Discover the beautiful city of Antwerp on our private Antwerp city tour! Located at the River Scheldt, about 40 kilometers north of Brussels, with its medieval heart and a modern “body”, Antwerp has been reinventing itself in the last two decades. Hence the city`s slogan “Atypical Antwerp”
First mentioned in the 4th century, the golden age of Antwerp started at the end of the 15th century, when the trading houses were transferred from Bruges to Antwerp and several nations started establishing Antwerp as one of the main bases to trade spices, textiles and metal goods from Asia. On our private Antwerp city tour, you will discover why scholars are convinced that Antwerp could be seen as the major center of the international economy of that time.
Three booms led to the importance of this beautiful city: the pepper market, the American silver market and the textile industry. At the beginning of the 16th century, 40% of world trade went through Antwerp.
Overpopulation and inflationary cost-of-living led to a dramatic decline by the mid of the 16th century and the city's economy went down. Followed by the leave of the Portuguese, which led to numerous financial bankruptcies, Amsterdam was then replaced Antwerp as the major trading center.
Highlights of every Antwerp city tour include the city hall and the 16th century Guildhouses at the Grote Markt (Main Square), and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (the Cathedral of Our Lady), hosting several triptychs by Rubens.
When you visit the port of Antwerp, one of the biggest in the world and ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 around the world, you can still feel its importance from the former times. Widely known as the world`s hub for the diamond industry and trade, Antwerp is often associated with prosperity and wealth.
While medieval city centers are widely known in Europe, there is nothing comparable to Antwerp's diamond district. With 85 percent of the world’s rough diamonds passing through the district, they are traded in four diamond bourses: the Diamond Club of Antwerp, the Beurs voor Diamanthandel, the Antwerpsche Diamantkring and the Vrije Diamanthandel.
Explore this beautiful city on our private Antwerp city tour and learn why Antwerp is ready to compete with London, Milan, New York and Paris!