This important sight in Ghent is a castle with a very turbulent past, closely intertwined with the complex—often stormy—political and social history of the city.Read more
Antwerp is the most distinctive Baroque city of the Low Countries. During Antwerp Baroque 2018 the city pulls out all the stops with a daring and lavish programme in which old Baroque rubs shoulders with new Baroque.
Cathedral of Our Lady (Included)
The Cathedral of Our Lady is the largest Gothic edifice in the Low Countries. After 169 years (1352-1521), the cathedral finally reached its full height, towering over Antwerp at 123 metres. The cathedral is a huge treasury and owns several masterpieces, among others by Rubens. Eye-catchers include Rubens’s “The Elevation of the Cross” and “The Descent from the Cross”.
Free time (Shopping)
Shopping in Antwerp is a real experience that perfectly fits with Antwerp’s status as a fashion city. Whatever your personal style, you are sure to find elegant pieces from large fashion houses, trendy boutiques, small independent shops and avant-garde concept stores. They are all within walking distance in a city that is both hip and historic, cool and classic, trendy and traditional.
Bier Central - Beer tasting & 3-course menu (Included)
Bier central is a very special beer cafe in the heart of Antwerp. People from all over the world visit the cafe for the extensive choice in Belgian Beer. Bier Central offers over 300 bottled Belgian beers, as well as 27 Belgian beers on cask.
DAY 2: Get to know Antwerp
Cokeryen - Snijders & Rockoxhuis (Included)
We look over the shoulders of Nicolaas Rockox and Frans Snijders, learning how art is created, collections are displayed, in markets and on beautifully set tables, in nature and in gardens, at humanist and ordinary citizens during the turbulent Baroque era.
St. Charles Borromeo's Church (Free)
“Heaven on earth”, “the eighth world wonder” ... in the seventeenth century, people came up with the most eloquent descriptions to express their admiration for this church, which looks as if it is situated in an Italian piazza. It was built (1615-1621) during the pinnacle of the Counter-Reformation, by and for Jesuits. Peter Paul Rubens had a hand in the tower, the façade, the main altar, the stucco on the ceiling and the chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as a painter, decorator and architect.