Discover Antwerp

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Plenty to do when there’s nothing on at FEATS / FEATletS / Fringe: go for a walk along the river Scheldt; walk in a Park; visit a museum; shopping … Info at the Tourist Office 

Guided walk:

There will be 2 guided walks allowing you a more intimate glimpse of Antwerp. They will take place on Sunday 27th May from 11am until 1pm.

1)       The OFFICIAL tour showing you the classic highlights everyone should see on their first time in Antwerp. Minimum 15 people – maximum 20 people. START 10.45 am at Arenberg Theatre - one of our crew members will walk you to the starting point on the Groenplaats. More information

2)       The “City Safari” offering you an alternative view of Antwerp. Minimum 15 people – Maximum 30 people. START 11am at Arenberg Theatre. More information

Both tours will start at the Arenberg Theatre. To join us on one of these walks, you can email us OR sign up at the Hospitality Desk at the Arenberg Theatre on Friday 25th May. Participation cost is €5. Ensure your spot! It's on a first come, first serve basis!

Market:

The famous ‘Vogeltjesmarkt’ (bird market) is held on the square just round the corner from the Arenberg Theatre.  You will find the market open on Saturday from 07.00 until 15.00 and on Sunday from 08.00 to 13.00. (Because of the market access to Parking Arenberg is difficult on Saturday and Sunday morning.)

Location: Oudevaartplaats and Graanmarkt, 2000 Antwerp

Museums:

There are many interesting museums in Antwerp.  Just a few which are close to the Theatre:

-          MAS (Museum aan de Stroom – Museum on the water)

Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerp   Open daily 9.30-22.00 (closed Mondays)    www.mas.be

The newly opened MAS is very popular.  It is 60 meters high, has 9 floors and offers a breathtaking 360° panorama of the city.  Access to the top of the building is free but you have to pay to enter the museum.  There is a permanent exhibition and a temporary exhibition (Five Centuries of Flemish and Belgian Masters until 30.12.2012 – closed on Mondays)

-          Rubens’ House

Wapper 9-11, 2000 Antwerp        Open daily 10.00-17.00

Rubens lived here for 25 years.

-          Museum Mayer van den Bergh

Lange Gasthuisstraat 19, 2000 Antwerp     Open daily from 10.00-17.00

Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) collected art work (mostly 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries) throughout his life: paintings, sculptures, tapestries, drawings, stained glass ….  After his death his mother had the house rebuilt in a 16th Century style with late gothic and renaissance decorations referring the Antwerp’s golden age.  A true gem.

-          Plantin-Moretus Museum

Vrijdagmarkt 22-23, 2000 Antwerp      Open daily 10.00 – 17.30 (closed on Mondays)

Now preserving typographic material, a library, art objects and an impressive graphic collection, the museum gives an overview of book printing from the 15th until the 18th century and owns the world’s oldest printing press from around 1600. The stately town house also boasts period rooms, decorated with tapestries, gilt leather and paintings – including a Rubens, sculptures, earthenware and porcelain

-          Etc. more information can be found on the Visit Antwerp Website

(The Antwerp Fine Arts Museum is closed until 2017 for refurbishment)

Shopping:

The main shopping area is around the Meir. Other areas are: Het Zuid for trendy, designer shops; Kloosterstraat for perusing antiques, De Wilde Zee for off-beat shopping and cute shops, Kammenstraat for even more alternative shopping ... Shops are open on Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00.  They are closed on Sunday and also on Monday 28 May 2012 which is a public holiday (Whit Monday).

Antwerp is the Fashion capital of Belgium. Check out the Fashion Museum near the Groenplaats (www.momu.be). 

Tourist Office:

Grote Markt 13, 2000 Antwerp.  Open Monday to Saturday 09.00-17.45.  Sunday and Whit Monday 09.00-16.45.

All other information can be found on the Visit Antwerp Website

Yummy:

Antwerpers take pride in and have passion for food – true foodies at heart. Many a cuisine buzzword is used here - European, exotic, classic French transformed with a delicate Belgian touch is what to consider on the menu of Antwerp! The biggest concentration of restaurants is in the historic city centre and Antwerpen-Zuid!

The city is a culinary journey of surprises for foodies, so much on offer with so little time to sample it all…if you prefer sweets, try the typical Antwerpse Handjes (Antwerp Hands – hand-shaped cookies or chocolates commemorating the legendary Brabo). The city's inhabitants love worstenbrood (sausage rolls) or appelbollen (ball-shaped apple pastries) as well as the roggeverdoemeke, a delicious rye bread with lots of raisins. Several stores in Antwerp sell locally made pralines or chocolate. During the carnivals and festive markets, the delicacy to nibble on is smoutebollen (fritters) and warm waffles. Drinking is another of life's arts. The De Koninck Brewery is known for its amber-hued Bolleke beer but brews several others too. At 't Pakhuis brewery, follow the brewing process of 'Antwerps blond', 'Antwerps bruin' and of 'den Bangelijke'. As a nightcap 'Elixir d'Anvers', is a ‘healthy’ digestive liqueur containing 32 herbs and spices, and loyally distilled in the traditional way since 1863. In the old days Elixir 'd Anvers was given to the police horses as a remedy for colic. 

We will be happy to give you a taste of the highly regarded Belgian cuisine (said to be the French cuisine perfected) at the Party!

VELO:

All over Antwerp you will notice red city bikes (called ‘velo’) parked in ‘stations’.  There are stations every 400 meters.  The bikes are easy to steer, suitable for men and women, have three gears and thick tires to avoid getting stuck in the tram rails.  The service is available 24/7.  The velo is ideal for a trips around town but have to be parked in a station after your trip otherwise you are penalised.  Moreover you pay for the time you use it although the first half hour of every ride is included in the price of your day or week pass.  If you use the velo longer than half an hour, you will gradually pay extra.  The second half hour costs € 0.50; the third half hour costs € 1.00 and after that you pay € 5.00 for every next half hour.  You can use it for a maximum of four consecutive hours.

You can purchase a velo card only by credit card.  A day pass costs € 3.00, a week pass € 7.00.  You will have to pay a deposit of € 150.00 blocked on your credit card for the duration of one month.  You can order your pass (in fact for a day or week pass it is a code) online or by visiting the Velo Customer Service Office at the Diamond Gallery at Antwerp Central Station.

More info (also in English) & to buy a day pass, go to www.velo-antwerpen.be

 

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