3Anormal” css_animation=”fadeInLeft”][vc_custom_heading text=”Travel Guide” font_container=”tag:h5|font_size:13px|text_align:left|color:rgba(255%2C255%2C255%2C0.45)|line_height:13px” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20regular%3A500%3Anormal” css_animation=”fadeInLeft”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”What to do in Antwerp” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:62|text_align:left|line_height:62px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”fadeInUp”][vc_custom_heading text=”My short list of the top destinations and things to do with one day in Antwerp, Belgium. ” font_container=”tag:p|text_align:left|color:rgba(255%2C255%2C255%2C0.6)” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”fadeInUp”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” top_padding=”30″ text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”padding-2-percent” column_padding_position=”top-bottom” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387370543{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]

Grote Markt

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”The quintessential mid evil turned modern European city center. There’s plenty of great restaurants, cafes and shops full of chocolate and waffles. Check out my vlog or Google Map for food and drink recommendations.” font_container=”tag:p|text_align:left|color:rgba(255%2C255%2C255%2C0.6)” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387382682{padding-right: 8% !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387471380{margin-top: 40px !important;margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]

MAS

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Walk up to the 10th floor for a free panoramic view of the city. Tour the exhibits if you have the time to appreciate the art. The museum houses a diverse collection of work and is well curated.” font_container=”tag:p|text_align:left|color:rgba(255%2C255%2C255%2C0.6)” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387485548{padding-right: 8% !important;}”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”padding-2-percent” column_padding_position=”top-bottom” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387394772{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Walk around the city center and admire the amazing architecture from different perspectives. The interior has some of the most amazing stain glass work you’ll ever see. It’s magnificent.” font_container=”tag:p|text_align:left|color:rgba(255%2C255%2C255%2C0.6)” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387407609{padding-right: 8% !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387495831{margin-top: 40px !important;margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]

Het Steen

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”After MAS, I’d suggest stopping for a beer and snack then walking along the waterfront to the Hat Steen castle. You can just walk right up around and through it. Take some pics and read the story boards. The castle and the city have interesting histories that may provoke some thoughts and discussions.” font_container=”tag:p|text_align:left|color:rgba(255%2C255%2C255%2C0.6)” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”fadeInUp” css=”.vc_custom_1502387514841{padding-right: 8% !important;}”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color=”#f7f7f7″ background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Visiting for more than one day?”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]If you have an extra day or are traveling by car, touring De Koninck brewery is a cool option. But it’s not worth driving out there if you only have one day.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_content” full_screen_row_position=”middle” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” bg_color=”#ffffff” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”padding-10-percent” column_padding_position=”all” background_color=”#f4f4f4″ background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner enable_animation=”true” animation=”fade-in-from-bottom” column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_custom_heading text=”Survival Guide” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23bfbfbf” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1502406197070{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Free Parking Antwerp” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left|line_height:50px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Free Parking Antwerp

Free parking in Antwerp near the city center.

It’s a 20 minute walk along the river bank, but might be worth it if you are going to spend the whole day. The parking can get a little pricey.

Gemeentelijk Autonoom Parkeerbedrijf Antwerpen
Sint-Michielskaai
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APCOA
Scheldekaaien Zuid
Ernest Van Dijckkaai, Hangar 20-21
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