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Grand Market Place (Grote Markt van Antwerpen) Tours

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Grand Market Place (Grote Markt van Antwerpen)
The historical and cultural heart of Antwerp, Grand Market Place (Grote Markt van Antwerpen) is surrounded by lavish 16th-century guild houses and the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal). Although many of the buildings burned down in the 16th century, they were rebuilt in the same style and showcase Flemish architecture.

The Basics
Nearly all Antwerp sightseeing tours stop at Grote Markt due to the area’s cultural and historical significance. Travelers can get an intimate glimpse into historic Antwerp during a walking tour, or cover more sights in less time on a tour by Segway, bike, or coach. Private tours provide a great option for families or history buffs, as they allow you to tailor your sightseeing itinerary.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Grand Market Place is one of Antwerp’s top sights. 
  • The market square is surrounded by cafés and restaurants that serve Belgian delicacies such as waffles, french fries, and beer. 
  • Relatively even ground makes Grand Market Place wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Located in the heart of the old city quarter, Grote Markt is easy to get to by metro or bus. It’s a short walk from Green Square (Groenplaats) and the Scheldt River and about a 20-minute walk from Antwerp Central Station.

When to Get There
Antwerp is famous throughout Europe for its Christmas market, which epitomizes the spirit of the holidays with mulled wine, decorated pine trees, and stalls selling handcrafted souvenirs. The market takes place in squares throughout Antwerp, including Grote Markt, and runs throughout the month of December and into the new year.

The Cathedral of Our Lady
Sitting prettily beside Grand Market Place is the Cathedral of Our Lady, one of the highest Gothic structures in Europe. The cathedral, which took 169 years to complete, boasts a prestigious collection of religious art, which includes the Elevation of the Cross and Descent from the Cross, both by Flemish baroque master Peter Paul Rubens.
Address: Grote Markt, between the Cathedral and the river Schelde, Antwerp, Belgium
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19 Tours and Activities to Experience Grand Market Place (Grote Markt van Antwerpen)

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Private tour "Highlights & History of Antwerp "

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Getting an overview of Antwerp’s sights on your own can be time-consuming when you don’t know your way around. Avoid the research and see and learn more in less time than if exploring alone on this private walking tour. Follow your guide to must-sees such as Rubens House, Grote Markt, and Butchers’ Hall; enjoy time to ask personal questions on Antwerp’s history, and get tips to inform your later sightseeing.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.19
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$92.19
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TukTuk tour through historic Antwerp of 1.5 hours

TukTuk tour through historic Antwerp of 1.5 hours

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Welcome to Antwerp! With our e-tuktuks we will explore historic Antwerp in a different way: motivated city guides show you the most beautiful places in our city. Our e-tuktuks have a maximum occupancy of 6 people + driver / guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$95.87
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3-Hour Private Tour in Antwerp

3-Hour Private Tour in Antwerp

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Explore Belgium’s rich medieval history and discover top attractions in Antwerp on this private 3-hour Antwerp city tour. Follow your guide through Antwerp’s historic streets and discover beautiful landmarks such as the Grote Markt, the Plantin-Moretus Museum and the medieval fortress of Het Steen. Listen as your guide sheds light on Antwerp’s checkered history, and hear exciting stories from the city’s dim and distant past. Stroll along winding alleyways and bustling streets where the locals mingle, and soak up the atmosphere in this magnificent European city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.93
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$53.93
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3-Hour Private Highlights with Non-Classic Stories Tour in Antwerp

3-Hour Private Highlights with Non-Classic Stories Tour in Antwerp

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Discover the hidden highlights of Antwerp on a private walking tour through the distinctive squares, charming neighborhoods, and narrow alleyways of Europe’s ‘diamond capital.’ Enjoy personalized attention as you stroll through the famous diamond district and historic Jewish neighborhood, and learn about daily life in the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.35
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Antwerp Food Tour - Small Groups - Belgian Food Only

Antwerp Food Tour - Small Groups - Belgian Food Only

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Get acquainted with Antwerp through its cuisine and history on this multi-layered tour. Rather than deciding on and discovering landmarks and dishes on your own, let a guide do the work to save you time and ensure you cover all the musts. Stroll Antwerp’s medieval center to admire sights such as the Grote Markt and Steen Castle; and delve into eateries to try classics such as waffles, beer, and fries.
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  • 4 hours
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$97.11
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Culinary food tour: Best local food & craft beer, discover Antwerp as a local

Culinary food tour: Best local food & craft beer, discover Antwerp as a local

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Escape the crowds at Antwerp’s biggest attractions during this local-led morning or afternoon food and drink tour, during which you’ll see a different side to the city. Visit places you might have otherwise overlooked, sample homemade local products, and learn more about Antwerp’s food culture than you could alone, alongside a small group capped at 10 participants.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.89
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Legends of Antwerp Private Walking Tour

Legends of Antwerp Private Walking Tour

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One of Europe’s richest cities during its 16th-century Golden Age, Antwerp is steeped in history. Yet exploring alone can mean skimming over its past, and medieval legends and secrets. This private walking tour ensures you cover the musts—from sights to stories—with a guide. Hear the tales behind attractions such as Grote Markt and the Cathedral; see Rubens House, and chronicle the city’s Golden-Age heyday through in-depth commentary.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.19
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$92.19
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Private Tour "Antwerp by Dark”

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Get off the beaten track and discover the dark side of Antwerp with your private guide. This private tour is a great way to skip the touristy trail and get to know the more obscure side of Antwerp. During the 2h tour you will discover the city from a different perspective with its hidden gems and unique sights. Are you looking for adventure and breathtaking panoramic views? Would you like to hear some medieval legends or “spicy” stories from the Red Light District? Then this tour is for you! Our experienced guides are eager to share with you their knowledge and passion for the city to make your time truly special! Included:Grote Markt, The Stone Castel, Red Light District, rooftop of MAS Museum, The Old Port, St. Paul’s Church, a trendy modern area “The Island” and many more
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.96
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$97.96
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Antwerp by Night Private Walking Tour

Antwerp by Night Private Walking Tour

See a different side to Antwerp on this private night tour of the city, ideal for visitors with limited time in the region. Watch as the city comes to life at night, visit nightlife hotspots you might otherwise have overlooked, and listen to your guide’s stories and fun facts about Antwerp you wouldn’t hear if exploring independently.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.19
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$92.19
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Eat like a local: best bites of Antwerp with your own personal guide!

Eat like a local: best bites of Antwerp with your own personal guide!

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Taste the best of Antwerp while strolling the streets, eating great food and listening to your passionate and knowledgeable guide Nina. You will enjoy traditional typical Antwerp products from the best entrepreneurs. No tourist traps! Savory, sweet, crispy, creamy ... your about to taste all of it! This tour covers the historical part strolling the old streets, beautiful squares, we have time to eat and give you a good inside of Antwerp and its local people, you will feel like a local. On top of that you 'll get the best tips so you know where to go later on or for your next Antwerp visit. So what to expect: You will be guided by your local friend Nina Laviana, a passionate Antwerp beer and food lover You will visit the old historical part and the area around You will enjoy remarkable stories and historical food facts of Antwerp Get more tips to so you know where to go for the rest of your stay and your next visit 5 Foodstops and 1 Special beer. Equal to a lunch!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.67
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.26
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TukTuk Tour through historic Antwerp 2.5h

TukTuk Tour through historic Antwerp 2.5h

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Welcome to Antwerp! With our e-tuktuks we will explore historic Antwerp in a different way: motivated city guides show you the most beautiful places in our city. Our 2 e-tuktuks have a maximum occupancy of 6 people + driver / guide. The maximum number of people per group is 12 people
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$102.02
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$102.02
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Antwerp Beer Tour

Antwerp Beer Tour

Belgium is known for its beers so make sure you taste the best while in Antwerp with this special beer-themed tour. Your guide will reveal the secrets of Belgian beer while taking you on a beer and genever gin tasting experience, paired with local snacks such as Belgian cheeses and frites with mayonnaise.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.86
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Private Guided Cultural and Historical Tour of Antwerp

Private Guided Cultural and Historical Tour of Antwerp

Antwerp is an absolutely magnificent city. It definitely seems more like a fairy-tale, than real life! Every single building, yard, fountain or church amazes travellers with its magnificent decorations and mysterious stories! However, despite all this luxury, this city stays extremely cozy and loved by locals. There is are big skate park or graffiti hiding just behind majestic church and street musicians playing in the crowded alleys. Let’s find out all the secrets of Antwerp, that it carefully hides from inexperienced travellers!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$218.11
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Walk & Explore Antwerp with the interactive Qula City Trail

Walk & Explore Antwerp with the interactive Qula City Trail

Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Antwerp City Trail will guide you along the best spots in Antwerp, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more).The City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$34.75
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.64
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$118.64
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Antwerp running tour

Antwerp running tour

Discover the city with a licensed city guide, and stay healthy at the same time. This tour is like a walking tour, but instead of walking, we run. Exactly 5k. During the tour we will see the most important highlights of the old city center such as the Grote Markt, the Cathedral, Conscienceplein, Vlaeykensgang,... We keep the pace pretty low so the tour is accessible for anyone with a decent fitness level. And because we stop at the highlights there is plenty of rest.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.88
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Antwerp walking city tour

Antwerp walking city tour

Antwerp is the city of Rubens, capital of diamonds, fashion and has the third largest port in Europe. All this makes it a destination that nobody has to miss on their trip to Belgium. In Antwerp there are the biggest fortunes in the country, it is known as an elite and stately city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.19
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.36
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$32.36
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