Excursion

Antwerp with Belgium Waffles

Enjoy Belgium waffles and chocolates in a culinary walk around the old city of Antwerp.

Complimentary
  • Code
    ANR-05
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Gastronomy
  • Age
    3 & above
  • Duration
    3 Hours
Indulge during your visit to Antwerp with two of Belgium’s most famous specialties: waffles and chocolates. On a guided city walk from the ship, you will visit the old town area around the Marketplace with its Town Hall, gabled guild houses, cafés and famous Brabo statue in front of the Town Hall, depicted after his duel with a giant called Antigoon. According to popular etymology, Antwerp got its name from Antigoon who lived near the Scheldt River. He exacted a toll from passing boatmen, and for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river. Eventually the giant was slain by the young Silvius Brabo, who cut off the giant's own hand and flung it into the river. Hence the name Antwerpen, from Dutch hand werpen. The hand symbolizes the free waterway which was vital for the city's survival. 
Continue to Vlaaikensgang (“Pie alley”), a medieval alley dating from 1591. Stop for a moment to admire the massive Our Lady’s Cathedral, Antwerp’s major landmark and the largest Gothic church in Belgium. Notice the bronze statue of Peter Paul Rubens in the center of the Groenplaats city square. Rubens was one of Antwerp’s most famous native sons. 
A true Belgium delicacy comes next: a mouthwatering Belgium waffle. Relax with a cup of coffee or tea as you savor this feather-light confection. Through the window of the waffle house you can observe how the waffles are made. Then for a sweet finale, enjoy two chocolate pralines in a chocolate shop on your way back to the ship.
 
Important Notes:
This tour involves Moderate walking over flat, gravel and cobblestone terrain. There are some steps involved.