Discover Antwerp: A Guided Walk

Embark on a memorable walking tour along the medieval streets of Antwerp and discover the striking architectural and cultural contrasts of this charming city.

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    All ages
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    3 Hours
On a guided city walk from the ship, you will visit the old town area around the Grand Market Square with its impressive town hall, gabled guild houses, cafés and famous Brabo Fountain, which depicts a myth connected with the city's name. Supposedly, a giant severed the hands of those who refused to pay his toll for crossing the Scheldt River. Eventually Silvius Brabo, a Roman soldier, captured the giant, cut off his hand and flung it into the river. The name Antwerp is said to derive from the Dutch "hand werpen," meaning to throw a hand.

Stroll along the Vlaaikensgang (Pie Alley), a narrow street that is typical of medieval Antwerp. Continue to Our Lady's Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in Belgium, where you'll have a chance to explore this major landmark inside and out. The interior contains some of Peter Paul Rubens' greatest paintings, including "The Elevation of the Cross" and "The Descent of the Cross."  Then, continue to the Groenplaats (Green Place), one of Antwerp's most important squares. At its center stands a statue of the artist Peter Paul Rubens. 

After your walking tour of Antwerp, enjoy a guided stroll back to your Crystal river ship.
Important Notes:
This tour involves walking about 2.5 miles over mostly flat, cobblestone surfaces. There are a few steps to be climbed at the cathedral. Participants should dress appropriately for the cathedral visit.  Weather can change rapidly, so guests should bring an umbrella and sunscreen.