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Baroque: Antwerp city of P.P. Rubens

Brussels & Antwerp

4 Days, incl.:

  • 1 Lunch at Chez Léon (2 course)
  • Visit to Atomium and Mini-Europe
  • 1 Beer tasting at Bier Central
  • 1 Dinner at Bier Central (3-course, excl. drinks)
  • Visit to MAS
  • Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady 
  • Visit to Rubenshuis
  • Visit St. Charles Borromeo’s Church
  • Visit to Museum Plantin Moretus
  • City tax, TVA, Service 

Antwerp is the most distinctive Baroque city of the Low Countries. In this program, multiple historic sights of the Baroque will be visited. Enjoy the city of P.P. Rubens. You might even bump into Rubens at the Rubenshuis...

 

 


 

Day 1: Arrival in Brussels

Check-in Martin’s Hotel EU**** or similar (not included)

Martin’s Brussels EU is a trendy hotel ideally situated in the middle of Brussels’ European neighborhood and only five minutes away from the historic city center by metro.

 

 

 


 

Day 2: Exploring Brussels

Lunch at Chez Léon

A stone's throw from the Brussels Grand Place, the “rich theatre” to borrow a phrase from Jean Cocteau, is the Ilot Sacré. At the heart of this neighbourhood, the Léon restaurant, temple of mussels and chips, has been in existence for more than 100 years.

Visit Atomium

Built for the World Fair in Brussels in 1958, the Atomium is nowadays the most popular attraction and the symbol of Europe's Capital.

Visit Mini-Europe

Located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a tour around Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique voyage! Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of the Old Continent.

Check-in Boutique Hotel Julien**** or similar (not included)

In the heart of the historic city of Antwerp you will find the upscale and beautifully designed Hotel Julien. This urban retreat offers guests an oasis of tranquillity in a relaxed and welcoming setting. Situated in two 16th century properties, the hotel has been lovingly restored and authentic features are effortlessly combined with contemporary furnishings to offer you every comfort.

 

 

 


 

Day 3: Introducing Antwerp

Visit MAS Museum

Visitors to Antwerp have been flocking to the hip Eilandje district, an old dockside neighborhood, to visit the MAS, which opened in 2011. This is where the city and the port - the second largest port in Europe even - converge. The stunning architecture and the museum collection are perfect examples of this. The viewing deck on top of the museum offers a unique panoramic view of the city.

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 meters. 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

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 4: Get to know Antwerp

Rubenshuis

Welcome to the house of the famous Belgian painter Peter Paul Rubens. Within this mansion, Rubens created a large portion of his paintings. He even designed the mansion himself, after he returned to Antwerp from Italy, where he fell in love with Italian architecture. The building has been restored to how it used to look when Rubens himself was still living there. So who knows, you might even bump into Rubens himself!

St. Charles Borromeo's Church

“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. 

Museum Plantin Moretus 

How did book publishing evolve during the Baroque? Why did a publisher like Balthasar Moretus choose to work with prominent artists? What is the vision of contemporary innovators on the book profession today? 

 

 

 


 

Day 5: Departure day

Free time

Enjoy some free time on your last day before heading back to the Airport.

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Modave Castle

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Autoworld

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Belfort

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The Atomium

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Panoramic view

I was looking for things to do in Belgium during my trip through Europe with my boyfriend and came across HEY! Belgium. We really loved the activities they recommended, especially the panoramic view on the roof of the MAS museum!

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