Grote Markt
Grote Markt
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Antwerp's "Great Market" square is a popular attraction in the heart of the old city.
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  • tk3232
    Sugar Land, Texas4,036 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful plaza of Antwerp
    This is main and the most beautiful plaza of Antwerp, dominated by the stately City Hall (Stadhuis). Dating from Antwerp's Golden Age (16th century), it's adorned with flags from many different counties - representing the importance of international trade to the city. In 1936 the building was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the middle of square is the unusual fountain illustrates a gruesome story from Flemish folklore. The other buildings fronting the square are guild houses, celebrating the trade associations of each of the city's industries. The many ground-floor cafes with outdoor terraces are inviting places for a drink with a view. Behind Grote Markt is a new diamond and silver museum called DIVA and short walk to the Riverfront. For me this is the most impressive square in the city.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
  • JN65
    Liverpool, United Kingdom359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Grote is great
    Historic square with impressive well preserved architecture, town hall that's still in operation, wonderful old guild houses with golden statues atop, impressive statue in the centre of square. An atmospheric place that looks good and is fun to visit day and night. Not as busy as it would be if you plonked the exact same square down in another more touristy town, which only adds to the charm.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2024
  • Bea
    973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grote markt of Antwerpen, Belgium
    Absolutely a must visit when you visit Belgium city of Antwerpen. It is the city's landmark and since 1998 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by beautiful historic houses and there are many wonderful cafes and restaurants.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2024
  • Herbert C
    1,510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cobblestones, guildhalls….. and a certain Brabo
    The Grote Markt is the main central square (to be more precise, triangle) of Antwerp, located in close proximity to the historic Cathedral of Our Lady and the Scheldt River. As the beating heart of the medieval old town, anchored by the Renaissance-style Stadhuis (Town Hall) and guildhalls with flamboyant facades, it has been the focal point of the town's commercial and cultural activities since the 16th century. At the centre of this cobblestone square stands the Brabo Fountain, depicting a 'hand-throwing' (hand werpen in Dutch) scene which purportedly gave the city its name. With so much to see, you will not lack any instagrammable posts for your social media, and with the numerous cafes and restaurants around the square, you will not go thirsty or hungry too.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 July 2024
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Mieke V
Antwerp, Belgium3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Due to Low Emission Zone rules Antwerp City Center have become inaccessible for Diesel Cars as from Euro 4.
Should you enter by mistake, you will have to pay a 125 euro fine. Same goes for unregistered foreign cars. All vehicles with a foreign number plate must be registered. This rules apply to Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels. Other beautiful Cities like Bruges, Leuven, Hasselt and many more are free of entrance and certainly worth a visit!
Written 1 March 2020
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bfltd0
London, UK632 contributions
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Jan 2020
The square is quite compact but has centuries of history around it in the form of beautiful houses, many dating from the 17th century with the classical stepped gable ends. Beautiful! And in addition, many of the houses have golden statues on the top, showing some of the professions practiced in Antwerp.

The light from the sun catches on these statues and it is worth having a beer and/or a meal at a table in the square and just soaking up the history.
Written 30 January 2020
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Janet M
Cordova, TN689 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We did a walking tour of Antwerp, Belgium as an included excursion from our Avalon Waterways River Cruise in late April 2023. Our local guide (who was excellent) led us to the edge of the Scheldt River to see the 13th-century Steen Castle. Then we crossed the seafront to the Old Town's Grote Markt (Great Market Square) to see the ornate 16th century guildhalls. We also visited the Vlaeykensgang, a narrow alley where shoemakers and the city's poorest citizens once lived. Our final attraction was the ancient Cathedral of Our Lady, home to four works by Rubens, the world's most influential Flemish Baroque artist. On our own, we purchased Antwerp’s handjes (hand cookies) from Philip’s Biscuits and chocolate at Nello’s.
Written 6 June 2023
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The 'Grote Markt' (Great Market Square) in Antwerp is located in the heart of the old town. It is a beautiful square with the landmark Brabo Fountain, created by Jef Lambeaux at the end of the 19th Century, that depicts the city legend of the boy with the severed hand of the troublesome giant. At the sides of the square is the City Hall and the stunningly ornate Guildhall buildings. I saw the square at night and it was beautiful all illuminated but I would also love to experience its grandeur in daylight. Plenty of restaurants and cafes to sit at and take in the ambiance and view. Well worth a visit when In Antwerp.
Written 2 November 2021
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The Yellow Window Coffeehouse
Antwerp, Belgium14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Most Iconic Point in Antwerp. Must See (be hard to miss). Great story behind the Brabo Statue. I also recommend looking into joining the free tour that starts from the Grote Markt.
Written 5 February 2020
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David
Lille, France1,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Worth visiting. Interesting historical buildings, plenty of choice of restaurants. Lots of bustle.

There was a kind of festival going on while I was there, with food a drink stalls where you had to buy specific festival currency to order, with the result that lots of people just didn't bother. Me included - it's a scheme designed to make you buy more currency than you will need/use.
Written 15 July 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
No doubt one of Europe's most beautiful historic town squares with a 16th century Renaissance style City Hall and several Guildthouses from the same period, but mostly reconstructed during later ages.

The heydays of Antwerp were earlier than those of Amsterdam and other cities more North, but ended after the Spanish forced the city to surrender in 1585. Many of its wealthy merchants moved to Holland, significantly contributing to the so-called Dutch golden age.

Even on an average be-it warm October day crowded with tourists.
Written 14 December 2022
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tk3232
Sugar Land, TX4,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is main and the most beautiful plaza of Antwerp, dominated by the stately City Hall (Stadhuis). Dating from Antwerp's Golden Age (16th century), it's adorned with flags from many different counties - representing the importance of international trade to the city. In 1936 the building was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the middle of square is the unusual fountain illustrates a gruesome story from Flemish folklore. The other buildings fronting the square are guild houses, celebrating the trade associations of each of the city's industries.
The many ground-floor cafes with outdoor terraces are inviting places for a drink with a view.
Behind Grote Markt is a new diamond and silver museum called DIVA and short walk to the Riverfront.
For me this is the most impressive square in the city.
Written 17 October 2023
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Cat La La S
Sydney, Australia72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went there on the last day of the Christmas market. It is centrally located in the old town. There were lots of varieties from food to accessories to choose. We purchased some handmade and local designed jewelry stalls. It was so special with good price.
Written 17 January 2020
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Herbert C
1,510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
The Grote Markt is the main central square (to be more precise, triangle) of Antwerp, located in close proximity to the historic Cathedral of Our Lady and the Scheldt River. As the beating heart of the medieval old town, anchored by the Renaissance-style Stadhuis (Town Hall) and guildhalls with flamboyant facades, it has been the focal point of the town's commercial and cultural activities since the 16th century. At the centre of this cobblestone square stands the Brabo Fountain, depicting a 'hand-throwing' (hand werpen in Dutch) scene which purportedly gave the city its name. With so much to see, you will not lack any instagrammable posts for your social media, and with the numerous cafes and restaurants around the square, you will not go thirsty or hungry too.
Written 4 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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