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Central Station Tours

Central Station
Antwerp’s main railway station, nicknamed Spoorwegkathedraal (Railway Cathedral) by locals, features glass-and-iron vaulted ceilings, an ornate central dome, and hundreds of gilded flourishes. An extensive restoration of the station was completed in 2009, when a shopping mall and two further platforms were added to the complex.

The Basics 
Central Station’s status as one of Antwerp’s architectural symbols ensures that it is included on the itinerary of almost all sightseeing tours. Options for exploring are plentiful: Travelers can take a bike tour around the cycle-friendly city, or opt for a more intimate glimpse into the historic center during a walking tour. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at Central Station and offer the freedom to customize a sightseeing schedule. 

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • Central Station is a must-see for first-time visitors to Antwerp.
  • Browse designer boutiques and sample Belgian dishes inside the station. 
  • Central Station was voted one of the most beautiful stations in the world in a poll by Newsweek. 
  • Central Station is wheelchair-accessible. 

How to Get There 
Central Station is used daily by 50,000 passengers traveling to and from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, and all stations in between. The station is within walking distance of the historic center and serves as the starting point of many sightseeing tours. 

When to Get There 
Central Station is at its busiest during the daily commute hours of 7am–9am and 5pm–7pm. Head to the station around noon to enjoy architectural details without having to jostle large crowds. 

Day Trips from Antwerp Central Station 
Travelers use Central Station as a launchpad for visiting other parts of Europe. Railway lines go directly to the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam in less than two hours and to popular Belgian cities such as Ghent and Brussels in about an hour. Paris is also reachable in five hours.

Address: Antwerp, Flanders 2018, Belgium
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1 Hour Antwerp Citytour Hop On Hop Off

1 Hour Antwerp Citytour Hop On Hop Off

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Discover top Antwerp attractions and famous landmarks with ease on this hop-on hop-off Antwerp sightseeing tour. Choose the departure time and location to suit your schedule, and take a seat aboard your Antwerp city tour bus. Take in popular sites including the botanical gardens, Chinatown, Rubens’ house, the Old Town, the war memorial, the Brabo Fountain, the Cathedral of Our Lady, and Lambermont Square. With departures running throughout the day, gain insight into the city’s rich heritage and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour
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3-Hour Antwerp Bike Tour

3-Hour Antwerp Bike Tour

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See where Belgium’s rich history and modern outlook meet, and discover Antwerp's major attractions with ease on this 3-hour bicycle tour. Hop into the saddle and follow your guide on an exciting city tour as you take in landmarks including Antwerp's Central Station, the Scheldt River, and the Museum of Fine Art. On this tour you'll discover what the locals love most about their city. Bring a snack to fuel your spin through Antwerp's ancient streets and pristine parks as your local guide sheds light on Antwerp’s history and heritage, and soak up the atmosphere in this bustling corner of Flanders.
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  • 3 hours
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Visit Antwerp by Bike

Visit Antwerp by Bike

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Explore one of the jewels in Belgium’s crown and discover thousands of years of European history on this 3-hour bicycle tour of Antwerp. Spin through Antwerp’s ancient streets with your guide and discover diverse districts including the Old Port, t Eilandje and the historic town center. Admire top local landmarks such as Central Station, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the MAS museum. Gain insight into Antwerp’s rich culture and heritage, and follow your guide to out-of-the-way spots known only to the locals. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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COVID-safe private tour with a real local guide

COVID-safe private tour with a real local guide

Book a tour with a real local! My name is Erwin, I was born and raised here, I've been a licensed city guide for over five years and I spend all my time, both professional and private, in this city. So it's safe to say I know this city really well. And if you book this tour, it will be with me! I will not send someone else. I will personalize this tour. The listing itinerary is a suggestion, but I will adapt the tour to your interests. Since it's private, anything is possible. WHY SHOULD YOU BOOK WITH ME? 1. I was born and raised in Antwerp, still live here and spend almost every day enjoying what the city has to offer. 2. I'm a trained and licensed city guide. 3. I love history and I'm a very good story teller (if I may say so myself) 4. Especially if you look good food and amazing drinks, we're going to get along very well :-) Come join your new local best friend for a truly local experience!
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  • 3 hours
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Discover Antwerp in 60 minutes with a Local

Discover Antwerp in 60 minutes with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. You only have an hour to fall in love with Antwerp? Challenge accepted! Discover Antwerp during a short but sweet excursion, during which you will learn the most interesting facts about the city, the local lifestyle and the modern transformation of the city. We will meet at Antwerp’s train station, voted as one of the most beautiful stations in the world, and will go on our stroll from there :-) Discover what the everyday life of a local looks like and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from, by seeing it through the eyes of a local. Walking through the city, you will discover exactly what makes Antwerp special! This is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants and bars to visit during your time here, and learn how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time, or someone that wants to rediscover it!
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  • 1 hour
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