You are visiting Antwerp and you might want to bring back some pictures from your trip. So, what are the best photo spots in Antwerp? Where can you take the most Instagrammable pictures? Here are the 10 most photogenic places in this city!
The central station
If you’re coming to Antwerp by train, you can pull out your camera as soon as you arrive! Antwerp’s central station is one of the most beautiful in the world and makes you feel like you’re in the world of Harry Potter. It was opened in 1836 and underwent major renovations in the early 2000s to accommodate three levels of railroad tracks.
This work allowed the station to increase traffic and to accommodate the Thalys, without altering the superb architecture of the building. Take the time to discover the reception hall but also the outside of the station, whether it is the general view or zooms on certain details, you will have enough to spend several hours before photographing it from all its angles!
Koningin Astridplein 27
The Notre-Dame cathedral
Built between 1352 and 1521, the Antwerp cathedral is a must-see when visiting the city. Its immaculate white nave as well as its numerous chapels and paintings by great masters such as Rubens, make it a particularly photogenic building.
Unfortunately, you have to pay an entrance fee (12 €) but you can enjoy a visit with much less people than in the other European cathedrals, ideal for successful photos!
Entrance to the cathedral at Handschoenmarkt 21
Every day except January 1st.
Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm
Sunday from 1pm to 5pm
The Grote Markt of Antwerp
Just a stone’s throw from the cathedral, the Grote Markt is another must-see. With its typical northern city architecture, this square is particularly beautiful.
My advice: wait until nightfall to photograph it when it is illuminated. Remember to take a small tripod with you to be able to make a long exposure.
The Saint-Anne Tunnel
This particularly unusual tunnel allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the Scheldt, the river that runs through the middle of the city of Antwerp.
Created in the early 1930s, the tunnel is accessed by long wooden escalators. This art deco structure, typical of Antwerp, is particularly suitable for photographs.
Entrance to the tunnel at Sint-Jansvliet 4
The view of the city from the other side of the Scheldt
After crossing the St. Anna Passage, come up to the surface and enjoy the view of Antwerp from the other bank. From there, you’ll have an overview of the historical center, the cathedral and the Ferris wheel. It’s hard to miss your pictures from such a viewpoint!
In the city center, the Beguinage is a little bit hidden but worth to be discovered. It was once home to devout women who wanted to live in community without taking their vows. Nowadays, it is inhabited by lay people and is a timeless and particularly calm place.
Every day from 8 am to 6 pm
The Bourla Theater
Created in the early 1830s by the architect Pierre Bourla who gave it his name, this charming little theater in neoclassical style attracts photographers.
It is topped by a statue of Apollo, the nine muses and busts of several authors and composers.
This shopping center takes place in a former ballroom! Parquet, gilding and glass windows make up the decoration of this unusual place. Climb up the gangway that surrounds this space to have a view from above.
Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6:30pm
The Felix Parkuis passage
In the 19th century, the port of Antwerp was the busiest in Europe. Many warehouses were built to store the goods that arrived in the city.
After a fire, one of these warehouses was rebuilt but divided in two by an alley in order to limit the risk of fire spreading and to facilitate access for the firemen. This Felix Parkuis passage offers today a nice playground for photographers with its industrial side and its glass roof.
The terrace of the MAS (Museum Aan de Stroom)
A hundred meters from the Felix Parkuis passage, it is impossible to miss the MAS with its modern architecture! This museum has a terrace with a 360° view on the city of Antwerp and the port.
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Map of photo spots in Antwerp
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