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Grote Markt

Spend an hour or two people watching beneath 16th-century buildings in Antwerp’s cultural heart.

Take a seat in a cafe along the Grote Markt and enjoy a rich hot chocolate or a cool Belgian beer as you watch the comings and goings of Antwerp’s historical center. The  city’s main square is surrounded by 16th-century architecture, with the impressive Brabo Fountain at its heart. Locals come to enjoy the many cafes, shops and restaurants that line the square. 

The City Hall dominates the western side of the Grote Markt. It was built in 1565 and remains a fine example of Renaissance architecture, with elements of both Flemish and Italian style. Note the red brick arches of the ground floor, which were once filled with dozens of small shops. Above this, two rows of Ionic columns give the building a more Roman feel.

In the center of the square is the towering green statue of Brabo, Antwerp’s most famous mythical figure. It is said that Brabo slayed the giant who charged excessive tolls to those wanting to enter the city by water. The statue depicts him throwing the giant’s hand into the river Scheldte. 

Surrounding the square are the attractive Guild Houses, which date back to the early 16th century. The original houses were destroyed by fire. The buildings you see today are the result of a 19th-century renovation, which explains the lavish decorations on the facades. Look for the golden statues on the roofs of several of the houses. 

Stop for a tasting in a boutique chocolate shop or enjoy a lunch of mussels washed down with an artisan beer. As the sun goes down and the buildings are lit up, the square takes on a romantic feel, perfect for a stroll or an intimate meal. 

Those visiting in December can browse for presents or souvenirs at the annual Christmas markets. Winter also sees the installation of an ice rink in the square. Rent a pair of skates and glide beneath the many shuttered windows of some of the town’s oldest buildings. 

The square is open all year. It’s within walking distance of many of Antwerp’s major attractions. There’s no fee to enter.


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Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt €119
Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt

Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt

Oude Beurs 29, Antwerp
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Historisch centrum, this hotel is steps away from Butcher's Hall, Antwerp Market Square and Cathedral of Our Lady. Antwerp Zoo and Museum Aan de Stroom are also within 1 mile (2 km). Antwerp Central Station is 18 minutes by foot.

    NH Collection Antwerp Centre €86
    NH Collection Antwerp Centre

    NH Collection Antwerp Centre

    Pelikaanstraat 84, Antwerp, Antwerp
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Antwerp, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Antwerp Zoo and Rubens House. Museum Mayer van den Bergh and Cathedral of Our Lady are also within 1 mi (2 km). Antwerp Central Station is 5 minutes by foot and Antwerpen East Station is 21 minutes.

      Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp €122
      Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

      Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

      Koningin Astridplein 7, Antwerp
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Amandus - Atheneum, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Queen Elizabeth Hall, De Keyserlei and Queen Astrid Square. Antwerp Zoo and Flemish Opera are also within 10 minutes. Antwerp Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Antwerpen East Station is 24 minutes.

        Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station €96
        Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station

        Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station

        Pelikaanstraat 10-16, Antwerp, BE
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Statiekwartier, this hotel is steps away from De Keyserlei, Century Center and Antwerp Zoo. Queen Astrid Square and Queen Elizabeth Hall are also within 5 minutes. Antwerp Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Antwerpen East Station is 22 minutes.

          A-STAY Antwerpen €54
          A-STAY Antwerpen

          A-STAY Antwerpen

          86 Pelikaanstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Antwerp, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of De Keyserlei and Antwerp Zoo. Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square are also within 1 mile (2 km). Antwerp Central Station is 5 minutes by foot and Antwerpen East Station is 21 minutes.

            HotelO Kathedral Antwerp €92
            HotelO Kathedral Antwerp

            HotelO Kathedral Antwerp

            Handschoenmarkt 3, Antwerp
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Historisch centrum, this hotel is steps away from Vlaeykensgang, Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square. Antwerp Zoo and Museum Aan de Stroom are also within 1 mile (2 km). Antwerp Central Station is 20 minutes by foot.

              Hilton Antwerp Old Town €116
              Hilton Antwerp Old Town

              Hilton Antwerp Old Town

              Groenplaats 32, Antwerp
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historisch centrum, this hotel is steps away from Green Square, Farmers' Tower and Cathedral of Our Lady. Antwerp Market Square and Plantin-Moretus Museum are also within 10 minutes. Antwerp Central Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                PREMIER SUITES PLUS Antwerp €93
                PREMIER SUITES PLUS Antwerp

                PREMIER SUITES PLUS Antwerp

                Appelmansstraat 31, Antwerp, Antwerp
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Antwerp, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of De Keyserlei and Antwerp Zoo. Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square are also within 1 mile (2 km). Antwerp Central Station is 5 minutes by foot and Antwerpen East Station is 24 minutes.