Discover Antwerp: 6 Best Reasons To Visit Antwerp During Spring

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Spring is approaching, and, every year, this changes the look of Antwerp. We listed the six best things to do in Antwerp this spring.

1. VOGELMARKT

Every Saturday, the Vogelmarkt takes place in Antwerp around the Theaterplein. It is a hotspot for every local. When the weather is nice, you can find the entire community here.  Stroll between the stalls with fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, … but also food stands with delicacies from all over the world.  You can enjoy fresh shrimp croquettes with a glass of white wine or drop by the tapas stands that bring the best of Spain to the city. The perfect getaway for a lovely and relaxing Saturday. The market starts at 8 am and closes around 4 pm.

2. SHOPPING

Of course, Antwerp remains the Belgian capital when it comes down to shopping. The Meir, the Huidevetterstraat, the Schuttershofstraat,… These are all places where the fashionista in you comes to life as you can shop there for any budget. The Schuttershofstraat is known for its designer shops and the Kloosterstraat is the place to be for boutique shops with vintage goodies. Why go to Milan if you have everything so close at hand?

3. THE QUAYS

The Scheldt quays in Antwerp have been beautifully renovated. You can have a wonderful stroll along the waterfront and the promenade, the sunsets are absolutely stunning.

4. CITY WALK

Visit Antwerp developed very nice city walks throughout different parts of the city. They have something to offer for everyone.  What about a street art walk or a walk along the beautiful townhouses in the Zurgenborg district? Discover parts of our city that you have never seen before and feel like a tourist in your own country. Even real Antwerp natives will discover spots that they have never seen before. A must do!

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5. THE ZOO

One of the oldest zoos in the world is right in the middle of our city.  Behind our gorgeous train station, you will find the 150-year-old zoo.  A green oasis in the center of the city. That is pure joy in spring for any age. Due to Covid restrictions, the zoo’s indoor palaces remain closed for now but there is plenty of fun to be done outside. Go see the elephants, the flamingos, the lions… And let your little ones enjoy themselves at one of the large playgrounds! The Zoo is super easy to reach by train. And, in the same breath, you will have seen the world’s most beautiful train station.

!TIP: don’t forget to book your entrance tickets in advance if you would like to visit the zoo, this is mandatory due to the Covid restrictions.  More info can be found via the link below:

6. MUSEUMS

Of course, the sun is not always shining in little Belgium (unfortunately).  Less beautiful days are perfect to discover a bit of culture of our city. Antwerp offers a wide variety of museums that exhibit contemporary art as well as classical art. Rubens remains undoubtedly the master of Antwerp and his work can be admired in the Rubenshuis. Or go to Maeyer Van den Berg, the only museum in the world that is protected by Unesco. For more contemporary art, you can visit the MAS, at the Eilandje, which hosts exhibitions of different artists throughout the year. A dash of culture never killed anyone, right?

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for PREMIER SUITES PLUS Antwerp, which is known for their luxurious serviced apartments and rooms located in the heart of Antwerp City Centre. When she’s not browsing travel OOTD ideas on Pinterest, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.